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63tinman 12th Warrior

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Comment 04 Nov 2016

It's all about the brotherhood of players sharing a common love and respect for the game, and each other. I don't imagine Zeke and Carlos traded jerseys so Zeke could discard a 49ers jersey and Carlos scrap a Cowboy's jersey on trash day.

If I was the Foltz family, that helmet would mean something for the rest of my life. A reminder of how a major university paid tribute to my son, a major college athlete. An ear of corn with a 27 painted on it... not so much.  No matter when it is seen, one is a reminder that a brotherhood of football players from Ohio State paid tribute to a fallen brother of the game. The other says, what's with the corn?

Comment 12 Oct 2016

Turns out Carl had two ex-wives (married in '57 & '68) as well as his third wife (married in '81) whom he remained married to until his death in 1996.

I've heard rumors there were billions and billions of them, actually.

Comment 07 Sep 2016

You will never see a perfect stadium with these things because someone always wants to wear the clothes they want to wear.

I'll bet the North Koreans could pull off a flawless stadium stripe out. They do blackouts very well, also. Every time the sun goes down. And man could they march a halftime show. I've seen film of them doing some pretty incredible things, and that was just for some guy's birthday party.

Comment 28 Aug 2016

What the 11W crew has created is so much more than another sports blog. Through the forums, at a particularly difficult time, I made a post about a personally difficult situation. I was recovering from a seemingly endless run of surgeries (I was at 16 or 17 at the time, I think) and had moved in by myself to care for 2 terminally ill parents, one of whom didn't know who I was any more.

My parents had been scammed of their life savings, and I was trying to care for them physically and financially, while balancing my own health and marriage at the same time. Dark days. I wasn't sure there was light at the end, and was even less sure I wanted to even find out.

I was alone with bad health and the impending death of parents who could no longer care for their most basic daily needs; bathing, feeding, bathroom needs included, 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. I felt alone, until that post. The outpouring of support from members of the 11W community kept me going. Offerings of personal emails for direct contact, and general encouragement helped me regain a focus and perspective that helped me through. 

My parents have since passed, I have only one more planned surgery on the horizon, and life is regaining a more positive focus.  Had the collection of individuals I heard from on 11W at that time not been there, I'm not sure I would have made it through. 11W is more than a sports site. It's a gathering place for some of the finest people humanity has to offer.  For that I give Jason and the gang my heartfelt thanks.