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The debate of whether or not Pete Rose should be in the MLB Hall of Fame has been RAGING for years.

“Yes”, Rose Bet on Baseball. “Yes”, Rose Bet on his Reds. and Yes, Rose was Suspended, (Read BANNED!!!), from BASEBALL. The Man, who’s style defined the “GAME”, also admitted he was wrong, and was EXILED from the GAME he LOVED. The man HAS paid the “PRICE”…

…Aug. 24, 1989: Rose agrees to lifetime ban from baseball following a six-month investigation of his gambling, a deal announced by Giamatti. A five-page document signed by Rose and Giamatti has no formal findings. However, Giamatti says he believes Rose bet on baseball, while on the same day Rose denies it.

Sept. 1, 1989: Giamatti dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 51.

April 20, 1990: Rose pleads guilty to two felony counts of filing false income tax returns.

July 19, 1990: Rose is sentenced to five months in prison and fined $50,000.

Aug. 8, 1990: Rose begins serving his five-month prison sentence at Marion (Ill.) Federal prison camp.

Jan. 7, 1991: Rose is released from federal prison in Marion, Ill. He begins the second part of his sentence, consisting of 1,000 hours of community service at Cincinnati inner-city schools…

 But, I feel Pete Rose has done NO MORE WRONGS  than [ANY-BODY] else in the world of professional Sports with this day of PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS  among other things these ATHLETES are taking part of NOWADAYS. 

I see that Rose has just as much RIGHT to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame as anybody else.

 Men like Roger ClemonsMark McGwire and Barry Bonds have been implicated  with these DRUGS. 

 These Men have proclaimed their innocence, but there have been questions about their involvement and how their game was affected by THEM.

  So, my friends, I ask this. If  the “BOYS” in COOPERSTOWN are gonna turn a “cheek” and let these guys in, which ALL will be ELIGIBLE  in the next couple of years, 

[WHY NOT PETE ROSE !?!  Just LET the MAN in the Hall of Fame… 

…And Allow him HIS place… in BASEBALL HISTORY… that he DEFINITELY EARNED.

 

Mark Jewett

The SPORT of [AUTOMOBILE RACING] has a long HIS-tory of testosterone fueling its “limits”. Although there must have been women drivers of fast cars before [JANET or SHIRLEY], the “NEED for SPEED” hasn’t made many of our daughters “SWOON” over its excitement. Of course  I AM lying to you.

Small towns, like [ROSCOE,IL- COMMERCIAL POINT,OH- CARACAS, VANEZUELA] have “allowed” the “GURLS” to grow up inside their very own “cockpits” and be FAST. Since 1949 women HAVE been a part of the “American” and WORLD motor car event schedules. Which brings me to the crux of this post.

The Daytona  DRIVE4COPD 300 was NOT won by Jimmie Johnson today!?! Tony Stewart beat Clint Bowyer to the finish by the width of an eyelash, ( This story IS about the women.), as the new rules about drafting didn’t seem to matter much to the “old-timers”. A lot of what is important is that HER-story was made today by Danica Patrick becoming the first woman to LEAD a NASCAR sanctioned race LAP when she took the line first at number 31 of the 102 laps to win the event. Although, coupled to that is the fact of a CONTINUING of the family racing HERITAGE of the [WALLACE] dynasty. The third part of this thought is another first that makes Danica and Chrissy the record setters of being ROOKIE starters as Women.

As Racing’s educations are concerned, coming up through the ranks of NASCAR Camping World Trucks series is [JENNIFER JO COBB]. 17th in OVERALL standings. Ms. Cobb, of Kansas City, Kansas was SIXTH, a best finish in the history of the series for a Woman, Friday night at DAYTONA International Speedway. She ties for second-best finish since a FIFTH place result by [SARA CHRISTIAN] in 1949.

Females that knew organized speed have been a part of a lot of our lives. I know of a young woman that used to ride her “massaged” KZ 500 motorcycle that she’d wheelie around the outerbelt, (I-270/ Columbus, Ohio.), of  the city. The last I heard, she’d raced on a 24 hour motorcycle endurance racing team for SUZUKI. Becoming an instructor for a Keith Code Racing School. Cathy was/ IS THAT COOL.

As I writer this I have to think about my former car mechanic, how keeps his 12 year old daughter’s two go-kart monsters in prep readiness for her THREE classes of competition. The deal is that she carrys a 3.7, or better, grade point average. And he gets to tell the world that she LEADS in TWO of those classes.

YEP, she’s (just) one o’ them “GURLS” rayssin’.

A “Good ol’ Boy” has to find his inspiration from where his HEART says is right.  [KENNY CHESNEY] IS some, ( 15 GOLD albums.), big deal in the Country MUSIC field. BUT, as a young man growing up in Luttrell Tennessee you’d think that he’d be idolizing another of the town’s heroes… CHET ATKINS.

Yeah, you would think that. But Kenny didn’t pick up a guitar until 1989, at the tender age of TWENTY-ONE ! Before that Kenny had the “same” artistic fever that most young men in America have… THAT would be Baseball, FOOTBALL or Basketball. Football it was, (” Perhaps the slowest receiver in the history of high school football, but he made the team.”), and [IS] !

The business of sports is not just WHO makes it to the professional ranks, but WHO was inspired to seek their “BEST”, whatever THAT  was, or BECAME. Do you remember a guy named [GEORGE PLIMPTON] ? Mr. Chesney attempted to reserve his spot in sports [SAINT-HOOD] in very much the same [WAY]. What our sports heroes are doing , on a day-to-day basis, is what ESPN has capitalized on to become  the new [\”LEADER] -in-Sports”. The histories of children’s games played by adults used to be the domain of Public Television and Ken Burns. But, now, we are seeing that there are many that have a taste for bringing the lessons “of” to the masses.

This isn’t Mr. chesney’s first foray into the video production of his love of FOOTBALL…

 

By the way Kenny Chesney’s WORK is about his boyhood Football hero,[CONDREDGE HOLLOWAY]. With Condredge at the helm those “dogs” DID hunt with three bowl appearences.On February 20, 2011 @ 8 p.m. (E.S.T.) ESPN will aire Kenny Chesney’s tribute to the man that inspired his youth, it’s called: The Color ORANGE: The Condredge Holloway Story.

 I do believe that it’s going to be a great story. Kenny DOESN’T DO BAD videos.

Mark/ Mack

This is a story about a couple of sports ‘Heroes’.

[STANLEY FRANK MUSIAL]                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                     

   

[WILLIAM FELTON RUSSELL]

 I’ve said heroes, and I mean it in the most SINCERE manner that I can express.

 Stan “The Man” Musial was the most prolific Baseball player of his time. And that was accomplished even as he’d served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2, (Cardinals@ 1941-1963). As a civilian he served as Vice President of the St. Louis CARDINAL Baseball team serving his country also that year by being this nation’s PHYSICAL FITNESS ADVISOR for President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967. If you couldn’t guess, Stan is also an inductee of the Major League Baseball Hall of FAME. 

“Bill” Russell IS the premier DNA donor to the model of what the title CENTER means to the definition of WHAT a position player SHOULD BE in the game of Basketball. Not only did he “stand his ground” at the post but, he did outside the walls of Boston Gardens. On a road trip the black players were denied a service… after “some” was rendered HE REFUSED to play THAT night’s game. He, too, is in the Hall of FAME, but in the halls of the National Basketball Association’s.

 These MEN have served their SPORT and WORLD during their lifetimes. And on Tuesday, February Fifteenth, Two-Thousand Twelve, BOTH, were seated in the WHITE HOUSE along with 15present, plus 1 postumous, [RECIPIENTS].

Congratulations to ALL for their GIFTS to the world. And for receiving the [PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL of FREEDOM].

The Once Undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes are now off the Mountain and now must climb back to get to the summit. The Game at Wisconsin proved that the Bucks were BEATABLE, but lesson learned.  They now know they have to play PERFECT BASKETBALL, now more than ever. Starting with Jared Sullinger, the FRESHMAN Forward who has been nothing short of spectacular, and keeps improving his game. Seniors David Lighty and Jon Diebler know it’s  their time to lead this team through the adversity. Wisconsin has handed the first loss to OSU in 25 match-ups this year. So Sullinger, Lighty, Diebler, Buford, Craft and the rest of the team know March the SIXTH is “D-Day” for them. Since Thad Matta took the helm, the BUCKEYES have been “pretty good” at home, 115-10 in Columbus, with a record of 33-1 the last two years!  Not bad. The Bucks WILL “bounce” back in a big way.  They have been tested, (And found “WANTING”.), and this loss will serve as “A SHOT IN THE GLUTES”  that “may” CATAPALT them through the BIG TEN and into the NCAA Championships.

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Mark Jewett

As of  Tuesday February 15, 2011 THE Ohio State [BUCKEYES] have re-engaged their winning ways. The remaining five scheduled conference contests are surely going to test their resolve as they reach toward [FRED TAYLOR] territory. This is how they did it…[GUT-CHECK].

As a white man living in middle America, in the Month of February, (which happens to be Black History Month), I was deeply moved when along with my Editor,( who just so happens to be black himself.), came across this story about a Wake Forrest Baseball Coach who gave a Kidney up to save one of his Players. I was truly moved by the fact that a Coach selflessly gave of himself to a fallen comrade.  The two gentlemen I’m talking about are Coach/ Player, [ TOM WALTER/ KEVIN JORDAN]. Here is where the REAL LESSON in LIFE  lives… where  WE are all people  and WE all are just that.                                 

Mark Jewett

I have been talking about different topics in the Sports World and expressing my thoughts and views on them as well, when it hit me. When people read this blog, they might like to know about who is writing these thoughts. Well, let me introduce to you “Big Buddha”. “Big Buddha” is not just a name a couple of local guys picked out of a Hat and decided to ROLL with for the name of their endevor.  These same two men also have a BURNING PASSION for the collectable Histories of Sports, and how it entwines with the life around it. The BUDDHA is a Symbol of Growth and Prosperity that we can identify with,( And we ourselves want to Grow and Prosper as does anyone.),  but with that comes the Understanding and Patience that comes with the BUDDHA. Through “his” observances we can help others understand and place information that can be helpful to them and their future endeavors.   

                                                                  Ickey and The BUDDHAS        

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If you’re wondering how to contact “The Buddha” look at the top of a post and tap the “TAKE ME TO THE BUDDHA” button. Thanks !!!

Being the “stud” in high school is, practically, nothing when you’re from a pool of , about, 540 total students. That’s 35 less than my senior class graduates. Then you have to factor in how many of these are female, then WHO wants to spend those “WONDERFUL” days of summer in the blessed two-per-day conditioning sessions that determine who plays what for the school’s varsity football program. We’ve all heard the BIG fish- little pond analogy, which IS [\’TRUE\’]. We’ve, also, heard the term “it ain’t the size of the dog in a fight- it’s the size of the FIGHT in the dog”. Let me introduce you to a great bet in the fight that the GREENBAY PACKERS are going to [UNLEASH] against the PITTSBURGH STEELERS  Sunday, February 6, 2011-@ 6:30 p.m..

[THOMAS LEWIS CRABTREE]      has proven to be THAT DOG !

 Local “boy” makes good is an understatement that the [LOCAL] current events distributor just can’t GILD their small-town ‘hero’ enough of.

To give you a comparison, Tom Crabtree isn’t a [CHARLES CHRISTOPHER SPIELMAN], Tom  was / IS “the little engine” that DOES !!!…

“Everyone – even receivers Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson – saw how tough it will be to get their numbers when tight end Jermichael Finley has a monster game with four big receptions for 103 yards. It is obvious that receptions will be hard to come by this year and perhaps impossible for a first year tight end like Crabtree.

So the place to make a contribution is special teams. Crabtree, who was kept with three other tight ends on the roster, has excelled there.

“He plays on five of the six* special teams units,” said Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum. “He had two kickoff tackles and he was highly combative. He was down fast on the punts. He did an excellent job in the return game as well. He had a nice tackle on running back C.J. Spiller. We were kicking north and Spiller tried to take the ball out to our left side, toward our bench, kind of bouncing out the side door. Crabtree came from the middle. Charlie Peprah turned the ball back in and Crabtree made the tackle. That was a good play.”  * That would be 86.33 % of an entire game’s participation.  (http://dev.www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/103427819.html?page=1)…

Does anyone remember [WILLIAM FREDERICK BATES] ? Or maybe you’ve heard of another Miami (of Ohio) [ALUMNUS] who plays a “little” Football ?

We’ve all got the name of someone who “should have” gone to the top of their sport. Not many of us are handed a name by the person themself . On Sunday, FEBRUARY SIXTH, TWO-THOUSAND ELEVEN there will be a “LITTLE FISH” working on the lunches of some grade- A Bull Sharks.

His name is Tom Crabtree, number 83  for the GREENBAY PACKERS… Born, BRED in SMALL TOWN AMERICA.

D.Rick Mack