Mitch McConnell Nothing Like John Sherman Cooper

This man is the most dangerous person in America. He got started being on the staff of John Sherman Cooper. Cooper, if he was here, would never speak to him. You will recall the Cooper- Church amendment cutting off funding and military operations anywhere but South Vietnam.  Then came the Cooper-Hart bill to stop funding for the ABM. { I hate using trite lines but the ABM was the most useless contraption in history}. JSC did not do any witch hunting but did not speak out against it either.   This was I think because until 1960 he would win special elections but lose the one for a full term.

This was odd and many referred to him as the Eisenhower Republican.  He won elections to fill out terms in 1952 and 1956.  In these two years  Eisenhower defeated Adali Stevenson for President.  Kentucky was one of the nine states that Stevenson carried in 1952 but not the second time. John Sherman  Cooper was among the 37 Senators in early 1966 asking Johnson to continue the bombing pause, started around Xmas 1965, over North Vietnam.

How McConnell got started working for Cooper is a real mystery.   In his book COMBAT,  Warren Rudman, said that “Mitch McConnell is”… tough humorless man and not one to cross.” Even his expression here shows a cold man who looks like demons have a firm grip on him. 

Aside from McConnell, there were two other Senators, Phil Gramm and Jesse Helms, who were basically mean and unlikable.  When Robert Dole left the Senate to run for President  in 1996,  Republicans elected  McConnell as their new leader.    This shows how low the Republican Party has fallen.  Gramm,  Helms, and McConnell look like a combination of Lawrence Welk Jackie Gleason, and Arthur Godfrey.








1994 Philadelphia at San Francisco: Eagles won 40 to 8

Week Five.  Philadelphia at San Francisco.  This game was a turning point for both teams.   After going 7-2,   Philadelphia lost the remaining seven games finishing at 7-9.  There was never vertical  drop like this in Eagle history.  Meanwhile,  San Francisco  won of all remaining games except for a meaningless  loss on the final week.  They defeated the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl 40 to 26.

For this game, however, the Philadelphia Eagles  were splendid.  There is something special in winning against the eventual Super Bowl winner.  Both clubs came in at 3-2.

Randall Cunningham went 20 for 29 for 246 yards and three touchdowns.  Charlie Garner carried 16 times for 111 yards.  Both Eric Allen and Andy Harmon recorded a pass interception.  William Fuller tackled Steve Young in his End Zone for a safety.




Cardinals In Town-Past Frustration

Both of these games were at Veterans Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals.

1999-Andy Reid’s first game as the Eagle coach was  frustrating  since Philadelphia blew a 21 to 0 lead at  the end of the first quarter.  After that, the facts of life set in.  It really seemed as if the Eagles, minus Duce Staley, took the rest of the game off.  Too bad as well; because the Duce carried 21 times for 111 yards and one touchdown. The Cardinals won 25 to 24.

2001- When you look at Andy Read’s time in Philadelphia, it should break into two parts, from the start until going to the Super Bowl, and then 2005 until 2012.  This loss, 21 to 20 in 2001 to the , was the most critical loss of the first era.  Had the Eagles won, they would have been in a better position in the playoffs.

The Cardinals jumped to a 14 t0 0  lead in the first quarter.  Kyle Varden returned a fumble deep in Eagles territory for a touchdown.  After that, Jacke Plummer threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Joel Mahavicka.  The Eagles fell behind 14 to 0.   They went to work with McNabb throwing two touchdown passes to Todd Pinkston and a field goal.   Eagles 17 Cardinals 14.  The Eagles put on a another drive which stalled on 3rd and one at the Arizona eight yard line.  There just 1:12 left in the game.   The choices here were obvious and Andy Reid opted for the field goal.

Arizona had not moved the ball since the first quarter.   It seemed a good bet that the defense could hold them one more time especially since a field goal was not on the table.  Unfortunately Jack Plummer threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Mar Tay Jenkins.  Not just one more time.

Ted Kluzewski II

From Pittsburgh Ted Kluzewski arrived in late August to the White Sox and gave their pennant hopes a boost. In one month,  Kluzewski batted .298.  In the World Series, Kluzewski in game one hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the White Sox  smashed  the Los Angles Dodgers  11 to 0.  In the sixth and final game, Big Ted hit a three run homer as the Dodgers won over the White Sox 9 to 3.  The Dodgers won the World Series four games to two.  Ted Kluzewski was the White Sox’ best hitter with three home runs, 10 runs batted in, and a batting average of .390.

The Los Angeles Angeles claimed Kluzewski from the White Sox in the draft for 1961, the first year of expansion.  In first game, Kluzewski hit two home runs and as the Angles defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7 to 2.  For the year Kluzewski hit 15 home runs, drove in 39, and batted .243.  The 15 homers were the highest  since 1956, his last super season.

In his 16 years in baseball Kluzewski had a .298  batting average,  279 home runs, and 1, 028 runs batted in. What would he have done had that back injury not occurred  in 1956.  

Ted Kluzewski-The First Muscleman

From 1949 to 1957,  Ted Kluzewski played first base for the the Cincinnati Redlegs.  His name was practically synonymous with home run power and top notch fielding at first base.  For a man of his size, Big Ted  could easily stretch himself  to record a putout or run down a pop fly.  Kluzewski was a fantastic sight as he came to  the plate.    His trademark, the sleeveless jersey,  revealed  his huge muscular biceps which came from weightlifting and throwing burlap bags  growing up on the family farm in Argo, IL. 

Kluzewski  claimed  that sleeves impeded  his swinging ability and there is a grain of truth in this assertion-but just a grain.  I think  Ted really wanted  to intimidate pitchers letting them know that he was home run waiting to happen. If  you at his statistics he really was.

Here are  just some of his statistics with the Cincinnati Redlegs from 1949 to 1957.  That last year he rarely played  due to a back injury.

scored over 100 runs in 1954 and 1955;

crashed over 40 home runs three times from 1953 to 1955 with a league leading 49 in 1954;

drove in over 100 runs three times from 1953 to 1955 with a league leading 141 runs in 1954;

hit over .300 seven times;

Most home run hitters strike out allot but not Klu.

After a brief stint with Pittsburgh, Ted Kluzewski was traded to the Chicago White Sox  Aug 28, 1959 in time for the Sep stretch run to the World Series.   New York did not make it to the World Series for only the second time in the 50s.








Films Received and still want

Request for Game Films

1964 Received  Pittsburgh Steelers  at Cleveland Browns.  John Henry Johnson raced for 200 yards  on 30 carries with touchdown runs of 33, 45 and 4 yards.  This was the best game of his career and a Steeler record for a single game.  Clarence Peaks carried 21 times for 96 yards.  Quarterback Ed Brown completed 9 of 11 passes for 126 yards.  The Steeler defense recorded no turnovers but did sack Frank Ryan four times for 21 yards.  The Steelers had 422 yards of total offense. The only mistake for my team was a fumble at the Browns five, which would have  turned the game into a real blowout.  As it is,  the Pittsburgh Steelers won 23 to 7  and were never in any trouble.

1968.  The mud bowl in the tradition of Thanksgiving Day football in Detroit.   I always enjoy games in the mud and this one, to me, was the best ever.  Coming in with a perfect 0-11 record the Eagles shutout the 3-6-2  Lions  12 to 0.   The Lions offense was nonexistent as the Eagles shut down both the pass and run.  The Eagles intercepted three passes. On the defensive line,  both Floyd Peters and Dave Lloyd   virtually eliminated the Lions running game.  Placekicker Sam Baker kicked one field goal in each quarter.   Joe Scarpati  showed some real skill holding the ball in a swamp.  I have a real condensed version on the NFL replay with Pat Summeral  and Tom Brookshier.   I would like some more of this muddy film.


1964 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants

John Henry Johnson gained 106 yards in 24 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 10 and 2 yards.  Clarence Peaks carried 15 times for 97 yards.  Peaks also caught one pass for 43 yards.  Ed Brown, playing only three quarters,  went 10 for 13 for 184 yards and two TD passes.  It was great seeing Brown on the sidelines,  giving reserves a real chance.  Pittsburgh recovered four Giant fumbles.  The first was Dick Haley in the Steeler End Zone breaking the Giants back early in the game.  The Steelers 44 to 17 win was the third highest score in Pittsburgh history.










Frank Overton played a DA on the Defenders

Frank Overton was a marvelous character actor who appeared in the recurring role of District Attorney William Bryant on the Defenders. Overton was  dignified and handsome with a flowing voice that drew attention to his role.   Overton and E.G. Marshall were courtroom adversaries but with a deep mutual respect.   In the movies, Overton’s most memorable role was that of General Bogan in the doomsday thriller  Fail Safe.

This is a summary of the The Defenders show the Invisible Badge.  The title refers to Charles Terranova’s view of his job as Prosecuting Attorney.  William Shatner plays Charles  Terranova

Charles Terranova is a young assistant District attorney. He prosecuted an elderly man for bookmaking and the man was found guilty. The bookmaker’s daughter contacts Paddy Birch for help. Birch is a political fixer – for a fee he uses his political contacts to get people what they want. Birch tells the bookmaker’s daughter that for $2,000 Terranova will tell the Judge to dismiss the case prior to sentencing. The bookmaker’s daughter waits outside a restaurant where Terranova is having lunch while Birch goes in to make the payoff. When Birch asks Terranova to dismiss the case, Terranova says that’s what he already intends to do.  No payoff being required, Birch keeps the money but does not tell the bookmaker’s daughter.  After the case against her father is dismissed, the bookmaker’s daughter turns Terranova in for taking a bribe.

What goes on here is a brilliant show of constructive tension as  DA Bill Bryan  interacts with Paddy Birch, Charles Terranova,  Mrs. Terra Nova, and Defenders Lawrence and Kenneth Preston.  For a good 20 minutes  Bryan virtually steals the show.

Paddy Burch is in the District Attorney’s office telling Mr. Bryan about the bribe.   Based mainly on his charge,  the Grand Jury indited Terranova.  After arriving at work,  Terranova finds his office cleaned out and goes to Bryan.  Coming with Terranova is Lawrence Preston, who will represent  young Terranova.   The DA does not like like prosecuting  one of the lawyers under his supervision.   He likes Charlie but has no choice but prosecuting him.   Bryan asked Paddy Burch to enter his office.  Terranova  is shocked and angered that he could lose his job and face a 10 year sentence based on the word of a con artist and political hack.   Lawrence Preston is angered as well but calms Terranova and they leave.

Afterword,  Mr. Bryan calls Burch back into his office.  “Paddy”, he says in anger, “you had better be telling the truth or so help me I’ll throw the book at you.”

After all of this,  Mrs Terranova  goes to the DA without her husband’s knowledge.  The strait laced Terranova would never have done this.  Mrs Terranova  doesn’t  understand that this visit,  as said earlier, could result in further  bribery changes against Charley and bury him in a virtual avalanche of accusations.   DA Bryan, showing concern for the Terranovas,  agreed not to mention this office visit.   He already has  enough information to follow up  with the indictment.

A conviction for Terranova means means disbarment,  a 10 year prison sentence, and a wreck of his whole life.   She then asks Bill Bryan how he can prosecute her  husband,  especially with their close working relationship.   Bryan states he cannot do his job if he lets personal considerations into the equation.   His entire focus is convict, convict, convict.   Not taking this approach makes him responsible for the entire process.  In addition to the prosecutor,  he becomes the defense attorney, the judge, the jury, and perhaps even the newspaper reporters.

Yet there is one time in this story where DA Bryan shows his concern for gathering all evidence.  In a private room, Lawrence ask Bryan to call a witness who will provide a complete picture of exactly what happened.  DA Bryan asks “Larry, you want me to call a person that will actually help you get the acquittal.  Why should I do this?’  Lawrence counters “Because you want a just verdict and you are a good guy.   Bryan agrees and calls the witness.  He is amazed that Lawrence, after all these years, still retains an optimist view of the human race. It is a marvelous clash between lawyers that is memorable.

At the trial, Birch can’t explain why he didn’t take his usual fee in this case. The bookmaker’s daughter has to be removed from the courtroom after her testimony because she starts screaming that everybody always wants to take advantage of her and her father. The  Judge in the bookmaker’s case is called to the stand and reveals himself to be a hanging judge who only dismissed the case because Terranova agreed to take responsibility for it.

Lawrence asks Terranova,  now on the witness stand, why he wanted the judge to dismiss the charge.  Charles explains his view of the case matched against his own ideals.   Basically Terranova says that the law must be an instrument of social justice.  In this case, the amount was so small  that  it could hardly be called bookmaking.  The arrest occurred only because a drive was on  against the rackets .  Finally Lawrence asks him Terranova  “Did you accept a bribe to dismiss the charges?  Terronova says no he did not.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.  Mr Bryan congratulates both  Terranova and the Prestons.  Bryan says he is glad to lose this one and looks forward to working with him.  Bryan turns to the protagonist and says.  “Paddy, this jury seems to think you pocketed the money.  In addition, they say you are guilty of perjury.  Maybe you will  have better luck with another jury.  But I doubt it.”  Bryan  wants to be the DA Paddy’s trial.

Frank Overton make this story great.