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It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the …

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There are some games in which cheering for the other side feels better than winning.

This all started when Faith’s head coach, Kris Hogan, wanted to do something kind for the Gainesville team. Faith had never played Gainesville, but he already knew the score. After all, Faith was 7-2 going into the game, Gainesville 0-8 with 2 TDs all year. Faith has 70 kids, 11 coaches, the latest equipment and involved parents. Gainesville has a lot of kids with convictions for drugs, assault and robbery—many of whose families had disowned them—wearing seven-year-old shoulder pads and ancient helmets.

So Hogan had this idea. What if half of our fans—for one night only—cheered for the other team? He sent out an email asking the Faithful to do just that. “Here’s the message I want you to send:” Hogan wrote. “You are just as valuable as any other person on planet Earth.”

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The Gainesville coach saw Hogan, grabbed him hard by the shoulders and said, “You’ll never know what your people did for these kids tonight. You’ll never, ever know.”

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Superbowl

I’m cheering for Baltimore, but betting on San Francisco.

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TBFL

Yahoo has changed the way I can invited people to join the league, so I can’t post a link and a password here, this year.

If you’re interested please email me and I’ll email you an invitation.

We have 4 teams, so far.

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Because Lebron James is no Michal Jordan.

Just watching the NBA finals and wondering why I despise the Heat so much…

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3 – 1

Apologies to my friends from TX, but I never want to see TX win anything.

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Blanda almost single-handedly turned me into a Raiders fan.

Blanda was the league’s all-time leading scorer when he retired in 1976 after 26 seasons as a quarterback/place-kicker. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Blanda played with the Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, and finally with the Oakland Raiders. He won AFL titles with the Oilers in 1960 and 1961.

Blanda started out as just a kicker in Chicago, but he became a record setting quarterback in Houston. He’s perhaps best known for being the most improbable Player of the Year award winner (then called the Bert Bell Award) in history at age 43.

Cut at the beginning of the 1970 season and 12 seasons after his first retirement, Blanda went on an insane five-week run where he either replaced Raiders quarterback Daryle LaMonica to lead the Raiders to a comeback victory or kicked a winning or tying field goal. Every single week.

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Blanda is the placekicker on the All-Time AFL Team and didn’t retire until he was 48 years old.

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TBFL

We have 6 coaches, now. It would be good to have at least 8, and there’s currently room for 12. I’m going to have to make the league public, soon (a week from today?) to fill in the rest, so this really is your last chance.

The League ID# is 120481 and the Password is ashcroft. The link is here, and you need to be logged into your Yahoo ID when signing up.

There will be some rules changes before the draft (but not after). Speedy is interested in having 2 QBs if there aren’t too many managers, and last year there was a complaint about QBs scoring too much so that change will be made.

I hope we can have 8 people who all “know” each other, but if you’re not signed up by this week that may not happen. The titty board is dispersing. It was bound to happen, no tears about that. We don’t have a common enemy, any more. But 6 teams is barely enough, so we may have to look elsewhere this year. And, not to put too fine a point on it, this may be the last year for this league.

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I emailed BSA and whatta, but got no reply. (I may still try calling BSA, but don’t have any other way to reach whatta.)

Email me at timbuk3_98 at yahoo-dot-com and I’ll send you the url, login, and password. We have 5, now, with room for 12. If you don’t sign up by the middle of next week you’ll miss out because I’ll pull in players other ways by then.

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