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Looking back on two years of Sports Talk in The Mirror

The Mirror will be celebrating its second anniversary next week and thusly two years of my writing this column. I still get many comments about what I write and really all are positive. I suppose those with negative thoughts about my thoughts just keep their thoughts to themselves.

My favorite question from readers is, "How do you think of anything to write about?" My internal answer is I must be as dumb as I look after all. But my response is to remind them that I write a column, which is often based on opinion, of which I have plenty. A column also allows me to throw in any personal observations I may have had.

Many tell me, "I can hear you talking when I read your column." Isn't it amazin' how intelligent I am when using a pen instead of my mouth?

I was recently talking with Chris Mohr about his future plans, and he asked me where my tape recorder was. I promptly reminded him that I was not a reporter and promised not to misquote him. I'm sure Chris may have grown suspicious of those big city NFL beat writers over the years. In reality, I think he was just gigging me.

One of my friends who tells me that he likes "most" of what I write has a Georgia Tech decal prominently displayed on his pickup. Without getting into much of a discussion, I can easily figure what parts of my writing he does not like.

I do not apologize for overkilling the University of Georgia in my columns. My wife and I both graduated from UGA, my daughter is a rising senior and my son will be a freshman there this year. I have been to so many Bulldog football games and other events over the years that it takes up most of my brain cells. Surprise, I have brain cells. Also, if you check the streets of Thomson there are a lot of cars out there with an oval G on the front bumper. Easily a majority.

When I write about high school sports I try to keep it as local as I can. I know that the Thomson Bulldogs are most of our readers' favorite, so I try to give them what they want. I also know that many readers like a little statewide news occasionally. If you read me regularly you likely have detected my pet peeve is local politicians trying to get in the coach's business or use the high school program to bring glory upon themselves. School athletics' number one priority must be the students involved.

Another question that I get quite a bit is, "What are you writing about next week?" With all due respect, I try to conceal my topic until the paper comes out. Even with knowing what I have written myself, there's nothing like reading it in the pages of The Mirror. Besides, I can write much clearer than I can talk. I said write clearer, not faster.

I also have a policy of not writing about anyone that I do not know without talking to him or her face-to-face. Telephone interviews kind of make me uncomfortable.

As part of The Mirror's anniversary, I want to give you a chance to question me. For those of you who think I'm a know-it-all, here's your chance. Please submit any sports related question to Editor Jason Smith and I will select the best four questions. We will feature one of your questions each week in July. If I don't know the answer, I will do my best to find it. And being the blatantly honest soul that I am, I will give credit to my sources.

I tried to convince Jason to give a prize to each week's questioner that is selected for print. He reminded me that if I had to pay for four prizes from my weekly wage, the winners would only get a bottle of red ink. Don't forget to include your name with your question. We just might ask you to write a guest column if I ever take a vacation.

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Web posted on Thursday, June 30, 2005


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