Browsing: Marine Corps

Brian Stann gets back in the octagon Sunday at UFC on Versus 2. The former Marine — a genuine warrior who earned the Silver Star for his actions as a platoon commander in Iraq — is making his debut in the 185-pound weight class against Mike Massenzio. Stann moved to middleweight after losing his last light heavyweight fight to wrestling specialist Phil Davis. In that fight, Davis was able to get on top of Stann early and neutralize his striking game en route to a unanimous decision win. Since then, Stann has dropped a weightclass and gone back to work…

Anyone who follows Navy football knows that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves to give talented Midshipmen a shot at the NFL. Belichick’s father coached and worked as a scout at Navy for many years, and the younger Belichick has signed a handful of Navy grads and kept them on the team using the NFL’s reserve/military. As far as I can see, the rules for list aren’t spelled out anywhere online, so it never fails to confuse folks. So here’s a very basic description of how it works from Patriots.com by Patriots Football Weekly writer Andy Hart: Can U…

My colleague Amy McCullough at Marine Corps Times recently reported that 13 second lieutenants were kicked out of the Corps this month for cheating at The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. It turns out that two Naval Academy football players, including former star fullback Adam Ballard, are among the Marines to get administratively discharged (the other player was not identified). Ballard and the other lieutenants allegedly used cheat sheets during their final land navigation exercise last fall, according to Marine officials. In an interview with Marine Corps Times, Ballard said he plans to fight the ruling. “Everyone…

It’s been out there for a few weeks now, but the official announcement on Brian Stann’s next fight has been made. The former Marine captain will square with Mike Massenzio at “UFC on Versus 2” on August 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The fight will mark Stann’s entry into the middleweight class (185-pounds). All of  his previous fights had been in the light heavyweight class (205 pounds). Stann’s last outing in the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 109 in February. Stann is 8-3 as a professional,  including a 2-2 record since joining the…

[HTML1] Marine Lt.  Denver Edick wanted to surprise his wife, who happens to be a Redskins cheerleader (Ooh-Rah Marine!), upon his return from a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan at a Redskins cheerleading practice. So he called a local TV affiliate to catch the reunion on camera. Nice story, right? Most teams would love the free publicity of a Marine surprising his cheerleader wife. Well, the Redskins are not most teams. Full disclosure: I am a Redskins season ticket holder and remain a die-hard fan even though they seem to do everything in their power to push fans like myself…

Brandon Crawford may turn out to be the feel-good story of this year’s NFL draft. Sure, the former Marine is a long shot to get picked, but he’s overcome the odds before. Once a promising high school prospect, Crawford’s hope of playing college football went down the drain after getting arrested his senior year. But Crawford persevered, working in a factory for a short time and eventually enlisting in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Corps in 2003 with an honorable discharge, Crawford walked on at Ball State — 10 years after he last played a down — and eventually…

Anyone familiar with the Boston Marathon knows it’s one of the biggest events in the running world — thousands taking over the streets of the Boston suburbs, crossing over the infamous Heartbreak Hill and barreling downhill toward the city’s historic Back Bay. There’s a military tie-in, too: it happens on Patriots’ Day, which commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. There always are a number of stories that go along with the race that really hit a nerve, and there often is a decent contingent of military runners participating, both stateside and in parallel races run in the war…

Drew Brees, quarterback of the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, has made a habit of endearing himself to Marines. Considering Marine Forces Reserve is based in his back yard in the Big Easy, that makes sense, but few athletes have gone as far as Brees recently to show his Marine Corps love. This may take the cake, however: That’s Brees, handling some serious small-arms firepower in Djibouti on March 29 during a USO visit. He made the appearance with teammate Billy Miller and Donnie Edwards of the Kansas City Chiefs, meeting members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, out…

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