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Having SMC from my trendy Roll Tide Roll mug finishing up the morning papers from 1973. And despite the 95 degree temps and 90% humidity in the state that gave you Paul Bryant, George Wallace and Attorney General Sessions, we are only 20 crimson and orange shopping days from our Dixie Christmas- the opening of...
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The wonderful sounds of silence that emanated from Central Alabama last week was exactly the way the leaders of Birmingham and the Birmingham Jewish community wanted it. A shriek of glee from Andi Berger momentarily broke that silence on Tuesday when she learned news that was exactly the way she wanted it, too! For the...
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“Nah, I got no interest in it.” Wanna get into our office pool? “Nah, I got no interest in it.” Who do you think will win? “I really don’t care, I got no interest in it.” You ready for the tournament? “Nah, I got no interest in it.” That’s what I kept telling anybody who...
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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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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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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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‘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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On paper it seemed like the perfect plan. We haven’t been out for New Year’s Eve in probably a decade. Undoubtedly in our time together we’ve been there, probably done it and frankly we’re getting to old to revel until that wee hour of twelve. But Andi Berger had a lousy 2016. She lost her...
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A sure sign of getting old is when you wake-up (that’s a good thing) on a beautiful Saturday morning in Alabama and you are thankful for two things: college football and you’re not living in Mississippi. So, as your alma mater stinks and the Jets season once again for all practical playoff purposes is over,...
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I’ve gotten base hits off former major league pitchers; okay maybe their best years were in the JFK era but so what? Most still threw harder than I can see and all got paid for playing a game that for the rest of us was nothing but a dream. I’ve played and managed teams of...
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