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Langham headed back to the big show in 2005

No goldilocks, dreadlocks, moptops or mural sized tattoos. That was the Army-Navy football game on Saturday, won by Navy.

It was refreshing to watch two teams of clean-cut American men compete. No brawls on the field or in the stands either. This game may be the last bastion of true sportsmanship yet many laugh because the academies aren't "big time."

"Gypsies, tramps and thieves, we hear it from the people of the town they call us." Those are words from a very old Cher song telling how locals described a young girl's vagabond family.

After the last few weeks, college coaches likely feel the same way about themselves. They are being fired at a record pace, some with winning career records. Fortunately, they make big salaries with nice severances and don't have to rebound overnight.

Many are questioning the sanctity of records held by major league baseball players that have used steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. I say, "so what?" Do we give some of these same guys extra credit for balls they couldn't hit while stoned or high on recreational drugs?

Until the public quits adoring these phonies, jumping into the bay for their homerun balls and wearing their jerseys, the practice will continue.

I don't want to overlook Valdosta State. The Blazers defeated West Chester (Pa.) State 45-21 in the Division II semi-finals. With a record of 12-1, they will meet Pittsburg State of Kansas in the national championship game Saturday in Florence, Ala. Their quarterback, Fabian Walker of Americus, transferred from FSU where he played against Georgia in the 2003 Sugar Bowl.

Metro Atlanta was stripped of any GHSA state football championships last weekend. In AAAAA Lowndes beat Parkview 17-14, AAAA: Warner Robins 34, Statesboro 13, AAA: LaGrange 17, Washington County 6, AA: Charlton Co. 35, Buford University 20, and Class A: Clinch County and Hawkinsville tied 14 all. They will be recognized as co-champions.

I jokingly say Buford University because they are a small city school system in Gwinnett County that have created quite a reputation for themselves by outrecruiting Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, etc. Charlton County fields a team of gator wrasslers out of the Okefenokee and plays their home games in a place called The Swamp.

Franklin Langham finished this year's Nationwide Tour schedule by tying for third in the tour championship held on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capital Course in Prattville, Ala.

He had eight top 10 finishes on the season and his total yearly earnings were $312,896.

This amount was good for fourth on the Nationwide money list and more importantly delivers Franklin his PGA playing privileges for 2005.

After a long battle with injuries, Franklin's perseverance has paid off.

Get your pencil and paper ready. Next week I'll do something I seldom do, prognosticate.

I will pick the winners of the bowl games, which can be very tricky. The extra time teams get to prepare for a single game and heal injuries presents a whole different can of worms than the grueling ritual of survivorship called the regular season.

Place bets at your own risk!



Web posted on Thursday, December 9, 2004











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