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by Alexandre Dumas



Monday, 12 January, 2004

Brett Favre. Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre . . . Brett Favre, Brett Favre.

I like the guy. Really, I do. And if I wasn't already committed to a particular football team, I would probably be a Brett Favre (and the Packers) fan. But Brett Favre (and the Packers) were playing MY team yesterday at Lincoln Field, and after the nail-biting was over, the EAGLES won.

Despite the fact that Brett Favre (and the Packers) are an excellent ball club and have been playing with an aura about them for the past several weeks. Despite the injuries that riddle the Eagles' team.

Despite the obviously biased coverage by Fox Sports.

It reminded me of the seagulls in "Finding Nemo." All they say is "Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine . . ." The Fox commentators seemed to be unable to talk about anything else: "Favre, Favre, Favre, Favre, Favre . . ." Luckily there WAS another QB on the field yesterday.

McNair, or something like that.

[We don't get no respect.]

Every once in a while, we all think about throwing in the towel and becoming self employed. Here's a guy who did that . . . 40 years ago . . . but now he's having some employment problems:

Homeless Squatter on Golf Course Evicted

MIAMI - A man who lived on a golf course for 40 years was told to leave because some golfers complained that he scared them.

Other golfers, however, said Kenny Bethel is harmless and should be allowed to stay at Palmetto Golf Course.

Bethel, 55, first showed up at the golf course after he ran away from home in 1963. He collected and resold stray golf balls, used the club's showers and toilets at night and slept in a sheltered area on the course that housed the showers.

"This course became my job and, later, my home," he said.

For the last nine years, he had been joined by his wife Francis, 43. They have since relocated to a space under a nearby bridge.

Bethel now gets chased away by the staff when he tries to collect balls. And the restrooms are locked at night.

"It's a huge dilemma," said Carlos McKeon, manager of Miami-Dade County Golf Operations. "We used to cast a benign eye on Kenny. But when a few golfers complained that he's trespassing and it's against the law, we had to get him off."

Bethel turned down a job in course maintenance because he wanted to be self-employed, McKeon said.

[Follow your dream, bud.]

Quote du jour:

"The test of a quarterback is where his team finishes."

-- Paul Brown (1908 - 1991) US football coach

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