Prayer given by John Brown of Monticello to the East Metro Bulldog Club:
Tonight our Lord we are gathered as members of the Bulldog Nation and we thank you for the blessings of being a Bulldog.
We thank you for fall afternoons between the hedges, we thank you that we are blessed to hear the Redcoats playing “Glory, Glory,” and we give thanks for the chills we get when the trumpet tones the battle hymn. We give thanks for the smell of ribs cooking on the grills of campus tailgates and we gave thanks for the chapel bell ringing after a victory, and are grateful for the sheer joy of wearing red and black.
We thank you for those moments that we treasure, Tarkenton to Herron, the flea-flicker versus Bama, Appleby to Washington, that kid outa Johnson County running through two men, run Lindsey run, sugar falling from the sky, Butler kicking it a million miles, hobnailed boots that still hurt in Knoxville and Johnson in the end zone.
Tonight we thank you for Aaron Murray, a fine young man who did not charge us $180,000 to play quarterback.
Tonight we thank you that Mrs. Geathers and Mrs. Jenkins allowed their sons to discover biscuits and pound cake at an early age so that we might have a nose guard for the 3-4 defense.
Tonight we thank you Lord for the potato industry in Idaho so that the boys from Boise will have something to do after they learn they know nothing about football.
Tonight we thank you for the new Nike uniforms. We may not like them but we know they look better than a Gator in a tank top and jean shorts.
Tonight we thank you that as we gathered here that we have been blessed, we have been blessed to live in land that stands for freedom, for those who have given of themselves to defend our freedom. We thank you for the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we pray for your blessings to continue on we who are gathered here this evening that may truly understand that it is great to be a Georgia Bulldog.
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WaPo – By Gene Wang
BEIJING — What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men’s basketball team turned violent Thursday night, when its exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets deteriorated into a melee during which players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown and spectators tossed full water bottles as Hoyas players and coaches headed to the locker room at Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III pulled his players off the court with 9 minutes 32 seconds left in the game and the scored tied at 64 after a chaotic scene in which members of both teams began throwing punches and tackling one another.
Georgetown senior center Henry Sims had a chair tossed at him by an unidentified person, and freshman forward Moses Ayegba, who was wearing a brace on his sore right ankle, walked onto the court with a chair in his right hand. According to Georgetown officials, Ayegba had been struck, prompting him to grab a chair in self-defense.
It was the second time both benches emptied in physical game marred by fouls. By halftime, Bayi had 11 fouls while Georgetown had 28…
The Daily Caller – Matthew Boyle
President Barack Obama’s Department of Labor launched a new Smartphone app last week that tells outdoor workers when it’s hot and humid outside.
The DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new “Heat Safety Tool,” designed for outdoor workers who are already outside, tells workers the temperature and humidity level of where they’re at. From that data, the app calculates the “heat index” and “risk level” for workers in the given location.
Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government, the group that first criticized OSHA’s new “Heat Safety Tool” as a waste of taxpayer money, says the app doesn’t provide workers with any useful information that isn’t already common knowledge. Manning said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is using taxpayer money to state the obvious to outdoor workers: it’s hot in the summer.
“Next thing we know, Solis’s Labor Department will come out with an app that tells swimmers that water is wet,” Manning said. “This is absurd. What a waste.”
The “Heat Safety Tool” app provides a color-coded “risk level” scale, ranging from yellow or “lower” risk to red or “very high to extreme” risk. When the risk-level is “lower” the app recommends workers “drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty.” When it’s “very high to extreme,” the app says workers should “establish a water drinking schedule” of about four cups per hour and “set up cool, shaded rest areas.”…]
Ernest Thorwald Johnson (June 16, 1924 – August 12, 2011) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. The 6’4″, 195 lb. right-hander was signed by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent before the 1942 season. He played for the Boston Braves (1950, 1952), Milwaukee Braves (1953-1958), and Baltimore Orioles (1959).
After serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Johnson made his major league debut in relief on April 28, 1950, against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park. His first big league win was also in relief, coming against the New York Giants on June 30, 1950, at the Polo Grounds. He spent part of 1950 in the Eastern League and all of 1951 in the American Association before returning to the major leagues for good in 1952. He started 10 games for Boston in 1952 and then appeared almost exclusively in relief thereafter.
From 1953 to 1957, the first five years that the Braves were in Milwaukee, Johnson led the pitching staff with 175 relief appearances, an average of 35 per season. He was followed closely behind by Dave Jolly, who relieved in 158 games during that five-year span. During those seasons the closer’s job was held at different times by Lew Burdette, Johnson, Jolly, and Don McMahon.
Johnson had an important role on the 1957 World Series Champion Braves with a 7-3 record and four saves in 30 games. In three World Series appearances against the New York Yankees that October he gave up only one run in seven innings, but it happened to be a game-winning home run by Hank Bauer in the seventh inning of Game 6.
In nine seasons Johnson had a losing record only once (1955) and had an overall winning percentage of .635. Career totals include a record of 40-23 in 273 games, 19 games started, three complete games, one shutout, 119 games finished, 19 saves, and an ERA of 3.77.
Following his playing days Johnson was a longtime color commentator and play-by-play broadcaster on Braves radio and television, working from 1962 to 1999 and becoming an icon in Atlanta. He was elected to the Braves’ Hall of Fame on August 24, 2001. His son, Ernie Johnson, Jr., worked with him from 1993 to 1996.
Johnson died on August 12, 2011, after a long illness.
Following the ‘Voice of the Braves’ from Boston to broadcasting
Georgia Magazine – BY JACKIE KENNEDY
Before Chipper Jones could crawl, before Atlanta’s baseball team went from worst to first, before Hank Aaron hit all those homers, even before the Braves ever thought of moving to Georgia … there was Ernie Johnson.
Hailed through the years as the “Voice of the Braves,” Ernie Johnson Sr. could just as easily be dubbed the “Heart of Baseball.” He’s been at the game—either on the pitcher’s mound or as an announcer—for six decades.
What a journey it’s been.
A native of Brattleboro, Vt., Ernie played with both the Boston and Milwaukee Braves and announced games for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves for nearly four decades. He pitched in one World Series game against the Yankees, called games when Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy were in their prime, and was named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year three times.
Last year, his daughter, Chris Johnson, spearheaded a drive to secure her dad a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting. More than 2,000 fans have signed the guest book of an Internet Web site (designed by family friend John Amato as a surprise for Ernie) devoted to this living legend’s career, deeming him everything from “a great announcer and human being” to “a role model for the ages.”
…In 1962, he was hired as the color commentator for the Braves on WTMJ, a TV station in Milwaukee, and in 1965 he moved his family to Atlanta, where he started setting up the Braves’ radio network across the Southeast. The next year, the Braves followed and Ernie joined Milo Hamilton and Larry Munson as the Atlanta Braves’ broadcast team. He and Milo worked together for 10 years and, in 1976, Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray joined Ernie in the announcer’s box. Beginning in 1973, when the TBS Superstation debuted, Ernie’s voice was heard by millions across the country.
His sincerity, humor and ability to educate were key elements to Ernie’s success. In his home, there’s a plaque with a quote from French-American historian Jacques Barzun: “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.”
“Everything I know about baseball, I learned from Ernie Johnson,” says Kathleen Boyd, LaGrange fan, echoing hundreds who’ve signed Ernie’s Web site guest book.
Braves pitcher John Smoltz sums it up this way: “Ernie Johnson Sr. has handled his job just like his family, just like his life—all with class, dignity and humility. Ernie Johnson’s attitude towards all of these areas of his life has been an inspiration to me as well as many others who have gotten to know him.”
Ernie’s secret to broadcasting: “I was told ‘Just be yourself,’” he says. “And I got some good advice in the beginning, to not talk down to my listeners.”
…When it comes to Braves baseball, Ernie’s just about seen it all. He was there for the first game at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in 1966 and he was back in 1996, for the final game against the New York Yankees for the World Series. But one of the most special nights at the old ballpark was in 1989. The Braves finished in last place and their attendance that year was lowest in the National League. Despite the dissatisfaction with another losing season, 42,000 fans (the largest crowd that year) showed up on Sept. 2. It was “Ernie Johnson Night,” and they’d come to say goodbye.
The beloved “Voice” retired from full-time broadcasting that night but returned to announce games on Sports South and Fox Sports for another decade. In 1999, he retired for good after 35 years in Braves broadcasting. Even now, though, he continues to fill in two or three times a year, a treat his fans enjoy.
The highlights of his career as an announcer were being on the broadcast team when the Braves won pennants and the World Series, and calling the games when Hank Aaron was breaking records.
“Going from last to first in the ‘90s was really fantastic,” Ernie recalls. “There were great players and such big crowds. I was so happy for the fans; they had suffered a lot through most of the ‘70s and ‘80s.”
Earlier, Ernie had watched Aaron hit his first homerun and he’d called the games when the superstar hit homerun number 500, 600 and 700, and when Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s record at 714.
“It was a great feeling doing play-by-play on those,” says Ernie, “especially since I’d been a friend of Hank’s since he was about 20 years old.”
Aaron recalls sharing many road trips with Ernie when they both played baseball. He considers the broadcaster a close friend.
“Ernie has a homey, easy-going manner, and the fans feel like he is their friend, the kind gentleman who lives next door,” Aaron says. “I have heard Ernie bring life to a game that wasn’t so lively, and truly convey the excitement of exciting games. He was a credit to the team both as a player and a broadcaster.”
RIP Ernie. We Will Miss You…
The American Catholic – By LarryD
For golf aficionados (of which I am one), the “official” start of the golf season commences today, with the first round of the Masters tournament at Augusta. One of four Majors (the British Open, the US Open and the PGA Championship being the other three), this herald of Spring features the world’s best golfers at one of America’s premiere golf courses. Phil Mickelson seeks to defend his title against a field laden with incredible talent and fierce competitors.
Along with an unexpected last-minute contender.
Teeing off at 8:18 AM, with Ben Crenshaw, Brent Snedecker and Kevin Na is none other than…
…President Barack Obama.
In what is undoubtedly the surprise sports story of the decade, President Obama worked out a deal with Chairman Billy Payne to participate in this year’s tourney, despite the fact he is not a professional golfer.
At an impromptu press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Payne explained how the decision came about.
“On Monday, I received a call from the White House – it was the president. He said he was a big fan of the game, and wanted to come down. At first I thought he just wanted to attend and watch the tournament; but when he started asking if he could get an exemption and actually play…I figured, what the heck. With Tiger playing so badly, I was worried about tv ratings. Having President Obama play will attract a lot of viewers and spark even greater interest.”
With the president joining the field, additional security measures have been added, as well as a few modifications to the rules:
- Obama gets two mulligans per nine holes
- He’s permitted to tee off from the forward tees (formerly called the “ladies’ tees”)
- He gets to use a specially constructed bullet proof golf cart
- Any putt under a foot from the cup is in the “circle of friendship”, and will be considered a “gimme”.
- Obama is permitted to carry a “foot wedge” in his bag.
- Teleprompters will be allowed on the course for the first time in the tournament’s 77 year history.
“Purists might be upset with these concessions,” Payne said at his news conference, “but since he’s given the PGA a waiver on Obamacare, I felt it’s only fair we give him a waiver on some of the rules.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was barraged with questions from the press late Wednesday over this development…
Augusta Chronicle – By David Westin
There’s something in the air at the 75th Masters Tournament, and it’s not the pollen swirling around the pines.
It’s the feeling that something special is about to transpire over the next four days at Augusta National Golf Club.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson heads the largest field in 45 years (99 starters), including a group of Europeans who are desperate to end their Masters drought.
It would be appropriate for a European to win since this is the 50th anniversary of Gary Player’s breakthrough as the first international winner of the Masters.
Maybe one of the older stars, such as 51-year-old Fred Couples, will make a run at the record Jack Nicklaus set in 1986 as the oldest champion at age 46. Couples led after the first round of the 2010 Masters with 66 before finishing sixth.
The spectre of Augusta National and Masters co-founder and lifelong amateur Bobby Jones is even in the air. It was 40 years ago that Jones died. Perhaps one of the six amateurs in the field will make a run at the title.
“You can feel the buzz and excitement,” said U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. “There’s good buzz in the locker room and good buzz in the crowd.”
Three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo, who played in 23 Masters, has picked up on what McDowell is feeling.
“Augusta National has an amazing buzz now and it will continue,” Faldo said.
“I think the way the world of golf has gone over the last year or so, there are so many guys that have come through and really shown their form,” Els said.
Indeed, if this week’s winner is an international player it would mean all four major championship titles would be held by non-Americans.
“It’s open,” Hunter Mahan said of the tournament. “For a while there were three guys. Now 20 that have the talent and ability to win.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a dozen guys coming down the stretch on the back nine Sunday,” said Faldo, who will be calling the action along with Jim Nantz for CBS.
Faldo sat down and created a list of 40 possible winners this year, which is more than normal, he said.
Mahan, who is ranked 18th in the world, is included in that number.
“My game is very close to erupting and being good for four days,” said Mahan, who has finished in the top-10 the past two Masters. “I feel like my game is good enough, I’ve played well here in the past. This is one tournament I think where experience counts.”
It all starts at 7:40 this morning with honorary starters Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer…
Augusta Chronicle – By Billy Byler
…Mickelson’s first trip around Augusta National this week was a bit more adventurous.
The threesome hit their usual tee shots on the eighth hole but had to pause on their walk up the fairway when a small deer bounded across their path.
According to accounts from patrons and gallery guards, the deer entered the golf course from the right side of the first hole and raced across the first and ninth fairways before meeting up with Mickelson at eight.
The deer darted toward the second and third fairways and eventually ended up near the fifth and sixth holes, where it left the course.
“I’ve been out here 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that,” gallery guard Steve Churm said to a group of patrons.
Mickelson, who pushed his tee shot into the pine straw down the left side of the eighth fairway just before the deer encounter, tried to play his errant shot. A large group of patrons, however, still buzzing about the deer sighting, lingered dangerously close to Mickelson’s line of sight and had to be persuaded away with a little humor.
“Seriously, sir, it’s going to hurt if it hits you,” Mickelson said, drawing laughs from the patrons. “Me? I’ll just drop another (ball).”…]
|Thursday tee times|
|Starting time (ET), players|
|7:40 a.m.: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus|
|7:45 a.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Ross Fisher, Sean O’Hair|
|7:56 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Alexander Cejka, David Chung|
|8:07 a.m.: Jerry Kelly, Camilo Villegas, Jeff Overton|
|8:18 a.m.: Ben Crenshaw, Brandt Snederker, Kevin Na|
|8:29 a.m.: Mark O’Meara, Anders Hansen, Heath Slocum|
|8:40 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Nick Watney|
|8:51 a.m.: Vijay Singh, Tim Clark, Aaron Baddeley|
|9:02 a.m.: Gregory Havret, Carl Pettersson, Ryan Palmer|
|9:13 a.m.: Martin Laird, Mark Wilson, Bo Van Pelt|
|9:24 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day|
|9:35 a.m.: Mike Weir, Hiroyuki Fujita, Retief Goosen|
|9:57 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Ryo Ishikawa, Bill Haas|
|10:08 a.m.: Larry Mize, Rory Sabbatini, Jin Jeong|
|10:19 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar|
|10:30 a.m.: Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Francesco Molinari|
|10:41 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby|
|10:52 a.m.: Arjun Atwal, Sergio Garcia, Robert Karlsson|
|11:03 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Stuart Appleby, Charle Hoffman|
|11:14 a.m.: Ian Woosnam, D.A. Points, Ben Crane|
|11:25 a.m.: Craig Stadler, Kevin Streelman, Nathan Smith|
|11:36 a.m.: Peter Hanson, Kyung-Tae Kim, Ryan Moore|
|11:47 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter, David Toms|
|12:09 p.m.: Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover, Hideki Matsuyama|
|12:20 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|12:31 p.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Davis Love III, Lion Kim|
|12:42 p.m.: Tom Watson, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn|
|12:53 p.m.: Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker|
|1:04 p.m.: Anthony Kim, Henrik Stenson, Steve Marino|
|1:15 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Edoardo Molinari|
|1:26 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Yuta Ikeda|
|1:37 p.m.: Justin Rose, K.J. Choi, Louis Oostuhuizen|
|1:48 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Uihlein|
|1:59 p.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Gary Woodland, Alvaro Quiros|
ESPN – By Jason Sobel
Either of them could win it. Then again, so could anyone else.
If we’ve learned anything during the year’s first three-plus months, it’s to expect the unexpected — perhaps even more so than ever before…
|1. Paul Casey||What do each of the last two Masters champions have in common? They not only hit the ball a long way, but they both hit it extraordinarily high, which is a major advantage at Augusta. Same goes for Casey, who has been knocking on the door at big events for a while and appears finally ready to win one. This might provide his best opportunity of the four majors, too. In six career starts at Augusta, the 33-year-old Brit owns four results of 20th or better. He’s going to win this tournament someday — and that someday might very well be this Sunday.||T-6, 2004|
|2. Phil Mickelson||Doesn’t it seem like just recently that Tiger Woods owned Augusta National and Mickelson was the guy still searching for his first career major title? Well, don’t look now, but with a victory this week, Lefty would tie Woods and Arnold Palmer with four Masters victories, good for second place behind Jack Nicklaus. Does Lefty’s recent win in Houston help or hurt? Well, remember: Even though he won last year after posting just one prior top-10 for the year, his previous win came one week after prevailing at the preceding BellSouth Classic in 2006.||Win, 2004 & 2006 & 2010|
|3. Matt Kuchar||Can somebody please explain why Kuch isn’t mentioned more frequently in discussions of the game’s best players? If nothing else, he is among the most consistent, with 17 top-10 results in 34 starts dating to the beginning of last season. There’s already a comfort level for him at Augusta National, too. As a Georgia Tech sophomore in 1998, he finished T-21. After seven years of failing to reach the field, he returned last year with a T-24 result.||T-21, 1998|
|4. Justin Rose||He’s finished 39th or better in all five career starts at this event, but the truth is, Rose’s record could be even better. He has often negated some very strong play at Augusta by posting a few big numbers. Expect the two-time PGA Tour winner to eliminate those major mistakes this time around while continuing to climb the leaderboard. One of the game’s better ball-strikers, his robust greens in regulation percentage should help those matters.||T-5, 2007|
|5. Francesco Molinari||Known for his ball-striking prowess, Augusta National should be right up Molinari’s alley. In fact, he finished T-30 at this tournament in his debut performance a year ago. With another year of experience playing against elite fields in the world’s biggest events, he should be primed to start seriously contending in major championships. A victory at last year’s HSBC Champions tournament — in which he held off Lee Westwood and lapped the rest of the field — proved he can triumph on a big stage.||T-30, 2010|
|6. Luke Donald||Often considered an underachiever thanks to just two wins in his first nine seasons as a PGA Tour member, Donald turned that around in a hurry by winning this year’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and vaulting to No. 3 in the world. A short-game artist who can make par from anywhere, he excels in events where par is a good score, as evidenced by top-five results in three of the four majors, including a T-3 in his first Masters start six years ago.||T-3, 2005|
|7. Bubba Watson||Big hitter, the Bubba. As we’ve found out, though, that’s not all he is. In fact, no top professional is more creative and alters his swing more often within the course of a round than Watson, who owns two victories in the past 10 months. For those who believe he’s too wild, fidgety, anxious or emotional to seriously contend at a major championship, kindly refer to the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he finished T-5. And that was well before he developed into the player he is today.||T-20, 2008|
|8. Nick Watney||Don’t let anyone fool you: Watney might be a solid pick for this week’s tournament, but he’s not a surprise pick. After all, according to some oddsmakers, following Woods and Mickelson, the Doral champion is the favorite in this field. That’s not without reason, of course. In his Masters debut three years ago, he finished T-11. In 2009, he was solo 19th and last year he finished solo seventh. Horses for courses and this horse has been a thoroughbred so far this season.||7, 2010|
|9. Tiger Woods||Is he the Tiger of old? No. Is he still struggling with both his swing and his short game? Yes. Ponder this question, though: Isn’t Woods in much better shape with his game at this point in the season than he was last year? As you’ll recall, he ended a self-imposed hiatus at this event in 2010, only to finish in a share of fourth place. While his game has looked shaky this season, Woods has often said there are only four times per year that he needs to be at his best. This is the first one of ’em.||Win, 1997 & 2001 & 2002 & 2005|
|10. Stuart Appleby||They can’t all be top-25 players on the leaderboard, so consider this one the first unexpected name this high on the list. That said, Augusta has always been a course that suited Appleby’s game. Though he failed to qualify for last year’s event due to a brief lack of productivity, he has made the cut in six straight, including as the 54-hole leader in 2007, when a final-round 75 dropped him into a share of seventh place. With three top-15 finishes in his last six starts, the Aussie might be ready to contend again.|
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