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Chasing a Dream

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I remember it well. 1946, 1947, and maybe 1948. Depending on what kind of workday my dad had had, we would dash off to Ponce DeLeon Park, the home of the Atlanta Crackers Double A team in the Southern League. A week night game. Sometimes we’d go out on a Sunday afternoon for a doubleheader, that was two games for the price of one.  When the Birmingham Barons were in town, that made it even better...

Alabama-Auburn It’s Only a Game

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Greg Gantt Alabama-Auburn, 1972 Alabama ahead 16-3 Auburn hadn’t moved the ball The whole game. Late in the game Greg drops into punt formation. Bill Newton comes up the middle And blocks the punt. The ball bounces into David Langner’s hands. He scores a touchdown. Alabama 16-10. Next Alabama possession. There are still holes In the middle of Alabama’s line Greg drops into punt formation. Bill...

“Mean” Joe Greene

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With all the disrespect for the National Anthem and the Flag, it was such a delight to see “A Football Life” on TV about “Mean” Joe. No doubt Joe was tough as nails on the football field, and he said when he was playing he was tough period, regardless, anywhere, anytime. That’s hard to believe. He always had that grin from ear to ear. Then came probably the most...

Walter Payton

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In January, 1986 there was a gathering of people at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was known as Super Bowl XX. The Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10. It was the culmination of the 1985 season where the Bears went 15-1, including the Super Bowl win. The man who held NFL rushing records at that time was the Bears’ Walter Payton, perhaps one of the smoothest runners in...

Cam Newton Had a Great Opportunity

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But wait. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers lost the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos. What kind of opportunity did Cam have? Nobody listens to losers, right? That’s where you are wrong. The millions of kids watching could have found out you don’t win all the time, and how you should act when you don’t. Those same kids had ample opportunity with the season just ended to see Cam win, and take a...

Teacher Bashes Bears’ Jay Cutler From the Grave

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What’s the best way to say you don’t like somebody? A bumper sticker? Everybody may not know the person you are dissing. Facebook? People post so many things on Facebook, your diss would disappear in two seconds, and you’d have to scroll ten miles down Facebook to find it. Elizabeth Porter Bowman of Chicago, a retired school teacher, had the answer—her obituary. Here’s a portion of her obit...