So often sports represents so much more than just a game on a field.
Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Columbia, S.C., police responded to a crying man sitting on the railing of a bridge. Eight minutes and 30 seconds later, The State reports, Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore had talked the man down after learning he was a Gamecocks and Washington Redskins fan.
From The State’s Glen Luke Flanagan:
“I have bad nights, too, sometimes,” Blackmore told him.
As they talked, Blackmore made his way closer. The two began to talk football.
“I just wanted to get his mind off of what was bothering him,” Blackmore told The State in an interview Thursday.
He found out the man was a fan of the Washington Redskins and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
“You’re just having a bad night tonight,” Blackmore told him. “But tomorrow night, when you’re sitting around and you’re watching the Gamecocks – or on Sunday when you’re watching the Redskins play or whatever – you’ll look back (like), ‘Man, what was I thinking Friday night?’ You’re just having a bad night.”
Saturday wasn’t the first time Blackmore used football to talk a man out of taking his life. A month ago, he talked a man down from the ledge of a parking garage by talking football, too.
“It was pretty much the same exact thing,” Blackmore told The State. “I ended up talking to the guy about football. He told me he was a Notre Dame fan.”
Watch video of the the officer’s heroism, via The State.