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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Percy Francis "Dick" Richards (1917-2004) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Del's Father, Founder of Richards' Machine Tools and Cutting Tools ~~~~~
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #45 Published February 1, 2004 ~~~
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Quote for the Valentine Month of February:

To protect men from the results of their folly is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #45, February 2004
Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. February 's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for February
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Tamale Casserole
6. Poem from Rainbows & Shadows:"Slight of Mind"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for February :

8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #45
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1. February Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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For newcomers to the Digest, we have created a webpage of all the Violet-n-Joey cartoons! Check it out at: http://www.doyletics.com/vjtoons.htm Also note the rotating calendar and clock that follows just to the right of your mouse pointer as you scroll down the page. You'll also see the clock on the 404 Error page if you make a mistake typing a URL while on the doyletics.com website.

The Violet-n-Joey Cartoon page is been divided into two pages: one low-speed and one high-speed access. If you have Do NOT Have High-Speed Access, you may try this Link which will load much faster and will allow you to load one cartoon at a time. Use this one for High-Speed Access.

This month Violet and Joey learn about what happens if plan ahead. Consider that most people plan ahead to be disappointed.

#1 "Plan Ahead" at http://www.doyletics.com/09198086.gif

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2. HONORED READERS FOR February :
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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month. One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for February are:

Chris Bryant in San Antonio

Robert Housden in Missouri

Congratulations, Chris and Bob!


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3. ON A PERSONAL NOTE:


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Out Our Way:
V I C T O R Y for L S U ! ! !

In an incredible display of defense, LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 to win the National Championship. To use a carpentry metaphor, LSU put the D-Clamp on OU. Except for a couple of turnovers, OU would have been spelled OUT --- like in SHUT OUT. This was the second National Championship for LSU. The first time was in 1958 when I was a freshman at LSU. I got to attend all the home games in the stadium, which housed my dorm room under the seats. 1958 was a great team, and 2003 was a great team. Highlights? Yes, the highlights filled the screen from the kickoff to the final seconds. Opening play freshman Justin Vincent ran 60 yards through the middle of the Sooner. They caught up with him Later not Sooner. Corey Webster intercepting the ball a few plays later. Skyler Green skirting right end into the end zone. Marcus Spears backing off the line and plucking the OU pass out of the sky and romping with all 282 lbs of his frame into the end zone. And the coup de grace, when the vaunted OU Heisman quarterback dropped back to pass on fourth down with the seconds ticking off the clock and Lionel Turner burst through the middle of the line on a delayed blitz and smashed him to the ground to end OU's threat to tie the game. How Sweet it was! Two trophies for the team tonight. Sugar Bowl Trophy and BCS National Championship trophy. MVP for Justin Vincent. A Million Dollar/year Salary Raise for Nick Saban. And best of all: Another Victory for LSU!

P. S. I received this note about my previous Good Mountain Press Digest Edition from my good friend and soap-maker at Soaps of Smetana, Carolyn Bienski, who apparently watched LSU's Purple and Gold roll to a victory in the Sugar Bowl:

Wonderful edition and now you really can have a fabulous 2004. Just saw the alchemy of Purple and Gold. Great game. Just one little slight on your part. Your forgot to say you only bathe with Purple and Gold Alchemy Soap! All the best for the remaining holy days and new year. Carolyn

On a Sad Note

The major event in our life for the month of January was the stroke and death of Del's beloved father, Dick Richards, husband of Doris Legendre Richards for over 60 years. He was 86 years old and still actively buying and selling stocks on his PC up to the time this last stroke paralyzed the right side of his body. Dick was born without a left hand, so the stroke left him without a usable hand as well as unable to talk or swallow food. To make matters worse for Del, her mom tore open her left hand while trying to move him after his stroke. It required 7 stitches to close her wound. In addition, she was first diagnosed with a severe back strain from the effort which later was re-diagnosed as a broken back -- her L3 vertebra was fractured. At one point Dick was in ICU and Del was down checking Doris into the Emergency Room of the same hospital. Dick was eventually taken home to hospice care and Sister Gloria of the Sisters, Servants of Mary came to assist Dick and Del's brother, Dan, overnight. Dick passed peacefully about 6:35 AM on Friday, January 23.

On Tuesday, January 27, we held a memorial service for Dick at St. Paul's Episcopal Church followed by a reception for the family at Timberlane. We would like to thank all those who have offered condolences by email, cards, phone calls, and in person. Every condolence was heartfully received and helped Del, Dan, and especially Doris to get through this painful time. Your prayers for Dick and for his family at this time are very much appreciated.

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New Stuff on Website:

During the cold January weather, I made a large pot of Grandma Del's Minestrone Soup. This time I used the recipe from our website and noticed that I had not yet put up any photos of the ingredients or the final product, so I corrected that immediately. Wish I could put up the smell and taste of the soup. All I could do is put up a photo of the hot soup as it looks when placed in front of you to eat. Maybe someday a movie clip of a satisfied eater going, "Aaah!" as she swallows each delicious soup spoon full.

Cold outside where you are now? Save energy. Prepare a pot of this soup and lower the thermostat -- get warm from the inside! Go to this link to see Recipe: http://www.doyletics.com/digest32.htm#section5



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Movies we watched this past month:

Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to http://www.netflix.com/ and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):

“Seabiscuit” — in the DVD Bonus Material, one commentator said, “In the 1930s there were three sports in America: Boxing, Baseball, and Horse Racing.” And in horse racing there was never a more cherished horse by the masses than Seabiscuit, the 1938 Horse of the Year. For his match race with War Admiral, forty million Americans tuned in on their radios and schools and offices were shut down for the afternoon. FDR listened in as well. This undersized horse came from a line of great sea metaphors: son of Hard Tack (dry biscuit used aboard ships), grandson of Man of War (a type of warship), and cousin of War Admiral, the much larger horse he was destined to race against. Puny, Seabiscuit was sold off as not suitable for racing. Beaten down constantly by his handlers, he had become, not surprisingly, hard-to-control. Till three remarkable men converged who had been beaten by life, and Seabiscuit led them to victory. And also to victory on Seabiscuit’s back rode the downtrodden masses of Americans who had been beaten down by the Great Depression. They filled the infields of every race track where their beloved horse raced to victory after victory, and crowded by their radios to cheer their hero on to glory.
“Sweet Home Alabama” is about a neat Southern gal who makes it big in NYC and gets a marriage proposal from son of the NYC Mayor during a private showing in Tiffany’s where she is told to pick out any engagement ring she wanted. Minor glitch: husband in Pigeon Corner, Alabama has yet to sign divorce papers. A hasty trip to secure the signature ensues, and soon one wonders where her heart really is: in NYC or Pigeon Corner, with Andrew or with Jake? With her doing an Ilsa in Casablanca indecision number, we are left on tenderhooks till the wedding reception when we finally discover who will dance with the bride. Plucks all the best heart strings, and best of all there’s not a villain in the whole movie.
“Housesitter” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in her oblivious best as the perennial female Mark Twain for whom every question opens the possibility of a new story. We meet her shortly before she decides to house sit for Steve’s house. Would have been much less interesting a story if Steve had asked her to house sit for him. Her cover story for being in Steve's house evolves with each question asked by the residents of the small town, including Steve's parents. It went this way: she married Steve and he was working in the big city while she got the house ready for him. Soon she becomes the beloved new resident of the small town and no one will believe that she’s not married to Steve. Will they have to get married so they can get divorced, in order that people will believe they’re not married? Get ready for a free-wheeling ride on the Goldie-Go-Round. Here’s a Steve Martin flick where he spends most of it as spectator, in awe of the star of the movie.
“Fools Rush In” — an excellent chick flick with Matthew Perry (playing the best part I’ve seen him in) opposite a vibrant Mexican gal with even more vibrant family. When he visits her family for dinner, they round the side of the house and he sees that the patio is filled with people, food, and a band is playing. “A family dinner?” he asks? “Oh, some people couldn’t come,” she says, apologizing for the small size of the crowd. A feel good movie by dam. “The Road Home” about an old woman in a northern province of China who lost her husband. Her only son comes from a distant city to help bury his father. She wants her husband carried many miles by men to his final resting place, not transported by any vehicle, motorized or not. She wants to weave a cloth to cover the coffin during its transport. The son tries to dissuade her, to no avail. So he asks her why, and thereupon hangs a tale. A poignant tale of love and dedication which will carry you into another time, another world, and you will take the road home a different person, as her son did.
“The Goodbye Girl” with Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason. With a re-make airing in a couple of days, we wanted to view the original. Hard to see where they could improve this one --- Neil Simon’s best script, exceptionally well-executed by a superb cast. Marsha as the gal who excelled at saying, “Goodbye” and Richard as the guy who wouldn’t.

Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.


“The Thief” — damn Russian thief stole 93 minutes of my time from me.
“Pirates of the Caribbean” — a look at the underarms of the sleaziest pirates imaginable. The movie is a cross between “The Crimson Pirate” and the Disneyland ride which was one of my favorites when I lived in Anaheim, mostly because it was a cool, dark place to sit down and enjoy a break from the heat, hustle, and bustle of outside. There was the dog sitting with the keys to the cell in his mouth, and the pirate trying to coax him to bring him the keys. The movie rose to the level of neither the ride nor the movie. Johnny Depp is no Burt Lancaster who, in his pirate movie, did all his own stunt work in the days before special effects. No redeeming qualities in this one unless you like watching Orlando Bloom blossom.

Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:


“One Fine Day” with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Cooney --- it was about as memorable as the song whose title it borrowed. Want to watch parents parented by kids? This is your metier. Del loved it, I didn't care for it.

“About Schmidt” is almost about nothing. Just a man’s life. Not a very interesting man. Just a man. A man without a friend in the world. Except Ndugu, an orphan in Tanzania he adopted as Foster Child through ChildReach, and who became his pen pal. As slow as those last two minutes before his retirement that started the movie when he and us waited in real time watching the clock tick, tick, tick, tick – that’s how slow this movie was. It was like a painful eavesdropping into a lonely man’s life. Somehow it all worked thanks to the masterful acting of Jack Nicholson. Children under 45 should not watch this movie --- they will hate it.
“2 Seconds” — about a bicycle racer, Laura, who we met racing down Mammoth Mountain in California. Forced to retire, she moves to Quebec and becomes a courier. We follow her life. Sharing a flat with her brother. Learning to cope in the big city. Learning to stop riding the bicycle to do her deliveries. And a special relationship with Italian racer, now bicycle repairman, Lorenzo. He tells her a story which changed his life and that story changes Laura’s life. Amazing story — makes you stop and think for 2 seconds . . .
“Shower” — in Northern China, a businessman from the South goes to see his dad, who he expects from the picture his retarded brother sent him in crayon, was dead or dying. Apparently neither, his dad and his brother were happy running a bath house, jogging after work, having competitions over who could hold their breath the longest, and in steps this long lost brother who never smiled. Not at first. A very human look inside the lives of the owners and customers of a bath house. Full of exuberant joy, and enough bathos and pathos to fill ... er ... a bathtub.
“Shadow Magic”the blurb on the DVD jacket says the movie “unlocks the power of cinema to reflect and magnify the human experience.” That seems to be happening in the early screenings of Mel Gibson’s new movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” from reports I’ve been getting that recount tales of miracle healings and conversions during the course of the movie. This tale of the traveling Englishman who first brought movies to China is enchanting. His hook-up with the local young man, Liu, who was chief photographer for the village led to an amazing friendship and collaboration. A loving look into aspects of early 20th Century Peking culture — centered around opera and photography — and how the locals reacted to yet another crazy Western invention.
“Children of Heaven” — another trip to a foreign country, this time Iran, a small town outside a big city. A brother picks up his sister’s repaired shoes from the shoemaker and has them taken away while he buys food for his sick mother. They solve the problem by doing a relay of shoes each day, running to swap her sandals for his sneakers when it’s his time to go to school and her time to go home. A poignant look at survival in a small town in Iran that ends with a heroic race by the brother to win a new pair of sneakers.


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4. CAJUN STORY:
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I adapted this from one I heard from Phil Mollere recently:

In Abbeville, Father Boudreaux married Clothilde and Noone. A few months later, he saw Clothilde and asked her how things were going with her and Noone. She told him that Noone was working steady on the oil rigs and they had moved into a new house some distance out of town. “That’s fine,” Fr. Boudreaux said.

A year or so later the good Father ran into Clothilde downtown and asked how things were going. She Noone had gotten a promotion to Tool Pusher and she was busy with her quilting circle. “Have you and Noone thought about having children? It’s your Catholic obligation, you know.” Clothilde told the priest that they had been trying, but no luck.

A couple of years later when the Father talked to Clothilde and found out she still hadn’t gotten pregnant, he told her, “I’m going on a pilgrimage to Loudres and I will light a candle there for you and Noone to have a child.”

About six years passed before Fr. Boudreaux bumped into Clothilde, actually into the stroller she was pushing with twins in it. She had a tiny baby in her arms and an older girl walking alongside. After Clothilde introduced all her children, Fr. Boudreaux asked how Noone was doing.

“He’s doing fine himself,” she said, “in fact, he’s on a pilgrimage to Loudres himself, right now.”

“Oh, that’s great,” Father said, “I suppose he’s going there to say a prayer to the Virgin for the blessings she’s given him.”

“Mais, I don’ t’ink so, Father,” Marie said. “He said that he was going dere to blow dat damn candle out!”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for February , 2004 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Tamale Casserole

Background on Tamale Casserole: This one is quick and easy to prepare, about 10 minutes max. Uses ingredients that are readily available in our pantry and fridge at home. Excellent for a quick, hot meal for two with no leftovers.

Ingredients
Ingredients One can of Hormel Tamales [may use Hot or Mild]
Half of a Red Onion
Three slices of American or Cheddar cheese.

Preparation
Remove tamales from can, peel off husks, and lay out in small Pyrex rectangular dish. Chop red onion and sprinkle on top of tamales. Lay out the cheese across the top of the tamales and onions.

Cooking Instructions
Place in microwave and cook until the cheese is fully melted, usually only two minutes.

Serving Suggestion
Serve immediately.



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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Rainbows & Shadows:
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                  Slight of Mind

Democracy is pandering to people
      instead of to principle
Selling away a prosperous future
      for next month's election.
In a presidential year
      is there no one here
Who says anything
      but what the masses want to hear?
While undermining all the things
      that they hold dear,
Lowering their aspirations
      to the masses’ wishes
In the crassest magic trick of all —
Each seek certain re-election
      by the effluent majority
Through forceful extraction of property
      from the affluent minority.
The net result we all can see —
      prolonged lapse of prosperity
Purchased by political chicanery.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for February :
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And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

1.) ARJ2: Zen Computer by Philip Toshio Sudo

Philip Toshio Sudo uses the metaphor of the computer to explain zen or the metaphor of zen to explain computers.

He calls the book a "Zen Computer" and structures the book as if it were an instruction manual for a 'zen computer' — one which must be booted up during the process of reading the book, as the book is the only incarnation of the zen computer.

So read on, boot up, and learn about zen, learn about computing, and learn about yourself.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/zencompu.htm



2.) ARJ2: Reminiscences of Rudolf Steiner by Belyi, Voloschin & Turgenieff

"A giant of the power of kindness!" is the way the Russian author, Andrei Belyi, described Rudolf Steiner. "I only want to express his irresistible kindness. Its force did not express itself in gestures or spoken words, he never said, 'I love, I feel.' He made love visible indirectly, a faintly noticeable glowing sun-warmth around his mouth, around his eyes, that outlasted years and bore fruit in moments of despondency. He had, as it were, a therapeutic smile; the countenance blossomed in the abundance of perfect love into a barely discernible rose-exuding fragrance. He only 'bestowed' a smile, but one felt that one had nothing of the kind to give him in return. He had the gift of 'the smile' — though he was never a charmer — the faculty for direct expression from the heart. . . His smile could have had a smothering effect had he not tempered it down when necessary. Many knew his sunny smile; we spoke of it. One must speak about it, for not a single photograph of his reflects it."

This is a brief glimpse of the authors's marvelous insights into the man Rudolf Steiner. Clearly, through the eyes of these three fine Russian writers and artists, we get an intimate portrait of the greatest product of his life, the man, Rudolf Steiner.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/reminisc.htm

3.) TSCC: The Soul Captain Chronicles, Chapter Three, 1961 A Memoir by Bobby Matherne

Chapter Three continues the The Soul Captain Chronicles, a Memoir of my life, which answers the question, "What if the Captain of my Soul came to me, gave me complete amnesia for my entire life, and then took me back to a day in my life?" With each Chapter the Captain moves me ahead a decade to witness another day, a decade hence. What happened to me in between? How did I get from where and who I was in one decade to where and who I was in the next? Join me in this adventure of recollection as each month brings another decade into focus for me and for you . . . Bobby Matherne

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On the Red Planet and Football Fortunes

This has been an amazing month with two Rovers landing on Mars. Spirit was first and Opportunity followed quickly behind. I have thoroughly enjoyed the JPL briefings each day from two aspects. The first is as a physicist, and the second as a systems analyst.

The physicist me has enjoyed sharing the thrill of accomplishment of the many teams working together. My favorite quote came from Rob Manning, the EDL Dev. Mgr. Of the Mars Rover Project said yesterday, “For engineers, truths are temporary.” I heard someone refer to that quote during a JPL briefing on the next day. As JPL crew talk, they are talking a language I am familiar with, and I identify myself with each member of the team as I listen to the technical reports of each one's phase of the project.

The system analyst me is intrigued by the reports on the recovery of the Spirit Rover. It shut down for a whole day till they finally discovered that it was re-booting itself constantly. What could have made this happen? They had a fail-safe mechanism that performed a re-boot if some critical function did not get carried out by a certain time. As soon as they discovered the re-booting cycle, they instructed it to stop doing that, and it did. Their hypothesis is that the Flash Memory had been overloaded and they are running diagnostics to confirm that hypothesis. They are trying fix the problem without dumping Flash Memory, but will clear it and re-acquire the data it contained as a last resort. Most or all of Spirit's functions will be recovered, and it may yet go roving before Opportunity gets to roll off the pad.

One aspect of the whole system of Mars Rover operation that I haven't heard covered nor heard any questions asked about after each briefing has to do with pure physics: the speed of light. Light takes about 8 minutes to reach us from the Sun at 93 million miles or about a minute each 10 million miles. Mars is about 50 million miles, I think, so communication time one-way between Earth and Mars should be about 5 minutes. Imagine the problems of debugging a computer system if you input some code to test the computer and it take five minutes for the code to reach the CPU, then five more minutes before your display is updated to tell you how the computer reacted to the new code. This exacerbates the systems analysts' problems --- it's like debugging in slow-motion. The drivers of the Mars Rover have a similar problem. They need to steer five minutes ahead. At 12 miles per hour, the vehicle will travel a mile in five minutes. If you turn right, the wheels won't turn for five minutes and you won't see the results of the turn you executed for ten minutes! Talk about over-cautious drivers — those Rover drivers will be that.

The planet we call Mars got its name from the God of War which could be the patron planet for the gridiron wars of the football field. This brings me to an anecdote I'd like to share with you about the LSU and USC football fortunes of this season.

Back in August Del and I went to a Mars Party at our friends' house where we were to look at Mars through the telescope at its nearest approach to Earth for some 60,000 years. I mentioned how I sat with two guys, Bert and Bob, in the dark on the back porch waiting for Mars to rise and we discovered that we were all in LSU's Tiger Stadium during the Duke of the 1958 National Championship season. Bob was a resident of Metairie that I met that night for the first time, and he told us how after graduating from LSU in English, he went to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He matriculated at USC, got a Master's Degree there, became a screenwriter. Over the years, he had become a USC football fan. He told us about this new coach, Pete Carroll, who was doing good things with the football program, and how he was bringing USC back to prominence nationally. I told him that Nick Saban was doing a similar thing to LSU.

Now, who could have thought, sitting on that back porch in the dark waiting for Mars to rise, that LSU and USC would a short couple of months later each go on to finish at the top of the National Rankings in football? USC would win the Rose Bowl and finish at top of the AP and Coach's Poll. LSU would win the Sugar Bowl and win the BCS National Championship. Good Ole Mars!

And speaking of football, the Super Bowl will be played on this coming Sunday and the best quarterback on the Saints team in 2002 will be leading the Carolina Panthers, God willing, to victory over the New England Patriots.

When the 2002 Saints season started the starting quarterback, Aaron Brooks made this promise to the fans. I remember his words if it were yesterday, "I promise to take myself out of the game any time I would be hurt and not able to help this team win." Great words to live by. Unfortunately for the Saints, Aaron did not live up to his own words. With four games remaining to be played, Aaron Brooks got hurt, and instead taking himself out of the game, he stayed in and self-destructed: he threw balls into waiting defenders arms, into the sidelines, into the ground, and he got sacked over and over again, thus causing the Saints to lose the last four games and deservedly sit out another round of playoff games.

Meanwhile, who was sitting on the bench while Brooks was making a mockery of the Saints' playoff hopes? Jake Delhomme, that's who, the same young man who will be leading the Panthers in the Super Bowl this Sunday. I watched him in only one game during his USL career — it was the game he led his underdog team to victory against a nationally ranked Texas A&M team. It was the most brilliant performance I'd seen in a college quarteback in my lifetime.

In 2002, the Saints had him sitting on the bench while their express train to the Super Bowl in their home city of New Orleans derailed in the hands of a man at the controls who couldn't keep his word. All the while a Super Bowl quarterback was kept sitting patiently back in the caboose waiting to lead his team to victory. Could Jake Delhomme have led the Saints to the Super Bowl in 2002? Look at his performance in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1st. He got the Carolina Panthers there in the very next football season when he played for a coach and a front office who could recognize Super Bowl talent when they saw it.

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