Today is Veterans Day. Of course, it all started with the guns falling silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Woodrow Wilson had this to say about that solemn occasion:
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.
Here’s my thing about Veterans Day. There is no inherent greatness for being a veteran. Throughout our history, we’ve seen instances where active service personnel and veterans have hurt people. However, veterans who honor the value the see in fighting for freedom throughout their life do something precious. Free people fight to live every day, they fight to say “My life is mine, and I will do whatever I can to ensure that all the people I know – and even the people I don’t – can own their life, too.” That is what makes Veterans Day – and every day – something great to celebrate. It’s a celebration of life and the people that lived it as soldiers.
So, when you see a veteran today, say thank you…and make sure you say thank you for living, not for sacrificing.
The Atlanta Braves are still in Atlanta…sort of. The Braves announced today that they will be relocating to Cobb County beginning in 2017 with the construction of a new baseball facility that was not previously used for the Olympics and therefore avoids the barren wasteland that is Turner Field.
Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” approximately 60 acres of land for the project.
The Braves said the stadium is projected to cost $672 million, including parking, land and infrastructure, and will be built in partnership with Cobb County.
Technically, Atlanta remains in Atlanta, as the facility will rest comfortably in the 30339 zip code that I can confirm is Atlanta. The biggest question in my mind is this – since the old stadium was already made into a parking lot, and there’s no new stadium to make Turner Field into a parking lot for, what happens to all that parking? Eh, who cares…
Denver beat San Diego yesterday 28-20, which was closer than it should have been but enough to tease Philip Rivers into thinking “Hey, maybe there’s a shot…” until there wasn’t. Why is it that we enjoy that? Because Philip Rivers is the biggest douchebag in history (well, maybe not the biggest in history…but still…he’s up there). Just to confirm his douchebaggery, you can refer to here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Learn to throw, win a Super Bowl, and then you can somewhat justify existing, you ass.