The [Real] Calm Before The Storm

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder

Miss the story of the three Marines above? Read the post about the Marine Corps. 2012 Photo Of The Year.

Heading into this Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, a number of phrases will be trotted out by the media and fans that capture the emotion of the situation.

“Do-or-die” will be used to describe the must-win desire to avoid a 0-3 start. There will be “battles,” there will be “aerial attacks” and there will be “bullets” thrown and “bombs” lobbed by both teams.

But all of these terms are ultimately inexact when you consider that some Redskins fans will be otherwise occupied this Sunday, spread around the globe defending all that we hold dear, including the right to play (and write about…and read about) football.

Those fans, like Cpl. Sharadan Reetz (left), 19, from Indianola, Iowa, and Lance Cpl. Jarrett Hatley, 21, from Millingport, N.C. (above) will be the ones at life-and-death risk. I would never go so far as to chide fans and media folks who use inexact terminology, as I count myself among their ranks.

But when you find yourself watching the Washington Redskins take on the Detroit Lions this weekend, remember what a privilege it is to relax with family while other Redskins fans work tirelessly to defend your rights.

And remember to use any references to battles, attacks and must-win descriptors with reverence. No matter how serious the game seems, these adjectives should be a tribute to much more consequential conflict.

The Redskins’ Military Appreciation game is still nine weeks away vs. the San Francisco 49ers, but let this photo remind Redskins Nation that there is no better time to show military appreciation than 365 days a year.

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