Yesterday I spent most of my day blowing leaves and what was left of it, was spent watching NFL football..
Seems November is Military Appreciation month and instead of wearing pink on the players & coaches' gear like was done in October for Breast Cancer Awareness (not Research toward a cure) everyone wore faux fatigue-like apparel on the sidelines..
Its funny.. a decade or so ago in 2003, a currently ex-player named Kellen Winslow Jr got into a heap of controversy for comparing himself to a soldier.. Now its OK for players and overweight coaches to dress up in camouflage looking gear and pretend they are soldiers..
The NFL among other sports must really care about military..
Such selfless patriotism!
And $10.4 Million doesn't hurt any...
That's what the military paid sports teams for patriotic celebration displays and troop tributes..
Actually the total could top $100 million spent by the Department of Defense (DOD) since 2012 if you count NASCAR sponsorship deals
Oh if only they came up with this idea in the 1960s for the Vietnam Vet
What.. you thought the NFL honors veterans and those who serve out of the kindness of their soulless billionaire hearts??
The New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens all received more than $500k, while other teams received amounts ranging from $10,000 (Cleveland Browns) to $472,875 (New Orleans Saints).
The largess was not limited to the NFL, either. The Los Angeles Angels received $450,000 as one of 10 MLB teams involved, while the Atlanta Hawks led eight NBA teams with $230,000.
No team, though, received nearly as much money as NASCAR driver Aric Almirola's Sprint Cup program, which took in $1.56 million in 2015 from the Air Force to sponsor the car in the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekend races.
While the report only listed expenditures for 2015, the Air Force has worked with Richard Petty Motorsports for the last seven years, and has been involved with NASCAR for at least 15 years.
In numbers reported in a previous Senate inquiry, the National Guard spent $88 million sponsoring Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Sprint Cup car, but couldn't show a single recruit that had signed up because of the deal. The Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard all canceled NASCAR deals due to lack of results.
Remember, this is taxpayer money.. It is also money that could and should be used on the troops coming home from war to take care of their physical and psychological care needs..
Instead its going to sports leagues as they pull a sham over the American people's eyes that they sincerely care about and respect the veteran..
All these sports leagues respect is the money the DOD pays them and the profit from selling all the merchandise on their sports shops.
~ Didn't the Nazis and Communists have similar pageantry back in their day?
And even if all this was 100% free, its really Disgusting how overboard everyone specially sports leagues go in 2015 to honor the military, referring to everyone who serves as a 'hero' when they are not..
If you really care about the military, don't elect Presidents (Bush & Obama) who happily send them off to fight and die while the Commanders in Chief do not lose an ounce of sleep..
Or elect rotten wretched old war-hawk bitches like Hillary or some of the Republican field who are licking their chops to get us into another quagmire..
But that's a posting for another time..