Posts Tagged ‘small town values’

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

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’.

No one can imagine collecting every scrap of information that could, possibly, be of the Mercurian/ “FRENZIED” childhood of the “Kid” they ran around with. Isn’t that they way it goes when we sit in the living room, hair all linened and navels that echo ? We tell any story that connects us to that “Kid”, from what they’d done beside the public pool to their winning move to win “THE” game in High School.

Many a folk have been a witness to [DICK Le BEAU], who just happened to be the beneficiary of the “small town” GOLDEN RULES” that London, Ohio infused into him. From the stable of ‘RED RAIDERS’, ( His London, Ohio High School Team moniker. ), to the hallowed “SHOE” of THE Ohio State University Dick LeBeau was a STUDENT of the game of FOOTBALL.

Richard and Woodrow

 The FIFTH round, ( 58th overall ), draft pick of the CLEVELAND BROWNS  joined team mate, Tackle, Dick Shafrath in the NFL in 1959. A reward added to his being a running back during the National Championship year of 1957. The BROWNS cut LeBeau during rookie camp (!!!) allowing the DETROIT LIONS to enjoy [TWELVE YEARS] of a HALL of  FAME CAREER .

After leaving college as a running back / DEFENSIVE back, (players of his time played “ALL” the downs ! ), Mr. LeBeau took his knowledge of prevention, ( Lebeau is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive backs in Detroit history. From 1959-72, he recorded 62 interceptions for 762 yards and three touchdowns. His 62 interceptions are the most by a player in Lions’ history, and he is tied for seventh all-time in NFL history. His 762 interception return yards ranks third all-time in team history. ), to the Philadelphia EAGLES in 1973. The PACKERS followed in 1976, and gave the Cincinnati BENGALS enough of the “right stuff” to be championship caliber during the 1980’s.

 Considered the author of the     ZONE BLITZ LeBeau has been instrumental in many NFL teams achieving the brutal beauty that the American (“style” of ) FOOTBALL has come to be known for. And those organizations that have had  this GENIUS on staff know that their stands, and wallets will have a fullness.

 There  is a debate, this year, of whether Dick LeBeau will continue coaching after this season’s SUPERBOWL #45. He’s stated that he will stay within the STEELERS machine, while some spew the rumor of Dick being wooed to the deserts of Arizona, for the CARDINALS.

 Well, the CHAMPIONSHIP hasn’t been contested yet. So, I will let Mr. LeBeau spring that decision after the game.

D.Rick Mack