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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 3, 2013, PAGE 2 S John Dudek Six to Ten of the Top 10 for 2012 By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist 6. Penn State and Jerry San- dusky. I've covered sports for almost a decade, and have been a fan my whole life. I've never heard of a' more heinous crime than the countless ones commit- ted by former Penn State defen- sive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. For a person in a position to help, nurture, and mold young men, Sandusky instead abused them. He was found guilty on 45 of the 48 charges against him. Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in federal prison. 5. LSU football. Where do I start? After dominating the col- lege football world for most of last season, the Tigers played an Alabama team they had al- ready beaten in the regular season. Everyone expected an exciting, hard hitting national championship game. What we got, was a one-sided affair that the Crimson Tide dominated from beginning to end. In fact, the Tigers didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter. The fi- nal score ended up being 21-0, but it wasn't even that close. If LSU had won that game, that team would have gone down as having one of the most impres- sive single seasons of all time. Instead, the 2011-12 season will go down as one of the most disap- pointing seasons in LSU history. 4. The Olympics. USA swim- ming phenom Michael Phelps finally stopped his assault on the Olympic record books. Af- ter winning his record 19th medal, Phelps retired from competitive swimming, while Phelps had long been consid- ered one of the greatest Olym- pians of all time, the 2012 sum- mer games made it official. 3, The Honey Badger. I was go- ing to put Tyrann Mathieu's story in the LSU piece. But, like LSU coach Les Miles decided, I don't even want to associate that knucklehead with the pro- gram. After being suspended for smoking synthetic mari- juana and being suspended for. a few games, he goes to rehab. Then he gets caught with three former Tigers for smoking real marijuana. These incidents have cost this kid millions of dollars, and branded him with a negative image for the rest of his probably short-lived career. 2. The New Orleans Hornets. In recent years, the Hornets faced the very real threat of leaving New Orleans all together. Atten- dance was sagging to new lows. The team traded their only star, Chris Paul, away to the Los An- geles Clippers. At one point, the NBA actually owned the fran- chise. Finally, longtime New Orleans Saints owner Tom Ben- son stepped up and purchased the team, and vowed to keep them in the city. Shortly after that, the team lucked out and won the 1st overall pick in the draft lottery. With that pick the team drafted University of Ken- tucky superstar Anthony Davis. Things are finally looking up for this once-struggling franchise. 1. Bounty Gate. Allegedly, the New Orleans Saints had been running a "pay for perfor- The Ponchatoula Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 AYear In Tangipahoa Parish $30 A Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rate --24 Hour Telephone Line-- 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula.com U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454 Bryan T. McMahon-- Editor & Publisher Derrick E Hingle - Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez--Caracas Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon--Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon--Detroit Bureau Chief Capt. David Stefferud--Madisonville Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, Thomas Kuhn, John Dudek, Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Brooks O'Connor (features), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin (History), Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD (Health) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan T. McMahon & Chris O'Conner NEWS RELEASES & ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) editor@ponchatoula.com ads@ponchatoula.com FAX 985/386-0458 (During office hours) P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers Association, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association. Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please call for Appointment (985) 386-2877 mance" program with the in- tent to injure opposing players. Due to not only lack of evidence, but coach and player testimony, all of the players' suspensions have been lifted, while some may think that justice has been served, that is only half of the story, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints Head Coach Sean Payton for an unprecedented entire season, the team's season might as well have been canceled. To make matters worse, Goodell then suspended Payton's top assis- tant for the first six games of the season. Then he suspended a handful of key players, most notably defensive captain Jona- thon Vilma. And to make sure that the Saints would have a hard time replacing them, Good- ell suspended general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games: The penalties levied against the New Orleans Saints were obviously too harsh, and at this point, are looking completely unwarranted. Hopefully the team can put this behind them and start fresh in 2013, on their quest for redemption, and a Su- per Bowl title. first step in reaching your goals is L00w.hing the person who can help you achieve them. .401(k)/40](b) Rollovers . All !RAs, Annuities, & Drop . Personalized Investment Advice . Ameriprise Fi..chl Happy Anniversary January 3 - Bob & Beverly Miano January 4 -John & Georgia Arrettieg, Peter & Claire App- lin, January 5 - Edward & Shan- non Kyzar January 6- Louis & Lisa Sal- taformaggio January 7 -"Mutty" Jr., & Patti Berner, Brett & Rami Fitzgerald, Fran & Bill Hane- sworth, Jim & Mary Downing, John & Lisa Lovern, Paul & An- gela Pevey, January 8 - Bruce & Andrea Anthony, Jim & Diana Bank- ston, Saxon & Bernard McMur- ray, Tom & Julie Waller, January 9 - Mark & Wendy PuffpaffVinyard, Hollis & Betty Poche, M.J. & Marie Gillman, Stephen & Jennifer Perrin, Happy Birthda00 January 3 - Cheryl' eiser, Hayley Albin, Monica Savoy, Rachael DiGeorge, Terri Pevey, Tiffany Fields, Avery Meyers January 4 - Chase Bordelon, Dan Elstrot, Deborah Waller, Gary Stanga, Gilbert Hano, Ira Brown Jr., Kenneth Drude, Koty P. Stein, Lance Traylor, Nancy Berot, Pete Valenti, PreSton Hano, Ryan Perrin, Scott An- gelette, Sharon Melancon, Ca- mille Kenny Jr., January 5 - Careen Bren- nan, Alyson Rodrigez, Barry White Jr., Beth Davis, Ellis Husser, Phillip Wilard, Vera i Sponsored by Brady's Monday through Friday 9 am to 1 1 am World Care with David Dye is of the mainstream. From TL"OC'00, re00and American E,%lish folk to Brazilian Pop and TUNE IN TODAY. rook a' toll YOU'LL LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR. 985-549-2330 Request Line: 985-549-KSLU(5758) Broadcasting from the campus of Southeastern Louisiana Universi Listen online: www.kslu.org ,D Patterson, Gabrielle pperson, January 6 - Blair ktkins Ponchatoula com January 7 -Ashley Dres- sel, Angelita Hernandez, Da- vid Atkins, Inez Arnold, Lynn Caldwell, Pamela Patel, Sha- Your Local Specialists ree Kinchen, Tina Penn, Windy eat Shasteen, Woodrow Travis, Web Site Cr ,on Richard Rody January 8 - Buddy Barrett, DVD/CD D plicati Dakota Derveloy, Evan Sylve, U on Jerri C. Perrin, Lauren Zeller, Leslie Lavigne, Leslie Palisi, Web Sit sting Nicholas Ekker, Paul Hanna, e H o Sharon McKean, Will Richard- son, Business Printing Services January 9 - Clara Ward, Ernie Drake, Evelyn Pepitone, (Any quantity - Large or Small) Harry Gabriel, Joe Jason, Ju-  AiA all lian Allibe, Kasey Brooks, Kyle Go to  ..,,,,onch't,',ula.com or call t)', 1 Martin, Pat Powell, Rebecca  Pellichino, Rebecca Schaff, Timi I [ Henderson, Richard Rody Times Internet Edition -- www. )onchatoula.com/ptimes E-Mail: editor@ )onchatoula.com THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 3, 2013, PAGE 2 S John Dudek Six to Ten of the Top 10 for 2012 By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist 6. Penn State and Jerry San- dusky. I've covered sports for almost a decade, and have been a fan my whole life. I've never heard of a' more heinous crime than the countless ones commit- ted by former Penn State defen- sive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. For a person in a position to help, nurture, and mold young men, Sandusky instead abused them. He was found guilty on 45 of the 48 charges against him. Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in federal prison. 5. LSU football. Where do I start? After dominating the col- lege football world for most of last season, the Tigers played an Alabama team they had al- ready beaten in the regular season. Everyone expected an exciting, hard hitting national championship game. What we got, was a one-sided affair that the Crimson Tide dominated from beginning to end. In fact, the Tigers didn't cross midfield until the fourth quarter. The fi- nal score ended up being 21-0, but it wasn't even that close. If LSU had won that game, that team would have gone down as having one of the most impres- sive single seasons of all time. Instead, the 2011-12 season will go down as one of the most disap- pointing seasons in LSU history. 4. The Olympics. USA swim- ming phenom Michael Phelps finally stopped his assault on the Olympic record books. Af- ter winning his record 19th medal, Phelps retired from competitive swimming, while Phelps had long been consid- ered one of the greatest Olym- pians of all time, the 2012 sum- mer games made it official. 3, The Honey Badger. I was go- ing to put Tyrann Mathieu's story in the LSU piece. But, like LSU coach Les Miles decided, I don't even want to associate that knucklehead with the pro- gram. After being suspended for smoking synthetic mari- juana and being suspended for. a few games, he goes to rehab. Then he gets caught with three former Tigers for smoking real marijuana. These incidents have cost this kid millions of dollars, and branded him with a negative image for the rest of his probably short-lived career. 2. The New Orleans Hornets. In recent years, the Hornets faced the very real threat of leaving New Orleans all together. Atten- dance was sagging to new lows. The team traded their only star, Chris Paul, away to the Los An- geles Clippers. At one point, the NBA actually owned the fran- chise. Finally, longtime New Orleans Saints owner Tom Ben- son stepped up and purchased the team, and vowed to keep them in the city. Shortly after that, the team lucked out and won the 1st overall pick in the draft lottery. With that pick the team drafted University of Ken- tucky superstar Anthony Davis. Things are finally looking up for this once-struggling franchise. 1. Bounty Gate. Allegedly, the New Orleans Saints had been running a "pay for perfor- The Ponchatoula Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 AYear In Tangipahoa Parish $30 A Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rate --24 Hour Telephone Line-- 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula.com U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454 Bryan T. McMahon-- Editor & Publisher Derrick E Hingle - Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez--Caracas Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon--Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon--Detroit Bureau Chief Capt. David Stefferud--Madisonville Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, Thomas Kuhn, John Dudek, Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Brooks O'Connor (features), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin (History), Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD (Health) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan T. McMahon & Chris O'Conner NEWS RELEASES & ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) editor@ponchatoula.com ads@ponchatoula.com FAX 985/386-0458 (During office hours) P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers Association, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association. Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please call for Appointment (985) 386-2877 mance" program with the in- tent to injure opposing players. Due to not only lack of evidence, but coach and player testimony, all of the players' suspensions have been lifted, while some may think that justice has been served, that is only half of the story, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints Head Coach Sean Payton for an unprecedented entire season, the team's season might as well have been canceled. To make matters worse, Goodell then suspended Payton's top assis- tant for the first six games of the season. Then he suspended a handful of key players, most notably defensive captain Jona- thon Vilma. And to make sure that the Saints would have a hard time replacing them, Good- ell suspended general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games: The penalties levied against the New Orleans Saints were obviously too harsh, and at this point, are looking completely unwarranted. Hopefully the team can put this behind them and start fresh in 2013, on their quest for redemption, and a Su- per Bowl title. first step in reaching your goals is L00w.hing the person who can help you achieve them. .401(k)/40](b) Rollovers . All !RAs, Annuities, & Drop . Personalized Investment Advice . Ameriprise Fi..chl Happy Anniversary January 3 - Bob & Beverly Miano January 4 -John & Georgia Arrettieg, Peter & Claire App- lin, January 5 - Edward & Shan- non Kyzar January 6- Louis & Lisa Sal- taformaggio January 7 -"Mutty" Jr., & Patti Berner, Brett & Rami Fitzgerald, Fran & Bill Hane- sworth, Jim & Mary Downing, John & Lisa Lovern, Paul & An- gela Pevey, January 8 - Bruce & Andrea Anthony, Jim & Diana Bank- ston, Saxon & Bernard McMur- ray, Tom & Julie Waller, January 9 - Mark & Wendy PuffpaffVinyard, Hollis & Betty Poche, M.J. & Marie Gillman, Stephen & Jennifer Perrin, Happy Birthda00 January 3 - Cheryl' eiser, Hayley Albin, Monica Savoy, Rachael DiGeorge, Terri Pevey, Tiffany Fields, Avery Meyers January 4 - Chase Bordelon, Dan Elstrot, Deborah Waller, Gary Stanga, Gilbert Hano, Ira Brown Jr., Kenneth Drude, Koty P. Stein, Lance Traylor, Nancy Berot, Pete Valenti, PreSton Hano, Ryan Perrin, Scott An- gelette, Sharon Melancon, Ca- mille Kenny Jr., January 5 - Careen Bren- nan, Alyson Rodrigez, Barry White Jr., Beth Davis, Ellis Husser, Phillip Wilard, Vera i Sponsored by Brady's Monday through Friday 9 am to 1 1 am World Care with David Dye is of the mainstream. From TL"OC'00, re00and American E,%lish folk to Brazilian Pop and TUNE IN TODAY. rook a' toll YOU'LL LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR. 985-549-2330 Request Line: 985-549-KSLU(5758) Broadcasting from the campus of Southeastern Louisiana Universi Listen online: www.kslu.org ,D Patterson, Gabrielle pperson, January 6 - Blair ktkins Ponchatoula com January 7 -Ashley Dres- sel, Angelita Hernandez, Da- vid Atkins, Inez Arnold, Lynn Caldwell, Pamela Patel, Sha- Your Local Specialists ree Kinchen, Tina Penn, Windy eat Shasteen, Woodrow Travis, Web Site Cr ,on Richard Rody January 8 - Buddy Barrett, DVD/CD D plicati Dakota Derveloy, Evan Sylve, U on Jerri C. Perrin, Lauren Zeller, Leslie Lavigne, Leslie Palisi, Web Sit sting Nicholas Ekker, Paul Hanna, e H o Sharon McKean, Will Richard- son, Business Printing Services January 9 - Clara Ward, Ernie Drake, Evelyn Pepitone, (Any quantity - Large or Small) Harry Gabriel, Joe Jason, Ju-  AiA all lian Allibe, Kasey Brooks, Kyle Go to  ..,,,,onch't,',ula.com or call t)', 1 Martin, Pat Powell, Rebecca  Pellichino, Rebecca Schaff, Timi I [ Henderson, Richard Rody Times Internet Edition -- www. )onchatoula.com/ptimes E-Mail: editor@ )onchatoula.com