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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Remember, It is only a Sport

On this Memeorial Day Weekend, a very fine article about sports and the military.

from Foxsports, With a life in sports, I've been dealing with statistics for some time now, and critics will always point out how "statistics" lie, and how people can manipulate the numbers to mean anything they want.
These numbers don't lie.
There were over 58,000 United States military casualties in Southeast Asia. Just from 1967-69, almost 39,000 Americans were killed in Vietnam. Unlike the veterans in previous American wars, many of those Baby Boomers sent to Vietnam neither believed in the cause, nor were appreciated by those who stayed home.
Those of us who were born into the "Lucky Calendar Club" weren't needed by our country. That doesn't excuse us from respectfully remembering those that weren't so fortunate.
There are plenty of great athletes who had their careers delayed, interrupted, or ended prematurely because they answered the call to their country's armed forces. But this piece will not deal with the brave athletes who put their lives at risk for this country. That list includes Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, Rocky Bleier, and many others. But Memorial Day is for those who have fallen. It's a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service....continued...