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Life and the Scenery in Cincinnati  have CHANGED dramatically to say the least,  No Longer  Carson Palmer is the Starting QB for the Bengals, No longer is Bob Bratkowski the Offensive Coordinator, No Longer is Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson is the Starting Reciever, and No Longer is T.O. The New Core of this team  is Here. First off you have a NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR in Jay Gruden,Younger Brother of John Gruden,a West Coast Offense Guru. Then A.J. Green a fast and Physical Wideout from Georgia, then They Get Andrew Dalton the Fearsome Gunslinger  from TCU, This kid is a Winner and Brown knew it,  a FRESH feel comes with these Three gentlemen, Breathes new Life into this team. that began it’s transformation Last Year when they Drafted Jermaine Gresham the Great TE from Oklahoma, and Jordan Shipley fast Speedy Wideout from Texas, some familer faces are back too, Cedric Benson who has been Truly a Workhorse at RB,and Coach Marvin lewis has been the Steady Constant. other than that New Faces in Old Spaces. Youth has arrived  and has a Bright Future ahead of it.

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Sometimes FATE goes hand in hand with Destiny, Sometimes Dreams of One Pass Through Another, In such Case, Dreams do come true, with This world where LIFE and DEATH are very much apart of who we are, as Lives are lived and Death comes, Some DREAMS of the DEAD pass through the Lives of the LIVING. In which case the Deceased live their Dreams through the Living, As such Case with Myself and My Father, “DAN”. He Grew up loving the CLEVELAND BROWNS, and their GUIDING LIGHT, PAUL BROWN. My Dad would tell me stories of how the Browns would win GAMES and win CHAMPIONSHIPS, and How he remained LOYAL to them. But soon,  Cleveland would turn and cast out its LIGHT. Determined not to give up Brown Traveled Down I-71 To CINCINNATI to found a NEW FRANCHISE. Well to make a long story short, for OVER 40 years. The BENGALS have had their share of UPS AND DOWNS including two SUPER BOWL  appearances and few DIVISIONAL TITLES as well. My Dad and I have Shared in these years a COMMON BOND and had the SAME INTEREST at heart. WE both LOVED the BENGALS. We have been to several Training Camps Met MANY PLAYERS both CURRENT AND FORMER who have given us some GREAT GAMES,and some of the GREATIST MOMENTS in our lives, Yes a FATHER AND SON enjoying a SIMPLE FOOTBALL GAME connected us  with each other. We could always talk about FOOTBALL. WE loved being around it and loved our TEAM, Through the GAME i learned some pretty good LIFE LESSONS, The Bengals were Heroes to Me. Like My DAD. Then One fateful night I got a Phone Call that while On a FISHING TRIP which was another of My Father’s Love’s, Tragedy had dealt a Terrible blow, and My Dad had DIED. A freak accident had taken his life. After a couple of years I’ve learned to cope even come to terms with it. the Pain is still there But i do not Question, There is a Reason and Rime for everything. I know this. I continued to carry on the FAMILY BUSINESS, which is another Passion He and I Shared. but as Time went on I could not go on. the Pain of Him not being there was too great and every time i would SIT in the Chair where He Sat and Conducted Business all those YEARS, i would look and see his Picture sitting there my eyes would feel up with Tears. there is a HOLE in my Heart without “POP” im LOST. So i had to Leave so i could Find my way. I Met My Partner Rodney, and things just seemed RIGHT. We decided to Start up a Card Shop and things have been Great ever Since.im Meeting new people and some familiar faces along the way, ICKEY WOODS,  a BENGALS GREAT, Became a BUSINESS Associate with My Partner and I, I at the Time was Excited at the Chance to Work with a Man whom was on a Team i Grew up watching and that My Dad and I Enjoyed. soon More Names Popped out of nowhere, from both the Wrestling World which i happen to love and Pro Football which Dad and I loved. PETE JOHNSON,ML HARRIS,JAMES COTTON,BRIAN ROLLE, ROSS HOMAN and JASON SHIRLEY, are just a few of the names we have worked with. DEMOLITION AX and SMASH,BRUTUS BEEFCAKE,SHARKBOY,SUNNY,GREG “THE HAMMER” VALENTINE, MARTY JANNETTY,HONKY TONK MAN, and DAN “THE BEAST” SEVERN are a few of the PRO WRESTLING CELEBS we have worked with as well. Let’s just say im living a dream. MY DREAM. but is it MY DREAM? knowing my Dad’s Hope’s and Dreams I believe that he is Living HIS through ME. i can Feel his Presence and sometimes if i concentrate i can hear him say “We are living this together Son i will always be here for you” ” Love ya Son” and i would say “Pop lets watch this FIELD OF DREAMS play out together.

Mark D Jewett

Do you know who said : ” Train…say your prayers…take vitamins and believe in yourself ” ?

[TERRY GENE BOLLEA], but, you’ll recognize this 6 foot 4 inch, 302 pound person as HULK HOGAN, or….

 The Hulkster,
Hulk,
Hollywood Hogan,
Hulkamania,
Thunder Lips,
Terry Boulder,
Sterling Golden,
Mr. America…
plus whatever else the fans in the arenas around the WORLD have SCREAMED.

Terry played little league baseball and a LOT of BASS guitar. I can only guess that yelling “hey, batter batter” and playing to audiences with the volume level at ELEVEN may have contributed to the Hulk’s aural abilities in the ring. Most of all Terry Hogan BUILT himself into the Man we “know” him as today. Florida bred, this mountain of tanned muscles is a hero to many a youngman.

BARTHOLOMEW EDWARD SCOTT] grew up in Detroit, MI and heard a lot of what Hulk espoused, putting it into practice in high school and into college. Many can’t understand the brashness of the words that many who accomplish more than “THEIR LOT” are supposed to…(‘ More than one hundred schools sent out recruiting letters; however, low SAT scores made colleges shy away. Scott later improved his test scores to ensure eligibility.During July workouts for a Michigan high school all-star game, Scott was impressive on the field thus, catching the interest of coach Bryan Masi. Masi contacted Dan Enos, a friend and an assistant coach at Southern Illinois. As a result of the conversation, SIU offerd Scott a scholarship.

Scott continues to return to Southeastern nearly every year to speak with students, challenging them to aspire for more in life. Additionally, Scott provided the school with new uniforms and equipment in 2005 while upgrading the weight room in 2007. Scott also paid to have a new set of bleachers installed at the school after vandals stole the school’s former bleachers. In honor of Scott’s accomplishments on the field and off of it, Southeastern retired his jersey in 2008.’) (“wiki”)

It isn’t often that someone gets to be a part of an event where one may participate WITH their [HERO], especially when you can “barely” tell them apart.

 This should be  fun, for Hulk, for Bart and, for ALL watching.  Bart came to TNA! NFL vs TNA wow that’s cool, it looks like with Lock Out on the horizon, Bart can “Wrassle” with the Hulk and the rest of the BOYS. kind of Cool , Because come march 12-13 Big Buddhas is Putting on a CARD SHOW and Convention at the Vet’s Memorial  in Columbus Ohio,Stars from both the Wrestling and Football Worlds will be there. it would be interesting to get their Take on this situation. Please join us At the Vet’s Memorial as we meet and talk with these Greats to get an insight as to what they do.

More to Follow,

Mark Jewett

D.Rick Mack

It’s been just over a month that the [GREEN BAY PACKERS] won ANOTHER Lombardi Trophy. As I mentioned earlier the men that make up the rosters of the THIRTY-TWO National Football League teams WORK HARD to [BECOME] the specimens we see, (and try to emulate.), through T.V. or in the stadium/ arena.

 Many begin their training at such an early age that it’s a foregone conclusion. 

Whether Base-, Basket-, Football. Or ANY other sport, the benefits distributed throughout our communities is [STAGGERING] when multiplied by what we DON’T know about. With the lucretive tax breaks that schools and [PROFESSIONAL TEAM OWNERSHIP] receive the BOTTOM line of it ALL is the ATHLETE.

 The swordless Gladiators that challenge the seemingly crazy…

… when they, really, know the consequences of the actions their employers have been making [\”light\”] of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The [HISTORY] of organized LABOR and how it has helped build the ability to raise a family cannot be questioned, except by those that don’t know HOW IT works… OR by those that have fostered its demise by NOT WORKING within the boundaries of the WORK-PLACE.

The ownership of each NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL [FRANCHISE] , except that of GREEN BAY, have been [CONTENTIOUS] , at best. Talk on, almost, all the ESPN talk segments have alluded to this scenario. there’s been the intimation that there “could” be the real life version of “THE REPLACEMENTS“…

… Many of the newer players wary of the fact that a Veteran being able to dip into some of their saved sums from past seasons.

I wonder if the NFL owners are able to envision a comparison between them and how the American automobile industry  “assisted” in the nation’s economic “decline” just a year, or so, ago ? How many PART-TIME jobs, Municipal coffers, (READ TAXES!!!), Television REVENUES and the profits made from CLOTHING, (  With $18.6 billion in revenue in 2008. NIKE), from the OBVIOUS standpoints !?! This is going to be one of THE best KNOCK-DOWN-DRAG-OUTS  witnessed in  our CUMULATIVE ‘labor/management’  battles YET. And with the “news” agencies focused on how the legislature of WISCONSIN putting the [KLIEGS] of this insinuation into the eyes of the citizens/ SPORT FAN, (Remember, the GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE the ONLY NON-PROFIT TEAM in the NFL!), is there a THEME here somewheres ? It’s [\”FUNNY\’],the  Grasshoppers that make “six figures a minute” are claiming that the “Bees” are trying to carry away the forest. This is how things [REALLY] work, it’s up to you to know it.

D. Rick Mack

The Endless Struggle between the Cincinnati Bengals and disgruntled Players continues with Carson Palmer, with His” TRADE ME OR I’LL RETIRE” banter has been raised,and the lines have been drawn. Mike Brown  has made it very clear he has NO intention in trading  HIS FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK.  Opinions are flying around as is Speculation as to what the situation is in Cinci. everyone  From TO to CHAD to even the powers at ESPN, have given their take on this Matter. Some of the Blame points to the Upper Tier of the BENGALS organization. Others claim Fan Hostility, While Certain people think he is just FED UP with PRIMA DONNAS. with new Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden, younger Brother of John Gruden, has a WEST COAST Background and is well schooled in it. The System itself should Fit Palmer nicely, IF Palmer wants it. Other Reports have Pointed out that he indeed wants to cut ties with the City that he has called HOME for the past 8 plus years. He has put his Home up on the Market and looks as if He is Moving on himself. On a personal Note, I like Carson and hope that this Situation works out for everybody. You’ve Got the Pics, To get the whole Picture, you have to read between the lines.

More to Follow,         

Mark Jewett

The world of professional wrestling has had its Share of  Ups and Downs. there has been triumphs and tears along the way, Men like Curt Henning, Rick Rude,Owen Hart, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre The Giant, Big John Studd, Ray ( BossMan) Trailer, Luna Vacon and Miss Elizabeth just to name a few of the FRAT Brothers and Sisters who have Perished, may they All Rest in Peace. These dedicated Professionals put it all on the line to give fans their Money’s Worth EVERY time they came to a Wrestling Event. Hercules Hernandez, Brian Pillman, Eddie Gilbert, Andrew  (Test) Martin and  The Junkyard  Dog , were some other names that came to mind also contributing to the  success that has made Professional Wrestling  its own spectacle. Without these Dedicated Men and Women the Sport of Professional Wrestling would not be the same,and Now that they are no longer with us. It isn’t, (the same.). The promoters CASHED in ON the TALENT that these People brought to the table. And in the process these people were pushed to the Highest of levels to perform; and used Questionable Methods to do so. But some insiders would say that’s Part of the Show. I would like to take this Time to say Thank YOU to anyone who laces Up a pair of Wrestling Boots… and PAYS The PRICE. For OUR ENTERTAINMENT. From the Small, Independent Wrestler to someone who has MADE IT to the Main Event. THANK YOU.

When [JOHN SHOLTO DOUGLAS] set down the “law” of two men having the contest of controlled “brutality” called Boxing he probably didn’t know much about the way other parts of the world did something similar. There have been Champions crowned in many definitions of fairness by size or weight. Many Blokes and Bruisers who’d begun their careers at the rear entrances of taverns, or the parking lots of their jobs.  The confrontations brewed with the main ingredient of TESTOSTERONE being stirred in the cauldron called “civilized” society.

From bare knuckled “bashings” through the sciences that matched a combatant’s size to the impact ratio of those “three” square inches of inertia coming to an abrupt halt on the bone and sinew of another human, the temporary war of TWO is as old as “creation”. And, while any two are going to exchange, (Or AVOID.), the impact of another’s strength,guile and accuracies there will be those who will watch, wager… ENJOY the accumulated physical damages.

bare knuckler: John Heenan

                                   

These were MEN of their time, and there was NO mistaking what they did for a “LIVING”.

The twentieth century brought along a “more civilized” manner of facial dissection. The rules of the Marquess of Queensbeery made sure that there was an eveness to the matter. The “SPORT” of [BOXING] allowed for the “gentler” sex to witness the inate physical “beauty” of how each combatant moved to, either strike or avoid the hammer at the end of their opponent’s arm. The grace of a brutal “dance”… a windmilled Waltz where the better man used the other’s face, or rib-cage, to thrum the cresendo of the other’s ensuing defeat. There were those that rose to such heights that they were afforded great wealth and [PRESTIGE] for their art.

All the while the world had its own version of how TWO MEN decided who had better movement and power…

In the Nation of THAILAND, at the ripe old age of  3000 years, the art of non-weaponed, (Ya gotta USE yer ARMS!), combat is a Ballet of MAYHEM.

The creation of Televised sport has allowed us to learn about how “other” Peoples do what we “do”. The creation of the [MMA] has filled a “void” left by BOXING’s familiarity. Yes, Boxing still has the excitement and celebrity that it’s had, but the newness and intricacies of  this new way of “battle” has fed the roots of the “Couch Potato” immencely.

From the year [648 B.C.] the skills of boxing and wrestling were combined to entertain the Greek citizenry, even unto the Olympic Games. In 1899 a Briton introduced the combination of judo, jujutsu, savate; (kicking only.). With the French style of stick fighting, called canne de combat added for  the show of “dexterity”. The Japanese were inspired to the presentation of their version of “American” fighting, called Merikan, in the early 1900’s. Growth was slow, ( War CAN do that to an international phenomena.), throughout the next few decades. Fighting “styles” morphed into various configurations that brought the Brazilian beauty of “submission” combat that we’ve come to know through the [GRACIE] family.

But, before we’d come to know the Gracies a [DRAGON] breathed a fighting fire into our brains through the media of movies.

And, so we’ve come “full-circle” with the interest in MMA. There have been many men who’ve held the TITLE BELT in more than [ONE WEIGHT CLASS] in Boxing, but, the combination of TWO weight classes HASN’T been seen in the MMA as of this date…

Enter the only two that have the mixed martial arts’ enthusiasts ATTENTION. [GEORGE \”RUSH\” ST. PIERRE] and [ANDERSON \”THE SPIDER\” SILVA].

(Sorry, but it WAS the shortest video that I could find.)

The date of this monumental [MATCH-UP] is yet to be announced. No matter what the time-table, those that are fascinated with this type of event will cheerfully slap down the ducats for this bout.

D. Rick Mack

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].