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Monday, February 05, 2018

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.JG 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. 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.

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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.

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Finally, a story which isn't about the size and firmness of Tom Brady's balls.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-03 04:01 PM | Reply

Yes. Let's enjoy some of the patriotism that we use to crush black people.

Feels wrong.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-04 11:11 AM | Reply

Why can't he just go AWOL like Dubya? Doesn't seem fair.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-05 12:51 PM | Reply

#3 Why don't you go AWOL? You could get reacquainted with your brain.

#4 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-05 02:29 PM | Reply

"I'm happy...because I can adjust and always find something positive."
-Fishpaw

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-05 03:21 PM | Reply

#2

I thought you were an Ex-Marine?

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2018-02-05 06:52 PM | Reply

an Ex-Marine?

The only "ex" Marines were dishonorably discharged or dead.

I believe you are thinking of Donnerboy, he served in the Marines.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-05 07:47 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY 101CHAIRBORNE AT 2018-02-05 05:29 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

You can suck on your patriotism stick.

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-05 09:12 PM | Reply

#7 No. Not I. I spent my life thus far in service to humanity, but not learning how to kill. I learned how to do research and look for cures for the things that kill us. Now I try to understand why, in some people, the brain degenerates.

Not as glamorous as fighting. These days this path is seen as a nefarious one.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-05 09:19 PM | Reply

Now I try to understand why, in some people, the brain degenerates...

#10 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

Does Terri Shaivo serve as a case study? What happened to her brain was so bizarre.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-05 09:34 PM | Reply

"What happened to her brain was so bizarre."

No, it was the result of a medical condition and it was very sad but what happened to the Republican Party in their attempts to make partisan points over her condition was truly bizarre. We had the Senate Majority Leader diagnosing her by looking at her image on TV. That was a sad moment for America and especially revealing about just how far Republicans will go to use invalids to score cheap political points.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-06 07:02 AM | Reply

"The only "ex" Marines were dishonorably discharged or dead."

I'm going through a Joint Staff Course at the moment that contains a number of Marine FGOs. On Day one each service is given the chance to ask odd questions or basically pick on the other services. One of the questions that came up was the difference between an Ex-Marine and a former Marine. It was explained that an Ex-Marine is a service member who had in some way disgraced themselves or the Marine Corps. I think that Bruce's statement in #2 might have been construed by Marines and former Marines as leaning in that direction.

#13 | Posted by madbomber at 2018-02-06 07:14 AM | Reply

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