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Vinnie Viola Nominated As Secretary Of The Army

Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of the Army subject to Senate confirmation. Viola, a 1977 graduate of West Point, is the founder of Virtu Financial and bought the Panthers in 2013. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpyTrump and Viola apparently met last week at Trump Tower in New York. “I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army,” Trump said in a statement. “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge. “He is a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others. The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.” Viola, who founded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says the nomination is a “great honor.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy“If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our president with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his National Defense Strategy,” Viola said in the release. “A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America's soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict. This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpyAccording to the Florida Panthers, ownership of the team would remain in the Viola family pending confirmation. Doug Cifu, a partner of Viola’s with the Panthers as well as Virtu Financial, would become chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment. “Our hockey team has always been proud to be part of Mr. Viola’s legacy,” Florida’s Dale Tallon said. “We admire his dedication to his country and are excited to watch him pursue this new endeavor.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpySaid Panthers CEO and West Point graduate Matthew Caldwell: “We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy

Miami Herald – Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of the Army subject to Senate confirmation.
Viola, a 1977 graduate of West Point, is the founder of Virtu Financial and bought the Panthers in 2013.
Trump and Viola apparently met last week at Trump Tower in New York.
“I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army,” Trump said in a statement.
“Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.
“He is a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others. The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.”
Viola, who founded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says the nomination is a “great honor.”
confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our president with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his National Defense Strategy,” Viola said in the release.
“A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict. This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.”
According to the Florida Panthers, ownership of the team would remain in the Viola family pending confirmation.
Doug Cifu, a partner of Viola’s with the Panthers as well as Virtu Financial, would become chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment.
“Our hockey team has always been proud to be part of Mr. Viola’s legacy,” Florida’s Dale Tallon said.
“We admire his dedication to his country and are excited to watch him pursue this new endeavor.”
Panthers CEO and West Point graduate Matthew Caldwell: “We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country.”
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy

What a wacky month its been at FLApanthers HQ. Wacky year in general. Fire like 30 people, bring in a new staff, flip the team over to make them totally analytics based, fire the fan favorite coach, become old school hockey enemy number 1, and then have your owner become Secretary of the Army. It’s not crazy by any means given the military background Viola imposes on everything including this team, but just making this season more of a circus act than it already was is just crazy. Stability is something we’ve wanted for a long time and it felt like we had it by the end of last year and now it’s all up in the air again. Like we thought it was bad when Jeffrey Loria steps in mid season to fuck around with the Marlins. Well Vinnie Viola stepped in to mess around with the player personnel, and now President-elect Donald trump stuck his fingers into BB&T center and is messing around with Vinnie Viola. Some how this is gonna trickle down and effect with the players somehow. Wish we could hear Vinnie say he’s rejecting the offer because he’s 100% committed to this South Florida Hockey Franchise, but we just know he’s gonna jump to represent the Army any way possible. It’s like in the guy’s DNA. And who knows how things will change. Shouldn’t be to crazy I don’t think considering everyone in that organization front office is hand picked by Viola so the direction should still be the same but don’t be caught off guard if half the roster is sent to fight in the Syrian Civil War and combat ISIS.

As An AHS Alum I Gotta Give A Shout Out To Adam Reed.

Adam Reed just wants to be one of the guys on Plantation American Heritage’s nationally ranked football team. If you watched what happened after last Saturday’s 36-8 romp over Stephenson (Ga.) at the Battle of the Borders Classic in Atlanta, the Patriots’ 4-5, 95-pound, fifth-string running back seems to be fitting in just fine. He had about as many fans wanting to snap pictures with him as his highly recruited teammates. “I'm a little undersized,” the 17-year-old senior said Tuesday after practice. “But it’s, whatever. I don’t let my size stop me from doing anything.” It’s one thing to be undersized and playing in a local recreational league or on the junior varsity squad. It’s an entirely different thing to run with the varsity team of the school’s back-to-back Class 5A state championship squad and earn the respect of teammates and coaches. Reed has. After playing on the middle school and junior varsity teams at Heritage since the sixth grade, Reed began his senior year last month ineligible for the JV squad because of his age and year in school. If he was going to play football, he had to make the varsity team. And he did, impressing coach Mike Rumph by attending every offseason meeting, workout and practice alongside the biggest player on the team (6-6, 338-pound junior All-American offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton) and the second-smallest (5-8, 146-pound junior receiver Jason Heinstkill). “It’s special to see somebody that diminutive, being dealt a tough hand, coming out here and working just like any other person,” said Patrick Surtain, Heritage’s defensive coordinator and a former Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback. “We don’t even look at Adam like that because he’s Adam to us, because he puts in the work like everybody else. He doesn’t want anything handed to him. He wants to earn it. And so far he has. It’s good to have somebody like that on your team.” Reed, who played on the junior varsity at Heritage alongside Surtain’s son Patrick Jr., a 6-1, 175-pound sophomore, occasionally got into games on the JV and even scored “a handful of touchdowns.” But he has yet to get in to either of the varsity games this season (Heritage opened with a 19-7 win over USA Today preseason No. 2 Bradenton IMG Academy on Aug. 22) and probably won’t get into Saturday night’s showdown with DeMatha Catholic (Maryland). But Rumph said he’s planning to get Reed into a game as soon as he can, either on kickoff returns or when the schedule gets a little less daunting later in the season. “Whether or not he gets playing time as a senior, it remains a mystery,” Rumph said. “But I have some plans and ideas to get him involved because he sacrificed the way everybody else sacrificed.” Said Reed’s mother, Lisa: “Coach Rumph told me they were not going to put Adam in a situation they didn’t think he could handle, and as a mother I said that’s all I can ever ask.” Still, his teammates and coaches are looking forward to seeing him get on the field in a game. Although there is no official record as to who the shortest player is to get into a game, two years ago, Rice’s Jayson Carter, a 4-9, 135-pound, walk-on running back, entered late in the fourth quarter of a 45-7 blowout win over UTEP. Locally, Reed could become the shortest high school player to ever get into a varsity football game. “I’m not going to lie; when I first saw him it was kind of shocking,” said junior tailback Kyshaun Bryan, the Patriots’ leading rusher last season. “Now that I got to know him, he’s pretty cool. He does everything we do and has an even bigger heart. His size doesn’t matter. He’s like one of us.” Reed, adopted two days after he was born, has been to many endocrinologists and other doctors in South Florida, but hasn’t found an explanation for his diminutive stature. “Unofficially, the best answer we’ve gotten is his body doesn’t know what to do with growth hormone,” said Reed’s mother, a kindergarten teacher at Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston. “We honestly know nothing about Adam’s parents or medical history. But I’m a firm believer that I was meant to be his mom. As soon as I had him in my arms I fell in love with him. “It hasn’t been all peachy keen. He’s cried, been upset about his height. But I said to him, ‘This is just the way you are, and this is just part of life.’ Thank God you can walk, run and scream and play. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade out of it.” Reed hopes to make much more of his life and opportunity this season. “I want to win a championship ring,” he said, “and just play my role. Whatever it is.”

Miami Herald/ Manny Navarro– Adam Reed just wants to be one of the guys on Plantation American Heritage’s nationally ranked football team.
If you watched what happened after last Saturday’s 36-8 romp over Stephenson (Ga.) at the Battle of the Borders Classic in Atlanta, the Patriots’ 4-5, 95-pound, fifth-string running back seems to be fitting in just fine. He had about as many fans wanting to snap pictures with him as his highly recruited teammates.
“I’m a little undersized,” the 17-year-old senior said Tuesday after practice. “But it’s, whatever. I don’t let my size stop me from doing anything.”
It’s one thing to be undersized and playing in a local recreational league or on the junior varsity squad. It’s an entirely different thing to run with the varsity team of the school’s back-to-back Class 5A state championship squad and earn the respect of teammates and coaches.
Reed has. After playing on the middle school and junior varsity teams at Heritage since the sixth grade, Reed began his senior year last month ineligible for the JV squad because of his age and year in school. If he was going to play football, he had to make the varsity team.
And he did, impressing coach Mike Rumph by attending every offseason meeting, workout and practice alongside the biggest player on the team (6-6, 338-pound junior All-American offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton) and the second-smallest (5-8, 146-pound junior receiver Jason Heinstkill).
“It’s special to see somebody that diminutive, being dealt a tough hand, coming out here and working just like any other person,” said Patrick Surtain, Heritage’s defensive coordinator and a former Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback. “We don’t even look at Adam like that because he’s Adam to us, because he puts in the work like everybody else. He doesn’t want anything handed to him. He wants to earn it. And so far he has. It’s good to have somebody like that on your team.”
Reed, who played on the junior varsity at Heritage alongside Surtain’s son Patrick Jr., a 6-1, 175-pound sophomore, occasionally got into games on the JV and even scored “a handful of touchdowns.”
But he has yet to get in to either of the varsity games this season (Heritage opened with a 19-7 win over USA Today preseason No. 2 Bradenton IMG Academy on Aug. 22) and probably won’t get into Saturday night’s showdown with DeMatha Catholic (Maryland). But Rumph said he’s planning to get Reed into a game as soon as he can, either on kickoff returns or when the schedule gets a little less daunting later in the season.
“Whether or not he gets playing time as a senior, it remains a mystery,” Rumph said. “But I have some plans and ideas to get him involved because he sacrificed the way everybody else sacrificed.”
Said Reed’s mother, Lisa: “Coach Rumph told me they were not going to put Adam in a situation they didn’t think he could handle, and as a mother I said that’s all I can ever ask.”
Still, his teammates and coaches are looking forward to seeing him get on the field in a game.
Although there is no official record as to who the shortest player is to get into a game, two years ago, Rice’s Jayson Carter, a 4-9, 135-pound, walk-on running back, entered late in the fourth quarter of a 45-7 blowout win over UTEP.
Locally, Reed could become the shortest high school player to ever get into a varsity football game.
“I’m not going to lie; when I first saw him it was kind of shocking,” said junior tailback Kyshaun Bryan, the Patriots’ leading rusher last season. “Now that I got to know him, he’s pretty cool. He does everything we do and has an even bigger heart. His size doesn’t matter. He’s like one of us.”
Reed, adopted two days after he was born, has been to many endocrinologists and other doctors in South Florida, but hasn’t found an explanation for his diminutive stature.
“Unofficially, the best answer we’ve gotten is his body doesn’t know what to do with growth hormone,” said Reed’s mother, a kindergarten teacher at Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston.
“We honestly know nothing about Adam’s parents or medical history. But I’m a firm believer that I was meant to be his mom. As soon as I had him in my arms I fell in love with him.
“It hasn’t been all peachy keen. He’s cried, been upset about his height. But I said to him, ‘This is just the way you are, and this is just part of life.’ Thank God you can walk, run and scream and play. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade out of it.”
Reed hopes to make much more of his life and opportunity this season.
“I want to win a championship ring,” he said, “and just play my role. Whatever it is.”

Wooohoo! AHS baby! Gotta love the heart on this kid. At like 5’8 200+lbs a senior in high school I didnt have the skill or balls to play and here Adam Reed is 4’5 95 lbs ready to take the bench or the field whenever he’s needed too. Just doing his part for 6 years now waiting for his shot on the varsity roster and I damn do hope he gets his moment. Kid doesn’t get worked up if he has to take the bench. He knows he’s 5th string but he knows when its time for him to take the field he’s gonna do his god damn best and play for the win. Never let his size stop him any step of the way. Seriously if the patriots make it to state champs i might have to break out the old heritage jersey and rally the troops and if i do you can damn well bet im gonna be rooting for Reed.

Sidenote- back then a lot of people joined the Heritage Soccer team their senior year because they forced you on the varsity team and even if you dont play because you probably stink, you get a varsity ring. Cheap move. Gotta earn those rings.