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#1 Lumps

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:01 PM

Ok I have to vent...lately I have been seeing a lot of this but maybe it has always been this way. I am sorry but these overpaid drama queens who want even more money are nothing like a soldier.

I am not a soldier myself but I come from a military family and it just seems like disrespect to compare these soldiers who risk their life for pennies to players who entertain for millions. These entertainers have a serious job no doubt but not even close to a soldiers. Only one player has ever died in the NFL during a game, two if you include one that was saved by CPR, and is living a normal life.

Our soldiers are already not respected enough for what they do, let alone not paid enough. There is no reason to insult them by comparing them to NFL players.

NFL players are entertainers, soldier's are Heros. Big difference and I think people need to be more aware of the fact. I HATE it when players say they are going to war/battle with fellow 'soldiers' and it really just seems disrespectful because a stadium full of fans on a football field does not come close to comparing to the middle east or any other war zone. I know they don't truly mean it in that sense but it just gets to me.

Ok I'm done now. :)

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:06 PM

Thats the mentality the players have when they play just read Beason's quotes from the other day. He talks about going to "War" with the other players. As a former Soldier I have no problem with it all just the way they view it. It put them in a certain mindset.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:07 PM



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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:11 PM

Thats the mentality the players have when they play just read Beason's quotes from the other day. He talks about going to "War" with the other players. As a former Soldier I have no problem with it all just the way they view it. It put them in a certain mindset.


So the mentality of men wearing pads hitting each other for the sake of a game is the same as soldiers sent in the middle of no where being flamed by bullets dodging life and death is the same?

I think not.

But I respect your opinion as a soldier.

Also that video is exactly what I am talking about. LOL. It takes away meaning of being a real soldier, the motives are completeley different in meaning and depth.

I am sorry I guess I just don't see it. One is playing for a trophy, the other their life. Players can yap with their mouth all they want about how playing is like war and what not, but FACT is it isn't...players are not dying left and right over the field.

Edited by FortySixand2, 13 March 2010 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:14 PM

So the mentality of men wearing pads hitting each other for the sake of a game is the same as soldiers sent in the middle of no where being flamed by bullets dodging life and death is the same?

I think not.

But I respect your opinion as a soldier.



Not saying it is the same just helps the players took look at it that way. They know it isnt. It just a mindset.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:14 PM

It's just words I wouldn't get so bothered about it. It's just figurative langauge they use to keep the intensity at a high level. I think it's worse when they call guys like Dale Earnhardt a hero. Sports figures don't belong on the same pedestal.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:19 PM

Also for the record this has nothing to do with what Beason said. I was just talking football with some friends and the way the NFL seemed to be compared to the military in the conversation seemed really disrespectful that's all. I see it on the forums a lot too.

Edited by FortySixand2, 13 March 2010 - 01:21 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:20 PM

I am a soldier and an Iraqi war vet.

I appreciate all the love on this forum. Just nice to hear that some poeple give a ****.

Thanks guys

#9 Brokenbad

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:21 PM

So the mentality of men wearing pads hitting each other for the sake of a game is the same as soldiers sent in the middle of no where being flamed by bullets dodging life and death is the same?

I think not.

But I respect your opinion as a soldier.

Also that video is exactly what I am talking about. LOL. It takes away meaning of being a real soldier, the motives are completeley different in meaning and depth.

I am sorry I guess I just don't see it. One is playing for a trophy, the other their life.


As a current soldier, I have no problems at all with a reference to "war." "War" has many faces. A man can wage "war" on his own self.

Mr Beason was simply making a metaphor. As I have found in my years as a soldier, many civilians and military family are much more sensitive about references to soldiers and war than the military member themselves.

Thank you for your concern for soldiers and the upmost respect you have displayed. We certainly appreciate you.

Edited by Cardiackat88, 13 March 2010 - 01:28 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:24 PM

there are legit comparisons to be made... anytime a group of men who train together, eat together, travel together, and fight together are put into high stress situations with high emotions for lengthy periods of time develop a sort of brotherhood.

obviously there's no bullets flying (unless matt moore is throwing a pass ;) ) or bombs falling, but to say NO comparison can be made is foolish.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:40 PM

Thought we already beat this to death last week.:D

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:46 PM

Panthers55 - your heater burnt a hole in my fav jeans tailgaiting for the last game of the season

#13 panthers55

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:49 PM

Panthers55 - your heater burnt a hole in my fav jeans tailgaiting for the last game of the season


Seriously? PM me and let me know who you are. It was pretty cold that day.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:49 PM

Thought we already beat this to death last week.:D

Last week thread was last week....

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 01:51 PM

Last week thread was last week....


No this thread is last week's reheated when people run out of new and orginal things to rant about.


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