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December 03, 2008


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"bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow." only a genius could write that line. pretty weary of tommy lee jones. i'll bet i'm the only one on this site who knows where jones played his high school ball. also, calvin hill. (no googling allowed!)

And you don't look a day older than you did in 1970!

OK, I'll bite. Where did Jones play his high school ball? And Hill (who didn't sit for an interview with the filmmaker)? One of the Yale defensive backs, a very likable fellow, recollects playing on one of the High Holy Days with the blessings of his orthodox father, a football enthusiast: "you play, I'll pray."

I know! I know! Pick me! Pick me! He went to W.'s high school, in Crawford or Midland or wherever W. went. Right? Or maybe Laura's high school; did W. actually grow up in Texas? One of those high schools, though; I know he's from Texas, I read it in the Sunday supplement. How can you be weary of T L Jones? He's an actor, for heaven's sake; we don't even know him. I think he went to Iowa for a year after Harvard, in a theater workshop; I like to think of him walking along the Iowa River, dreaming of getting out of this burg. Calvin Hill, I have no clue. Sounds like Boston, though, doesn't it? The place where they burned Quakers, maybe.

Did W. go to high school?

jones went to a private schol. i believe it's called st. paul's, i think in dallas. hill also went to a private school: i think it's called riverdale country school, or riverdale country day school, outside nyc.

jones was a certain type of athlete who typically played guard -- fast and agile but small for a lineman. however, jones was not really small for the ivy league. today, there's a good chance jones would not even have gotten a chance to play because there is so much emphasis on size. i'm sure jones was a good player but i have a prejudice against texas football players who talk too much, especially about al gore, even if in a drawl. there are exceptions: i like earl campbell because he never talked much, and certainly not about al gore. tommy nobis was a great college player with an amazingly thick neck who didn't get much recognition in the pros in comparison with dick butkus, and he never mentioned al gore. bum phillips was a charismatic coach who could also drive a tractor, and his son is now coach of dallas cowboys.

hill was a really solid running back with a definite mean streak. unlike jones, he could probably have been a starter on any college team, then or now.

anyway, it's the day of the army-navy game, one of the few football games i always try to watch.
-- mitch s.

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