P.O. Box 668
Saluda, SC 29138
Phone 864 445-2527
Fax 864 445-8679
BY RALPH SHEALY
What a great conclusion to the football season ... if you are a
New England Patriots’ fan!
Since my nephew Jason Donlon was born in New England, and his
sons, my great-nephews, Deacon and Madden wear Patriots gear, I
was pulling for the Pats.
I was stunned at how the game ended, though I shouldn’t have
As I wrote two weeks ago: “This football season, I saw Saluda
High lose two football games in the last few seconds; saw on
video Carolina blow three 14-point fourth quarter leads to turn
a 10-3 season into a 7-6 season; and Sunday I partially viewed
Green Bay blow a 19-7 fourth quarter lead and lose in overtime.”
Before, I talk about “the play,” let me say Seattle shouldn’t
have been in the Super Bowl anyway.
The Seahawks were very fortunate in that fourth quarter
comeback to win the game two weeks ago, a contest in which they
were outplayed by the Packers, but got the last minute bounces.
So, just being in the Super Bowl was a gift for Seattle and
all the fans. That, of course, doesn’t the lessen the
devastation, similar to what I experienced five times with my
high school and college teams this year.
“The play” has been called the worst call in pro football
history, just as Georgia’s decision not to run Todd Gurley
against Carolina was called the worst play call in college
football this year.
Common sense says Seattle and Georgia should have run their
stellar backs. Both called a pass, and both lost.
In football, the difference between stupidity and brilliance
would be whether the play is successful or not.
Had Seattle and Georgia completed the passes for touchdowns,
the plays would have been heralded as great calls.
Everybody who knows anything about football knows the New
England and Gamecocks defenses were ready for Lynch and Gurley.
The pass plays were supposed to fool the defenses. Neither did.
That is football.
I’m sure going to miss it.
By the way, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is the darling
of the sports’ media, or at least he was until that pass. I
remember Wilson from his college days at N.C. State. I may have
mentioned this last year, but when Wilson went up against
Carolina and Clemson, he finished 0-5.
My mother dribbled her laptop one time too
She left the mouse between the keyboard and the screen, and
when it fell off the arm of the chair, the screen was cracked,
making the laptop useless.
Talk about a tragedy. This a woman who burns up five or six
mouses a year, while I replace my mouse every two or three
Until she gets a replacement, I lent her my laptop and got out
my little netbook, my first laptop.
I have kept the little 8.9 inch laptop up to date by turning
it on every couple of weeks to allow Norton downloads.
It has Windows XP, and I haven’t really used it after the
downloads are completed.
Lending my laptop, however, I started using it again.
It didn’t work very well. The internet, including Facebook,
kept freezing up.
I decided to download Mozilla Firefox out of curiosity, and
now the computer works great!
So, if you have a old computer and Internet Explorer is
freezing up, try Firefox.
I’m still a desktop guy, and don’t use my laptops for much
“real” work, but I’ve downloaded Firefox on all my computers.
This not an advertisement, since Firefox is free!
Two weeks ago, I wrote of the late Mrs. Mae
Salter’s project of giving to her friends a framed poem about
pennies from Heaven. If you recall, the poem says the pennies
are from angels who toss them down to cheer you up when you’re
I heard from George Wilbur Hopkins before we went to press
last week, and I didn’t have time to include in my column what
George’s brother Mike Littlejohn died a couple of weeks ago,
after a short illness..
Here’s what George wrote to me:
“I read your Tidbits in this week’s paper Sunday night after
Yesterday I had to take mom to town for some business. She
received a phone call, so I pulled over as we left CVS.
I NEVER stop in this parking lot. As I got out of the car to
give mom some privacy, guess what I found as I stepped out? Yep,
a brand new penny. Couldn’t stop the tears for awhile. I know
in my heart that Mike was letting me know everything was going
to be OK. Just wanted to let you know and say thanks.”
Mrs. Mae’s legacy continues.
With all that is going in the world, I am sick of
seeing national newscasts devoted to a deflated football.
I can understand NBC’s coverage, because that network is
televising the Super Bowl.
Because NBC covers the Winter Olympics, it also devotes a
disproportionate amount of coverage to skier Lindsay Vonn. Lindsey
broke the record for most wins last week, according to the NBC
national newscast and The Today Show, but most of us were more
concerned about how her boyfriend Tiger Woods lost his tooth.
Back to the stupid footballs. I flipped through the network
morning shows one day, and ABC, NBC and CBS led off with the
football. CNN led with the death of the king of Saudi Arabia. Shame
It’s amazing that it appears the NFL has investigated
underinflated footballs more than did the Ray Rice situation.
John Farley on Channel 10 showed how atmospheric conditions can
cause PSI to go down. Haven’t you had the low tire light come on
your vehicle on a cold morning? When the temperature rises the light
All of this took place in a game in which the Patriots won by 38
points. I can see the uproar had the game been close.
From what I gather, the deflated balls were used in the first
half, in which the Patriots led 17-7. The football were regulation
in the second half, and New England won that half 28-0.
Judging from that, the deflated footballs worked in Indianapolis’
So, why is everybody going crazy over this?!!!
I was saddened to read in Tuesday’s paper
of the passing of Dr. Howard Giddens.
Dr. Giddens was a popular veterinarian in Saluda for many
years. He then moved his practice to the lake, where he and
his wife also opened the legendary Holiday Shores
Saludans could go to The Panarama on one lake, and Holiday
Shores on another for some great food.
I was also saddened to learn of the passing of my old
friend Mike Littlejohn, a member of the ‘73 SHS 11-1
football team. I’ll share something his brother George told
me next week.