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PRAISING FALL, FOOTBALL, AND FINAL THOUGHTS ON A BRAWL
LIVE WEDNESDAY FROM WISHBONES
Posted: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, 11:43 PM
by Beano
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Isn’t this a great time of year? The leaves are changing in this beautiful area we call home. Bama is coming to town and WE HAVE WON 9 of the last 13 contests (I refuse to count 93 since it still leaves an empty spot in my heart). Baseball is reaching an exciting conclusion. And Bruce Almighty II is right around the corner. As Coach Majors was fond of saying “Count your blessings”.

BASEBALL:

As I type the Cardinals lead the all-important Game Five 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth. I believe the winner of this game will capture the National League Championship and earn the honor of getting annihilated by the Motown Cats. The Cards and Mets both put good lineups on the field and their bullpens are solid but the starting staffs are nowhere near World Championship quality. As a matter of fact other than Tom Glavine there is not a pitcher on either staff that would be in the Tigers rotation. A possible Game 7 matchup of Jeff Suppan and Darren Oliver tells me all I need to know. The National League will not extend the World Series beyond 5 games.

Speaking of MLB congratulations to Lou Pinella on being named the Cubs Manager. Lou is one of my favorite all-time Yankees but he is a better fit for the Chicago job. He and Steinbrenner have mellowed but not enough to co-exist any number of years had the Yankee job come open. There is also scuttlebutt that Sweet Lou is interested in obtaining A-Rod. If he pulls that off he will become my All-Time favorite Yankee. A-Rod desperately needs a change of venue and Yankee fans desperately want to see him get it. He plays hard and will always put up impressive regular season numbers. He simply has not performed when it matters most in pinstripes and I think his psyche is beyond repair in the Big Apple. Others have struggled in the biggest spotlight only to thrive elsewhere. I’ve watched two this post season; Kenny Rogers and Jeff Weaver. Maybe A-Rod can do the same. Then again in a Cubs uniform he may never have to play in the post season anyway.

BAMA-TENNESSEE

The Georgia and Florida games have replaced Alabama from a League Championship importance standpoint but those games pale in comparison when considering romantic and historic implications. This is the series for generations of Vol faithful. A season can still be salvaged or soured depending upon the annual outcome. A win Saturday will keep the Vols SEC Championship, BCS Bowl Game, and Top-10 finish hopes alive and draw the series even in K-Town at 20-20-1. There aren’t many who have played the Tide even regardless of the venue. The Big Orange can also restore some home-field pride as several callers so astutely noted on Tuesday’s show. We’ve been maddeningly gracious hosts going 3-7 versus “The Haves” in the SEC this decade (Bama 1-1; Aub 0-1; Fla 1-2; Ga 0-3; LSU 1-0). That MUST end on Saturday and be accentuated by a victory over LSU on November 4th.

FINAL WORD ON MIAMI FIU BRAWL

I was not impressed by the actions of the ACC or the schools in the immediate aftermath of the disgraceful fight. I will say however that I WAS impressed by Miami President Donna Shalala’s forceful and courageous leadership in the midst of the media hurricane. While most of us were calling for young men’s (and old in the case of Larry Coker)heads President Shalala had this to say:

"This university will be firm and punish people who do bad things," Shalala said. "But we will not throw any student under the bus for instant restoration of our image or our reputation. I will not hang them in a public square. I will not eliminate their participation at the university. I will not take away their scholarships."

I may not totally agree with her but I applaud her leadership. I like a leader who will stand up for his or hers in times of turmoil. I’ve worked for some who would not. The step to enact a new university rule stating that any University athlete that fights will be dismissed from the team, zero tolerance, is a better long-term deterrent than anything that could be done with Saturday’s violators.
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