HELLO FROM EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN:

HELLO FROM EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN - city of big bottoms and small minds.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

COLLECTING FOOTBALLS PUTS ME IN TOUCH WITH SPORTS HISTORY


There was a time when I was collecting football helmets but that day is gone. Then one day I found (on eBay, where else?) a vintage Wilson football that was manufactured in the Ada, Ohio, plant prior to the days when the NFL balls were adorned with a facsimile of the NFL commissioner under whose administration the ball was manufactured.

These footballs were stamped with the words "The Duke", so named to honor NY Giants owner Wellington Mara whose nickname was the duke.

So I began to watch for listings of those footballs. I now have four, one of which is almost in non-used perfect condition. Then a couple of weeks later I spotted the pictured football for sale. It is a Sonnett model K5 which was manufactured originally in Kentucky. By the mid 1950's, Wilson Sporting Goods bought out that company and began manufacturing the ball at their Ada, Ohio, location with the Sonnett name on one side and Wilson on the opposite side.

This ball is in really incredibly good shape for a ball that is as old as this one is. The only flaw is that when I inflate it to a full 13 pounds pressure, it slow leaks down to about 10 pounds and then stops.

Eventually I will send it to Wilson and have the valve and bladder replaced.

I am pretty excited to have found the precursor to "The Duke"!

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Hollywood Squares:


These great questions and answers are from the days when ' Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course...

Q.. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?

A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!

(The audience laughed so long and so hard it took up almost 15 minutes of the show!)


Q. Do female frogs croak?

A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.


Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?

A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.


Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.

A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.


Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?

A.. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.


Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?

A.. Rose Marie: No wait until morning.


Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?

A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.


Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say 'I Love You'?

A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.


Q. What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?

A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.


Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?

A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.


Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?

A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.


Q.. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?

A.. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.


Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?

A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.


Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps.. One is politics, what is the other?

A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.


Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?

A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.


Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?

A.. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.


Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?

A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?


Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?

A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.


Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?

A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.


Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?

A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.


Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?

A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.


Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?

A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?


Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?

A.. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.


Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?

A. Charley Weaver: His feet.


Q.. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?

A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.

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In New Orleans, it's four strikes and you're out.

At least if you're trying to deal weed. The city, still struggling to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, is meting out rough justice to Cornell Hood II for his fourth weed conviction. He got off with probation after three marijuana convictions in New Orleans.

But according to the Times-Picayune, following his move over to St. Tammany Parish, Hood, 35, could be headed to prison for the rest of his life. State Judge Raymond S. Childress brought the hammer down on Hood under Louisiana's repeat-offender law on Thursday after a jury found Hood guilty of attempting to possess and distribute marijuana at his Slidell home.

After moving from Eastern New Orleans to Slidell following a guilty plea to separate charges of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana on in December 2009, Hood received a suspended five-year prison sentence and five years' of probation for each. It was the same penalty he got in that court in February 2005 for the same charges.

An assistant DA used Hood's past convictions to argue he was a career criminal worthy of harsher punishment in the state, which allows for life imprisonment for drug offenders who've been convicted three or more times for a crime that carries a sentence of 10 years of more.

Does New Orleans man deserve life in prison for pot?


How depressing is this?? I got so depressed I rolled a fatty and went to New Orleans (in my mind).

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