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  1. Offense wins games, defense wins championships!
  2. Remember when passing was something you only did on third-and-long? And offensive linemen that actually ran - Kramer and Thurston on the sweep?
  3. Are ITZ bases with the round bumper added OK for the Postal League?
  4. Well, since Al opened the door, here's my fishing story: A Fishing Story, by Troutbum Well, back during hurricanes Frances and Ivan in the Fall of 2004, it rained for forty days and forty nights. My little town of Canton, NC flooded when the Pigeon River left its banks. The water level rose above all of the bridges, and got as high as the fifth row of seats at Canton Memorial Stadium. The neighboring Haywood County town of Waynesville NC has a reservoir up in the mountains on Allens Creek, and the dam was in danger of bursting, threatening the town with great loss. Now the Waynesville Watershed has the best drinking water in the world, so they tell me. It is a pristine watershed, with several tributaries coming down the mountain to form Allens Creek. No fishing, hunting, or even hiking is allowed anywhere in the entire watershed, and all of the creeks are chock-full of speckled trout (Southern Appalachian Brook Trout). The mayor of Waynesville called the mayor of Canton asking for any help he could provide. The mayor of Canton replied with "I know a guy!" Well ordinarily, Canton and Waynesville are at odds with each other, especially in the Fall, because there are only two high school football teams in the county - the Pisgah Black Bears in Canton and the Tuscola Mountaineers in Waynesville. These two teams have had one of the biggest rivalries in high school sports since they were established in 1966. When these two teams play each other, as many as 15,000 people show up. The person with the winning fifty-fifty ticket takes home anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000. It would be a great time to commit a crime anywhere in Haywood County because the entire police force of both towns and the county will be at the game! Just go to Google or YouTube and search "Pisgah-Tuscola rivalry" to see how big this thing really is. I grew up in western Buncombe County and went to Erwin High School (Go Warriors!) so I didn't have a dog in this fight. In 1990 I moved to Canton after I married a Pisgah girl, bought season tickets to Pisgah football games, and became a Black Bear fan. However, ten years later I got a job teaching history and coaching soccer at Tuscola, and I have been a Mountaineer ever since. Well, when the Canton mayor called me up and explained the dire situation to me, I knew what I had to do. I told him to "meet me up at the reservoir with as many dump trucks as you can muster, filled with water", grabbed my fly rod and vest, and headed for the reservoir as fast as my little Sentra would go. There was one truck waiting for me when I got there. We drove up to where Allens Creek runs into the lake, and I started fishing. We put every trout I caught into the water in the dump truck’s bed. When that one was full, it was quickly replaced by another one. In two hours, I filled up twenty dump trucks with speckled trout and the water level in the lake dropped ten feet! Thus, using my knowledge of Archimedes’ Principle and my superior fly fishing skills, did I save the town of Waynesville from disaster. What in the world did we do with twenty dump trucks full of speckled trout? I’m glad you asked! We have more speckled trout in Haywood County than we know what to do with, so we sent some trucks down to the mountains of South Carolina and Georgia to restore speckled trout populations there, and we sent some trucks clean over to the mountains of Kentucky to establish populations there. You can look it up!
  5. Here is the idea for my team (my wife thinks it looks like a watermelon!). If you are curious as to where the "Troutbum" comes from, here you go - https://www.troutbum.site/blog.
  6. I haven't seen the move in 20 years, but if I watched it today it would move me the same way. Some sports movies are "based on actual events" but have been highly dramatized. Sayers-Pic was the real deal.
  7. I cried when I found out Sayers had passed away.
  8. Love Bryson City! I probably saw/heard you on main street at least once - I'm a Mast General Store regular.
  9. I live in Haywood County, but my daughter is a senior at Western. I teach Southern Appalachian History at Tuscola (Cherokee for "digging in many places") High school, and I have my students do a Cherokee syllabary project. Although not Cherokee myself, I do "go to water" every chance I get!
  10. Thanks! All of these teams actually exist, or at least did in the last few years. Last year the Belfast Trojans defeated the South Dublin Panthers in the Shamrock Bowl.
  11. Your collection belongs in Canton, Ohio! It always reminds me of the color page of teams in the old Tudor rule books - keep the pictures coming!
  12. THE RULES: I will be using a tweaked version of Beenutt's solitaire tournament rules. For reference, I have attached a copy of his 2013 Solitaire Tournament Rules. Like his college tournament, my European leagues tournament will involve over 100 teams, so first round games are one possession each starting on the 25. If both teams score, the rest of the game will be similar to a college overtime, with each team getting a possession in each round. League Championship and later round games will consist of two 15-play halves. Now here are my tweaks to his rule set: No kickoffs, even in later rounds. Each possession starts on the 25, unless there is an interception. No extra points - I am playing games on a model 500 field, so there is not much room in the end zone. No field goals No stacking - there must be 5 yards space between two players lined up vertically. Defensive backs may not jam wide receivers. After contact, the board is stopped and the DBs are pivoted to move downfield with the WRs. This rule does not apply to tight ends and slot receivers. No passing sticks - I will be using two six-sided dice. The quarterbacks on many of the real European teams are less than 50% on passing accuracy, so I have different levels of passing. For instance, some of the less-skilled QBs can only complete a pass with a roll of 6 or 8. If the intended receiver has a defender less than 10 yards away, a roll of boxcars is an interception. A roll of snake eyes is always an interception, going to the closest unengaged defender. Magnets - the offense can put magnets under the bases of the QB and a RB, and the defense can put put magnets under two players, usually safeties or inside linebackers. The magnets may be removed during one of the stops, and must be removed if another player of either team contacts them. beenutt solitaire rules 2013.pdf
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