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From the Back Nine

It was a nice event Saturday to honor legendary coach Luther Welsh at the depot. Attendance was well into the hundreds as former players, coaches and friends came out to shake the man's hand and give Ms. Anne a hug and wish them well in their retirement.

It was hard to tell they have health issues as the Welshes spent as much time with each visitor as they wanted. Ms. Anne's smile greeted each person who came her way, and there were many.

I had a nice conversation with Danny Verdun-Wheeler, who played professionally and is now an insurance adjuster in Atlanta. I also talked with Jasper and Casper Brinkley, and I watched these two play at South Carolina when I was living just north of Columbia. Of course, all three played for the 2002 state champion Bulldogs and are very smart young men and sharp dressers. Oh, yeah, they are all pretty big, too.

It goes without saying that Thomson is a football town, and it says a lot about this community when our fans outnumber the home team's when we are on the road. I think it says more about this community when a group of men come together to pull this thing off. I am not about to name names because I surely will leave someone out. It also took more than this core group. A lot of individuals were involved, and in the end you should be proud. I know a lot of folks are happy to say, "Yes, I was there."

WITH THE SUPER BOWL now over, we now have to wait six to seven months to see them tee it up again. The pros might end up in a strike, but we'll have college and high schools to give us our football fix.

I was glad to see Green Bay win. Aaron Rodgers had some awesome passes. As for Pittsburgh, it's hard to win a game when you turn the ball over three times.

The Super Bowl is always a big production, and for the most part it is always pulled off without a hitch. There was the wardrobe malfunction a few years back, and a few things that happened this year will be remembered for years as well.

First up are the 400 ticket-holding fans who couldn't get in. Then Christina Aguilera flubbed our national anthem and the Black Eyed Peas stunk up the halftime show.

I wish they would stop trying to hold this huge production. You don't need 3,000 people to put on a halftime show.

Heck, play a game of Frisbee football or, better yet, get some high-flying dogs out there and play catch with them.

Also, will someone please stick a pin in Troy Aikman, maybe plug him up to a car battery or something? This man shows no excitement whatsoever.



Web posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011













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