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This Player Needed Permission (Again) From His CO To Play In The Upcoming Super Bowl
Here’s a Super Bowl story that’s not about the size of Tom Brady’s balls.
Once again, the Navy reserve has allowed New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona to reschedule his drill weekend so that he can play in the pinnacle event of professional football.
Lt. j.g. Joseph D. Cardona graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2015 and is assigned to a reserve unit at the Navy Operational Support Center in Newport, Rhode Island. He will play in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4, when his team takes on the Philadelphia Eagles.
As a reservist, Cardona’s Navy commitment includes one weekend of inactive-duty training per month, but he was able to reschedule his drill weekend for February because it conflicted with the Super Bowl, said Navy Cmdr. Doug Gabos, a spokesman for Navy Reserve Force. It was not immediately known when Cardona will drill in February.
This will be the second year in a row that Cardona has received permission to drill on a different weekend in order to play in the big game. The Navy allowed him to play in last year’s Super Bowl, in which the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons.
A New England Patriots spokesman could not be reached for comment by deadline on Monday.
Prior to the 2017 game, Cardona made clear that he does not take his reserve duties lightly.
“I didn’t go to the Naval Academy expecting to play in the NFL,” Cardona told Yahoo Sports in 2017. “That wasn’t my focus.”
Despite having to drive a total of two hours to his job at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Newport and back, Cardona always managed to arrive on time for both his Navy duties and Patriots’ practices in the evening, Yahoo reported.
“This guy is like a drill sergeant,” Patriots punter Ryan Allen told the media outlet.
Sunday’s Super Bowl will be a rematch for the Patriots and Eagles, who played against each other in 2005. The game was one of five Super Bowl wins for the Patriots since 2002.
Although the Eagles have yet to win a Super Bowl, the team was the first to include a fully functioning court in its stadium to adjudicate rowdy fans. Then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell later recalled that the first defendant was so drunk that he vomited in front of the district judge.
The Eagles remain the only NFL team whose fans have pelted Santa Claus with snow balls.
Have fun, Lt. j.g. Cardona.
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Exclusive: Video shows Navy SEAL flying drone over body of ISIS fighter shortly after Eddie Gallagher allegedly stabbed him
Shortly after Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher allegedly murdered a wounded ISIS prisoner, about half a dozen of his SEAL teammates watched as one SEAL flew a drone around their compound and hovered it just inches over the dead man's body.
It was yet another ethical lapse for the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon, many of whom had just taken a group photograph with the deceased victim after their commander had held an impromptu reenlistment ceremony for Gallagher near the body. Although some expressed remorse in courtroom testimony over their participation in the photo, video footage from later that morning showed a number of SEALs acted with little regard for the remains of Gallagher's alleged victim.
The video — which was shown to the jury and courtroom spectators last week in the trial of Gallagher — was recently obtained by Task & Purpose.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 soldiers and National Guard in the north of the country to stem the flow of illegal immigration across the border into the United States, the head of the Mexican Army said on Monday.
Mexico has not traditionally used security forces to stop undocumented foreign citizens leaving the country for the United States, and photographs of militarized police catching Central American and Cuban women at the border in recent days have met with criticism.
Mexico is trying to curb a surge of migrants from third countries crossing its territory in order to reach the United States, under the threat of tariffs on its exports by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made tightening border security a priority.
Packages containing suspected heroin were found in the home of the driver charged with killing seven motorcyclists Friday in the North Country, authorities said Monday.
Massachusetts State Police said the packages were discovered when its Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and New Hampshire State police arrested Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, at his West Springfield home. The packages will be tested for heroin, they said.
Zhukovskyy faces seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with the North Country crash on Friday evening that killed seven riders associated with Jarhead Motorcycle Club, a club for Marines and select Navy corpsmen.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.