Anyone feeling like you can’t watch sporting events anymore because they’ve become so politicized?
Who’s going to take a knee during the National Anthem? Who’s going to wear a t-shirt on the court with “hands up, don’t shoot?” Which TV commentator is going to inject politics into his play-by-play? You know the drill.
Even half-time shows aren’t fun anymore, between wardrobe malfunctions and Black Power salutes. One shudders to think what Lady Gaga has planned for today. Let’s pray she doesn’t hang poor Tony Bennett from the rafters. But we digress…
There is one lovely Super Bowl tradition that will go forward this year, and it actually has nothing to do with who’s on the field.
Per Breitbart, A veteran is sending pizza to U.S. troops deployed overseas just in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Evans is the mastermind behind the nonprofit Pizzas4Patriots, which helps provide service members, veterans, and first responders feel at home with America’s favorite comfort food while they are away from home, Fox News reported.
Evans, who is based in the Chicago suburbs, said he came up with the idea eight years ago on Fourth of July while he was eating pizza and watching the news with his son.
“My son looked at the soldiers in Iraq on TV and he asked me what they were eating. I told him Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)– not pizza,” Evans recalled. “He asked me if we could send them some pizzas.”
Evans reached out to General David Petraeus and explained how he wanted to send 2,000 pizzas to Iraq. It wasn’t long after that that he began sending the pizzas overseas.
Since then, Evans’s group sends pizzas to troops every Independence Day and Super Bowl Sunday. The group has sent 170,000 pizzas across the Atlantic since 2008.
The pizzas are sent partially baked, and flown by private helicopter to the troops. Warriors have come up with some creative ways to get the pizzas piping hot and cheesy.
Air Force Reserve Captain Tommy Holewinski remembers sharing one of those pizzas with a few Marines on his base and using a Humvee engine to heat up the pizzas.
If you want to help out, visit the Pizzas4Patriots website.
After all, what could be more American than… pizza!
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]