A su­per Su­per Bowl come­back

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Ok, so it was the most thrilling Su­per Bowl in his­tory and Tom Brady added to his fame in the sec­ond half and over­time — but now he and Belichick can go into re­tire­ment.

As my reader-friends and fans know, I was root­ing for the Fal­cons, and they sure did look good in the first half, but you gotta play for 60 min­utes and they let the pres­sure off Brady in the sec­ond half and the game was over. If those At­lanta fellows had played as tight in the sec­ond half get­ting af­ter Brady, it could have been a dif­fer­ent end­ing.

And on top of that, I missed the Cen­tre­ville piece that I am told ap­peared just prior to kick­off, show­ing the court­house and peo­ple walk­ing up and down Lawyers Row. I started watch­ing the darn pre-game show at 3 p.m. and must have been eat­ing my Su­per Sub that we picked up at church that morn­ing when the Cen­tre­ville piece came on. Sorry I missed that.

Now for an­other lo­cal an­gle to the ball­game: Jerry Thomas, a lo­cal res­i­dent and a church mem­ber I chat with most Sun­day morn­ings, coached down at Sal­is­bury Univer­sity, back in the late ‘90s when it was called Sal­is­bury State. Jerry told me he coached Fal­cons head coach Dan Quinn when Quinn was a stu­dent there from 1989 through 1994. Jerry said he coached Quinn in the ham­mer throw and that he qual­i­fied for the NCAA na­tional cham­pi­onship in 1944. How about that? Jerry coached there from 1988 to 1995.

Yes, it cer­tainly is a small world!

••• THE SUN KNOWS US For the sec­ond time in a week, The Bal­ti­more Sun has had a fea­ture about Queen Anne’s County, and this time on page 3, Fri­day morn­ing. It was a piece by the Sun’s Jac­ques Kelly who talked about when Pi­o­neer Point was owned by John J. Raskob who lived there with his wife Helen and their 12 chil­dren.

He men­tioned Mostly Hall, where the kids lived just a few hun­dred yards from the main man­sion house, Harte­feld Hall. He also noted what I said in a re­cent col­umn that when the kids were shown their house and the wide open lobby, they said “oh, this mostly hall.” And the name stuck.

I had a pic­ture in my files some time ago I snapped of Joe Han­d­ley, who was farm man­ager down there for years. He was stand­ing by Harte­feld Hall, but I can’t find the darn shot now or it would ap­pear with this week’s col­umn.

••• STAR­BUCKS COM­ING Did you see that lengthy piece in The Sun the other day about Star­bucks is go­ing to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years?

The folks at our ACME tell that Star­bucks is putting a store just in­side the front en­trance to the ACME. I guess they fig­ure folks will want to have a cup of cof­fee while shop­ping. Any­way, I was won­der­ing af­ter read­ing the story in the pa­per how many of those refugees will be work­ing there when it is opened?

The news­pa­per ar­ti­cle said the CEO of Star­bucks was quoted as say­ing: “We will be­gin by mak­ing the ini­tial fo­cus of our hir­ing ef­forts on those in­di­vid­u­als who have served with U.S. troops as in­ter­preters and sup­port per­son­nel.” It went on to note the com­pany’s re­la­tion­ship with Mex­ico, where it has 600 stores and gets much of its cof­fee.

••• FOR BET­TER VI­SION A lot of talk lately about Spe­cial Olympics and the Po­lar Bear Plunge in the Bay that gave a lot of money to the Spe­cial Olympics. I see my Lion mag­a­zine that Lions In­ter­na­tional part­nered with Spe­cial Olympics years ago and to date has pro­vided free vi­sion screen­ing to 400,000 Spe­cial Olympians in 85 coun­tries; and that more than 150,000 pairs of new eye­glasses were man­u­fac­tured to im­prove eyesight “for one of the most marginal­ized pop­u­la­tions in the world.”

••• THAT’S PRETTY OLD! Some­one asked me re­cently how long I had been do­ing the col­umn. I told them it was a long time, since I started it when I was 15 and am now 92. You can do the math. Now the col­umn hasn’t been in the Record Ob­server all those years, but I have writ­ten a col­umn for the other pa­pers in between the times I was out of the Record Ob­server.

Any­way, I can prob­a­bly claim the ti­tle of the old­est news­pa­per colum­nist in the state of Mary­land. Hey, maybe even the US of A!

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