I always watch Fox NFL Sunday--- and thought the show today was timely and TERRIFIC !! Here from Mike Saunders--
I usually don't turn the on the TV on Sunday until later in the evening. However, today I did the unusual and decided to watch a little before lunch. After flipping through channels I settled on the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show and was very surprised to see team all in military fatigues.
I initially thought it was just in celebration of Veteran's Day this week, and, I was only slightly wrong. The FOX NFL Sunday team has spent the previous week in Afghanistan, meeting with the troops stationed there, talking with the men and women on their way to of from combat, trying to bring a little bit of cheer, and home, to those in harms way.
They were doing today's show from a quickly erected studio inside of a tent with an audience of hundreds of U.S. military serving there. I only caught a small part of the show, the final 30 minutes, but I think maybe that it was the finest 30 minutes of the program.
The team terminated the regular football broadcast about 15 minutes before the normal end of the hour. At that time, each of the 6 members of the broadcast team gave a wonder homage to our men and women serving in war zones. I was pleasantly surprised to not just hear platitudes about how much they appreciated the troops but truly heartfelt emotion.They were universal in their appreciation for those serving, and their understanding and support of why they are there.
Terry Bradshaw gave the final few statements, and, if you are familiar with Terry Bradshaw, his ability to present ideas is sometimes the subject of jokes (almost as often as jokes about President Bush). However, Terry was extremely eloquent, about the men and women, about the mission and how important it all is to the U.S. Upon completion, he then led the broadcast team, and the audience, in singing God Bless America, a very emotional few moments for both those on stage and in the audience.
Kudos to Terry, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer, Jimmy Johnson and Kurt Menefee. Not just for the broadcast but for all they did during their stay, including serving food, participating in air drops, and just being there for the troops.