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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES,SEPTEMBER 23,20010, PAGE 2 ,q ", j i Dave Berwick SSON Att(]mev ~.t L~;,,,; ...... : Auto Accident Injury ........... : Criminal Defense (985) 370-9832 Downtown www.layrisson.com Ponchatoula By DAVE BERWICK Times Columnist Do you remember Groucho Marx hosting the comedy quiz show, %rou Bet Your Life?" The contestants did not bet their lives. But Groucho did make their lives miserable by contin- ually insulting them ' .on the betting subject, the Saints are four wins and no losses. They covered the "spread" in all three pre-season games and in the home opener against Minnesota they opened up at a 4 1/2 point favorite and they won by five. I'm aware that the betting line had moved to six so some could say it was a loss. But if either of the two missed field goals had been made by the Saints you would have had a winner, even though you spot- ted the six. Now in the last few years the Saints have been a very high scoring team. Hence it would behoove you to place a friendly wager on the overs. The Saints usually go over. They did in all three pre-season games but they went under against Min- nesota. Way under. So if you wagered on every game going over you would have three wins and one loss, with an overall re- cord of seven and one, after the four games. Even if you count the season opener against Min- nesota as a loss you would still be six and two. Now I'm not trying to tout you into betting on the Saints, I'm merely pointing out to the people of the '"Who Dat Nation" how the stock exchang is do- ing; the stock exchange of the "Who Dat Nation" being the point spread and the totals. Well isn't everything in life a bet? Isn't the druggist when he opens the drug store betting that people will come into his store and buy drugs? Isn't the insurance man when he opens the insurance office betting that someone will come in that day and buy insurance? Certainly the stock market is betting. And as of this writing the '%Vho Dat Nation" stock is doing better than the New York Stock Exchange. Looking at it that way you could say all of life is a bet. If all of life is a bet so is the afterlife. I'd have to say, after a lifetime of betting, that what happens to you when you die the most im- portant bet you ever make. Now if you were playing no limit poker that is what is known as an 'all in" bet. Baby, you going "ALL IN," all in on a Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. 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David Stefferud--Madisonville Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, "King Phillip" Hextall (Intemet), Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Dwight Williams (Environment), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin -- (History) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan 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 VISNMastercard 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 As- sociation, 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 Tuesday Afternoons -- bet that is going to last for eternity. You better have the winning hand, Baby! The safest bet on the eternity deal is Christianity. I write that as one who has tried the other routes. The other routes were not successful for me. So the route that proved successful to me has been Christianity. To sum up, stick with the Saints and Jesus because the contestants on the Croucho Marx Show "You Bet Your Life" were not really betting their lives, but you are. Happy Anniversary September 23 - Mark & Lynn Keith September 24 - Mark & Sta- cy Watts September 25- Norman & Ja- net Basso, Pert & Betty Guidry September 26 - Ed & Toni Riley, Darrell & Denise Hoover, Brandon & Starlyn Nickens, Stewart & Teri Gegenheimer, Chad & Lenita Turner September 27 - Milton, Sr. & Dot Hill, David & Ann Vitter, Everett & Laurie Ramsey September 28 - Steve & Ash- ley Notariano, Gene & Elaine Tallo, Junior & Susan Hanna September 29 - Ricky & Car- olyn Thornhill, Donald & Joyce- lyn James sea2PbeYr 23 - Anthony Johnson, Jena Heroman, Kath- leen Parnell, Marjorie S. Patter- son, Regina R. Raiford, Thomas Gautreaux, Traviss Arretteig, Yvettd Jackson, Emily Hines, September 24 -Aimee Jen- kins, Beth Kuhn, Christie Mess- mer, Danny Scheigelmeyer, DeeDee Basso, Dennis Watts, Eulie Bourque, Gary Bohning, Jake Lipps, James M. Lessard, Joshua K. Baker, Kerri Cum- mings, Madelyn H. Ragan, Mary Robichaux, Ryan Mess- mer, Trudy Perrin, Twinkle Meyers, Rosamaend Oglesbee, Mitchell Lessard, Bree Ragas September 25 -Adam Hill, Beverly Wallace, Louis Aymond, Pam Byers, Ronny Cummings, Timothy H. McHugh, William Bohning, Nan Bankston, Felic- ity McMahon September 26 - Eric Poche', Evelyn Dickerson, Gerard Ge- genheimer, Harry J. Gabriel, Henry Arnold, Jamie Ernst, Loren Connelley, Mark Basso, Stephen Pugh II, Teri Gegen- heimer, Vanessa Latino, Van- essa Ohler, September 27 - Ashley Meissner, Bryan McMahon, Carroll W. Anderson, Deirdre McMahon-Sanchez, Doug John- son, Gene Tallo, Heather Cleav- er, Joey Stevens, John Coyne, Korie Newman, Rodney Smith, Shelly Ponder, Tim Cutrer, Jo- nah Schmitt, Matt Lsne September 28 - Brenda Join- er Edwards, Charlsa Cannon, Chris Stafford, Deanna Waller, Edna Ott, Frank Drury Sr., Greg Davis, Jaida Bergeron, Joshua Flattmann, Kristen Bruhl, Lauryn Simon, Michelle Harper, Patsy LeBlanc, Roslyn Vining, Ruby Guilliot, Scott Stanga, Spencer Sticker, Han- nah Habisreitinger September 29 -Andy Daigle, Angela Schreiner, Bradley Ro- bichaux, Cindy Fletcher, Eliza- beth Larrieu, Jeffrey M. Ragan, Matthew Schliegelmeyer, Mela- nie Thibodaux, Rodney Daw- son, Van Wolf, Gracee Costanza, Edna Ott, David Horton Please Notify Us Of Changes You Wish Made In our Birthday and Anniversary cditor@ponchatoula.com John Dudek Not so "Favre" from over,.. By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist Wow, how quickly the mighty have fallen. One season after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game, Brett Favre is back "leading" his team to the bottom of the NFC North standings. Last year, Favre had just two turnovers in eight home games. This past Sunday, he racked up four turnovers in one after- noon. Maybe o1' Brett should have just retired. The Vikings are now 0-2, and look nothing like the jug- gernaut that was supposed to challenge the New Orleans Saints 'for the conference's spot in the Super Bowl. So far this season, Favre has thrown just one touchdown pass, and four costly interceptions. There is some good news for the old guy, the sad-sack Detroit Lions come to town this Sunday, a team which Favre has perenni- ally dominated. If Brett and the Vikings can't beat the lowly Li- ons, it's gonna be a long season in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Now to some other things that caught my eye this past Sunday of NFL action. First off, in a match-up of Louisiana-born quarterbacks, dubbed the "Manning Bowl," big brother Peyton schooled lil' brother Eli on how to play quarterback in the National Football League. Peyton passed for 255 yards and three touch- downs in leading the Colts to an impressive 38-14 vic- tory of Eli's New York Giants. There seems to be a changing of the guard over in the AFC East, as the longtime lovable losers, the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots 28-14. It was a classic battle between a great offensive team (N.E), versus a hard-nosed defensive squad (NYJ). As usual, the team with the better defense prevailed. This is almost always the case, unless that team with the awesome offense happens to be the New Orleans Saints. The Saints disproved that theory last season by winning it all behind the precision passing of Drew Brees and the exceptional play-calling of Coach Sean Pay- PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 ,o E:=::=:=::3 Your Local Specialists ion II in (Any quantity - Large or Small) Go to ponchatoula.com or call , Times lntcrnct Edition -- www.ponchatoula.com/3times E-Mail: editor2i:ponc mtoula corn