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This story comes from the veteran’s site Grunt Stuff and it takes place in Iraq. A small group of Army Rangers were ordered to clear a building containing four hostiles. They shot and killed three of them, only to realize the fourth one was still alive and about to pull the pin on a live grenade. That’s when things went from “heroically brave” to “superhuman”:

Being only feet away, our ranger buddy’€™s instincts and training took over. He rushed the enemy, immediately engaging in hand to hand combat. As they wrestle, this ranger can’€™t seem to get to his knife due to all of his gear being in the way.  Again, without hesitation, he reaches for the first solid object he could get his hands on; an MRE spoon!

After grabbing the spoon, he began stabbing the enemy in the neck until he was dead. …

This Ranger’€™s actions saved the lives of several other men that day. A task many men might brag about. Rather, he remains in the shadows and asks for no glorification.

To clarify, an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) spoon is an ordinary plastic spoon, no different than the one I’ll use in the office later on to eat a yogurt. And this Ranger used it to introduce a grenade-wielding terrorist to his 72 virgins in the afterlife.

I defy you to read this account and not hold your own manhood cheap. I feel all manly about myself just for fixing the sump pump in the garage or getting my lawn to look nice. This guy saved every man in his outfit with a plastic spoon. Not even something with an edge to it, like a knife or a spork. A frigging spoon. And he wants no credit. No recognition. Just a real man doing a real job as part of a band of brothers who’d do the same for him.

Yes, it’s enough to make you feel totally inadequate. But the pride of knowing America is able to produce men of this caliber more than makes up for it. That and the message to any who will try to do our soldiers harm: They better not bring a grenade to a spoon fight.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get ready for my job, which is talking about sports. And while I’m embarrassed to admit that considering what this Ranger does for a living, at least I can appreciate the real men who make it possible. Godspeed, Rangers. And thanks.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
The Cleveland Browns could lose a draft pick after reports came out that they lied about Johnny Manziel having a concussion and that he showed up drunk to practice.

[0:00:46] ... start late in the season showed up drunk at practice on Wednesday. Cleveland Browns lied. And said he was in the concussion. Critical do you guys remember them. Yeah because. Been a big deal about how. ...
[0:02:14] ... why he couldn't play had nothing to do with a concussion the Cleveland Browns totally made it up. He was never explain why the browns only diagnose this concussion. Three weeks. After it's supposedly happened and ...
[0:04:58] ... that is why the commissioner has to have a major problem with Cleveland Browns. Because you lied about something that we're really serious about right now normally. You made a bogus concussions and concussion that didn't exist. Racing despite it costing the business read this why it left and right this kid may end up costing. The Cleveland Browns 21 round draft notice I don't know I don't for a threatening at least what for draft autograph and want the penalty ...
[0:05:51] ... use. As quarterback risky as this is it possible guys. That the Cleveland Browns knew there was some team interest that maybe the Dallas Cowboys that they could unload for fourth round or require season opener. ...






Cam Newton spoke to the media today and didn't back down or apologize for his immature interview after the Super Bowl. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Newton's attitude and listen to his comments.
Tom Brady was interviewed, and asked who he thinks is the greatest quarterback ever. In typical Brady fashion, he refuses to say himself, and talks about other quarterbacks he wishes he was.

[0:00:48] ... strike basically yeah and he in the conversation slipped in Russell Wilson Cam Newton. Aaron Rogers another. Ron Amadon who was one of the most gifted players for. In the Detroit and efficiency with the group. ...
[0:06:11] ... usually does not this little eagle its you also did win the Super Bowl oh my god I am so happy it's a let us do you Tracy Wolfson what's ahead on your face is that ...
[0:06:44] ... subject of the perception and now everybody's. Treated everybody else. But the Cam Newton apology tour continues this is spoke it's easy and no I have not but telescopes spoke about his coaches that would Williams ...
[0:07:52] ... ended up I mean you don't want to force. I'm talking about Cam Newton and why am did not extend himself to reach and go for that loose a fumble. I don't want my quarterback's hands ...






Just moments after Peyton Manning won Super Bowl 50, he was praising Budweiser in a couple interviews. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss this and talk about Manning's seemingly new nickname,"Sheriff."

This is brilliant. Terrific idea, great execution, perfect satire. And proof that Conan’s best is better than any of the other talk shows, and when he’s on top of his game no one can touch him. And I for one am glad someone who’s not on the Patriots can start taking the abuse for a change.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

 

 

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As Yankees-Red Sox border wars go, this isn’t exactly Bill Lee getting his shoulder separated in a benches-emptying brawl or Jason Varitek feeding his glove to A-Rod, but it’ll have to do.

I guess this is what passes for bad blood between franchises that supposedly hate each other in 2016. Going at it in Valentine’s Day posts like two high school girls throwing shade at each other on Facebook. In our genteel, mannered, easily-offended world, the best rivalry in sports has gone from rugged men throwing haymakers in anger to entry-level social media staffers throwing snark.

Oh, well. At least it’s something. It’s some indication that maybe after years of playing nice, with Yankee legends being treated like they were winning those championships for us and absolutely zero animosity to be found anywhere, maybe, just maybe, these two teams are ready to get back to some good, old-school, mutual hatred as God intended. But I’m not holding my breath. Instead I’ll just satisfy myself with memories of the way things used to be.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been heavily scrutinized this week for his actions both on and off the field on Super Bowl Sunday.

Newton came under fire when he appeared to back away from a loose ball after fumbling in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Then during his postgame press conference he gave mostly one-word answers before abruptly walking out on reporters, saying, “I’m done, man.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera apparently is not as concerned as fans and media members. In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Rivera defended his quarterback’s decision not to dive after his fourth-quarter fumble.

“I think he was looking for the rebound. When that group of guys came diving in, when it ricocheted backwards, he tried to turn and get after the ball,” Rivera said. “When you look at the circumstances he was looking at, I have no problem with that.”

As for Newton’s postgame surliness, Rivera said it simply was the result of the QB’s competitive nature.

Said Rivera, “The one thing about Cam that I think a lot of people have to understand is he hates to lose. He really does. And a lot of great ones have that.”

Rivers said the experience can all be used as a lesson for the future.

“Unfortunately, we just didn’t win the big one,” the coach said. “I think he’ll learn and grow from this situation and come back stronger next year.”

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Travis Upham

 

 

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On Monday, adult film legend and uber sports fan Lisa Ann went on “Morning Men” with Evan Cohen and Mike Babchik on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio and talked about covering Super Bowl 50. Among the soul-baring revelations she made was the fact that Emmanuel Sanders is the player she’d most like to cook dinner for (which could be a euphemism or literally mean she wants to prepare a meal for him, my pornspeak is rusty) and this little gem:

“I got FaceTimed by both teams before the game started. I was pretty excited about that. I’€™m not telling you that! I kind of got in with that. I was really happy that I showered and looked decent when I got these FaceTimes. I got a FaceTime yesterday from the field right before the game from my friend who you remember, [Broncos tight end] Jeff Heuerman, who got injured at the beginning of training camp and didn’t get to play this season. I can’€™t count him because he didn’t play, is that correct?”

Unfortunately she did not say who from the Panthers FaceTimed her (which also could be a euphemism, but I’m guessing she meant the video calling option), but unless it also was someone on injured reserve, that is not a good look for Carolina. I mean, I know boys will be boys, but you’d like to think that just before the biggest game of their lives they’re focused on installing last-minute plays and going over the silent snap count, not calling the star of “Nailin’ Palin” and “Breast in Class 2: Counterfeit Racks.” Call me a purist.

Anyway, it would explain a lot. I don’t know how you go out and win a football game when guys on your team are FaceTiming with porn superstars right before kickoff. Unless she’s promising “dinner” for someone on the champions, which would be a hell of an incentive. And if that’s the case, I’d look right into the camera after the game and yell, “I’m going to Lisa Ann’s house for a nice home-cooked meal!!!”

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher

Knicks president Phil Jackson decided to cut ties with coach Derek Fisher on Monday. The firing took place after Fisher led the team to a mark of 23-31 this season and an abysmal 17-65 record last season. The Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Former Lakers and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis will step in as interim coach for the remainder of the season. While he will have a chance to earn the head coaching position, there are a number of outside candidates the Knicks may be taking a hard look at.

One name that is thrown around with just about every coaching vacancy in the NBA is former Celtics assistant and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. There’s also former Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, whom Jackson reportedly preferred over Fisher but could not hire because Shaw already had a job at the time.

Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is Warriors assistant Luke Walton. The incredible job the 35-year-old did filling in for Steve Kerr this season has not gone unnoticed, and he almost certainly will be getting head coaching offers in the near future. One report indicated the Lakers would be willing to fire coach Byron Scott so they could hire Walton.

Walton and Fisher both played for Jackson with the Lakers, while Shaw and Rambis were assistant coaches under Jackson.

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Travis Upham