Monthly Archives: December 2015

Football to My Advantage

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, December 31, 2015, 1:04 p.m. On Wednesday, I realized that football has dulled me. Games were going on all day. I glanced at the TV from time to time, just to check the score or to … Continue reading

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Wild, Raging, Righteous Effort

Clinton, South Carolina, Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 9:12 a.m. It seems as if everyone is headed to Miami to watch the Clemson Tigers continue their quest for the national, by-God, this-great-game-of-football championship. Something about football makes people want to say … Continue reading

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Dim Lights, Tough Names and Dubious Distinctions

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:50 a.m. Everyone’s perception is skewed by his (or her) perspective. A man sitting in the stands pays extra attention to his son, or the daughter of a friend, or the son of … Continue reading

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The Bowl Games Are Growing Like Weeds

Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, December 26, 2015, 3:21 p.m. Football isn’t forever. It just seems like it this time of year. Insignificant bowls started at 11 a.m., and today’s last one starts shortly after 9:30. Marshall fans didn’t think their … Continue reading

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Songs To End Another Year By

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, December 24, 2015, 12:44 p.m. This year my Holiday Lyrics do not include any of my own. It hasn’t been a big songwriting year for me. I’ve written a handful, but I’ve spent most of my … Continue reading

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They’ll Be Home for Christmas … But Only Briefly

Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 23, 2015, 8:03 a.m. I stood out in the hall while Ronny Fisher discussed the game just completed with his Presbyterian College women’s basketball team. The door was open. I could hear every word. Fisher … Continue reading

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A Boss at Work

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, December 19, 2015, 5:47 p.m. It was a game, of course, that PC was bound to win. This was because Presbyterian College was playing Piedmont College. PC/PC. Get it? The homestanding Blue Hose did, in fact, … Continue reading

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Red Devils and Raiders and Never the Twain Shall Meet

  Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, December 19, 2015, 11:32 a.m. Before Friday night, my last three assignments had been in Laurens. That’s the county seat. Laurens District 55 High School drains the northern part of the county. (Forgive me for … Continue reading

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Sometimes the Ball Bounces Funny

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, December 18, 2015, 10:45 a.m. One of the curious aspects of sports is it is mostly a product of humans. The humans are inside bulky automobiles, at the end of sticks, heavily padded, and/or assisted by … Continue reading

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The Anthem, Gym Kids, Refs … the Usual

Clinton, South Carolina, December 16, 2015, 7:31 a.m. The national anthem is tough, man. (Cue the Jon Gruden.) I once sang it before a minor league baseball game. Twice, come to think of it. As a matter of fact, I’ve … Continue reading

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