NFL Stinks

January 29th, 2009
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Yeah, you heard me.... well, just recently pilau.

If you're not a Cardinals fan or haven't heard about Pat Tillman it's not a wonder why. He's basically a no name player that till today the majority of people who remember him most are his teammates, those with Arizona ties or just a diehard Cardinals fan.

Basically in a nutshell, he left the NFL to serve his country shortly after 9/11.

But that's just the tip of da beak.

He turned down a 5 year $9 million dollar contract to play for the St.Louis Rams early in his career... out of loyalty to the Arizona Cardinals. Before being deployed to Iraq, he turned down a 3 year $3.6 million dollar contract - he was only making $512,000 prior. He then served not one but TWO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And it all ended with three bullets to his head during a devastating enemy firefight.

Sorry, he was killed by friendly fire.... at least that's the story that's being stuck with. The controversy surrounding Tillman's death is so murky that they are still sorting it out.

So wat's all da hu-hu about?

Well considering da whole state of Arizona memorialized Pat Tillman with tributes continuing till this day and in so many ways, it's almost fairytale-like dat the Arizona Cardinals reached da promise land of da NFL - The Super Bowl! They

Wat would be a greater tribute than to acknowledge a player like Pat Tillman in the single most watched game in the world?

Well we'll nevah know cause the NFL doesn't want anything to do with it.... not even a blurb!

WASSAP WIT DAT!

Not a moment of silence, not a patch to be sewn on the Cardinals Super Bowl jersey (we'll see), not a programming note.... nada for da Super Bowl in any mention. What if it was a marquee player like Tom Brady or Tony Romo? I bet there would be something then.

Now this is coming from a sport that has missing man fly overs, ROTC marches, the American flag waving high and proud above every single stadium and the National Anthem sung before every game....   GO FIGGAH?!

You're talking about a man who gave up his - would be profitable - career to help defend our country in a time of need. He served not one but two tours and the NFL can't even do a shout out?! I can bet (hope) da announcers will mention something and I'm more than certain his teammates will have something brewing on their own privately (so not to get fined by the league).

Like President Obama is doing for The United States, the National Football League too needs a person to look up too instead of gun wielding, club fighting, public outcry for not touching the ball enough crybaby lo-lo's.

So come Super Bowl Sunday as the National Anthem finishes up and the fly over passes (as cameras pan on the US Flag), I'll raise my glass to Corporal Pat Tillman letting him know I got his back....

Cause da NFL sure didn't.

 

 

 

 

 

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36 Responses to “NFL Stinks”

  1. GA Bows:

    First and good morning everybody.

    I will be doing the same when the fly by happens.


  2. islandgirl in nc:

    This woman I used to work with in Las Vegas was very good friends with Pat Tillman. She is also a die-hard Arizona fan. I haven't talked to her since I left but a friend who works with this woman said she went to the funeral for him. I can only imagine how jilted his family and friends feel. Perhaps the NFL will reconsider because after all if sponsors can pay millions to how a several second commercial that day, the NFL can surely spare a minute or two for this brave man.


  3. McLovin:

    wow, its amazing that the NFL wouldn't allow a recognition of Pat Tillman. I wonder if the friendly fire controversy had anything to do with it. Anyways thanks for bringing this topic up as I did not know about it until reading it on this blog.


  4. roach:

    The NFL probably couldn't figure out how to make money off of a tribute to Pat Tillman therefore no effort required. All professional sports not just the NFL is all about the money, bottom line.


  5. Ynaku:

    Thanks Pat. We knew where your priorities where. Sure wasn't $$$$$ like these commercial $$$ Hungry conglomerates have.

    Here's one for you.


  6. anklebiters:

    Here's a different spin on the Tillman issue. I've seen him around campus many times when he was a student here, never had the opportunity to say HI to him thou. He was an intense and intelligent sort of person from what I've heard - he climbed the 200' light tower overlooking the football field, sit there and search for a higher ideal...it'll be like sitting where the lights are hung at Aloha Stadium...waaaayyyyy up there No fear in him at all, the one person who you wouldn't hesitate to place your life in his hands. :!:

    What ppl seem to forget is that there are other heroes out there.. those who did not give up millions to play soldier - husbands/wifes/sisters/brothers/fathers/mothers. They were your everyday blue/white collar workers - Wal Mart, Target, USPS, mechanics, teachers, students, etc.. Aren't they all heroes too :?: They are giving up seeing their families for months at a time...missing the birth of their new born...Rodney :-) not being able to hear his daugther's first words...missing Lance :-) hit his first home run...Shauna :-) attending her first prom. They are giving up the same things that a hero is missing, to serve and protect our country. Why aren't they heroes too :?: What is the definition of a hero :?: Must you be in the national/world news to be a hero :?: What is a hero :?

    My comments is in no way a disrespect on Pat's achievements and if it sounds like it is, I apologize. Just my opinion on what a hero is or should be.


  7. KAN:

    I am mystified as to what possible reason the NFL could give for NOT having some kind of recognition, even some kind of small recognition. The real reason, of course, is what roach said in #4.


  8. NKHEA:

    Howzit BL :)

    Finally get you on da correct morning :D :lol:

    Sad no wen like you said he gave his life for his country and they no can even acknowledge him fo dat :( If wasn't for people like him they wouldn't even be playing football and getting paid that unreal kind money. I will now look at the game with a diffrent prospective.

    NKHEA....dis game fo you PAT TILLMAN ;)


  9. anklebiters:

    Here's an in depth blog on Pat:

    http://triadfreedom.blogspot.com/2008/10/pat-tillman-was-football-player-who.html

    If I'm not mistaken, the NFL also disallowed the wearing of anything concerning Pat on their uniforms. But I've seen many "PT 40" decals on various NFL players.

    http://www.nydailynews.com by Gary Meyers

    "The NFL does not have anything planned to honor Tillman this week or on Sunday. It contributed $250,000 for the construction of the Pat Tillman USO Center on the Bagram Air Base near Kabul in Afghanistan. The recreational facility, the first USO center in Afghanistan, opened in April of 2005. Inquiries were being made to see if it was feasible to have a live television shot of the center during the telecast of the Super Bowl."

    "Mike Bidwill adds, "In a very real way he will be with us on Super Bowl Sunday in Tampa. I said to Marie that he is looking down both excited for the team and at the same time ticked off that he cannot play in the game."


  10. B:

    kinda of no make sense da NFL no recognize him. get all kine "feel good" stories out dea dat people communicate to get da "word" out. NFL should jus ride Obama speeches- people sacrificing so other people can have freedoms and such.

    mahalos to all of you who sacrifice for the rest of us.


  11. NKHEA:

    anklebiter; das good one on who's a HERO You're right, All the people that serve are HEROS

    NKHEA...they all HEROS


  12. M:

    Guud morning BL! :)

    Pat Tillman did the ultimate sacrifice for our country! He's a Hero, everyone who is serving and had served in the past and present wars are all heros.


  13. King Katonk:

    Regarding Pat Tillman I am 100% with you BL.

    But on the flip side, maybe it’s best that the NFL does not have its say in memorializing Tillman. I’m sure the marketing heads would just exploit and commercialize what he truly stood for; that in itself would be a disgrace to his legacy.

    For me, it goes beyond just recognizing Tillman individually, but rather what he represents to the nation. Pat Tillman is a symbol of all the unsung heroes who have honorably served our country to preserve freedom and liberty for the rest of us.

    I totally agree with my fellow Lanceformers and Kwonics. On Sunday, let’s raise a glass to honor all these great men and women.


  14. acuradriver02:

    BL,

    Well spoken!!

    And that's the reason I really don't like watching professional sports...if it doesn't make $$, not worth it. Same folks that wanna move the Pro Bowl out of Hawaii (which is another act of idiocy from that group)

    Give me NCAA football anyday!


  15. BananaFysh:

    Nice one, BL.

    I saw Tillman jerseys in the stands of the Cardinal games that were televised this year. Even if the NFL doesn't give him an official shout out, the fans who honor him by wearing his jersey will remind us all of his sacrifice.

    To me, no matter if was "friendly fire" or not. He died in combat, serving our country. The "friendly fire" issue is something for the Army to figure out - it doesn't diminish the sacrifice made by Mr. Tillman and his family.

    I'll raise my glass to him on Sunday. :)


  16. rayboyjr:

    I ... uh ... have to respectully disagree with your comments that Pat Tillman was a "no name" player and that only Arizona fans would know of or remember him.

    I am a sports fan in general and although I am rooting for Arizona for this Super Bowl, I am not a Cardinals fan. But I pretty much know the whole story and I'm sure most other sports fans know his story too. I'm also pretty sure that many, many others know his story because of his death in combat and some of the controversy surrounding it.

    I would have thought that with Arizona in the Super Bowl, that something (no matter how small) would have been done to honor him. But I'm also not surprised that nothing was planned.

    The NFL is business and entertainment. Too many times we see compassion lost in all of that!


  17. Braddah Lance:

    GA Bows:
    I will be doing the same when the fly by happens.

    Synchornized toasting.... could it make it to Guiness?
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    islandgirl in nc:
    Perhaps the NFL will reconsider because after all if sponsors can pay millions to how a several second commercial that day, the NFL can surely spare a minute or two for this brave man.

    Exactomondo.
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    McLovin:
    I wonder if the friendly fire controversy had anything to do with it.

    Dunno.

    Anyways thanks for bringing this topic up as I did not know about it until reading it on this blog.

    Heck, I'm just glad you got something out of reading WWD! :wink:
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    roach:
    All professional sports not just the NFL is all about the money, bottom line.

    Funny too no? It's just like taxes... it's funded by da PEOPLE! :roll:
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    Ynaku:
    Thanks Pat. We knew where your priorities where. Sure wasn’t $$$$$ like these commercial $$$ Hungry conglomerates have.
    Here’s one for you.

    Or two....
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    anklebiters:
    He was an intense and intelligent sort of person from what I’ve heard - he climbed the 200′ light tower overlooking the football field, sit there and search for a higher ideal…

    Funny you mention dat. I read he had a 3.8 GPA and loved to "climb" trees, sit on a limb and read.

    What ppl seem to forget is that there are other heroes out there.. those who did not give up millions to play soldier - husbands/wifes/sisters/brothers/fathers/mothers..... Why aren’t they heroes too What is the definition of a hero Must you be in the national/world news to be a hero What is a hero

    Most excellent point! I also believe dat anyone who serves, deserves dat respect but even more so if you gave your life protecting the nation/people dat you love.

    Hea's anoddah spin on your spin. :grin:

    Granted, pointing out a single individual "hero" isn't fair as there are countless oddahs dat sacrificed the ultimate price but I personally felt it was da spirit of wat he did dat touches me coming from a professional sport wea fame, popularity, sponsors and money reign supreme.

    In a world wea we - both as adults and aspiring keiki - look up to, aspire and even idolize professional athletes, here's a person who showed a sense of duty and pride. And he certainly didn't do it to gain notariaty as it was da media who originally blew up da story.

    He was a part of the NFL and worked hard to achieve dat... doesn't he deserve at least a "Pat" on da back from them?

    How would you feel if you left a company you worked your whole life at and they didn't even say goodbye, not even a pah-tay?

    It's just something I felt da NFL should have done since Pat Tillman was one of it's own.

    Just like how wen Memorial or Veteran's Day comes around... I'm sure Corporal Tillman's name won't be glorified but da countless oddah heroes will sure be recognized more fittingly.
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    KAN:
    I am mystified as to what possible reason the NFL could give for NOT having some kind of recognition, even some kind of small recognition.

    Probably some by law of sort but funny cause they recognized Gene Upshaw with da black and white "GU" on every team's helmets.
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    NKHEA:
    I will now look at the game with a diffrent prospective.

    You've been "Lanceformed"! :lol:
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    anklebiters:
    If I’m not mistaken, the NFL also disallowed the wearing of anything concerning Pat on their uniforms. But I’ve seen many “PT 40″ decals on various NFL players.

    I'm sure it'll be everywhere! Eye black, wristbands, written on their shoes, undershirts etc and hopefully da camera "shows them off". :wink:
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    B:
    ...get all kine “feel good” stories out dea dat people communicate to get da “word” out.

    Da only stories I've heard so far circulate around Kurt Warner... stories we've heard da first time he reached da Super Bowl wit da Rams.
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    NKHEA:
    anklebiter; das good one on who’s a HERO You’re right, All the people that serve are HEROS

    No doubt!
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    M:
    Pat Tillman did the ultimate sacrifice for our country! He’s a Hero, everyone who is serving and had served in the past and present wars are all heros.

    Ditto.
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    King Katonk:
    But on the flip side, maybe it’s best that the NFL does not have its say in memorializing Tillman. I’m sure the marketing heads would just exploit and commercialize what he truly stood for; that in itself would be a disgrace to his legacy.

    True.

    For me, it goes beyond just recognizing Tillman individually, but rather what he represents to the nation. Pat Tillman is a symbol of all the unsung heroes who have honorably served our country to preserve freedom and liberty for the rest of us.

    EXACTOMONDO! My sentiments exactly!!!
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    acuradriver02:
    Give me NCAA football anyday!

    You do know dat NCAA is all about da kala too right? *BcS*


  18. Braddah Lance:

    BananaFysh:
    I saw Tillman jerseys in the stands of the Cardinal games that were televised this year. Even if the NFL doesn’t give him an official shout out, the fans who honor him by wearing his jersey will remind us all of his sacrifice.

    Rogah dat!

    To me, no matter if was “friendly fire” or not. He died in combat, serving our country. The “friendly fire” issue is something for the Army to figure out - it doesn’t diminish the sacrifice made by Mr. Tillman and his family.

    DOUBLE Rogah dat!
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    rayboyjr:
    I … uh … have to respectully disagree with your comments that Pat Tillman was a “no name” player and that only Arizona fans would know of or remember him.

    My grammer apologies Jr Boy! :oops: Wat I meant fo' it to say was BEFORE he signed up fo' da Army Rangers and BEFORE he sacrificed his life, he wasn't know outside of Arizona.

    I've nevah heard of him before his initial enlistment (and I actually told his story many a times to my players about sacrifice thereafter).

    Gomenasai, fo' my grammer shortcomings... good ting can write pidgin yeah? :grin:

    I am a sports fan in general and although I am rooting for Arizona for this Super Bowl, I am not a Cardinals fan.

    Me too! Well, I have four reasons:
    1) Gotta root fo' da underdog (cause I'm one).
    2) Gotta root fo' da NFC (cause da 49ers are "rebuilding" and we'll get back there someday).
    3) I no like Pittsburgh be da "first" team with six Super Bowl rings - I like da 49ers earn dat honor! (Pittsburgh, Dallas and 49ers are da only teams with five each) :wink:

    4) I like see da Cardinals pump their chest, point to da sky and say, "Dat was for you Pat!"


  19. uncle jimmy:

    yup..


  20. anklebiters:

    BL:

    How would you feel if you left a company you worked your whole life at and they didn’t even say goodbye, not even a pah-tay?

    Hey, it may happen here...furloughs, RIF, hiring freeze...just another body they need to dismiss.

    Pat graduated in like 3 1/2 years so he was no dummy. I'm thinking that they may name something after him here...building, training facilities, maybe even the light pool he climbed. A perfect example would have been the outdoor training center for the football team that they built last year. I'm not sure if it has a name or not. If they can name a stadium here after a 'university' that doesn't even have a sports program, something is very wrong....all about the benjamin.


  21. 808Dad:

    Hey Lance,
    It does not surprise me that the NFL would snub a HERO like Pat Tillman. If they cannot make a buck from doing so they would not do a thing. This is the same reason they are moving the ProBowl. They can make more money if it’s on the continental US. Even if most of the player’s wives and family would prefer Hawaii.

    A co-worker of mine had a son serving in Iraq and our family sort of adopted this platoon. We would send letters and care packages while he was there. Our kids really learned something about patriotism from this. Anyway when he returned to the island we got to meet him and in fact we had dinner together one night. You could not describe a more upstanding person, a real gentleman. When we arrived at their house he came to the car to greet us and opened the car door for my wife and introduced himself to all of us. Both my wife and I could not get used to being called sir and ma’am all night. He was a local boy from Ewa Beach but was not your typical 20 year old kid. As we were chatting that night our discussion turned to the people protesting the fact that we are there fighting. He said something I’ll never forget. He said he’s over there fighting to protect the very fact that they can protest in public. He’s fighting for their rights and safety while they protest the very war he is fighting. It was a dinner I will not soon forget.


  22. roach:

    BL,

    Want to get pissed off about something else ? I'll bet that when he becomes eligible, Pat will not be elected into the Football Hall of Fame !


  23. Scott:

    Tillman is the exact definition of a modern day hero. Unfortunately, many people in power in the media despise the war, and George Bush. Honoring Tillman would greatly contradict their viewpoints and ideology. I've followed this story and I think so highly of Tillman.


  24. rayboyjr:

    Wow Braddah Lance, I guess we kind of rivals. Because I am a Rams fan, and although we stink now ... your 49ers not much better.

    Sorry for going off topic, but I guess you can see why I want the Cardinals to win. Kurt Warner!

    Anyway, again, like others have mentioned, the NFL wants to put as much positive light on the Super Bowl, so they will focus on feel good stories like Kurt Warner. But I'm sure that the networks and some of the broadcasters will put in a word for Pat Tillman during the Super Bowl broadcast, even if the NFL isn't doing anything "official".


  25. Braddah Lance:

    uncle jimmy:
    yup..

    If it was only as simple as dat. :roll:
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    anklebiters:
    Pat graduated in like 3 1/2 years so he was no dummy. I’m thinking that they may name something after him here…building, training facilities, maybe even the light pool he climbed.

    I think dat light pole would actually be kind of fitting.
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    808Dad:
    He said something I’ll never forget. He said he’s over there fighting to protect the very fact that they can protest in public. He’s fighting for their rights and safety while they protest the very war he is fighting. It was a dinner I will not soon forget.

    So so true. Glad your keiki got to experience dat.
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    roach:
    Want to get pissed off about something else ? I’ll bet that when he becomes eligible, Pat will not be elected into the Football Hall of Fame !

    Well OJ is still enshrined..... :shock: So it must be strictly related to football accolades. :roll:
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    Scott:
    Unfortunately, many people in power in the media despise the war, and George Bush. Honoring Tillman would greatly contradict their viewpoints and ideology.

    I really really wondadh

    rayboyjr:
    Wow Braddah Lance, I guess we kind of rivals. Because I am a Rams fan, and although we stink now … your 49ers not much better.

    With Singletary at da helms I sure hope 2009-10 will fare much bettah. :wink:

    But I’m sure that the networks and some of the broadcasters will put in a word for Pat Tillman during the Super Bowl broadcast, even if the NFL isn’t doing anything “official”.

    I'm definitely surah dat da broadcasters like Madden or Summerall will be on top of dat.


  26. JuSaMee:

    i'm not a huge sports person...so i don't know who alot of the athletes are, but i was very moved by anklebiters comments. we often forget the sacrifice made by many, many people. i also try and remember the families of those serving in the armed forces...the live day to day not knowing, but hoping that their mom/dad/husband/wife/brother/sister/aunty/etc...come home. i can't imagine feeling like that everyday.


  27. Dani:

    Hello all...I'm a longtime lurkah that is finally commenting. Today's blog really touched me as my husband is almost home from his second deployment. Thank you Lance for bringing this to my attention as I'd heard of Pat before, but it's a shame how the NFL isn't doing anything in his honor.


  28. opso:

    BL - sheesh.......i neva know bout dis. :?
    i shua hope at least NBC going get some kind of human interest story bout Tillman during da pre game show.

    in da the world of professional sports where it's always bout da benjamins and da "ME" tude. Tillman could have easily lived da glam life of a pro athlete and reap the fame and fortune.

    but that was not him.......he gave all that up to serve his country because he thought it was his duty. talk about sacrifice and unselfishness!


  29. Ynaku:

    BL, just to let you know before Shauna come tell you. Tentatively, I coming over to Oahu from March 9-27 for training. She's trying to set up a Pau Hana get together. Can't do a Friday thing since I go back to Hilo.

    So surprise her when she comes up to you. I leave that up to you as to how you want to approach it.

    eg. Before she speaks say something like, "Eh Shauna, glad you came in. Guess wat? Yanku coming sometime on March. Hey wat you think about doing a Pau Hana Get together? You think Shokudo get one Private Room for Pahty?" Something like that. I going tell UR too.


  30. NKHEA:

    Eh wat happen to my post :x

    BL; We might go to Side St. dis coming Sat. night, you like go :? will let you know if we do decide to go :) btw COhiba is going to be in town so he may be dea too.


  31. ZX6R:

    I don't understand why the NFL wouldn't want to capitalize on a positive role model like Pat Tillman. Especially since we are a country at war. Maybe the NFL has forgotten that football is still just a game. Pat Tillman didn't forget, and we are grateful that he did not and chose to serve his country instead. While he is no more or less a hero than any other american who gave his life in the service of America, (each and every person who serves is one) he does stand out against the irresponsible, money-hungry, spoiled man-children we see on TV on Sundays. Too many of them (though not all) seem to think that being privileged enough to play a game for outrageous amounts of money makes them special. It only makes them lucky, not special. What Pat Tillman chose to do with his life beyond football is what makes him special and I'm not simply referring to his military career. He definitely sounds like someone who lived life to its fullest.

    Honoring those who allow us to live in freedom and peace is a very important subject to me. We must never forget the sacrifices made for us!

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. You do much more than simply entertain us, you make us think about life too.


  32. ZX6R:

    Hey Dani:

    Wishing your husband and all military personnel a safe return! Tell him what he does for us is truly appreciated!


  33. snow:

    i had heard about pat tillman and thought he must have been an amazingly strong person to be able to stick to his guns like he did. it's a shame that the nfl won't honor him in some way on superbowl sunday. it would be great if the nfl honored all of our armed forces, past and present, at the superbowl, while recognizing pat tillman because he was one of their own. our servicemen and women deserve to know that we're still thinking of them and appreciating what they do, even as we (and, hopefully, they) enjoy the superbowl!


  34. Braddah Lance:

    JuSaMee:
    ...but i was very moved by anklebiters comments.

    See! And dat's why it's awesome wen people post comments! :wink: *hint hint Lurkahs!*
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    Dani:
    Hello all…I’m a longtime lurkah that is finally commenting. Today’s blog really touched me as my husband is almost home from his second deployment.

    E Komo Mai Dani! Glad you were able to comment on something that hit home... literally. I certainly hope you feel dat you can comment on anything hea' cause dat's wat it's all about!

    God speed on your husbands - and all our servicemen/women - safe return home!
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    opso:
    BL - sheesh…….i neva know bout dis.
    i shua hope at least NBC going get some kind of human interest story bout Tillman during da pre game show.

    I certainly hope so.
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    Ynaku:
    Tentatively, I coming over to Oahu from March 9-27 for training. She’s trying to set up a Pau Hana get together. Can’t do a Friday thing since I go back to Hilo.

    Cool. I'll be full into baseball but we can work something out.
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    NKHEA:
    BL; We might go to Side St. dis coming Sat. night, you like go will let you know if we do decide to go

    Mahalos but I think we going watch da fight at my house. Next time.
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    ZX6R:
    Honoring those who allow us to live in freedom and peace is a very important subject to me. We must never forget the sacrifices made for us!

    Well said. :grin:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. You do much more than simply entertain us, you make us think about life too.

    Just doing my small part in dis' world.

    Hey Dani:
    Wishing your husband and all military personnel a safe return! Tell him what he does for us is truly appreciated!

    Rogah dat!

    snow:
    i had heard about pat tillman and thought he must have been an amazingly strong person to be able to stick to his guns like he did.

    Some people would call him eccentric though cause he at times didn't do da norm.


  35. NKHEA:

    BL; can we move da PAH-TAY to your house den :)


  36. King Katonk:

    Speaking of SBLVIII, I just hope former Warrior Travis LaBoy (#55) gets some playing time for the Cards. We need someone to represent UH and the 808.