- The world loves soccer; We Americans just like it
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
The world is in love with soccer.
No doubt about that.
But here in the United States, it is more of a case of us liking it, but not loving it.
Now I have been in this game long enough to know by now I have already pissed off just about every soccer fan reading this blog.
That’s because these are people who have never just wanted a piece of the pie. They want the whole damn pie.
To them, soccer’s place in this country should be No. 1.
Just like it is in Portugal and Italy and Argentina and Brazil and Mexico and England and just about everywhere else on this planet.
Sorry, people, but it just ain’t going to happen here.
It didn’t happen when Pele came here to play in the late 70s.
It didn’t happen when the World Cup came here in 1994.
It didn’t happen when Beckham showed up a couple of years ago.
It didn’t happen this year when ESPN showed up in South Africa putting on a Super Bowl type performance.
Now I admit that I was one of those who got interested in the U.S. team the last couple of weeks.
I was one of those people who jumped up and shouted “Goaaaaaaaaaaaallllllll” last week when Landon Donovan scored the late goal to send the U.S. into the round of 16.
I also watched with frustration on Saturday when we got knocked out by Ghana.
After being around a lot of Dutch people at the Winter Olympics in Torino, I am hoping the Netherlands wins it. But really once the U.S. team was out, my World Cup watching ended.
Could care less about Uruguay or Paraguay.
Soccer has earned a place in this country.
But like the U.S. in the World Cup, it just hasn’t medaled.
It’s not 1, 2 or 3. That is still football, basketball and baseball.
It has also earned a place in my life.
I will continue to go to my grandson’s games.
I plan to watch go watch MSU more this coming year.
I like soccer. I don’t love it.
And I think most Americans are like me.Share
- I’ll take Grand Buffet over pricey Genghis Grill
Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
The last time I did my Lunch Lady impersonation, I got into a whole lot of trouble.
The people at the overpriced, uppity restaurant in town got a bit ticked off when I said the food, service and prices there pretty much sucked.
My review hurt their business so much, they moved into a bigger and better location.
So to the people who run Genghis Grill, don’t get too angry with what I am about to say.
It may be the best thing that ever happened to you.
For sure, you’ll be getting a lot of Iowa Park business.
Our Lunch Lady gave Genghis a nice review back in March, but it wasn’t until last Saturday night that the wife and I tried it out.
I love the Mongolian grill over at the Grand Buffet and had heard that Genghis was one step above that.
I didn’t realize at the time, that “one step above” was the price.
The Genghis Grill experience is pretty cool. It does offer more choices than the Grand Buffet.
The service was good, but it has to be for first-time customers who have to be shown what to do.
The food was also good, but nothing special.
The bad, however, outweighed the good.
The restaurant is too small and very uncomfortable.
They put the wife and me in the bar area in one of those half booth, half chair tables that I really hate.
But that wasn’t the worst part.
That came when the check arrived.
Call me old-fashioned, but $2.29 for a glass of iced tea seems a bit expensive to me.
And my small bowl of food cost in the neighborhood of 11 bucks.
So the total dinner bill for two was just a bit more than $25.
I tipped the four bucks and change, meaning dinner for two cost me $30.
Just glad I didn’t drink the Chinese beer. I may have needed a bank loan to get out of the place.
Next time I get the urge for a Mongolian grill, I think I’ll just go back to the Grand BuffetShare
- The wrong scratch to itch?
Friday, June 25th, 2010
I went to pick my son — my beautiful 3-year old clone — up yesterday after work and my jaw dropped.
He had about a three-inch scratch from just below his left eye down to about to the line of his top lip .
I was angry, perturbed, mystified and at the same time sad that my son has yet another facial scar to add to his boy list.
He’s been in the same daycare for about one year and this is probably the most visible injury he’s worn home. He’s had a couple of scratches before, but this hurt me the worst. It’s not too deep, so hopefully he won’t look like Tony Montana for the rest of his natural-born life.
But, I’m tired of the facial injuries. Sure he’ll have broken bones, hopefully nothing worse, but don’t already take away magic from his money maker.
He’s a cute kid. And I’d like him to remain that way. Life is easier for cute people.
So, what should I do?
I remember a very trusted friend experienced the same type of difficulty when his daughter was young. His girl was taking karate at the time, so she had a grasp on self-defense. He told her if anyone came for her face to karate chop him or her in the throat.
I can stand up for that advice. Kids, typically, aren’t strong enough to do lasting damage to a kid’s windpipe with one chop, but I don’t want to promote violence that could potentially harm someone else’s baby.
What to do, what to do….Share
- I really want to see the Eagles
Friday, June 25th, 2010
They say one good thing around being old is you got to see a lot of good concerts.
I saw Hendrix.
I saw the Doors.
I saw the Stones.
I saw the Moody Blues.
I have been to a lot of really good rock shows in my life.
But I have never seen the Eagles.
And they are probably my favorite band.
When I was coming back from the Athens Olympics in 2004, the airlines showed the “Hell Freezes Over” concert and served pizza and Coke for lunch. The Eagles, pizza and Coca Cola — I knew I was almost home.
Back in 1975, I bought two $20 tickets for a Cotton Bowl concert that featured ZZ Top, the Eagles and the Rolling Stones. It was probably the last time that the Eagles were ever No. 2 on a concert marquee.
I ended up selling my two tickets and not going to the show.
The people I sold the tickets to got busted for possession in Denton, so maybe it was a good thing I didn’t go.
My boss and her husband went to a Dixie Chicks/Eagles concert at Soldier Field in Chicago recently and got tickets for $55 each.
To get a good seat for Saturday’s concert at the AAC costs around 700 bucks on eBay.
There are decent tickets on sale at Stub Hub for $110.
I am tempted to buy a couple.
Just one good session of “Hotel California” would be worth the money and the trip.
Anybody want to go with me?Share
- TCU takes a jab at Longhorns
Thursday, June 24th, 2010
TCU put a full page color ad on the back page of the newspaper last Friday, congratulating their baseball team on getting to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
The purple headline read: “TCU IS OMAHA BOUND — HORNED FROGS HEADED TO 2010 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES.”
Below that is a large color photo of the team doing the traditional pitchers mound dog-pile following its Super Regional win over Texas.
Then there is another nice photo of the TCU campus.
Below that it reads:
“TCU’s made history again! After our football team crashed the BCS in January, the Horned Frog baseball team was won its way to the College World Series for the first time ever.”
There is more after that, advertising what a great college TCU is and how it offers “big-school choices in a small-school culture where professors know students by name.”
Great advertising for TCU.
Only it is not on the back of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
It is on the back of the Austin American Statesman.
Beat the Longhorns on their home field and then pay around $7,500 to rub it in with an ad in their hometown newspaper.
And to the TCU, it was probably worth every penny.Share
- Is cheerleading a sport? My opinion has changed
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Is cheerleading a sport?
Once upon a time, not that long ago, that was debated in our newspaper’s old Sound Off section.
I said “no.”
A lot of you argued “yes.”
Now the argument is in a courtroom.
Quinnipiac University in Connecticut started the legal fuss when it dropped its women’s volleyball program to cut costs and declared cheerleading a sport to meet Title IX requirements.
I have changed my opinion a bit over the years.
When I was growing up back in dark ages, cheerleading was not a sport.
The cheerleaders were a sideshow, just like the band.
“Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar — all for our team, stand up and holler.”
The football games and basketball games would still go on without the cheerleaders or the band, but they sure made it a lot more fun.
Today, cheerleading has become a competition.
“Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar — all for US, stand up and holler.”
ESPN even shows cheerleading competition — but that is really not a good argument for those who think it is a sport. ESPN also shows the spelling bee and poker games.
Yesterday’s cheerleaders were not always athletes.
They were mostly the hot chicks in school. Make that the hot, popular chicks in school.
The guy cheerleaders were just there to lift them up on their shoulders and look up their skirts.
(I always envied those lucky fellows.)
Today, female and male cheerleaders perform gymnastics on the sidelines.
They are a lot more athletic and skillful than those of the past.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, the following criteria have to be met to be considered a sport.
1. A physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of a mass.
2. A contest or competition against or with an opponent.
3. Is governed by rules which explicitly define the time, space and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared.
4. The acknowledged primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.
So if you play by these rules, cheerleading is a sport.
But so is band.
And the ROTC kids may also want to get in the argument.Share
- Does anybody shop at Jos. A. Bank?
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
I walk the mall a few times each week, starting and finishing on the west end.
Right by Jos. A. Bank.
Now all the people who know me know that I will never make anyone’s “best dressed” list.
Waylon Jennings once sang “just turned 50 and still wearing jeans.”
Well, I am 63 and still observe that same dress code.
But window shopping at Jos. A. Bank each lap around the mall sure entices me to change my wardrobe.
The way the store lays out its clothes sure gets my attention.
Very pleasing to the eyeballs.
And it seems like they are always having some gigantic sale.
Last week, there was a “one day only” sale where everything in the store was half price.
A few days later, the sign said “Buy one, get one free.”
What does that tell you?
There must be a huge profit margin on regular prices if a store can still make a profit selling stuff at half price or two-for-one all the time.
But why would anyone pay the full price for anything at Jos. A. Bank?
Just wait a day or two and the cost will be cut in half.
But even then, the clothes cost more than I normally pay down at JC Penney.
Only once have I even gone in Jos. A. Bank.
That was for a half-price shirt sale.
The polo shirt I wanted was regularly 90 bucks. But it could be mine for $45.
Still a bit much for a sports writer’s meager clothes budget.
So I have never bought anything at Jos. A. Bank, nor do I know anyone who has ever bought any clothes there.
In fact, when I walk the mall, rarely do I ever see any customers in the store.
Maybe that’s why the displays look so nice and neat. The sales staff doesn’t have anything better to do with their time.
There hasto be someone out there who buys clothes from Jos. A. Bank.
The store has been in our mall for at least six years. It couldn’t stay in business without some customers.
Of course, at full price, it may not need many.
Any of you ever shop Jos. A. Bank?
What do you think?Share
- Toy Story magic
Monday, June 21st, 2010
I’ve been putting off taking my son to the movies for some time. I don’t want him to ruin the movie for me, for others and I don’t want to waste my money.
My wife and I have had an agreement for awhile that my son’s first movie would be Toy Story 3. So, this past weekend we took him to his first show. All I can say is that we couldn’t have picked a better movie.
From the beginning to the end the entire family was entertained. I was telling my wife afterward, and probably once or twice before, that Pixar has yet to make a bad movie.
I think we own nearly the entire collection of Pixar films. They make magic happen.They make movies interesting for people of every age, not just the children.
But Toy Story was their first baby. And they haven’t let the magic from that story line run out.
They don’t miss the details about the little things and they are able to capture the heart of pretty much everything else. I think with this movie that Buzz and Woody have worked their way into the realm of top cartoon characters.
I’m glad I was able to share Toy Story 3 with my son.Share
- Even on vacation, I can get in trouble
Monday, June 21st, 2010
Even on vacation, I find a way to get in deep do-do.
And it was a four-letter variation of that word do-do that did it.
Last Wednesday, I was playing poker at the casino when my editor called to ask if I had used the “S” word in a blog.
I pleaded not guilty. I told her I was on vacation and had not written any blogs.
In a few minutes, she called back and asked if I knew any sports writers at the Shreveport Times.
Roy Lang and I have been on a few golf outings together.
She told that Roy had written a blog in which he quoted me as calling our Hotter’N Hell Hundred the “Dumber than (S- – - -) Hundred.”
But let me explain.
Roy and I were playing the Old American Course in The Colony last month, and he told me he was coming to Wichita Falls in August to ride in his first Hotter’N Hell.
I asked him if he had ever ridden 100 miles. He said, no, but he was working his way up to it.
Maybe so, but you can’t really train to ride 100 miles in Wichita Falls heat.
There is a reason they named this bike race the Hotter’N Hell.
I joked with Roy that more people have died in the Hotter’N Hell the last 20 years than at the Indy 500.
“If you come to Wichita Falls not fully trained to ride a bike 100 miles in unbelievable heat, then they might have to re-named the race the ‘Dumber than (S- – - -) Hundred.’ “ I told him.
It was two guys joking around on the golf course.
Can you imagine if everything you ever said on a golf course found its way into print?
Roy removed the “Dumber than S- – - -“ remark from his blog and e-mailed an apology to my editor.
But it goes to prove that Nicky G can get himself in deep (s- – -) even when he’s on vacation.Share
- I cried when Bradley scored for the USA
Friday, June 18th, 2010
It might have been one of the more emotional sporting events I’ve witnessed. First, the US was down, way down, and it seemed like it was over and all hope was lost for the World Cup 2010.
Then the US scored right after coming out to start the second half. Hope. Landon Donovan scored a goal I will soon never forget.
Then so many chances started to slip through the American’s fingers (or boots) that I continued to become more and more anxious. In my gut I wanted to believe they could do it.
The time continued to tick by and Slovenia kept falling deeper into their defensive shell.
And Jozy Altidore played a ball off his head that changed the way I feel, probably forever, about soccer. The ball was intended to make room. Maybe Altidore was looking for Herculez Gomez who had come charging into the box, and I thought h overran the ball. But Bradley saved the stinking day.
I cheered and yelled. And I made sure that I stayed sheltered away from my wife behind the arm cushion on the couch so she wouldn’t see me choke up. What a proud moment.
Now, I feel like a soccer fan.Share
- Correll becomes Vernon’s next coach
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
When I had heard Mark Bateman was interested in the Vernon coaching job, I thought it was 50-50 he’d get it. Only because I thought Vernon might want to bring in some new blood.
Then for a week, Bateman was 50-50 with Portales’ Andy Correll after a 3-3 school board vote.
Well, the tie was broken Tuesday night (by the one who was absent from last week’s meeting; all others voted the same) and Correll is the new coach.
It’s a little bit of a surprise because: a) Vernon has hired from within the last three times the head coach has left and b) a couple different people told me they were pretty sure the absent person would vote for Bateman. The two retired Vernon teachers had already gone with him, and so people thought the third would do the same.
What’s really crazy is half the 6-3A coaches next year will be new. Two others — Burkburnett’s Scott Boswell and Bowie’s Josh Castles — are only in their second year as a head coach.
So we’ll see what Correll can do to turn things around after 2009′s 1-9 season. And Bateman didn’t return my call, but I’m wondering if he’ll stick around on the coaching staff. One reason he might stay in Vernon is that he’s an assistant principal at the JH there.
Still have two jobs open, which is downright crazy if you ask me. Rider and Petrolia are in the market.
I don’t cover Rider at the paper (only area schools) but my boss Nick the other day seemed pretty confident Coach Garfield will get the job. It has to stay open for 10 days, so a decision should be coming soon.
And Petrolia coming open so late is wild. I knew Chris McWilliams was trying to get back to West Texas (he was a finalist for Wink) but I’m surprised it happened now.
Talked to him briefly the other night and he told me he took the Odessa assistant job because of family. A story in the Odessa American quoted him as saying he had a wonderful experience at Petrolia but that his family was “miserable.”
This is obviously a big blow for the school. McWilliams had done a tremendous job, and now the seniors there will be playing for their fourth coach in as many years.
McWilliams had those guys buy into his system, but how can the new coach go in and expect them to buy in again. Seymour did the 4-in-4 coaches thing too, but multiple coaches had made playoff runs and the school was energized by going down to Class A still.
I’m not saying Petrolia can’t make the playoffs and keep things turning in the right direction, but whoever succeeds McWilliams will have his hands full.
Speaking of such, I’m told that it won’t be anyone from in-house, which isn’t that surprising since they opted not to go that route a year ago. I expect interviews to start soon.Share
- My opinion on soccer has changed
Friday, June 11th, 2010
Once upon a time, not so long ago, I hated soccer.
I called it “recess.”
I said I wouldn’t watch at World Cup championship match if they played it in my backyard and gave away free beer.
Well, my attitude has changed.
It started when I was fortunate enough to cover two gold medal games in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
Watching our U.S. women win gold in Athens and again in Beijing was one of the highlights of my career.
But what really changed my opinion of soccer was watching my grandson play the last four seasons.
Not quite the same stage as the Olympics, but this is a great sport for kids.
Now don’t get me wrong.
I still don’t want to watch a soccer game between the Hirschi girls and Decatur. Nor will I watch Uruguay and France play in South Africa.
But I will watch the U.S. team play in the World Cup. I will also watch the big games in the tournament.
I’ll even buy my own beer.Share
- Iowa Park — now that I’ve got your attention. . .
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
This is my final “love letter” to all my friends in Iowa Park.Share
When all the smoke finally cleared, you people got yourself one hell of a good football coach.
Not only does he win a lot of games, he also helps his players get college scholarships.
Plus, he’s a really good guy.
What more can you ask?.
But for some strange reason — maybe it was the stupid choice system, I don’t know — Scott Ponder was never appreciated in Wichita Falls like he should have been.
It is understandable that Coyote fans didn’t like him.
Their team was No. 2 in town for most of the time he was at Rider.
But even Rider fans were on his case a lot in the last seven years.
The people of Iowa Park need to rally behind this coach.
So I’ve got an idea.
I know most of you don’t like me right now, but put all that aside for a few minutes and hear what I’m saying.
In the first home game of the year, all IP fans should come to the game wearing caps backwards.
Ponder and his assistant coaches all did that on the sidelines here, and for some stupid reason, some people got their panties in a wad over it.
Maybe even let the booster club sell green caps as a fund-raiser.
Whatever, if everyone in the stands is wearing their caps backwards, it will go a long way in showing Ponder you are firmly on his side.
- Read on! Ponder was my choice for Iowa Park
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
At whole lot of people read my blog last week about former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Robert Ford applying for the Iowa Park job.Share
But many of you got so pissed off, you never made it to the end of the blog.
Rick proves my point.
Today I got an e-mail from this Rick guy saying:
“I’m sure you’re disappointed, Nick, on a couple of levels: (1) IPHS hired a good head coach away from a WFISD school; and (2) IPHS didn’t fall for your liberal taunt and ‘hire the black guy’ out of guilt.”
The only part he got right was the one about Iowa Park hiring a good head coach away from a WFISD school.
The rest is pure BS.
After mentioning last week that a guy with three Super Bowl rings and four big-name references had applied for a coaching job at a Class 3A high school and then questioning if Iowa Park was now open-minded enough to hire a black head coach, I ended my blog with these two sentences.
“If Iowa Park wants a head coach who will bring enthusiasm, stability and championships back to town — call me.
I know just the right guy.”
That “right guy” I was talking about was Scott Ponder.
I knew at the time that Ponder was interested in going to Iowa Park. And I knew Iowa Park was interested in hiring him.
The intent of that blog was not to label IP as a racist and it was certainly not to promote the hiring of Robert Ford.
Scott Ponder was the coach needed to hire to “bring enthusiasm, stability and championships” back to Iowa Park.
So, IP, pat that superintendent of yours on the back.
He’s a smart guy who hired the right coach.
Now hopefully, the WFISD will be smart enough to promote Jim Garfield at Rider.
- Turn your back and your sink will be bubble gum blue!
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
This was my surprise the other day when my son wandered off for less than a few minutes. He went to the bathroom, and I thought he was in his bedroom by himself.Share
After a few minutes of not hearing anything (the key indicator of a kid up to no good), I went to see what was up.
My three-year old terror was in the bathroom painting the sink with his bubble gum Toy Story toothpaste. He had a grin on his face like he was working on a chapel ceiling.
It smelled good, but I don’t want my sink to be the same color as my toilet water.
Little situations like these are what makes being a dad worthwhile.
I remember, or at least my dad tells me so, a lot of these little scenarios. I’ve colored on the walls. I’ve broken things that weren’t meant to be destroyed, and I’ve generally participated in a lot of tomfoolery over my lifetime.
What my son is doing, or is destined to do in the future is probably just payback for my snot-nosed past.
Love you, dad.
- It looks like Ponder is headed to Iowa Park
Monday, June 7th, 2010
The last time Scott Ponder was an athletic director and head football coach, he won a state championship.Share
That was at Class A Petrolia in 2002.
From there, Ponder went to Class 4A Rider and took the Raiders to the playoffs six times in seven years. Three of those playoff runs lasted four rounds.
Well, now it looks like Ponder is going to once again be an AD and head coach.
He is expected to take that job at Iowa Park High School on Tuesday.
Losing a head coach to a Class 3A school in the same county doesn’t say much for the WFISD.
Why is Ponder doing this?
The AD/head coach dual role gives him full authority to run his own program.
There are other reasons, but I think that is the big one.
Hopefully, Rider will just promote defensive coordinator Jim Garfield to the head coaching job. The kids love Coach Gar and he deserves this opportunity.
If the WFISD drags its tail — and it might — then Rider could lose both Ponder and Garfield. That would be a shame.
- Iowa Park has a reputation, not a history
Friday, June 4th, 2010
I left the office yesterday feeling like I had just gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson.Share
I had taken a lot of shots and had another part of my anatomy — not my ear — chewed on.
But I grew up in the white ghetto. I can take a punch.
My intent in yesterday’s blog was not to call the people of Iowa Park a bunch of racists.
Yet when so many people get mad enough to call me “racist prick”; threaten to cancel their newspaper subscription and demand I be fired — well, it certainly gets my attention.
So I had to go back and read and re-read what I had written to see how so many out there could have read it and come to the conclusion that they did.
Finally, I think I figured it out.
One sentence was really worded poorly.
It read: “But does he know the history of the town?”
I should have written “But does he know the reputation of the town?”
There is a big difference in history and reputation.
A history is something you did in the past.
A reputation is something other people just say you did.
Personally, I have never seen or heard about any acts of racism in Iowa Park’s history.
In fact, I have a friend here at work who has a black son enrolled and playing football at Iowa Park High School. My friend told me that his son had never experienced any racial problems.
But the town still has a “reputation” for being racist.
If you don’t know that, then get your head out of the sand or out of your you-know-what.
I have had black sports writers who work for me ask not to be sent to either Iowa Park or Bowie to cover games. And it wasn’t because anyone in either of those towns had ever done anything to them, it was because of the racist reputations of those two places.
It’s hard to change a reputation, once you get it.
And having “Dixie” as your high school fight song won’t help things.
This song doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, it’s a catchy tune. But there are others out there who hear it and unfairly label your whole town. It fuels your reputation.
When talking about why a guy like Robert Ford — who owns three Super Bowl rings — would apply for a coaching job in Iowa Park says more about the whole state rather than singling out one town.
If a Texas man with a resume’ like his has to apply at a Class 3A school, it tells me there aren’t many opportunities in Texas for a black head football coach.
I can count on one hand the number of black head football coaches in our readership area and have three or four fingers left.
Heck, it took 35 years after integration for Wichita Falls to finally hire one.
So when I asked the question: “Is there really any chance the town would hire a black head football coach?” and got the response I did, maybe the people of Iowa Park are more open-minded than other Texas towns.
Before closing, I want to address one other issue raised in the massive reaction yesterday.
Some people out there wrote that I didn’t like Iowa Park and was always writing bad stuff about the town and its teams.
I went back in the archives to see what I had written about IP and found this:
A tribute to my friend Bob Hamilton on June 12, 2008.
A tribute to the 1969 state championship football team on Sept. 6, 2009.
Go back and read them if you haven’t already.
- One Iowa Park applicant has 3 Super Bowl rings
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
It has been rumored that Iowa Park has 100 applicants for its head coaching job.Share
One of them has three Super Bowl rings and a list of references that includes Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer and Jay Novacek.
Robert Ford was tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1991-1997.
Not a hard job when your tight end is Novacek.
The last two years trying to coach Eric Bjornson into being the “next Jay Novacek” was a real challenge.
Ford went from the Cowboys to the Dolphins and coached wide receivers for head coaches Jimmy Johnson and Dave Wannstedt from 1998-2003.
I have been told that he is now a high school coach somewhere in Louisiana but don’t know for sure.
Ford played high school football back during the days when Iowa Park was a powerhouse in Class 2A.
He was a star running back for Belton as a senior in 1968. That season the Hawks made it to the state semifinals.
His final high school game was against Refugio, a team that Iowa Park tied 7-7 in the state championship game of 1970.
So Robert Ford may know something about the history of Iowa Park football.
But does he know the history of the town?
If so, would a black man apply for a head coaching job in Iowa Park?
And is there really any chance the town would hire a black head football coach?
What do you think?
But forget the race thing for just a minute and think about this.
The Iowa Park program needs stability, and I doubt you get that with a guy who has all those rings and impressive credentials.
He would be looking to leave for a better job before two-a-days begin.
If Iowa Park wants a head coach who will bring enthusiasm, stability and championships back to town — call me.
I know just the right guy.
- UT dorm named for a leader of the KKK
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
The story goes that when Memorial Stadium was built here in Wichita Falls, the superintendent of the WFISD told Joe Golding that he thought the new football field should be named after him.Share
And why not?
Golding won four state championships while coaching the Coyotes and, as athletic director for WFISD, was the guy behind building a new Astroturf stadium in the southwest part of our city.
Golding, however, turned down the offer. He told the superintendent that he didn’t think people should have stadiums or buildings named after them while they were still alive.
Joe knew he was human and might do something during his life that would embarrass the school district and the city.
Think about it for a minute.
What if USC had hnored O.J. Simpson by putting his name on a building or a stadium?
My friend Susan Knowles-Martin likes to joke about how she is a graduate of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
The University of Texas now has a suimilar problem.
Back in 1954, UT named a dormitory building after a man who taught law at the school for parts of three decades.
Simkins Residence Hall was named for William Stewart Simkins.
For the last 56 years, nobody has had a problem with that.
But now we find out that Simkins was a leader of the KKK.
There are now black students living in a dormitory named for a man who legal historian Tom Russell says ” was a mask-wearing coward, a night-riding Klansman who admitted committing violence against freed slaves.”
UT, a school where 4 percent of its faculty and 4.5 percent of its students are black, has a problem.
Simkins Residence Hall should soon have a new name.
How about Earl Campbell Residence Hall?
- Dennis Hopper did it all, on and off the screen
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper died last week.Share
The only thing they had in common was they were both actors.
Coleman was a child actor who became famous in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.”
This show was on the air for eight years, but I never watched one episode.
He was best known for his line “What ‘choo talkin ’bout Willis?”
That and only that made Gary Coleman’s death big news.
But Dennis Hopper was a real actor who had one heck of a career.
James Dean made three movies. Hopper was in two of them, “Rebel without a Cause” and “Giant.”
He also made two movies with John Wayne, “The Sons of Katie Elder” and “True Grit.”
He had roles in all the great TV westerns, like “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “Cheyene” and “The Rifleman.”
He was in my favorite movie of all time — “Cool Hand Luke.”
He was also in my favorite sports movie — “Hoosiers.”
My first memory of Dennis Hopper goes way back when he played a Nazi in an old black-and-white Twilight Zone.
But what Hopper was best known for was “Easy Rider.”
He and buddy Peter Fonda rode into our lives back in 1969 and brought a young Jack Nicholson with them.
They smoked weed. They dropped acid. They rode motorcycles.
They had a freedom all of us wanted.
But like many great artists, Dennis Hopper’s real life was a rough one.
He had five marriages and five divorces. One of those, to Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, lasted just eight days.
He also abused alcohol and drugs to the extent that he reportedly had a daily intake of three grams of cocaine, 30 beers, several joints and a lot of rum and coke.
“I should have died 10 times over,” he once said.
But he kept making movies.
And he kept making babies — Hopper was 66 and his last wife 35 when his fourth and final child was born.
Prostate cancer finally got him at age 74.