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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Biggest surprises in Super Bowl History

George Foster - January 31st, 2011
Biggest Surprises in Super Bowl History
For me, the appeal of the Super Bowl is watching the breakout
performer who unexpectedly shines on the biggest sports stage in the
world during the first week of February. Here are the most startling
performances over the years:

Desmond Howard. The former Michigan Wolverine was a surprise MVP of
the 1997 Super Bowl after his career seemed to be on the decline since
his Heisman Trophy days in Ann Arbor. Having caught only 13 passes
during the year, Howard put on a kick-return clinic with 244 return
yards, including a 99 yard kick-off return for the winning touchdown.
Howard’s electric runs helped the Packers prevail over the rising New
England Patriots.
Doug Williams. QB Williams came off the bench to win the 1988
Super Bowl MVP while leading Washington to a lopsided victory over a
favored Denver team. As an African American, Williams saved the
biggest surprise for racist fans that still believed black QBs didn’t
have the smarts to succeed. Williams’ dominating play ended such talk
forever.
Timmy Smith. In the same 1988 Super Bowl, the rookie Smith rushed for
204 yards (still a Super Bowl record) and scored two touchdowns, also
helping the Redskins to a victory. Smith had gained just 126 yards for
the entire regular season before he was called upon in the season’s
biggest game. Timmy Smith was done with football for good by the end
of the next year as injuries cut his career short. In 2008, Smith
finished a two-year prison term on drug charges, perhaps still trying
to recreate the high from that glorious day 20 years prior.
Janet Jackson. Who can forget the half-time show of the 2004 Super
Bowl when Justin Timberlake somehow helped expose Janet Jackson’s
breast. As a result of this gaff, CBS was fined $500,000 by the FCC
for…, I’m not sure what. CBS’s counterclaim has climbed all the way to
the Supreme Court, but is still unresolved. Half-time shows are now
tape-delayed for several seconds to avoid any more disturbing
“wardrobe malfunctions” being forced upon millions of innocents,
viewing worldwide.
Michael Jackson. If you are wondering why half-time performers are on
this list, consider the following: Michael Jackson’s show in 1993 was
the first incidence of a half-time show actually having higher
television ratings than the Super Bowl game itself. Jackson’s one-man
performance was also one of the most watched events in TV history.
Max McGee. The first Super Bowl game in 1967 provided the biggest
surprise of all. This game was surrounded by more questions than any
in football history. Fans argued whether the NFL was vastly superior
to the AFL or not. Could Kansas City’s Lenny Dawson measure up to
Green Bay’s great QB Bart Starr? Were the Packers unstoppable?
Kansas City of the upstart AFL started well and licked their chops
when Packers starting wide receiver Boyd Dowler was injured during the
game’s second series. Aging Max McGee was brought into the game as a
replacement, though he had caught only four passes in the regular
season. McGee thought he had little chance of playing and was still
hung over from partying all night before the game. He even had to
borrow a helmet from a teammate since he left his own back in the
locker room.
The rest of the story is now legend as McGee scored the first
touchdown in Super Bowl history with a one-handed catch for 37 yards.
In all, he caught seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns as the
Packers won 35-10.
Never afraid to live life on the edge, McGee stood out as carouser on
a Packers team famous for partiers such as Paul Hornung. McGee was
also one of the three original investors in the Chi-Chi’s restaurant
chain, but fell off the roof of his home to his death at 75 while
using a leaf blower a few years ago.

 
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