Happy Memorial Day! See you in Destin

Folks, this is going to be short and sweet. Like you, I’m taking today off to be with my family and friends to celebrate–and to remember.

Do me  a favor as you’re having fun at the lake, the beach, the golf course, or in your back yard. If you know a veteran and you run into him or her today, thank them for their service. If you know someone whose loved one has made the ultimate sacrifice, give them a hug and let them know how you feel.

I don’t want to get all sentimental here on a football blog but the fact remains, that with all our problems and with all the fighting among ourselves, this is still the best damned place on Earth to live. And a lot of people–people we have never met–have died to keep it that way. Right now there are families in your neighborhood who have a son or daughter in harm’s way. Those families are desperately hoping for their children to be home come Memorial Day 2010. If you meet one of those parents, tell them how much you appreciate them.

I’m going to do my best to keep that in mind today. I hope you will do the same.

We will gather again Tuesday morning from Destin as the annual SEC Spring Meetings begin. Until then, be safe.

26 comments Add your comment


May 25th, 2009
8:15 am

Forget Football its baseball season…….

LSU beats UGA twice to reach tourney title game where they beat Vandy….!! SEC Regular Season and Tournament Champs……again…Geaux Tigers!!


May 25th, 2009
9:03 am



May 25th, 2009
9:27 am

Good article on a slow news day..http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2009/may/24/secs-hot-seat-could-be-surprise/ God bless our troops, both living and fallen. Thank you.


May 25th, 2009
9:40 am

I don’t think you wish people a “Happy Memorial Day”. The day is for the soldiers who died.


May 25th, 2009
10:02 am

OK so you can’t wish someone happy halloween because it’s for the witches and the devil. get a life.


May 25th, 2009
10:44 am

How about we just all agree to thank the Veterans, living and dead, who kept us free. Without them we would be unable to make snide comments on a blog.

kauai dawg

May 25th, 2009
11:02 am

We honor the great sacrifce of those who gave and paid the ultimate price to insure and protect our freedom. We thank those who served to insure the same and we pray for the protection of those who are in harms way today protecting the freedom we enjoy and we so often take for granted. God Bless America!

Gator T

May 25th, 2009
11:14 am

Well said….Never Forget those who sacrificed all for our country and freedom.
Gosd Bless America!


May 25th, 2009
11:53 am

No matter who our football alliances are with, we are all first and foremost Americans and we have our fathers and grandfathers to thank for that freedom.


May 25th, 2009
1:40 pm

I think we should remember all who sacrificed too, and ask ourselves this question: When was our freedom in danger ? Not one war since and including the American Revolution has resulted in our being free-er than we otherwise would probably be. Let’s work to end all war.

Doc 54

May 25th, 2009
2:03 pm

One of the reasons our freedom has never been in danger (except from those in who have sit and sit in the White House) is the men and women who spend there lives at sea and abroad making sure those who wish to harm our freedom cannot get close enough to do so. I spent many a Christmas and other special times at sea, and your sentiment sounds so nice: “Let’s work to end all war.” Unfortunately, most of our enemies only understand superior force, and the maintenance of such force requires sacrifice and vigilance. I lost two good men in my last squadron on a “peacetime” cruise. They were working to end war by striking fear into the hearts of our enemies.


May 25th, 2009
6:53 pm

If you’re reading Tony’s section today thank a teacher, and if your reading it in English, thanks a Veteran!


May 25th, 2009
7:00 pm

I wonder if “Wondering” really excelled in World History?


May 25th, 2009
7:34 pm

Wondering, would we be as free if the Japanese warlords controlled the Far East? Would we, or anyone else, be as free if the Nazis controlled Europe? How many Jews, Poles, and Russians would have had to die before Hitler was satisfied? Would we be just as free if the Declaration of Independance and the Constitution had never been written? How about the Bill of Rights? Would anyone in the world be just as free? I think slavery would have ended eventually without the Civil War, but how long would Black People have had to wait? Fifty years? One hundred years? How long is long enough when you are a piece of property and you belong to someone else? You are correct that war is a horrible thing and a terrible waste of men and material. My friend, no one knows the horrows of war more than members of what Bill Mauldin called the most exclusive fraternity in the world. The “Fraternity of Them What Has Been Shot At”.

bank walker

May 25th, 2009
7:34 pm

I don’t think he has a clue Gator…..have a great memorial day….from a Dawg!

Layla Is A Gator!

May 25th, 2009
7:41 pm

Well said Tony(!) and I hope that everyone, especially our troops and families, had a wonderful and safe Memorial Day! Tony, I know that you must really be looking forward to getting down to Destin this year. Lane is all excited as well, he just can’t wait to have crumpets and tea with all of his SEC friends, and you know he’s made alot of those lately! I just don’t know why we had to go out and hire an extra body guard! And when I packed his clothes for him today…what a JOB getting that entire suit of armour in the suitcase!!! That silly Lil Lane! And I think he’s also excited to hear what Mr Slive has to say…he says he’s never actually had a rule named after him before! Anyway…tootles from Tennessee!!!

Gen Neyland

May 25th, 2009
9:18 pm

….and some think sacrifice is humping the tackling dummies to the practice field. In WWII, my Mom had her name on the side of a WWII fighter. That guy didn’t come back. To do her part, she worked in Oak Ridge,TN not knowing what she was really working for except it had something to do with the war effort. When two and two came together, I still to this day don’t thik she had regrets. Her friends and family surviving the war were coming home and that’s the end of that…

Denver Dog

May 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

My uncle died in ww2, I had several friends die in viet nam. One of my son’s friends was killed in Iraq. There are no Gators Jackets Vols or others on this day. Americans we are all, and while in a few months we will be talking smack about our teams, let’s remember today that there are those that gave all and make it possible for us to talk that smack. GO USA! God bless us all.


May 25th, 2009
10:48 pm

Wondering, you spit on the sacrifice of our American heroes in your comments. Have you no shame.

I deleted the other thousand words I just wrote because this is not the time or place for them. I just want to thank all who ever put on a uniform in service of this great country. I can never repay you, but you have my eternal gratitude.

Tide rising

May 26th, 2009
1:21 am

I had an uncle on one side who was part of the invasion force at Omaha beach in WW 2 and a couple of uncles who fought with the Montgard Indians against the Viet Cong. My brother is a Lieutenent Colonel here at Fort McPherson and served in the first Iraq war to free Kuwait and got back a year ago from a 2nd tour In Irag. He is US Army and was stationed in or around the big airfield AL Assad near Bahgdad.

I’m very proud of my family’s history but also of each and every other man or woman who has served (myself included) in the military and their loved ones back home who support them.


May 26th, 2009
2:39 am

Barnhart: Have fun down there in Destin spreading tanning oil all over your man-crush – Steve Spurrier.

armour all

May 26th, 2009
3:17 am

tell us about alabama’s loi when you get back, bama poeple are saying two years 5-7 sholly lose one year ban for bowl?

Roswell Ed

May 26th, 2009
7:09 am

God bless those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Visit libertarianhumor.com

Mike Hunt

May 26th, 2009
7:15 am

Tony please keep us up to date on Coach “O” and his antics. I can see him funneling beer on the beach, ripping his shirt off and doing shots of tequila all week


May 26th, 2009
7:24 am


Not since the revolutionary war huh? 1812 doesn’t ring a bell…when the British took the Capital and American forces had to take it back. Or Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese attacked on US soil…

Please do not diminish the sacrifices of our veterans by your ignorance…

Thank all who gave all…


May 26th, 2009
8:01 am

Can you tell us what the heck is going on with Alabama?