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Veterans Day 2010: More important than football

If you're looking for more words about Chad Pennington and Chad Henne or Dan Henning and Jason Allen, I don't have those for you here this morning. You can read my column in The Herald on the topic if you like.

Today this blog pauses to remember, to celebrate, to honor those that defended my right to write and speak those words without fear of reprisal from any despot or tyrant -- no, not Nick Saban. This morning this blog honors the fighting men and women of the United States armed forces and all the veterans who served therein.

This blog honors these people on Veteran's Day 2010 because they are more important than most of the fanciful, frilly things you come to this blog to enjoy. You come here to debate. You come here to exchange ideas. You come here to speak your minds. That is a freedom you should not take lightly.

That is a freedom I do not take lightly. You see, I come from a country where people don't have the basic fundamental freedoms of free speech, or liberty or the pursuit of happiness.

So perhaps I value those who preserve those freedoms here more than the next person. Forgive me if that somehow causes you any inconvenience. You have a right to your opinion so you can think me too sappy if you wish. Isn't that wonderful?

You have a right to your opinion.

People fought and died for that right. And for that reason, this morning, this blog is dedicated to our veterans. I will update with football information this afternoon. But for now, please acknowledge the service of people worthy of much respect. 

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Chad Pennington is an accomplished vet, who without much star power, led the previously 1 win Dolphins to the AFC championship. He exudes the qualities we admire in our military vets, who have sacrificed personal aggrandizement for the benefit of the collective. Plus, he's got three purple hearts. One of the classiest modern day athletes and one of the best feel good stories in the NFL. CP you deserve an NFL medal of honor. Roll on brother!!!

And.. Of course, much respect to those who fought and died for the freedoms we now enjoy!!!

Sparano said the Offense needs a spark, translation, I Tony Sparano do not want to lose my job so much in fact that Im willing to throw anybody out to sea who leads me down that path. If he wanted a Spark Tyler Thigpen would have been declared the starter this weekend today. That of course didnt happen and wont (thank god) but the dolphins down graded from an Athletic standpoint with this descion defenses will stack the box against Penne daring him to challenge them vertically and adding even more pressure on the running game. That being said I do believe the Dolphins now match up better with the Titans for this week anyway and expect to see Marshall have a huge ball game to only help complicate our already delicate situation.

Sorry to get this blog off topic Mando! Things like freedom, virtue and integrity are certainly more important than the 'bread and circuses'(Cesar) of today's Coliseum (the NFL), which, of course, is designed to placate the masses and hinder them from uniting, to seek greater freedom.

Thanks Mando.

Brian (USAF Veteran)

Thanks Mando

USMC veteran 0331. SEMPER FI

Many thanks Mando...I applaud you for making a veteran's day blog a priority. Carlos (USAF)

Hene was benched as a means to distract from the real problem. PLAY CALLING. Yes, he checks down but most fo the routes are less than 15 yds. Why do we have receivers running routes at 4-6 yards on 3 & 10, 15 etc? Total crap. Henning is to conservative, and this is hindering Henne. Pennington didn't have arm strength 3 years ago, all his balls float. Did anyone notice the yr we went 11-5 how many of his passes were INCHES from being picked due to lack of velocity. That was a yr of luck for him, good QB but the physical tools are not there any longer to get it done.

As a Veteran,thanks for the tribute.

On this topic, you're spot on Mando. I have veterans in my family and circle of friends. They are an inspiration to me and should be to all Americans. These are mostly kids (those who currently serve) with an incredible sense of duty that leaves me in awe.

So I join you Mando in honoring our veterans. Thank you so much for your service to this country. You allow us to think about more mundane things like Chad P over Chad H.

Most of all, I wish good health and safe returns to those fighting overseas at the moment. And I also want to give thanks to the families of veterans, you give as much as your loved ones. Respect!

Bless all our Vets. Thank you for everything, it's greatly appreciated. All of our lives are better because of you. Love you all.

As a veteran currently serving, thank you for getting the priorities straight. You just went up a notch in my book.
Signed
Officer in Charge
USCGC CAPSTAN.

Dear Mr. Salguero

I served in the Coast Guard from 1979-1983.

Spent 1 year at group St Pertersburg, 1 year on the "Point Swift" out of Clearwater beach and 2 years on the U.S.C.G.C Diligence out of Key West.

Tough duty..but someone had to do it

I still get flashbacks from the war on drugs


Soiled :)

It's tough seeing Henne get demoted, but this is what is needed to get him going again. A quick reminder... Drew Brees was benched in San Diego, a year after he was starting in favor of Doug Flutie, and we see how that turned out!
I hope we keep Ireland and Sparano, we need to give them more time to build a winner "long-term"!

Just wanted to say "Thanks" to all my brothers & sisters who served & are serving in the Armed Forces with bravery & honor!! I hope you all make it back home safely to your loved ones and may God watch over you always.

Thanks Mando.


Jedi Knight

Veteran of the Clone Wars

Armando,

As a veteran currently serving in Iraq I want to say thanks for your kind words regarding vets and the freedoms we are all so fortunate to enjoy. These freedoms hit home to me a couple years ago when a co-worker, one of the classiest and most honorable men I know, told me how as a young boy he watched his best friend get killed trying to escape Cuba by crossing into Guantanamo Bay. Thanks again for reminding us all of things we shouldn't take for granted.

OK DOLPHIN FANS .....CHAD .P CONTRACT SAID IF HE LEAPS FROM BACK UP QB TO A STARTER BB EVEN ONE GAME HIS SALRY GOES FROM ....2.5 MILLION TO..................... 5.75 MILLION.


SO CHAD.P IS MAKING 5.75 MILLION THIS YEAR ..... MORE POWER TO HIM .

Armando, you are correct again! A salute to all our men and women of the Armed Forces, past and present!!

I have two questions for you Armando. First, Could they have made this switch without announcing it to the media? You would think that would catch Tennessee by surprise more, and work to our advantage. Second, Do you think they decided to make this change this week because the Titans were coming off of a bye? Baltimore just showed that teams coming off a bye have more than enough time to figure out Henne, so this way it levels their prep time a little bit.

Thanks Mando.


United States Army, 2002-2009.

I want more Tuna Melt stories....

Thanks 4 your service, really

Without U

I couldn`t be me

HENNE ON THE BENCHING ......... (( IT'S THE COACH CALL,I STAND BY CHAD.P WHO HELPED ME A LOT .THERE'S NO HATRED BETWEEN US AND I WISH HIM REAL WELL SO I AM GOING TO STICK BY HIM AS MUCH AS I CAN,IT'S ABOUT WINNING AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR ))))))))).

THEN HE WAS ASKED IF HE WAS GIVING A FAIR CHANCE HE SAID (((( I AM GOING TO WORK HARD TO GET BETTER ,I AM NOT WORRY ABOUT IT )))))


GOOD GUY .

Thanks Mando.

Kevin (USN) 83'-88'

Trade Long for Ryan? Nuts

Hi all miss me?

ALoco I see yiur caps key is still broken!

So where do we go from here do we draft or trade for a real qb?

Thabks to all the vets out there in dolphins cyberland!

Henne could be the come back KID .

Aloco how is your boy ginn doing in san fran??? havent heard a thing is he still diving for the side lines?

The only way I see Henne traded is if we acquire a "surefire" #1 draft pick.

Cam Newton to the phins?? lets loose the rest of our games so we can get a high draft pick!!! Lol

Will never happen henne isn't worth a 4th! cause in my opinion he is a back-up not a starter n thats the only way u would get a first round for him!

Not sure at this moment, Big Dog.

More than anything the guy seems to be tentative(afraid). Why? Is he the nervous, low confidence type? Is it that he doesn't know where to go with the ball? Both? I'm not sure but is around those 2 points.

salute~ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! = 21.

In Canada, today is our version of Veteran's Day - it's called Rememberance Day. We all wear red poppies on our lapels, shirts, or jackets to show all vets everywhere that we remember, appreciate, and are in debt to their service.

I am wearing mine proudly today and have been for the last several days.

Thank you - I am humbled by your unselfish acts.

Amen Armando, thanks for the kind words today for our fine, very brave Veterans - of all generations!! My God continue to Bless America!!

If it's the first, I can cure him; send him to me. If it's the second he might need to wait for brain transplant techniques.

bottom line;its henne's 3rd year on the team. he didnt seize the job of qb,didnt lead, and couldnt find the end zone. he said he wasnt comfortable in the shotgun! he killed plays early,missed on short passes and wasnt receiver friendly. most polls show fans wanted a change. coaching still suspect however;sparano was losing the locker rm.

Thank you Mando.
SGT USMC 2002-2009

while I appreciate the service of those in our armed forces, when was the last time our freedoms were threatened? 1941? just askin'

Aloco....PLEASE NO FOOTBALL TALK TODAY...LET DO LIKE ARMANDO HAS ASKED AND NOT WORRY ABOUT HENNE AND PENNE....TODAY IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

Much respect to all the vets and THE FAMILIES....The families (kids) sacrifice so much more than we can ever know.

Thank You to those serving and to those who will serve, those who carry out their orders regardless of of how they feel. To those who will spend ALL the holidays away from ther loved ones so that others can spend EVERY DAY with their loved ones, I say thanks.

To my brother Jon who is in Afghanistan this very moment...Love You man.

Much respect to all the veterans out there. Thank you and God bless you.

My Grandpa served in WWII in the Army paratrupers and lost an eye to friendly fire. My dad served in Vietnam in the Navy. Never served myself but all the love and respect to those who do and did.

Listen, we are going to get into politics which is worse than football. I gave my salute if anybody noticed. See you tomorrow.

SALUTE to my heroes . the us army .

i do it with pride, i do it for honor! i do it for you! but it would taste of a lie if i told you i didnt do it for me and my family!

the most amazing thing, is a 19 years old young man chose to fight and die for this land ,aside from the fact that he chose that doesn't diminish the fact he was born a hero to all of us .

Amen Armando

Thank you so very much to the United States Veterans. To all of you who even now are serving in far flung lands or right here on our own soil. Thank you for standing between us and those who would destroy all in which we love and believe.
Thank You.... to those of you, who like me, have lost loved ones in war. Thank You for the sacrifice you have laid upon the alter of freedom. I know the cost personally. And I know it is a scar that never fades.

Most of all... I thank those who can no longer accept my thanks... From those who stood against the tyranny of a King and fought in the Siege or Boston or the Frozen Days of Valley Forge. To those who watched in Horror as Washington burned in the War of 1812, Brothers fighting Brothers in Our Civil War.
To the Rough Riders of The Spanish American War, and the blood soaked trenches of Verdun. To those like my Grandfather who sloshed through the Jungles of the Pacific. Or others who Ran up Utah Beach, to those who perished at 25,000 feet, Cold, Scared and willing.
To my Grandfathers unit who DID NOT COME HOME... who perished in Korea at the Chosin Reservoir.
To my Cousin Larry, who was killed during the Tet Offensive in Hue City... and all those who had to fight both in Vietnam and then against Cowards and Radicals when they came home.
Thanks to the men who were killed in their beds in Lebanon, to the men who landed in Grenada and stopped Marxisms spread. To those who died in Panama in Operation "Just Cause" and those who helped Honduras from being overran by Nicaragua Marxist regime. Thanks to those who died in Desert Storm and in Bosnia...

To those who died in all all these wars and who have or will die in the wars that still rage today... Thanks You.

Its is not you who make policy or call for action... It is you who do your duty because someone must...

Thanks you all!!!!

Actually we (I'm a veteran) didn't really fight for you. We (mostly) joined the armed forces for selfish reasons. Typically it's not with heroic intent.

With that said...Go me

Further. Joe Momma makes a valid point. Nobody is attempting to threaten our freedom. Current soldiers in the 21st century are spreading the American "freedoms" to other nations whether they want them or not.

and, in reality, our freedoms are blown out of proportion. I can't even say what I want ON THIS BLOG!

Mandy, if you want to preach FREE SPEECH, you probably shouldn't restrict what others can or can not post.

That's hardly freedom.

Marc. There are plenty of douschebags like you who are purley selfish. The rest of us never had heroic intentions but are willing to pay the sacrifice if needed.

I have many veterans in my family and close friends, we all are proud and love all of them, both in my family and outside of it....We are all family here....thank you all!

side note....
Roid Rage Merriman hurt his ankle 10mins into practice in and individual drill...the bills are suckers!

And....Im off to have some early drinks with some friends...have a good day guys!

My grandfather served in WW1, my dad in WW2, I served during Vietnam, and my oldest now is already a verteran of Iraq, and will be deploying to Afghanistan in June, our family served in the Revolutionary war, the War of 1812, and the Civil War as well, as a family Mando we salute you for the rememberance, and we thank all the families that went before us and will go after we are done.

God Bless the USA!

WHEN THE TWO CHADS MET AFTER THE NEWS BROKE ABOUT THE SWITCH WE AERE TOLD THAT IT WAS VERY SAD INDEED AND TEARS WERE SHED FROM BOTH ............ GOOD GUYS

Miamborn..well said.

Marc...I am very intrested to hear your thoughts...just keep in mind they you not be speaking for all....but I respect your ability to speak for yourself

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