Sports Mailbag

Published 12:16 am Friday, November 11, 2016

(The first letter is in reference to a letter written by L. Ray Block of Groves that was published on Oct. 28.)

Dear Sports Editor,

Mr. Block, I’m like Steve Harvey, the host of Family Feud. I’ve got another good one for you today.

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Let’s start with the game. You state PNG played a below average game. That’s weird, because they came into the game undefeated like the Titans. Whether it was a mere 5 points as you state or 50 points, Memorial was victorious. You also said that you don’t know what a military battle had to do with the game. Well sir, the battle is what we call a metaphor. It’s something I used to make the game sound more exciting.

Now to a more serious matter, you’re absolutely correct. (PNG Superintendent Rodney) Cavness can disrespect the present. But does that make him right? You see he’s a public figure. He is the leader of your (PNG) school district. Now, there are African Americans in your schools. Why, your starting QB and wide receiver are African Americans. I don’t know any of these students. But if I were an African American in that school district, and I saw how the leader of that school district has disrespected the first African American president of this nation. I would have to wonder what he thinks of me. Do you see where I’m coming from?

Let me put it to you another way. When Bush (43) took 1.37 trillion dollars from Social Security to pay for his tax cut for the rich and the Iraq war, and never put it back. I was angry as hell. But when I spoke of him, I referred to him as President Bush. When Bush (41) called Reagan economic plan, as Voodoo Economics, of which I agreed, I called him President Reagan.

We have people like Jan Brewer (former Arizona governor) sticking her finger in the face of the president. … We have members of Congress yelling “you lie” when the president is speaking to the nation in the Hall of Congress. Then we have our own U.S. congressman, Randy Weber comparing the president to Hitler. Where is all this hate and disrespect coming from? I think you know the answer.

Mr. Block, I do not know how old you are, but I grew up in the decades of the 50s and 60s. That type of disrespect was all too common. All I’m trying to say, that if Cavness expects respect, he has to give it. I will call him Dr. when he start saying President Obama.

I don’t know if you will care or not, but I did enjoy the performance of the PNG Indian Spirit. That young man put his heart and soul into his routine. Hope you notice that I used the term, spirit? When many people call him a mascot. You see Mr. Block whether or not I agree with the term, I respect the people of PNG tradition.

If we can’t come to an agreement on anything, we have probably increase the circulation of the P.A. News (smile).

In conclusion, I’m a U.S. Army vet. I cannot believe I’m writing this, but I’m going to use a phrase from the U.S. Marine Corps. When it comes to the Memorial Titans, I’m Semper Fi. Those that do not know what Semper Fi means, it means, always faithful. Hoorah!

Charles Brown

Port Arthur

Dear Sports Editor,

Let the playoffs begin.

I’m pulling for PAM (Port Arthur Memorial) & PNG.

I’m very disappointed/upset that Vidor slammed the DOOR in PAM’s face of what would have been a perfect season.

22-5A Top 3 became a 3-way tie. Let bygones be bygones.

PAM, y’all must sing lyrics: “Pick yourselves up, dust yourselves up and start over again.”

Another tune comes to mind dates back to November 1962 with y’all’s Celestial Titans mascot: The musical group Tornados’ “Telstar,” paraphrasing another song in the fall of 1967 by The Doors “Come on and light my fire.”

Get it? The fireflame in the Titan logo. Don’t let it burn out.

Please get back on the winning track. You too PNG. Both make it to the TOP.

Remember Titans, ONLY y’all have the bragging rights of being the ONLY ONE that defeated PNG. PNG, make this statement true.


Richard L. Nelson


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