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grapes that displays disease battling properties- by modifying yeast with genes related to resveratrol, then focused on creating a yeast that will ferment beer and produce the resveratrol. In an ironic twist, though, most of the undergraduate students on the team aren't old enough to buy beer. Now, if they’ll just put it in Kirin, I’ll be all set…
Anybody besides me wondering if the week long lay off will kill any momentum the Phillies might have been riding? I mean, it happened to the Rockies last year. Wouldn’t matter either way, though- I still think the Devil Rays will win it all… And what’s with these idiotic layoffs? I mean, I can see a day off for travel, but play two, take off a day, play two, take off a day, play one, take off a day, then play two? What the? And these 8:30 plus start times? I’ve said it before, it’s ridiculous. And NOW I hear that, should there be a game six of the Series, the start time will be pushed back EVEN FURTHER to accommodate a half hour CAMPAIGN COMMERCIAL for Barack Obama. Are you kidding me? I mean, did the Fox bozos FORGET the World Series was on schedule for that day when the sold an INFOMERCIAL spot in PRIME TIME??? And, let me toss a barb at MLB once more for not bringing the Rays to Atlanta next year- OR having the Braves visit Tropicana Field. No, we don’t get to see the AL champions, but we get the Red Sux and Yankees. Yee-freaking-haw… A Pompano Beach man has filed a lawsuit against a strip club after being injured by a flying shoe. The man says he suffered an eyebrow laceration and has since suffered from nosebleeds and headaches after one of the “performers” lost a shoe that shattered a mirror above where the man was sitting, causing glass- and the flying footwearto rain down on him. The lawsuit asks for at least $15,000 in damages, which the club owner says is too much for what he terms “minor injuries.” Personally, I think the guy should count himself lucky that a flying shoe was all he caught… If you’ve never heard of Kim Komando (and no, I don’t think that’s her real name), she’s a
computer expert who does a radio show (it used to run on 630 AM in Savannah, but it was on at different times every week, it seemed) and offers daily computer tips via e-mail. And now, she’s also got the tinfoil hat people tuned in. Her tip of the day on Tuesday was advising a listener on what to look for in a laptop, and said listener was concerned because they’d heard that new laptops had spy cams built in. To her credit, Komando didn’t belittle the guy (I guess that‘s left to lowbrow hacks like me)- rather, she told him that the cameras now being built in were WEB cams, and- if he was uncomfortable with that thought- he should purchase a laptop that didn’t come with a webcam… By the way, “tinfoil hat people” isn’t a Rob original- that one’s Julie’s. Most of the “beerout -of-the-nose” ones I come up with can’t be printed… From the mailbag, Craig had this to say about bloated payrolls and buying championships: “Throwing money around in the NBA works a lot better than the other major sports. Since there are only five men on the court at a time, the addition of one, or two big time players can take you from (bad, but it rhymes with happy) to happy in a hurry, i.e. the Boston Celtics. In 2007-2008 they were terrible and had a great player in Paul Pierce. Add Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett ($$$$$), and you have your 2008-2009 NBA champs. I know...the NBA sucks. At least I'm not as bad as Laura. She's been giving me updates on the NBA preseason.” Laura is an admitted tinfoil hat person, though, so it’s not a stretch believing she’s a basketball fan… A group of Rice University students say they’re using genetic engineering to create a beer that will help battle cancer and heart problems. The students say their “BioBeer” has been engineered to include resveratrol- a substance in
Arthur Blank had another stupid attack last week, telling ESPN.com that he hopes Michael Vick can make it back to the NFL. Blank said he‘d been in touch with Vick via mail and that he
believes “in second chances. I believe in third chances. That doesn’t mean I believe in forever chances. But I do believe he’s capable of redemption and learning from his mistakes.” Blank at least said the Falcons are “committed to Matt Ryan,” so- at least Blank isn’t stupid enough to want Vick back on the team, but am I the only one that thinks Blank might have a freaking screw loose? Seems to me Vick’s had AMPLE opportunity to redeem himself- and has failed, MISERABLY, each and every time. My personal hope is that the guy never steps onto a football field again…
Tuesday morning, Pete Van Wieren announced his retirement from the broadcast booth. AJC.com reported that Van Wieren said the move “is something my family and I have been thinking about the last couple of years. It’s simply a desire to live my life without the restrictions of a baseball schedule. I want to thank the Braves, my broadcast partners and especially the fans for their support over the years.” Van Wieren joined the team in 1975- the same time as the late Skip Caray- and, sadly, they leave the same year.
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Local Adult Men's Basketball Team Wins Second Straight Title by Mark Beasley For the second consecutive year the adult men's basketball team from Scott & Sons Trucking have won the coveted first place championship title while competing in the Pooler Recreation Department's annual Men's Adult Basketball League which recently wrapped up back on October 14th. According to athletic coordinator Chris Kirby, there were
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10 teams in the league which certainly was very competitive. The eight-man team from Scott and Sons defeated the team from Ashley's Business Products 66-54 in the title contest to thus repeat as champions. Great job, fellas! Kirby also stated that if anyone knows of or is wanting to enter a team for the next Men's basketball league season contact him at 748-5776 ext. 703 or via e-mail at email@example.com And speaking of basketball, the Pooler Recreation Department headed up by Leisure Services Director Hugh Elton and his fine dedicated and hardworking staff is now taking registration for it's upcoming youth basketball league season. The no doubt competitive league just like the adult men's league, according to Kirby is for youngsters ranging in age from 5 to 13. Kirby said that the registration has already began and will run through November 14th. "Anyone wanting to register online can, just log onto poolerrec. com or just stop by the gymnasium located at 900 South Rogers Street." Kirby said. Kirby concluded by saying that if anyone has any questions or would like to help coach a team then contact him at the above phone number or e-mail address.
By C. Edward Wilson Red Raiders continue to win Savannah Christian Preparatory School maintained its No. 10 ranking in the Georgia High School Assocation Coaches Poll this week and now have a much anticipated date versus Calvary Baptist Day School this weekend. The Red Raiders have continued to pummel their opponents by utilizing a strong ground game and then letting their defense do all of the cleanup work against the opposition. The latest victim was Savannah Country Day School. The Hornets gave it their best shot, but still wound up losing 35-7 to a Red Raider team that possibly is better than last yearâ€™s squad. The biggest game on tap in the local area though, will be the game pitting South Effingham against Statesboro. The Blue Devils come into the contest with a perfect 7-0 record, while the Mustangs come in at 6-1.
â€˘ Sycamore at The Stadium Announces Pitching Coach for 6th Annual Free Baseball Camp Boys and girls ages 7-12 can receive free tips on the game of baseball and the game of life at the upcoming baseball camp at the baseball complex at The Bethesda Home for Boys. This year, Scot Donovan,
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Poolerâ€™s DeFillipis sees game action It took a while, but former Benedictine Military School player A.J. DeFillipis got a chance to see some game action for his college football team last week. Listed as No. 2 on depth charts, the first-year
player has not had a chance to take a live game snap from center. Savannah State University Head Coach Robbie Wells has been using his quarterback as a long snapper on offense, but in the Tigers last game against Mississippi Valley State University, DeFillipis was used on the â€œspecial teamsâ€? and gave a good account for himself. During one of the kickoffs, DeFillipis ran head long into a brilliant tackle to give the Delta Devils returner no yardage on the play. â€œI saw the guy standing there in front of me and just took him out,â€? said a smiling DeFillipis. â€œIâ€™m glad someone saw it.â€? This weekâ€™s Friday night schedule For Oct. 24, 2008 Bryan County versus Portal Effingham County Bye Groves versus Savannah High Richmond Hill versus Long County Savannah Christian at Calvary Baptist South Effingham at Statesboro
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The game will be played at Statesboro where any teams coming into the contest have a hard time getting on the scoreboard. Last year, the Blue Devils finished 7-4, which by their standards is a bad season. With only two more weeks remaining in the regular season, both teams will find out just how good they are against a solid opponent. The Groves Rebels are at Memorial Stadium this week to take on the Savannah High Blue Jackets. The Jackets lost Head Coach Charlie Brown more than a week ago and are still seeking a chance to win their first game of the season versus seven straight losses.
former Armstrong Atlantic State University and Cleveland Indians farmhand, is serving as pitching coach. Donovan, a 32nd round pick of the Tribe in the 1994 Major League Baseball draft, played three seasons in the Indians organization. He compiled 20 saves during that time span before retiring following the 1996 season. The 6th annual Sycamore at The Stadium baseball camp is being held Saturday, November 8th, 8:30 to 1 PM and Sunday, November 9th, 1:30 to 5 PM. Attendees will receive a camp tshirt, hat and a Bible. You may register your child by visiting the camp website,
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continued from page 1 --------------------------------------At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Van Wieren said Caray’s sudden death “didn't influence my decision in any way because my decision was pretty much made before (then). But it did reinforce my belief that I didn't want to do this until I couldn't do it any more.” Van Wieren also covered the Atlanta Flames, the Hawks and the Falcons, did reporting for CNN and play by play for TBS’s Big Ten college football broadcasts. Braves President John Schuerholz said “this is a monumental moment in Braves history and a sad one for me personally. Pete has been in our homes and in our lives as one of the great Braves voices, and we will sorely miss him. We wish him many years of good health and happiness in his retirement after 33 years as a beloved and admired voice of the Atlanta Braves.” The game just won’t be the same without him. Thanks, “Professor”… Okay, Skip died and Pete and Larry Munson has retired. If stuff happens in threes, at least sports fans in Georgia have gotten our three out of the way… Shelby and I were in RuSan’s a couple of weeks ago and a guy about my age came in with his son of around 11 and sat next to us at the sushi bar. Now most American kids, when in an Asian restaurant, order the same thing- fried rice. I know some adults who do the same thing. There’s something… uh… unique(?) about those of us who’ll actually eat raw fish. This kid, though, he was having none of that fried rice mess- he ordered sushi. I was impressed. When I was 11, I’m pretty sure I would’ve laughed at the idea of eating anything uncooked besides bologna or vegetables. Anyway, this kid (by the name of Alan) was a champ. His dad (Bill) said Alan had been stuck at home that week, suffering a cold and had begged to go out to his favorite restaurant- RuSan’s. And Alan is a sushi freak, according to Bill. Alan underscored that assertion by having a pickled baby octopus for desert- a dish that not even I will eat. This was, without a doubt, the coolest kid I have ever met. Shelby said if I’d ever had any kids, they’d have probably been like Alan. It was a compliment to me, but I’m glad he didn’t hear it, or he might’ve been insulted. Then again, Shelby says she’s pretty sure the youngest child, Tina, on the now-in-syndication-heaven sitcom “Still Standing” is what a child of mine would be like. Anyway, back to the point. Here’s this pretty cool 11 year old who actually seems to have a pretty good grasp of what’s up. He didn’t seem to be trying to impress us grown ups, but was naturally gregarious and seemed pretty intelligent (more so than the conversations I was
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overhearing from other “adults” in the place at the time). That got me to thinking about the “cool” kids. Alan didn’t seem like he realized he’s cool- which I think is a blessing. He didn’t give off that odious “hip” vibe. Hopefully, he’ll stay like that. I don’t know if I was cool kid. I seriously doubt it. I mean, I was in the marching band. And jazz band. For a time, I drove a moped to school. After the moped, I drove my Mom’s four door Nova a while, then a beat up, rust bucket ‘68 VW van that was more grey primer than any actual color. While everyone else was into New Wave, metal and other 80’s music trends, I was the weird guy who listened to the Doors, Hendrix, Buddy Holly as well as Prince, the Police and Duran Duran. In other words, I was kind of out of the loop- knowing only a few “mainstream” acts. I guess I never grew out of that, because Shelby got us tickets to see Los Lonely Boys last week and I didn’t know who they are. I guess I’ll never be one of the cool kids… Just asking, but when did Vandy become an SEC power? UGA is ranked seventh in first BCS poll, with Texas on top. Georgia isn’t going to make a championship run this yearthere are just too many teams with soft schedules ahead of them… Tech’s ranked for the first time this year (number 21 in the AP poll) and is the highest ranked ACC team in the polls (BC and FSU are the only other teams in the top 25- at number 23 and 24)… Tech is also ranked in the BCS poll- at number 18. Let’s just say it would take a miracle… And from our “what the?“ department, Sandi sends this news she caught online from India: “A woman chopped the head off a man who allegedly tried to attack her and then paraded the head through a market in northern India, police said…” And, finally, happy birthday Shelby… As always, send your questions, praises, or gripes to BeanSpouts@gmail.com, or via snail mail to: Bean Spouts c/o Spirit Newspapers P.O. Box 33 Pooler, GA 31322. God, bless America.
(Editor’s Note: Outdoor Truths is a weekly sportsman’s article that appears in newspapers and regional magazines across 13 states in the South, and Midwest. It is a blend of observations and experiences that have come over time from being in God’s great outdoors. We’re proud to offer this column for the outdoor sportsmen in our area.) Each week that I sit down to have them. But I am more to write, I think about men like thankful just for women in genme who love to go afield. I’m not eral. sure about the statistics, but I’ve I’ve been blessed to have a always thought that more men wonderful mother who taught read this column than women. me kindness and respect. I only As a result, I find myself trying knew one color in my home, to write in a way that speaks to and that was red. It was the colthem. or of blood, because no matter According to studies, men what color the skin might be, carry the greatest influence we all bleed red. with the other members of their I have also not only loved family. And in the hunting and my wife, but have admired her fishing arena, there are simply as well. She has been my partmore men than women that ner for nearly thirty years. She participate. “But times, they are is a tireless mother, wife, and a changin’.” grandmother who is intelligent, Gary Miller According to Sports Afield, funny and at times, excitingly www.outdoortruths.org between 2001 and 2005, wom- ornery. Her take on men is en who are hunting jumped by this… God made Adam, then tuous and capable wife? She is seventy-five percent with an looked at him and said, “I can worth more than precious ruestimated three million hunt- do better than that” and then bies. Her husband can trust her, ers. And it’s all attributed to the made Eve. She’s probably right. and she will greatly enrich his number of programs that are in- I guess if you write each life.” troducing them to the sport. week and do it for a few years, And you enrich mine. Sometimes in my desire you will on occasion, mess up. to speak to men, I really say This is just one area that I don’t Copies of Gary’s Book, Outdoor (write) some stupid things. And want to be misunderstood. So Truths, Hunting and Fishing For in doing that, I may even get a for all you women out there, I Answers, are just $10, and are reputation that does not really will agree with Solomon when available at Spirit Newspapers’ lend itself to who I am, or may- he said. “Who can find a vir- office. be who I want to be. I was reminded of that several months ago, when I received a scathing letter from a lady reader who was also a hunter. She really let me have “Flying G Ranch” it, and then asked me to go back and read my article again at Zapata, Texas to see how it sounded. Boy was • 3500 acres, High Fences she right! This particular article was terribly written and made • Protein Fed for 5 Years me come across as a real male• 1 Trophy (Your Choice, chauvinist. No Trophy Fee) I don’t tend to make it a • 1 Management Buck practice to answer every critic, • 1 Doe but I’m also willing to admit • Hogs & Coyotes, No when I was wrong… especially to a fellow hunter! So I wrote Limit her back and apologized, the • Only 6 4 Hunts being best I knew how. I don’t know sold for the entire 2008 if it was accepted, but I did what Season. Pickup in Laredo, I could. Texas (Ranch is South I realize that more and more of Laredo, about 1 hour women are joining the hunting and fishing fraternity/ sorortravel time) ity and I’m extremely thankful
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Again -- expectations were high in the District of Columbia. While a Redskin, Shuler again rewrote the record books, leading (using the term loosely) the team to its worst seasons ever. One game, Shuler tossed five interceptions. Eighteen games later, the Redskins had seen enough, and they turned to the man of slight build on their sideline -- their seventh-round draft pick out of Tulsa. Gus Frerotte stunned the league, coming out of nowhere, showing a true quarterback's poise in the pocket. He wasn't afraid to take chances, and he wanted to move the ball downfield. In 11 starts, he passed for almost 3,000 yards, tossing 13 touchdowns. It started off as a joke, but soon fans were sport-
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