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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JUNE 3, 2010 PAGE 2-A S SU Memorial Day still tells the tale By DAVE BERWICK : Times Sports Columnist : Last year I wrote a column on Memorial Day entitled "Me- i morial Day ells the Tale," : in which I wrote about an old baseball saying that goes, 'WIe- morial Day tells the tale," which means that by Memorial Day 'the teams that are in first place usually are in the playoffs. Last year the New York Yan- kees were not in the picture on Memorial Day and of course you know the mighty Yankees won the World Series, so don't bet too heavily on the rest of this article. With over 25 percent of the season gone we find the fol- lowing: If the season ended today : (June23, 2010), the Tampa Bay Rays would go down in baseball history because their winning percentage is an amazing, as- tounding, stupendous, electrify- ing .721, one of the highest in over 100 years. Tampa has a five game lead over the world champion New York Yankees who are playing at a respectable .605 percent, which would put them in first place in four of baseball's six divisions. The American League East Division is clearly the best in baseball. The American League Central Division sees Minne- sota with a two game lead over the Detroit Tigers. In the West- ern Division we find Texas with a two game lead over Oakland. In the National League we find the Philadelphia Phillies with the highest winning per- centage of .619 percent, the highest in the National League. The Braves linger three games back. Bobby Cox, thank God, is in his last season as manager. The National League Cen- tral Division finds Cincinnati in f rst place! Shockola! Thisis the biggest surprise of the season. St. Louis is one game back and then the Cubs are their usual five games back, playing at a mediocre winning percent- age of .455. I heard a new joke about the Cubs. Here it goes: An optimist sees a glass of water and says it's half full, a pessimist says its half empty, and a Cubs fan says, "When is it going to spill?" In the Western Division of the National League we find the Los Angeles Dodgers are tied with the San Diego Padres. This is an overview of the situation. Clearly, Tampa Bay is the favorite in the American League to make it to the World Series. In the National League the favorite would have to be the Philadelphia Phillies. If it goes true to form, Tampa will play Phil. I see Phil as hav- ing a big edge because they were there last year. Many times the team that loses the World Se- ries one year comes back and wins the series the next year. And you do know that Phil did lose last year. So this could be the Phillies year. I still like the old saying, 'WIemorial Day tells the tale." "To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it." A Short History of England, G.K. Chesterton The Ponchatoula Times Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 145 West Pine Street, Suite A Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 A Year 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 70454-0743 Bryan T. McMahon-- Editor & Publisher Terry Ann McMahon -- Co-Publisher, Columnist Derrick E Hingle - Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez--Texas Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon--Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon Detroit Bureau Chief Capt. 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Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Louisiana Furnishings Industries Association 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 8:30-Noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Closed Afternoons BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, Secretary Alan Levine of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch, Louisiana Department of Economic Development Secretary Steven Moret and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, sent a letter to British Petroleum outlin- ing their plan for a long-term seafood safety plan. In addition to sending a detailed proposal is for a 20-year, multi-agency initiative, the state is also requesting BP make $457 million available for implementation of the program. The full text of the letter is below: Anniversary June 3 - Robert & Cathe- rine Allen, Charles Jr. & Leta Branch, Charlie & Vicki Camp, Jeff & Mary Peterson, Michael & Esther Raiford, John Jr. & Rhonda Schliegelmeyer, Jay & Kathy Alost, Paul & Brenda Dykes June 4 - Ben & Melanie Da- vis, Bill & Denise Homayoun, Claude Sr. & Susan Fowler, Er- rol & Virginia Bordelon, George & Virgil McWiUiams, George Sr. & Julie McKean, Stanley & Madelyn Ragan, June 5 - Harry J. & Audrey Gabriel, Lawrence & Beulah Kluka, Newman & Dolores Watts, Jeffrey & Trish Alexan- der June 6 - Joseph & Stepha- nie Ballard, Jeff & Keli Dan- iels, Thomas & Barbara Van Vrancken, Tommy & Jackie Richardson June 7 - Neal & Barbara Alexander, Wayne & Lana Le- Bourgeois, Sidney & Joanna Garaudy, Garnett & Kathy Be- denbaugh, Bruce & Dot Savoy June 8- Andre & Sherrie Majeau, Bobby & Laurie Allen, David & Karla Wyld, Kevin & Karen Raiford, Michael & Cheri Seghers, Mike & Sandie Whit- low, Mike & Stacey Schroeder, Oscar & Carolyn Rieffel, Travis & Linda Howes, June 9 - Bret & Grace Gas- away, Keith & Joan Fuselier, Jim & Sandy Hoover, "Beans" & Blanche Landry, Eddie & Jean- nie Watts, Tony & Christine Castjohn, Jim & Sandy Hoover, George & Laura Fiegel Happy Birthday June 3 - Bonnie Jenkins, Brenda Richard, Brenda Wolfe, Greg Keaghey, Jody Ragan, Johnny McGary Jr., Tammy Ainsworth, Tyler Colkmire, Sandra Joiner June 4 - Byrd Corbett, Caro- line Stevens, Deborah Barron, Floyd Gegenheimer, Sandra Flynn, Sandra Richard, Stepha- nie Thompson, June 5 - Clay Nepveux, Da- vid DePaula, Gary Gonzalez, James Traylor, John Robert Pack, Kristen Fontenot, Larry Trent, Mark A. Rock, Megan Perrin, Trey Lasseigene, Hayen Hutches June 6 - Brittany Schanz- bach, Diane Bankston, Dotsy Eleser, Gail Derveloy, Ida Steinacher, Jack Forrest, Lana Eleser, Lawrence Boudreaux, Lesley Palisi, Roy Navarra, June 7 - Calyn Landaiche, Chantal Guillaumot, Eugenia Macaluso, Katie Molinari, Lois Drury, Lois Newman, Mel Har- ris, Rachel Lavigne, Steven Johnson, Andy Duvic June 8 - Becky Sylve, Eliza- beth Etzkin, Gerry Heitmen, Hunter Landaiche, Leighanna Johnson, Michael Jacob, Yvette Sylvie, Kathy Nicolosi June 9 - CJ VanVrancken, Danny St. Cyr, Duane M. Du- Mr. Tony Hayward Chief Executive Officer British Petroleum International Headquarters 1 St. James's Square London, SWlY 4PDUK Dear Mr. Hayward: As you know, the Louisiana seafood industry, for genera- tions, has been one of Louisi- ana's staple economic engines. Collectively, the commercial and recreational industries represent $4 billion annually in economic impact to our state and coastal communities. Esti- mates are that our seafood in- dustry provides 30 percent of the domestic seafood supply for America's lower 48 states and 70 percent of all Gulf seafood. In addition to our commercial fishing industry, more than 4.1 million recreational fishing trips originate from our coastal marinas. Louisiana-harvested seafood is a staple in restau- rants in some of our nation's largest markets. The future of this industry is in peril. As the oil spill has impacted our coastal areas, and as BP has utilized efforts to disperse the oil, the state has taken sev- eral steps to both ensure the safety of the product and instill a sense of confidence among consumers in the safety of the product. PLEASE SEE PAGE A-6 www.kslu.org Broadcasting from the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University Complete Basebag Schedule Available Online.- www.lionsportsJet vic, Dwaine Sylve Jr., Frank .' 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