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Proud of a couple of local guys

Each week dozens of press releases file into my e-mail inbox. They range from gubernatorial appointments to the latest Zogby poll results. I glance at each one, see if it has some kind of connection to our area, and move on.

But there was one last week that did my heart good.

Augusta State University received a $100,000 donation from the Professional Golf Association, money that will be used to pay for a new wellness class designed specifically for golf instruction by PGA golf professionals and business leaders from the community.

But it was the source of the donation that made me smile. It was because of PGA tour player Vaughn Taylor's participation in last year's Ryder Cup. I was at ASU when Vaughn was playing on the Jaguar's nationally-ranked golf team.

It is great to see a young man giving back to the community he grew up in.

Speaking of an athlete giving back to his community, I enjoyed spending a little time last week with Thomson's Ray Guy during our hour on the first winter edition of the Two Old Dogs Show on WTHO.

The guys will be back on for the next few months each Thursday at 7 p.m. And, of course, if you can't get to a radio, you can tune in at our website,, where we'll be streaming the show live.

And while you are on the internet, make sure you track down the commercials from this year's Super Bowl. In fact, the internet may be the only place to see several of them, thanks to our politically correct society.

First, it was the Snickers ad. If you saw it, you remember it. Two mechanics. One Snickers bar. Cue the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. Chest hair ripped out in a show of manliness. And everyone is happy. Everyone except various gay and lesbian advocacy groups. Amidst the groups' protests that the commercial was too homophobic, the Snickers folks pulled the ad altogether - even though it was voted by USA Today as the best automotive ad of the 2007 game.

A few days later, General Motors Corp. agreed to edit its robot commercial. In the commercial - which touted the company's quality record - a robot who dreams he messed up on the assembly line decides to end it all by falling off a bridge into a river. But a suicide prevention group said the ad made light of suicide in the face of a recent series of assembly-line worker layoffs.

And so old metal joints doesn't get to go swimming in his dreams anymore.

Oh, and while we're picking things to censor from the 2007 Super Bowl, let's not forget the half time show. Although it wasn't a wardrobe malfunction, Prince's silhouetted guitar solo apparently rankled a few folks.

At some point during the four hour broadcast, there was apparently a football game played. But with no men fighting over a Snickers, no suicide attempts and no silhouetted guitar solos - it must not have been that memorable.

Web posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007

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