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& r PAGE 4A - HOGANSVII_J.,E HERALD - THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012 :i I f I THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD USPS 620-040 @perate Wy Tfib l lkatimm, He was only a third round ROBERT E. TRIBBLE, President draft pick and National JOHN KUYKENDALL KIM MITCHELL Football League experts did PUBLISHERJEDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER not give him much of a chance of even making the football ANDY KOBER Phone (706) 846-3188 team. As a quarterback he had ASSOCIATE EDITOR Fax: (706) 846-2206 news@star-mercu .com an average arm and below BRYAN GETER P.O. Box 426 average mobility, at least ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Manchester, GA 31816 'according to most scouts and front office personnel of all O~icial Legal Organ for the CiO" of Hogan~,iUe " the teams, except for the San Francisco 49ers' Head Coach Bill Walsh. In the early days after practice began the rookie did- n't do anything to refute the charges of"slow with an aver- age arm." While the experts climbed all over Walsh for not I listen to ESPN radio, doing something to resolve watch ESPN on television and the team's quarterback situ- catchthe football games when ation the coach developed a possible, but for the past week wait and see perspective. I just stopped listening. Coach Walsh's confidence Since the NFL season got was rewarded when the reg- underway aU ESPN has talked ular season began and his about is the replacement offi- rookie quarterback tore up cials. ESPN gave it so much the team's opponents with his publicity that everyone was - short passes-and-timing pat- just waiting for the officials terns that became known as to make a blunder, and they Coleman got the same the "West Coast offense." Joe did. treatment from the San Montana is now in the NFL In case you missed it, the Francisco Chronicle after he Hall of Fame as the greatest officials blew a call in the called a 49'ers and Packers third round pick in NFL his- Green Bay and Seattle game game. and that set off the fireworks. "Incomplete forward The officials blew the call. pass? Shake the snow globe There is no question about again. We must have been see- that, but ESPN was all over it ing things. Certainly referee and it dominated the radio Walt Coleman was when heAny of you who happened broadcast forthe entire week. got in front of that replay mon- to be watching Fox News last Enough already! itor Saturday night. Friday afternoon witnessed Everyone is screaming "Since when is an obvious the tragic end of a person's that the replacement officials attempt to tuck the ball part life. are doing a terrible job and of a forward pass? According I admit to being a news shouldhaveneverbeenplaced to Rule 3, Section 21, Article junkie. on the field to begin with. I 2 of the NFL rulebook, when- While sitting in front of wouldn't argue that point ever the quarterback moves my computer and working, I either, his arm forward to pass and am most often listening to However, before we go the ball ends up coming out, news or sports programming. killing off the replacement it is a forward pass and not a LastFridayafternoonFox officials, maybe we should fumble. News was covering one of just a moment to reflect on "According to Mike those high-speed car chases some pretty bad calls that Pereira, headofofficiatingfor that seem to enthrall so many. occurred when the so-called the NFL, Brady, at that point, Apparently the suspect professional officials were on wasnot gtopassthebal!, had carjacked a Dodge the field, but it comesto his (left) han " :i: Caliber andthen f'wed shots One of those officials, that He never controlled it lonff" .at somebodT- possibly law- ESPN calls a "professional," enough to consider him arun- enforcement personnel - Walt Coleman has been cited her, nor does he try to bring before fleeing the scene. as one of the worst officials it up againto pass. Thus, when While seeing this, I quick- in the history of the league, Charles Woodson. hit New ly surmised that something but he is still employed. England QB Tom Brady-who must be wrong with the sus- Icouldciteplentyofcham- was in full tuck mode, aspect. I mean really, who in pionshipgamesovertheyears everyone could see-Brady's their right mind carjacks a that have been settled by a arm movement was merely Dodge Caliber? bad call by the officials, but the continuation of a forward You might expect some- to prove a point I'm just tak- pass because Brady somehow body to steal a new Dodge ingalookatColeman.Hereare wasn'tinpossessionoftheball Charger or Dodge a few of his blunders, he'd never let go of since the Challenger. You might expect The Vikings verses thesnap. We hope this little dis- somebody to steal a new Ford Packers in 2005. Coleman, the cussion has helped clear up , Mustang, SubaruBRZ, Lexus, head official and his staff took any lingeringconfusionyou or even one of the older some pretty heavy criticism may have had regarding this American muscle cars - but after the game. Sid Hartman, matter." ........ _a Dodge Caliber? .... a writer for the Tribune that There is an entire web Really? covers the Packers had this page dedicated to Coleman's As I continued working, to say: "The national telecast missed calls, blown calls and of the Vikings-Packers game the biggest came in a Super on Sunday night wasn't the Bowl game. righttimeforWalterColeman So, while everyone is so and his crew to put on the busy beating up the officials worst exhibition of NFL offi- thatblewthecallatGreenBay ...... ciating I have seen in my 42 and most of that I believe is years of covering the Vikings. due to the pressure put on by "Fallout continuedthe media, maybe you should Wednesday from the wild con- take time to think about all the clusion to the Vikings' 26-22 blown calls over the years. loss Sunday in Green Bay. In The blame for all of this a confidential memorandum, rests with all of us, the NFL, the NFL acknowledged its the regular officials, the officiating crew made at least replacement officials and us; nine mistakes during the fans that continue to support game- including a pass inter- the NFL. ference call that negated a . I've coached and officiat- Vikings interception on the ed and I can tell neither is an Packers' game-winning drive, easy job. You will miss calls according to a league source and make mistakes but that who saw the document...While has always been a part of the all nine plays had an impact game and always will be. on the game, certainly the If Green Bay had been most crucial was the 28-yard winning by two touchdowns penalty called On Chavous by and that same call was made referee Walt Coleman's crew." would anyone have noticed? THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD is published weekly by Trib Publications, Inc. at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. The Hogansville Herald is published proudly for the citizens of HogansviUe and its goal is to produce quality, profitable, community oriented newspa- pers that you, our readers, are proud of. We will reach that goal through hard work, teamwork, loyalty, and a strong dedication toward printing the truth. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $25 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $32.50 a year in state; $40 out of state. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogamville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FOR SUBSCRIP ONS call (706) 84G3188orwritetoCirculafionManager; Trib Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Manchester, GA31816. tory. ~MORALITY~ A man was telling his friend about the time when the world had become so cor- rupt and immoral, people had become so degenerate and conditions had become so intolerable that St. Peter was alarmed, in talking things over with the archangel Gabriel St. Peter suggested they send another flood to earth and begin anew or even let the people destroy them- selves with nuclear bombs. Gabriel admitted that this might be necessary but he did suggest, "According to your own statement, Peter, only about 70% of the population are unregenerate sinners and the other 30% are righteous and trying hard to improve conditions. Since this 30% are righteous and since they are right down in the thick of it all they might have some ideas that have not occurred to us. Why don't you write to them and see what sugges- tions they might have," Gabriel said. St. Peter agreed this was a good idea and so he com- posed a letter that he sent to the righteous 30%. In telling the story a friend asked his listener, "What do you think St. Peter said in his letter?" After a moment hesitation the listener admitted, "I don't know. What did he write?" "Oh, you didn't get a letter?" his friend said. ~COUNSELING~ A woman seeking coun- sel from Dr. George Crane a psychologist confided that she hated her husband and intended to divorce him. "I want to hurt him all that I can," she said firmly. "Well in that case I advise you to start showering him with compliments. When you have become indispensable to him, when he thinks you love him devotedly then start the divorce action. That is the way to hurt him the most," Dr. Crane said. Several months later the wife returned to report that all was going well and that she had followed the sug- gested course. !'Good, now is the time to file for divorce," Dr. Crane said. "Divorce, never I love my husband dearly," the woman said. ~COMPROMIS Good salespeople are masters at negotiating with their clients but they may not do so well in their own homes with the real bosses, their spouses. One salesman had received a big bonus shortly before going on vacation. When he got back his friends asked him what he did with the money. "Well, my wife wanted one of those giant screen television but I want- ed a new car so we bought the television but we compro- mised and agreed to keep it in the garage," the salesman said. the chase progressed along exceedingtoward the California border.1-10 in Arizona, heading westspeedsgleefullyThe news were 110 reporting miles crews sometimes per were hour.the ii !ii !iii ...... I didn't know a Dodge Caliber would travel that fast. I kept right on working while listening to the pro- ceedings. Then the suspect left the Interstate and drove along a dirt road, leaving a long trail of billowing dust. THAT GOT my attention as I figured he would soon wreck. During such events tele- vision news crews utilize a five to ten second delay so they can cut away from the live broadcast if anything really bad happens. Thinking this chase was about to end, Fox News went to a broad- cast delay. Viewers could tell when it happened because of a repeat in Sheppard Smith's running commentary. The dirt road became a paved road and the suspect suddenly drove off the road surface and into what looked like an area of brush and small trees. The suspect fled the car on foot. Looking around fran- tically and acting erratically, he fell several times only to get up and run some more. He ran around and behind a stand of brush and small trees, reached down to his waist, put his right hand to his head, and then fell for- ward collapsing to the ground. Of course the suspect had placed a handgun to the side of his head and pulled the trig- ger. Sheppard Smith is imme- diately on the air shouting for the production crew to cut the feed, but it was already too late. Understand that no blood and guts or gore was seen dur- ing the news feed. Even if it had, the fanta- sy violence seen in movies and on television, and that has become an integral part of video games, is considerably more dramatic. Personally, I think Smith drew more attention to the suicide in his shouting to the production crew and subse- quent on-air apology. I am sure Fox News vio- lated some FCC rule or reg- ulation, but what took place during coverage of that news event was far less impressive than scenes created in Hollywood. We havenoideawas drove that man to steal a car, fire i 7 shots at somebody, fle .rom i police, and eventually: m-!:i i! mit suicide. " ....... Some people might sug ..... ":i gest that in committing sui- : cide, the suspect saved tax- payers the expense of a trial, appeals, and jail. I was not moved to feel sorry for the suspect and I doubt many other viewers were. We have become so inun- dated with fantasy violence in movies, on television, and in video games, that when it involves real violence -- at a distance - we are unmoved. That is a sad commentary on us all. That's my opinion. In the Hogansville Herald Compiled by Rob Richardson AMAZING PARTICIPATION - The top story in the Oct. 5, 1972 Hogansville Heraldwas about formation of a business group. "Almost every business in the city was represented last week at a meeting which was organized for the purpose of forming a merchants asso- ciation or Chamber of Commerce in an effort to increase local trade with the local mer- chants." .,J. d,~ ANOTHER WIN - The success of the foot- ball team continued to dominate the front page. "The Hogansville Greenwave, behind the strong running of Larry Robinson, Mark Brock and Ezzard Phillips, handily defeated the Raiders rein West Point last Friday by a 21-0 score as they saw their season record go to four wins against no losses. Robinson led the Greenwave attack as he totaled 219 yards for the night including a 61 -yard run and two touch- downs. OH BOY... Another front page story was what every property taxpayer really wanted "l'roup County taxpayers will begin receiving their 1972 tax bills this week, Pierce Bruce, coun- ty tax commissioner, said Tuesday Bruce said that Troup County is one of 34 counties in the state to have the 1972 tax digest approved by the Georgia Revenue Department BARGAINS IF THE 70s - An inside ad tout- ed the wonders of a vacation at the Fontana Village resort in the North Carolina Mountains. "Fall is best of all in the Smoky Mountains," the ad proclaimed Activities included horse- back riding, 'qackle-smashing" bass, shuffle- board, square dancing, craft making and 'bear. season.' %: