This past Thursday, my 10-year-old son's Grid Kids football team announced a preseason scrimmage at Franklin Middle School the next night. One problem...

Drew and I had tickets to go to the Seahawks' first exhibition game versus the Denver Broncos and had been looking forward to going to the game together all summer long.

Decisions, decisions ...

My son absolutely LOVES participating in all kinds of sporting activities and was genuinely torn about missing either one of the two events. Ultimately, we decided that it would be best for him to keep his commitment to his team, the East Valley Apaches 'B' team, and forgo the glorified practice game that is the NFL's preseason.

I got on the phone with many of my fellow 12s to see if anyone could take the tickets off my hands on short notice. Eventually, my buddy Dan Means said he just might know someone. Within 20 minutes, Dan and his nephew Brad were standing in my kitchen and when I found out his situation, the decision to give-up our tickets became an abundantly obvious choice.


Brad Poirer is in the third year of a six-year commitment to the U.S. Air Force. He works as a crew chief and was to be heading back to Korea and then Japan on Sunday. He follows the Seahawks even though he is thousands of miles away and had never been to an NFL game before in his life.

We hooked him up and even gave him some tips as to how the 12th Man rolls at the CLink!