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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2003        Wednesday, January 8 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Trophies for all

In response to my call for topics yesterday I received one suggestion. That came from Connie Cox: "Last night's sitcom, Yes, Dear, on CBS raised this question with us: Should everyone on the team get a trophy, or just the winner?" I feel a bit under informed on this topic, but it does seem worth discussing if others will contribute. Not having seen the show, I'm not sure the context and have to ask, if we're talking about a "team," how does it have a "singular" winner...is this the pitcher in a baseball team, or the high or final scorer in football or basketball?

Or is this competition of another sort? My general understanding is that in most competitions, if a team wins, the trophy is owned by all of them and displayed in its "headquarters," whatever that might be: an office, club meeting place, the locker room, a corridor of a school. It may be that the sitcom was also addressing another trend in children's sports that I've seen treated recently, for example, in Everybody Loves Raymond, in which the point was made that Little League games no longer have "winners and losers," but all are declared winners.

The "Raymond" show seemed to be saying this is counter to the whole point of sports, which seems true to me, even though I've never been a sports fan. Please, if you have either facts or opinions, or both, share them and we'll see how far we can get on this. As an aside, I believe David Caldwell said in one of his articles last summer that the Nanty Glo children's baseball teams cannot use the name "Little League," and I'm wondering if there's a connection there.

On another possible discussion topic, Connie added this: "FYI—Tucson has no 'no smoking' sections in restaurants. You don't smoke in any restaurant." This is also true of the whole state of California and has been for some years now; in fact, there's no smoking allowed by law in just about any enclosed public space. There has been some controversy whether it can also be extended to bars, but I'm unsure if that's resolved as yet. There was an initiative to do so, supported by waitresses and other employees of bars saying their health is no less valued than that of restaurant patrons and employees, or the passengers and flight crews on airline flights that now also prohibit all smoking on board.

I was somewhat surprised in my last visit to Pennsylvania to find that this "California first" hadn't made it that far east as yet. But it's also true in London and Paris...like Pennsylvania they still have much more tolerance toward public smoking than California and, now I'm told, Tucson. I have a feeling this is a topic that might generate some feedback. Please, speak up!

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Eight of 2002's top losers (last of series)

7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket (hellllllooooooo!).

8. THE GRAND FINALE (I LOVE THIS ONE!) Last summer, down on Lake Isabella in the high desert an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks new to boating were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22-foot boat going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down, and the prop was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. (Now remember...this is true.) Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

Speaking of sports....

Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.

—Yogi Berra

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