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Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Post We Wish We Didn't Have To Write

Last June, we put up a post about Sgt. Adam Knox of Whitehall, Ohio, showing off his Buckeye pride (see below) in a way even we here at the MZone could support. And while you know our history of poking fun at our Big 10 rivals to the south, in that post we said, "It's pictures like this that should make us all -- Bucks and Wolverines alike -- appreciate how fortunate we are to be debating college football in the blogosphere while folks like Sgt. Knox are putting their lives on the line day in and day out. A sincere thanks to him and his fellow soldiers."


Thus, it is with great sadness that we discovered on Deadspin that Sgt. Knox was killed over the weekend in Iraq when his patrol came under fire from enemy forces. He was just 21 years old.

Something for all of us to think about this weekend when we get too high after a big victory or too low after a bad call. This puts such "important" things in painful perspective.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Knox family.

UPDATE: Deadspin published an email today from Tom Knox, giving more details on his fallen brother.

23 comments:

Sports on a Schtick said...

Thoughts and prayers to the Knox family.

Mike said...

Good post. This is why war/sports metaphors are always inappropriate.

MGOBLUE94 said...

Thank You Knox family for your sacrifice. He served his country proud and shall not be forgotten!

trojan mike said...

RIP Knox. You will not be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

I went to the same high school as Adam Knox. It is always sad but when it hits so close to home it really puts a lot of things into perspective.

I thank him and his family for their sacrifice for the rest of us and I will eternally greatful.

surrounded in columbus said...

the Dispatch carried a nice, more detailed story about the Sgt earlier in the week:

http://www.cd.columbus.oh.us/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/09/20/20060920-A1-03.html

Howard21 said...

A true hero to everyone

Grover said...

Damn!

bigndfan175 said...

Yost, et al...As always you're a class act, well not always but you sure as hell got it right this time! :-) Nice tribute

Anonymous said...

I will say a prayer for Sgt. Knox. I am a veteran of Viet Nam and realize how precious my life, freedoms, and how wonder this country is.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is God Bless and say a silent prayer just before kick off.

A2saint said...

Man, I spent all last night thinking of funny and abusive things to say about Musberger. Now it just doesn't seem to matter...

My thoughts to the family.

Isn't it time to bring all those kids home yet?

Anonymous said...

Go to Deadspin today. There's another post written by Sgt. Knox's brother.

Deepest condolences to the Knox family.

cottoncandy said...

Prayers for all the Ohio, Michigan and American soldiers to die. Personally, I pray for all the deaths, our side and the innocents on the other side who died merely because they lived in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I used to absolutely hate Michigan, but that changed on September 11, 2001. Now, just call it friendly eye poking fun.

Anonymous said...

LOL @ this stupid site's false and hollow sympathy.

You are such sheep following the blind.

Each day thousands of innocents die and you keep on with your crap.

And then one American soldier, who history will probably view as a pillager, dies and you get all self righteous and sentimental.

Save it.

surrounded in columbus said...

"sheep following the blind"??

you come up w/ that kind of stale, lame imagery, and you're laughing at the things other people write?

Scott Boswell said...

Way to post your drivel anonymously...

Big man are we?

bdeezy said...

Umm...so to the guy that took the time to pull up the webpage, then log into comments, then come up with iconic sheep imagery, just gotta say pat yourself on the back for being so ridiculously awesome. Thank you for pointing out that the world is a cruel place; it's probably the first time I've ever even considered that life is not just peaches and cream. God damn you are insightful. Plus, you used, 'LOL', which is uber-awesome, because my girlfriend in 8th grade uses LOL too, except that was when I was in 8th grade, which was 10 years ago. LOL hehe. God damn you are awesome

Yost said...

Anon 1:47pm,

What is a complete asshole like yourself doing hanging out and leaving comments on a college football blog?

Allaha said...

I agree with Mike: war metaphors are inappropriate in a sporting context, precisely because they trivialize the danger and risk to actual combatants. ("Our team went to war today, and we were lucky to get out alive and with a win." Unless you played in Fallujah, skip the military comparisons.)

Anon at 1:47 -- although it is a fool's errand to reason with you -- lamenting the death of one specific person does not detract from the tragedy of another's death. On the contrary, the point of the post is to say that although each of us (including you) takes time to read sports blogs, we need to be mindful there are more important issues. Finally, say what you will about this site and its contents, but realize that it is the historic sacrifices of men such as Knox that give you a platform of free speech -- even if you choose to exercise that right anonymously and indecently.

buckeye john said...

Thoughts and prayers with the family.

Anonymous said...

very well said allaha

matsut said...

Well said, Yost.

This fucking war...what a horrible tragic waste.