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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES , PAGE 2-A Dave Berwick By DAVE BERWICK Times Columnist When I was young in the 1960's I use to smoke Hav-a- Tampa Cigars they were made with the most unique wooden tipped mouth pieces you could imagine. The wooden tip was part of the cigar. I use to won- der how they made those tips. Then in 1970 my ship stopped at the "Tampa Bay Drydock And Ship Building Yard," af- ter successfully completing an around the world trip. The shipyard was owned by George Steinbrenner who later bought the New York Yankees, making that investment the best of the Twentieth Century. But the point is I got to Tampa in 1970, but the Stein- brenner's were there long be- fore that! So as you can see I like Tampa Cigars, port of my arrival back into the good ole USA after an around the world cruise, and all. So it is, as you can plainly see, how it saddens me to have to write the following about the people of Tampa. They, meaning not only Tam- pa City limits people but the people of the whole surrounding area, have been found guilty of the greatest crime known to humanity, that being baseball neglect and indifference. Woe to you Tampa! Do you the peo- ple of Tampa think that such a crime will go unpunished! You will be doomed! What a fate awaits you? After the 2010 sea- son the team will be broken up and the players scattered away! And you the remaining inhabit- ants of Tampa will be left deso- late! And worse yet, you will be left with a losing baseball team never again to contend for the division title, much less the World Series. I know you wish you could go back in time. Do things differ- ent. But you cannot! Regret is all you have now. But you could have saved yourself. So actually you have no one to blame but yourself and I must confess that makes you a winner because a winner always blames himself while a loser always blames others. But the guilty stain could have been avoided had you gone to the temple of baseball and worshipped! But you would not! This resulted in poor atten- dance at the ball games. Unfor- givable. Let's examine the record. A study of the attendance record shows that on average 27,000 attend. Are you kidding me? There should be over 60,000 ev- ery game! Woe to you inhabitants of Tampa. Woe indeed. You have been given not only a baseball team but a team that could win the pennant, but wait I'm not through with this indictment, you have been given one of the best baseball teams in the his- tory ofbasebaU. And how do you respond? 27,000 fans per game is ridiculous. Oh, if you had supported your team you could have not only won the World Series one year, but many years, dare I say Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. 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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 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 -- Tennessee 14, LSU 10. And clock. Then all hell broke loose. that's when the real fun began. Miles inserts ineffective quar- Due to a penalty against the terback Jordan Jefferson into Volunteers from Tennessee forthe game and calls for a quar- having 13 players on the field, terback sneak that was as un- the Fighting Tigers from Loui- successful as it was ignorant. As siana State University had one Jefferson tries to get to his feet last chance, and they made the and reset the troops, the clock most of it, scoring on a one yard is ticking away and the game is .... touchdown plunge by running quickly coming to an end. 3 back Stephen Ridley. Then Miles decides to sub- It really should have never stitute what seems like half of ....... : come to that. LSU was in prime the team. Players are shuffling position to win the game, and in and out and when everyone once again, idiocy struck LSU is finally lined up and ready head coach Les Miles and histo run the next play, disaster Barbara Ernest band of oblivious coaches, strikes. The ball is snapped over Without a timeout left, Miles the head of LSU's quarterback, inexplicably dialed up some of the time runs out and the game the most puzzling play calls in is over. All I kept saying was recent memory. On first downWOW. I couldn't believe Miles Tiger quarterback Jarrett Lee hadn't learned his lesson after couldn't find any open receiv- watching his team fall victim ilml. ers, so he promptly threw the to such gross clock mismanage- By JOHN DUDEK ball out of bounds to stop the PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Times Columnist By RNEST Wow. It happened. Again. Times Sports Reporter Les Miles still cannot properly An impressive 38-13 victory manage to figure out how a in Covington began with Pon-clock works. chatoula's initial drive of the In football, it starts with 60 minutes and ticks down until game fueled by tackles courtesy of Kinchen, Byers, Lipps andit reads 00:00. After that, the Cummins. scoreboard determines the win- Faced with a fourth and 12 ner and the loser. This past Sat- situation, Covington is forced urday it was a little different. to punt and Grannison gets the As the clock read 00:00 the ball and makes good yardage,first time, the score board read to the Lions' 30. Then Callais takes it on a keeper to the six, thanks to good blocking. Dana Hendrick makes the touchdown and Watson makes the extra point. On the kickoff, Watson stops a Covington touchdown run with a tackle. Ponchatoula draws a holding penalty to give Covington a first down, but the snap goes high and Covington loses yardage. Then Caleb Muse intercepts a pass and with good blocking from teammates makes a 74 yard touchdown run with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. That put Ponchatoula ahead 13-0. Chip Watson foils a Lion touchdown with a tackle. PHS then gets a facemask penalty, giving Covington a first down on the 31. Kinchen tackles the runner. Kelly halts the Lions with a loss. Covington gets to fourth down and 11 and draws a pen- alty for an illegal substitution and they have to punt. Pon- chatoula gets the ball on their 22 yard line. Ponchatoula is put in a po- sition where they have to punt and Covington turns it into a yardage gainer but is blocked by Jake Lipps, Byers and Kinchen. Casnave of the Lions drives down to the one, and then Cov- ington scores with 6:19 left and makes it a 13-7 ballgame. Villard runs to the 50 with the kickoff following the touch- down, and then Byers gets to the 26 on a pass from Callais. Callais then keeps the ball and gets the first down. Progress is halted by a missed field goal. Holland races to Ponchatou- la's 31 from the kickoff to start the third quarter. Callais keeps the momentum up, taking the ball to the one foot line, and then scores on a keeper: score 19-7. Covington tried to mount an offense but before too long PHS was dominating. Cole Cummins nearly intercepts a Covington pass, and Covington has to punt. That sets up a pass from Callais to Holland for an over-50 yard touchdown. Watson attempts 1~[~~~~~,.~ I~ an extra point but misses. Covington scores from the 32 r----m r-------a: at the start of the fourth quarter. A Lions offside kick is snapped ,' , iJ up by Byers. Rocket fire from the arm of Callais takes PHS Your Locol Speciolists down the field until the quar- terback connects with Holland PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Please Notify I1" Us Of Changes You Wish Made In our Birthday usiness and mk IB Anniversary (Any quantity- Large or Small) Greetings Go to ponchatoula.com or call editor@ponchatoula.com