Todays is Veterans Day, and that means plenty of publications that rarely write about military life are giving thanks to the U.S. military.
Take Sports Illustrated scribe Joe Posnanski and the blog Baseball Think Factory, which salute the troops by posting a 2006-era photo of Marines playing baseball in Iraq.
Or Yahoo! Sports, which makes a valiant attempt to name some of the greatest athlete-veterans in U.S. history.
Or NFL.com, which shares a feature on Tennessee Titans fullback Ahmard Hall, who served in the Marine Corps for four years before walking onto the University of Texas football team.
These are all good things. In many ways, the sporting world is one of the most welcoming to veterans, and a place where — sadly — some Americans get some of their only exposure to military life.
Former Marine Capt. Matt Ufford, a sports blog luminary and former tank officer, also shares some of his own personal history today in a revealing blog post on Kissing Suzy Kolber. It’s well worth a read on an important holiday like this one — or anytime, really.