The column that says if we want to read stories written by the Washington Post, we’ll buy the Washington Post or move to D.C. and get slanted, but we in Bridgeton don’t want to read stories written by the Washington Post, so stop them floating like algae in our newspaper.
By Jack Hummel
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How would you like to be eating in your favorite restaurant thinking about the fundraiser you’re going to have there on a Thursday for Carolscatz, who takes care of unwanted cats better than anyone we know, and deserves help?
And who walks by. Carolscatz!
“Tonight is the fundraiser,” she said. “Why aren’t you covering the door?”
Apparently, Carolscatz thought we said this Thursday instead of a Thursday, called up Jessica at TR, got the 10 percent flier emailed to her, ran off 40 copies and her husband was handing them out at the door.
“It’s working,” she said.
So we went to Jessica and said we want a second fundraiser on a Thursday.
We got it — this coming Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. Someone else is having “their night” on Dec. 15, so we can’t sell baked goods or furballs or curled cat whiskers.
But we can give out the fliers where 10 percent of your table’s bill goes to Carolscatz, and it costs you not a penny more. You can even hate cats. You can love dogs more.
We don’t care, as long as you eat big and bring a lot of friends.
We asked for 200 fliers. If all get handed out, and the average bill is $30, that’s $600 for the fourfoots.
And we’ve got ins with about 40 wait staff, all in college or grad school.
Will there be championship food?
Can we tailgate? Can we turn it into The Linc?
Will Elliott Pettit, who worked the chains all those years on the sideline after Millville went undefeated in 1975, be there?
We know one thing — Coach and all-American citizen Bob Hogan will be remembered.
“The Legendary Cisrow Family, Debbie Savigliano & Bianca’s Kids and Peggy Gentile-Van Meter and Soroptomist International of Cumberland have become our main supporters.
“We thank all of you for believing in us.”
— Jerry Young
And we just have Debbie Savigliano and Jerry Young on 92.1 FM Saturday at 1 p.m., and it doesn’t matter if you’re out shopping, as long as you have a car radio.
There will be time enough to listen to Christmas carols.
If you miss parts, call 856-696-0092 to see if you were mentioned.
Jerry, TSgt. George Linen tells us a lot of his ROTC cadets used to be in Tri City Boxing.
And are we getting “Boom Boom” ready for the rematch with Mikiah Kreps, the Niagara Falls Flash fighting at the nationals this week?
“Tell that to those who owe thousands and thousands of dollars.
“Jack, I am not against college. You, however, seem to think that those who do not have a college degree are somehow beneath those that do, and that is wrong as well as offensive.”
— Peggy Gentile-Van Meter
We’re talking future here, not history, Peggy.
We’re not talking above or beneath because the ones we’re talking about haven’t made a decision on college.
Can we make one point?
Obviously, higher income is a primary benefit of earning your college degree.
But most jobs that require a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degree tend to also provide more benefits. This can include health care, retirement investment, travel and other perks.
A second point.
Earning a college degree is such an important step in life that it has become a central part of the “American Dream.”
Go to college, get a job, buy a house, raise a family. It may not always be that simple, but it all starts with your college education.
Earning a college degree is all about opening up opportunities in life. It prepares you, both intellectually and socially, for your career and your adult life. The benefits of a college education include career opportunities like better paying and higher skilled jobs, but studies have shown that it also leads to overall happiness and stability.
Many people know that they want to attend college, but don’t know exactly why, or how it will enrich their lives.
We wrote a couple of stories on Abe Morris, the bull rider who got his start at Cowtown.
In addition to writing “My Cowboy Hat Still Fits,” Abe fought for custody of his son.
And wrote a book about it, :”Justin: A Father’s Fight For His Son.”
Aug. 23, 2008
“It was exactly eight years ago that Justin A. Morris moved to Colorado from Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Eventually, I was finally granted primary and permanent custody by a family court judge in Mecklenburg County and his mother’s visitation privileges were also revoked.
“No doubt that Justin has grown up to be a better person than he would have been otherwise. We have both gone through a lot of trials and tribulations. Many others had told me years earlier to give up and stop spending my money on incompetent attorneys, airline tickets and an unfair family judicial court system in Union County, New Jersey .
“Multiple times, Justin’s mother had denied me the privilege of seeing my only biological child in violation of written court orders. Judge Karen Cassidy ordered me to pay $285 per week in child support. Based on my salary and my now ex-wife’s salary I should have paid about $108 per week.
“Later, it ballooned to over $360 per week ($1,442 per month) when my ex-wife was making over $100,000 per year in salary and bonuses. As as result, I paid her $74,000 and (more than $50,000 extra) in child support payments than I was legally obligated to pay.
“These are all federal violations of the child support rules and regulations. I even wrote a book titled, ‘Justin: A Father’s Fight for His Son.’
“Justin has turned out to an exemplary student and very talented and gifted athlete. I’m very proud of Justin Morris and just hope, in return, that Justin is proud and grateful of a father who refused to not give up and fight for his safety and well-being.
“Hopefully, our story will inspire other fathers to NEVER give up despite the insurmountable odds.”
— Abe Morris
A little history
Abe Morris slapped himself hard in the face. Then he did it again, three or four times.
“It sure does wake you up,” he explained.
Morris needed to be wide awake. A competitor on the professional rodeo circuit, he was getting ready to lash his hand to a ton of angry bull, which immediately tried to crush him against the walls of a narrow wooden chute.
Once Morris was settled on the animal’s back, he gave a nod, the gate was opened, and he put his spurs to the bull as hard and fast as he could.
Eight seconds of grueling whirlwind later, a whistle blew and Morris jumped off. A man in a clown suit ran up and swatted the still-bucking bull on the nose, distracting him while Morris made his getaway back to the chutes.
For risking his neck, Morris scored 67 points and earned just enough money to cover his entry fee. But by breaking even he did a lot better than most riders that night.
“Most guys aren’t making any money at this. In fact, most are losing money,” said Gavin Ehringer, spokesman for the National Professional Rodeo Cowboy Assn. in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rodeo is by far the most accessible of American professional sports. Anybody who can scrape together a few dollars for an entry fee can try to ride a bronco or a bull in thousands of events all over the country.
But it is also one of the hardest sports in which to make a living. Getting on a bull or a bucking horse is one thing. Staying on long enough to win some money is another.
Ty Murray, the 1990 world champion, grossed $213,000 that year. That is a lot of money, but it pales by comparison to the multimillion-dollar payoffs in baseball, football and basketball.
The top 10 to 15 people in each rodeo event win between $35,000 and $70,000 a year, Ehringer said.
Most of the 9,500 professionals in the sport fall far shy of that figure, and they have to pay for their almost constant travel out of what they win.
All for the pleasure of risking permanent injury.
Although rodeo does not get the television coverage of major team sports, it attracts as many live spectators to its dusty arenas as National Football League games do, Ehringer said.
Rodeo events revolve around the roping and riding skills needed by the Wild West’s early cowboys.
In the days of the open range and big cattle drives, an activity like bulldogging–diving off a horse onto a steer’s neck and wrestling it to the ground by the horns–had practical value.
Since proper fences and corrals now make it unnecessary, hardly anybody does that sort of thing outside a rodeo arena.
Calf-roping still has some practical value on working ranches, as does knowing how to stay on a bucking horse, but most rodeo events are displays of athletic rather than practical skill.
Cowboys and animals are considered athletes and are scored as such by judges.
But rodeos are no longer just for cowboys.
Morris is a good example. Reared in New Jersey, he began riding there more than 20 years ago and has been in professional rodeo for 13 years. Most of the year, he earns his living by selling annuities.
The rodeo association sanctions 750 rodeos a year, and all participants in those events must be members of the organization.
But thousands of non-sanctioned rodeos are held, peaking during the summer months. Those are the type of events where anybody with nerve and an entry fee can try his luck.
Rodeo is definitely a young man’s sport. The average age for riders in the “rough stock” events–bull riding, bareback bronco riding and saddle bronco riding–is 26 or 27, Ehringer said.
“Your career in rough stock riding is effectively over by the time you’re 30,” he said.
But like any rule, this one has exceptions. Morris, who rides bulls, the roughest of the rough stock, hesitated to give his exact age but acknowledged that it is considerably over 30.
“Maybe I’ll tell everybody how old I am when I finally decide to quit,” he said.
— Scott McMillion, Reuters
Maybe he should be in the All Sports Museum of South Jersey
Media says Flyers suddenly hottest team in NHL.
They’ve been called that at some point every year since “Only God saves more than Bernie Parent.”
“Just a bit of optimism in an otherwise dismal sports outlook, Jack!
“Hope springs eternal! 26 years as a season ticket holder allows me that.”
— Chris Erik Jespersen
We thought Lindros would change everything.
Just like everybody believes Carson Wentz can do it by himself.
A franchise quarterback comes with a franchise offensive line, not blaming the last coach.
Help Tri City HOPE continue its mission of helping other people every day.
Have a warm heart and place gloves/mittens, hats and scarves in the drop box at Farm Rite in Shiloh.
By doing so, you will be helping kids keep warm at their bus stops and while they’re walking to school.
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