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Roy Berger
Relegation. Whether you communicate in the Queen’s English or the abridged version we’ve used over here for the past 240 years or even Alabama-speak, it’s one of those words that never gets a smile. It’s like diarrhea, constipation, syphilis, heart attack, and erectile dysfunction. There’s nothing too cheery about them, either. Miss O’Sullivan challenged her...
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  “I’ll take Boxing for one hundred, Alex.” What North American city currently holds the title as the heavyweight boxing capital of the world? “That’s easy Alex. What is ‘Las Vegas, Nevada’!” Bzzzzzzzzzz. Oh, I’m so sorry. The correct answer is Birmingham, Alabama. Yep, the Birmingham, Alabama of segregation, then forced integration. The Birmingham, Alabama,...
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The bad news is it’ll set you back about two million bucks. The good news though: ┬áit comes with a 90 day parts and labor warranty. Yes, if you happen to be in the market for a MRI machine, take a look at the newest GE. It’s a marvel, unless of course, you happen to...
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I really didn’t give a flying flip about who won the Super Bowl but now that it’s a week later, I’m still not sure I can make heads nor tails about how it ended. To me, it just isn’t right no matter the sport, that after regulation play ends both sides don’t have an equal...
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What’s going on here? Today is the day I was always in my full glory. Absolute on the rocks with a splash of tonic; a dry cabernet; chips; pigs-in-blankets; a cheese spread; chicken tenders; nicely carved potato skins and about twenty bets– it was like going to a bar-mitzvah reception. Super Bowl Sunday was my...
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With one swing of Mike LaValliere’s bat, Steve Carlton’s days as a Philadelphia Phillie were about to end. With one snap decision of LaValliere’s managing mind, my days as a Pittsburgh Pirate might be over too. When the light-stick, all-glove, gritty eleven-year big league catcher took Carlton deep on a beautiful baseball afternoon in 1986,...
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Sandy Koufax heaved a huge sigh of relief. So did The Baseball Encyclopedia for not having to print a new edition. For about a year, though, it looked like Koufax, the greatest Jewish pitcher of all-time, would slide down that list to only second best. It also looked like the Baseball Encyclopedia would be hard-pressed...
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Five months ago, almost to the day, I was lying a hospital bed fresh off shoulder surgery. Today, I just didn’t want to take any chances. So before manager Mike LaValliere and coach Chico Lind had a chance to choose their starting first baseman at the opening day of Pirates old-guy camp, I did what...
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At high noon this afternoon, when Donald Trump agreed to become the 45th President of the United States, at that very same moment, I became a Founding Member of the MOB. No, no. Not the mob of Lucky, Bugsy, Nucky and Tony. I’m too late to be a founding member of that branch. My MOB...
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‘Beating the rush’ took on a whole new meeting late Monday night into early Tuesday morning in Tampa. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the last guy that wants to get stuck in a parking lot for two hours after a ballgame or event. It’s one of my three recurring nightmares along side failing my New...
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