Posted by: furmanbisher | January 15, 2009

Blog Blast

It bothers me to no end when it is considered headline news in the media that some college kid has (1) decided to continue his education (shouldn’t that go without question?), and (2) that some college underclassman has decided he’s ready to offer himself on the open meat market, i.e., quit his education and offer himself to the pro football draft. On the other hand, it is pleasing to hear that the Heisman Award winner, Sam Bradford, has decided to not only continue his education, but to also continue playing quarterback at Oklahoma. And that Tim Tebow, as well, has decided that the Heisman Award wasn’t his only goal but that he sees value in finishing the education he started at Florida. I say all that, realizing that it puts me in a minority, but frankly, I don’t give a damn.

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Georgia Tech lost a basketball game the other night, but the headline in the local sports section was about a high school ace who said he had decided to go to school at Tech. I do trust he might also consider enrolling in some of the exciting studies Georgia Tech offers.

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When Leo Mazzone left the Braves to become pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles—for half-million bucks a season—his nest was feathered.  He was joining an old pal who was the Orioles manager. Alas, the Orioles crumbled.  Old Pal got fired, and so did Leo. On a local radio show the other day, he said, “If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t do it.”  What Leo does now is what radio calls “The Leo Mazzone Show,” and read commercials for some car dealer—and hope the telephone rings.

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Are you missing the further adventures of Brett Favre? It just doesn’t seem like winter without it, does it……..

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Two interesting studies in quarterbacking are found in these NFL conference championships. The Cardinals have made it this far with a quarterback who was undrafted and took a circuitous route that included a detour through Europe and stacking groceries in a supermarket to get there—and already has one Super Bowl ring on a finger. The Ravens have made it with a rookie quarterback out of a second division school, Delaware, not known for its NFL alumni. Kurt Warner meet Joe Flacco—later, perhaps.

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Not nearly enough credit is given Ken Whisenhunt, who has the Cardinals in a position they haven’t reached in 60 years—no matter how this weekend works out. The last time the Cardinals made it this far, Charley Trippi was their star, the NFL’s first $100,000 player, just signed out of Georgia. Then, they resided in Chicago, and the team they beat were the Eagles. Ah, yes, 15 years before Whisenhunt was born.

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Ah, so, we are boning up on our Japanese in Atlanta, now that the Braves have signed pitcher Kenshin Kawakami. (“Just call me Kenshin, y’all,” he said at his introduction. A real comic.) An army of Japanese media types showed  up for his first press conference, so we can expect a press box generously sprinkled with guests from the Orient on the days Kenshin pitches next summer.

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Selah, and all that, y’all!

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