In case you’ve missed this story over the last few days, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert made a bit of a sensation when he went of Facebook to invite Ronda Rousey to the Marine Corps Ball. Then the fine Americans over at “TMZ on TV” tracked down Rousey and showed her the video. Well, as the video above shows, she accepted. And Haschert’s reaction is predictably spectacular.
By way of full disclosure, this story resonates with me especially for two reasons. First, because, in case you haven’t heard me mention it before, I have a son who went off to Marines boot camp a year ago today. So I can tell you second hand those guys make sacrifices few of us ever do. Besides the hard work and sleep deprivation there are things like going 13 weeks with no communication from loved ones other than snail mail while their buddies are off at college getting drunk with coeds and bringing their laundry home on weekends. There’s sleeping in some foxhole in a North Carolina torrential downpour. Getting dumped into a pool inside a helicopter crash simulator and spun upside down. And there’s the countless hours of untold boredom on fire watch or whatnot. So I can appreciate how much this means to Lance Corporal Haschert.
And also because I have a semi-odd fixation on really attractive women who can kick your ass. From Ripley in “Alien” to “Xena Warrior Princess” to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to Michonne from “The Walking Dead” and beyond. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I admire strong females or I just need more discipline in my life, I don’t know. But Ronda Rousey is heart chakra.
So kudos to her. I can’t think of a better way to honor the people who keep us all free to write goofy blogs where we creepily lust after Ronda Rousey than for her to actually go on a date with this American hero. So on behalf of a grateful nation, I’d like to thank Ronda and congratulate the Lance Corporal. ‘Rah, Devil Dog. I have no doubt you’ll be able to line up dates for her friends.
P.S. I love some of the work TMZ does, but someone needs to tell the writers that Marines only want to be called “Marines,” not “soldiers.”
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