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Backstop

January 21, 2014
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I wonder how many things I used as a backstop for my baseball throwing sessions as a kid.  I never had one of those throw-back devices, so all of my backstops were home made.  The most practical one was a stack of straw or hay bales lines up along the barn wall.  They didn’t damage...

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Hall Hockey

January 20, 2014
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Did you ever play “hall hockey” as a teenager?  This was the most fun in a college dorm with the cement block walls lining the hallway.  Anything could be used as the hockey stick (broom, umbrella, or bat) and a tennis ball usually wound up as the puck.  The real skill was being able...

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Boredom

January 17, 2014
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I was reminiscing about the “good old days” with a friend the other day, and the topic of rainy day activities came up.  We know what a kid would do today–he/she would pull out an electronic device and spend the next 4 hours playing on it.  Since my party-line phone didn’t have any of...

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Interviews

January 16, 2014
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Each year at this time the rounds of interviews go on for new NFL coaches.  This year there are more than the usual openings for head coaches.  The Bengals J. Gruden has already been hired by Washington, and Mike Zimmer is rumored to be going to Minnesota as their head coach.  I don’t mind...

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Prevent Defense

January 15, 2014
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You have all heard people say “it is time for the ‘prevent defense’ to end this game”.  What usually happens is the “prevent defense” prevents the team using it from winning.  No one wants the opposing quarterback to throw a 60-yard pass over the head of your defense to win the game in the...

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Bengals

January 14, 2014
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As you know, the Bengals lost a first-round playoff game again this year.  This makes three in a row and 0-5 for Marvin Lewis.  Everyone has their theory on what is wrong.  Of course, I have one, too.  I think the Bengals become too cautious in play calling during playoff games.  You have the...

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Snow Days

January 13, 2014
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As you know, we have had a lot of snow days already this year.  Previously, we knew what happened to the school days–they had to be made up.  This year may be an exception because of bitter cold.  However, my concern is from the coaches standpoint.  How do I get in my practices?  When...

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Cronyism

January 10, 2014
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When I watched the football playoffs over the weekend, almost every announcer made some reference to missed calls or just plain wrong calls by the refereeing crews.  In fact, one set of announcers were amazed when their game had a certain crew officiating because during the regular season they were involved in several games...

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Former Referees

January 9, 2014
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It is hard to believe that all of those referees that I remember so well are now retired.  My favorite crew when I was actively involved were Jerry Newsom, Rich Enyon, and Steve Welmer.  They, of course, all lived in Columbus, Indiana, at one time.  All three played basketball while in high school.  Jerry...

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Half Time Speeches

January 8, 2014
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Most people have heard of those flowery half time speeches that some famous coaches supposedly have given.  I guess there is some value in stirring up athletes before you send them back into the field of play.  Most of these speeches will work only once at best.  The real work at half time occurs in...

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Patriotic Art Contest
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The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3183 is sponsoring an art contest for students in grades 9-12. The contest is a great way to earn money for college. The art must be on paper or canvas and have a patriotic theme. Digital Art is not accepted. The art must be original. Judging is based on originality, presentation, and patriotism expressed. There are monetary awards given locally and at the state level. The national winners will receive scholarships. Home schooled students are eligible, foreign exchange are not. Your entry must be signed by a teacher. You can obtain an entry form by calling Kay Pulskamp, chairperson at 934-3442. Please submit your art by March 31, 2015. The first place winner will be sent to the State Scholarships Chairman for judging. Your art will be returned to you after judging is complete. Additional info/rules may be reviewed at www.ladiesauxvfw.org/programs/scholarships.html

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