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January 5, 2009 - Jim Bartholow
I'm writing just hours before Ohio State takes on Texas in in the Fiesta Bowl. I already know I'll never make it to the end of the game. That's because the game will starts after 8 p.m. With all the commercials, they will be lucky to be done by midnight. That's too late for me and I figure quite a few other sports fans I know TV money rules the sports world. It's just too bad, in my opinion. I go back to my childhood, when World Series games were played in the afternoon and we'd sneak a listen on our transistor radios in the back of Mr. Tarantino's sixth grade classroom in Warrensville Hts. outside of Cleveland. I'm not against nighttime sports, mind you. I can remember when New Year's Day was the big finale to the college football season and the Orange Bowl was often a fight for the national title. I managed to stay awake long enough to catch the end, then drag myself off to school the next morning because New Year's Day meant Christmas vacation was over. Not to sound too stuck in the past, but I think with the BCS schedule stretched to Jan. 8, we've lost a little something in making these games special. Holiday tradition We did manage to catch a couple showings of "A Christmas Story". It's just a fun movie. Of course, the references to Cleveland (Higbee's Ralphie's family's house, the Christmas parade) have a special place in my heart, too. Movie must-see if you're in a mood to see a good tearjerker, I recommend "7 Pounds" with Will Smith. If you are mired in reality, don't see it, though, because you'll only be frustrated. For Leslie and me it was a great way to spend Christmas afternoon.
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