Jun 13, 2008
Usually, when people are jamming “Support our Troops” down your throat, it’s not exactly about the troops – it’s about another agenda. Honestly, saying you support our troops is like saying you’re against Cancer. Of course we support the troops.
I’ve always supported them – I’ve also always been against Cancer – but I’ve never found a way to tangibly offer some of that support, until now.
My wife’s first cousin, who is a Master Sergeant in the Marines, is currently in Afghanistan. He’s already done two tours in Iraq, losing a finger in one of them, and he’s volunteered to go to the desert a third time. He’s dined on filet mignon at one of Sadaam’s castles in the past, but he’s hurting now. Where he’s stationed now in Afghanistan, they simply don’t have access to the necessities and basic supplies they’re usually able to obtain in the field. These individuals are working in extreme dessert conditions, extreme heat, sand storms, isolated areas, sometimes hostile conditions, and with little or no comforts. These people are even low on underwear and socks, and some apparently have bagged even wearing drawers for some reason it’s so bad. I don’t understand the logistics of why they are hurting so much being U.S. soldiers, but they are, and they have sent word home to their families that they need help. They asked for things like white socks, baby wipes, Crystal Light dry packs, Magazines, Gatorade dry packs, individually rapped candy, Beef jerky bags, Sunflower seeds with salt, and Pop Tarts.
Wait, did I read “magazines?”
Hell, I got a ton of them, several hundred of last year’s in my garage, in fact.
So my wife’s cousin called his wife last night asking if I had a few magazines I could send over. Apparently, there are a ton of guys over there that play fantasy, and they’re starved for information.
He asked for “a few” with the hopes that they can pass them around to those who are interested, which seems to be more than those who aren’t.
Well, I’ve got more than a “few” to give them – I’m sending over 1000 of them Mo-FOs, and I’m glad to do it. My wife’s thrilled, since this will pretty much take care of our leftover problem. These guys have no idea what’s going on in the NFL right now, and as I said they are starving for info. Just imagine being the hardcore fantasy person you are and being out of touch thousands of miles from your home without a clue as to what’s going on – and then getting a copy of our magazine with all it’s information and analysis. I think they’re all going to like that.
And as an added bonus, these soldiers have no idea that our Cover Story Interview, Marshawn Lynch, may be in a little bit of trouble. Maybe this was all meant to be; maybe I wrote that article just for 1000 marines. That’s good enough for me.
I’m very happy to do this, but I also realized something after I had planned the whole thing out. We’re probably going to get a good amount of commerce from these grateful Marines when they return to the states.
You gotta love this business.