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Marine Color Guard not allowed to stay to watch Superbowl [resolved]
Mods: If this is in the wrong place, please move it. I just figured the readership might be interested in this little gem.
I was incredulous when I read this, and after further searching, it seems to be quite true. Every year, the color guard provided by the military for the National Anthem to open the game is given complimentary seating, or at least allowed standing room to watch the game. Not this year.
What makes this petty to my mind is that Pat Tillman, a former Cardinal, lost his life in Afghanistan while deployed as a member of the Army Rangers.
Maybe I'm being a little petty here, but the Department of Defense is a BIG time sponsor of the Superbowl, as well as the NFL, and it just seems to me that the offer of watching the game should be returned.
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As a veteran, I find this completely reprehensible, and a disgusting act by a league that is slowly losing my confidence and viewership. What kind of sick joke is it that you cant afford to find room (hell, standing room only!) for 5 Marines, that put their LIFE ON THE LINE in service to this country?
I fully expect to see news that these Marines will be welcomed with open arms, and allowed to stay for the game. To do otherwise smacks of corporate greed, and will cost the league at least this fan, if not many others.
Robert S XXXXXXX"
Edit 2: sorry for the tone/language of this post, if you can't tell, I'm fairly incensed.
What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger...
Re: Marine Color Guard not allowed to stay to watch Superbowl
I know they don't have to let Marines, or anyone for that matter, stay and watch the game, but then why invite them? That's like inviting your grandparents over to your house to say grace for thanksgiving, but telling them they can't eat and have to leave.
I can picture it now "Let us take a moment to show our support for our troops around the world, the Marine Color Guard is present, taking part in the pregame ceremonies..." (National Anthem finishes, the announcer turns to the Marines) "Now ***** off."
This is the year. We put our failures in the past, it's a new year, a new defense. It's time to prove to the league that the Patriots are back and aren't going anywhere and they will be the last ones standing in Feb.
Update: Well that didn't work out as I had planned. Next year baby, next year 19-0 we go. Next year.
Last edited by Satchboogie3; 01-22-2009 at 10:48 PM..