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- to share a bit of the wisdom gained from many years in various leadership positions
- to express my personal political opinions
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
POINT PLEASANT HI SCHOOL CAN'T BE BEAT! Final Score 44-0 Huntington
What beautiful cheer leaders, and what enthusiastic cheers, what emotions, such spirit as they shouted to the world that Point Pleasant High School Can't Be Beat!
It was in 1946, a night game under the lights in Fairfield Stadium at Marshall College. The football game was between the Huntington Central High School's PONY EXPRESS and the Point Pleasant High School BIG BLACKS. I played right guard for the Big Blacks. I was only 15 but I grew up a lot that night.
I LEARNED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXCITING WORDS AND ACTUAL FACTS!
The sad facts was that the Big Blacks never stood a chance of winning, cheering not withstanding! It is about like the Akron Zips going up against the Ohio State Buckeyes this fall.
Grandson Riley with 3 years of football at age 12
Huntington Central was one of several high schools in the state's largest city. Point Pleasant was just a small, county school. The Pony Express was fed by experienced players with years of Junior High football programs as well as community teams. Most of the Big Blacks players were playing their first game ever--I was, thats for sure.
UH, I DID KNOW NOT TO GET IN A PILE UP--ITWAS ROUGH DOWN THERE.In this old black and white picture, you can see that I stayed above the fray! I was Number 59 on the extreme left corner of this picture. SMART GUY EVEN THEN! Un Huh! This was not a Big Black touch down as that's Bob Webb, left line backer standing with me, the left end. We were on defense and this play eveidently went up the middle, judging by the big pile up. I think that's Doc Eishenhauer in the forefront of the picture and little Billy Rairden on the extreme right?
Point Pleasant Big Black game in 1947
In my first game with Huntington Central, in '46, we lost 44-0. It got better in '47, my senior year. Well into the 2nd quarter of that game, the Big Blacks were leading. BEYOND BELIEF! The Pony Express played platoon football, however, an offensive and a defensive squad with special teams. Little Point Pleasant played the same 11 players for the entire game, including special team play. Except for rotating ends to bring in plays, eleven guys did it all!
In my senior year we played eleven games--I WAS CONSTANTLY ON THE FIELD FOR 43 OUT OF 44 QUARTERS! I played Right Tackle on offense and Left End on defense. I missed the last quarter of the game with Ripley with a cut over my left eye that required 5 stitches to close. There were no face guards on the helmets in those days. (We won that game 25-0).
TOWARDS THE END OF THE 3RD QUARTER AGAINST THE PONY EXPRESS, THE PLATOON SYSTEM STARTED TO TAKE IT'S TOLL! The first game of the year, still summer time hot, playing tired against constantly fresh players determined the final outcome.
Rickity, Rackity, Siss Boom Ahh, Point Pleasant High School, Rah! Rah! Rah! FINAL SCORE IN '47: PONY EXPRESS 43 - BIG BLACKS 13.
THIS IS NOT A BLOG ABOUT FOOTBALL!
Listening to President Obama speaking about America's deficit problem, WHICH HE HAS CAUSED, I was made to recall the cheering in the games I played against Huntington's Pony Express. The "cheering" was outstanding. The "facts" absolutely opposite. Sadly, too many good people cannot tell the difference!
President Obama, the cheerleader
President Obama is an outstanding Cheer Leader, unless his teleprompter malfunctions . He isn't worth squat when it's time to get down into the trenches. What our country desperately needs is a leader with proven experience, and years of recorded success, which this President has never had.
IT IS WELL INTO THE LAST QUARTER, FOLKS, AND WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY ON THE WINNING TEAM. We are up against the big boys, CHINA AND INDIA, AND THEY ARE PLAYING TO WIN!
THE OBAMA DEFICIT, PRESENT & FUTURE
The constant theme throughout Mr. Obama's speech was RAISING TAXES ON THE RICH. The theme of the Obama regime is the altering of our government from by Consent of the Governed to a government of CZARS and EXECUTIVE DECREES, bypassing the CHECKS and BALANCES of the people, the Congress.
You must get beyond his cheers, however, to plainly see the REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH.
Unlike the plan of Paul Ryan, President Obama never once said HOW he would win the game, he just chanted his CAN'T BE BEAT spill! Don't fall for his pretty words. Look for the facts.
Our Founders pledged their Lives, their Fortunes and their Sacred Honor: How can we do less? Your country needs you! Please get involved!