I was watching Monday Night Football when the replacement officials missed a call which cost the Green Bay Packers a game. My friends, the fill-in refs look like they are rehearsing for Halloween in their costumes as refs. What has gone on lately makes the real refs look like Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum in a beauty contest. The NFL makes zillions of dollars, yet it is so stubborn on the issue. It is hurting a terrific game. Do you think the case of real officials got a little stronger after last night’s comedy? The replacement refs are not able to handle the speed of the game. They are guys from Division II and III and other leagues like the Arena Football League. Now the integrity of the game has been hurt. I hope the regular officials are brought back soon because it is tough to see what is going on the field these days.
Wow- what a great college football weekend in South Bend, as the Irish hosted the Michigan Wolverines! I was pleased to be the guest speaker at Friday night’s pep rally on campus. It was rockin’ and rollin’ and the student body was fired up! I was thrilled to be able to introduce the 1977 National Championship team to the audience (the team led by quarterback Joe Montana). The Irish were fired up, and what a superb performance by Manti T’eo!!! He put on a defensive show! The Irish are 4-0 baby!!!
It is always an exciting time for my wife and I to be with all the youngsters from the Boys and and Girls Clubs. Today was our Dick Vitale Scholarship Day and Awards event and it really thrills me to see youngsters chasing their dreams and their goals.
I told them to never, ever believe in the word “CAN’T” and to always make good decision and choices in pursuing their goals. My wife and I presented a total of $5,000 in college scholarships— $1,000 each to five outstanding Club members bound for college.
As long-time supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, we have donated a total of $75,000 for scholarships in the last 15 years. This year the recipients were:
Lee Wetherington Club:
Jordan Palavra is an 18-year-old member of the BGC Keystone Club and teen volunteer. Jordan attends The University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus. Jordan has been a member of the Club since 2006. He is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Accounting.
Josh Slater is an 18-year-old member of the BGC Keystone Club and teen volunteer. Josh attends Sarasota County Technical Institute. After two years at SCTI, he plans to attend a State University to study Culinary Arts and photography. Josh has been a member since 2006.
Gene Matthews Club:
Krystal Antoine is an 18-year-old graduate of North Port High School and was a BGC Member for 10 years. She currently attends State College of Florida, pursuing a Nursing degree, and volunteers her time teaching performing arts at the Gene Matthews Club. Her special interests include basketball, dancing, and traveling.
Robert and Joan Lee Club:
Cynthia Nixon is an 18-year-old graduate of North Port High School. Cynthia was the Youth of the Year for her club this year and attends the University of Florida.
Roy McBean Club:
Anquanesha S. Rutledge graduated from Booker High School, class of 2012 and attends Jackson State University in Mississippi and pursuing a Nursing degree. Anquanesha has been a member of the Roy McBean Club for 12 years, and she is a current member of the Air Force J.R.O.T.C.
There was great news for the NC State fans, as the Wolfpack learned that diaper dandy, Rodney Purvis, has been declared eligible.
One has to wonder why it took so long for the NCAA to come up with this decision. It took 44 days before the ruling, with the process starting in early August and costing the young man a trip with his teammates on a foreign trip. Why have him hang waiting to determine his status?
He can flat-out play and caoch Mark Gottfried has to be excited to have him. Gottfried has the program going in the right direction.
I believe, when you look at the make-up of this Wolfpack club, with Purvis and C.J. Leslie, that they are the favorite to win the ACC.
That does not happen very often when you look at Duke and North Carolina in the league. It will not be cupcake city for the Wolfpack.
Gottfried also signed guard, Anthony Barber, for the future. He is a top 10 prospect with potential, potential, potential.
College football is here!!!! What a blast I had in South Bend for Notre Dame’s home opener versus Purdue. There is always a magical feel on campus on football weekends in South Bend. We started the weekend with the Quarterback Luncheon, where we sat with basketball head coach, Mike Brey. We then walked the spectacular campus, taking in the exciting atmosphere. My grand kids got to play tennis at the indoor facility, and spent time with head women’s tennis coach, Jay Louderback (both my daughters played tennis under him). Then it was time to head to the Rockne building to see the pep rally and celebrate 125 years of football at Notre Dame. Saturday the campus was electric, gearing up for the big game against the Boilermakers. It was a beautiful fall day and the game didn’t disappoint. The Irish squeaked out a tough fought battle, 20-17 on a last minute field goal. Another thrilling game and a wonderful college football weekend spent with my family at the Golden Dome!!!
I have to give MLB some credit. The decision to add a second wild card team to this year’s playoffs has definitely created a buzz.
You had a great race in the AL East already in place after the Yankees gave up a 10-game lead. The battle between the Bronx Bombers, Orioles and Rays will probably go down to the wire. In the old system, one of those three teams would have no shot at the postseason.
Now there is excitement in the air in several cities, thanks to that second wild card. Teams like the Athletics, Angels and Tigers are also very much alive with something to play for.
When you check out the standings in the newspaper each day, there are more teams with hope during September. My friends, that is a very good thing for the sport.