TALLADEGA – They weren’t really going to blow up something up on the speedway, were they? Were they?
The long-time Birmingham broadcast personality on radio and TV shares his memories with Anniston Star sports correspondent Mark McCarter.
“I remember Grant (Lynch, track chairman) and I were talking and we weren’t in favor of it. ‘Talladega Nights.’ What does that mean?” said Rick Humphrey, the general manager at Talladega Superspeedway when Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay conjured the notion of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
The youngest of seven boys, he left his Cullman home in 1949 to fight in Korea, that complex war in which our troops “answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met,” as the Korean War Memorial in Washington reads.
There are billboards all over Baton Rouge with the words “Louisiana Strong” written inside a map of the state, and “Recovering Together” in even larger letters.
“We discussed it and somebody said people are not going to get it,” said Chad Pearson, general manager for Cooper Chevrolet Buick. The dealership brain trust was “still kinda hesitant, but we said let’s go with it. We went with it, and the rest is history.”
I have learned, in my life and work as a sportswriter, that big-time Sports and big-time Politics are not so far apart in America. They are both a means to the same end, which is victory.
This soccer team has brought the country together, not with the “we’re supposed to win” attitude that permeates our state and our nation, but with rich anticipation of “what if?” and the sheer ecstasy of an international upset.
Pat Summitt had met an opponent more relentless than she. There is no beating Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
He was an agent for change. He was a complex man with many flaws. Writes Dave Kindred, who covered Ali’s life for a half-century, “The Ali who mattered and matters still was no saint.”
These days, media relations staff at big-time institutions are more typically masters of spin, deception, refusal and subterfuge. There is often a mutual disdain between the PR people and the media.
Roy Morgan. Chris Popham. Josh Turner. Steven Torbert. Krissie Davis. Those are names of Alabamians who, in the service of our country, were killed since last Memorial Day.
Mother’s Day has come and gone, and it got me to thinking about one of my favorite stories about a mother and an outfielder and a baseball record and the lesson we all need to remember. So, if you’ll indulge me this after-Mother’s-Day story to tell:
It’s led to still another embarrassing chapter in Alabama history. As one of the talk-show pundits noted, we have a governor accused of adultery, a majority leader under indictment leading the charge against him and the case to be heard by a judge who defied the Constitution by posting the Ten Commandments on a monument in the state judicial building.
One of the best racers who ever lived figuratively hands you the keys to his car. It’s unlike what happens when you’re 16 and your dad gives you the keys and says keep it slow. In this case, it’s drive it like you stole it.
Love. It’s pretty simple advice to serve as a foundation when the Alzheimer’s Association holds a Caregiver Conference on Thursday, April 21 at the Oxford Civic Center, beginning at 8:30. (To register or for more info call 1-800-272-3900 or contact Brandi Medina at email@example.com.)