The LuLac Edition #222, May 13th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: FORMER COLTS AND DOLPHINS BACK UP QB EARL MORRALL, FORMER PACKER BACK UP QUARTERBACK ZEKE BRATKOWSKI, FORMER PHILLIES BACK UP CATCHER GUS TRIANDOS AND THE BLOG EDITOR WITH HIS MOM. MOM'S NOT SURE ABOUT WHAT I DO ON THIS BLOG THING BUT SHE'S OKAY WITH IT AS LONG AS IT KEEPS HER BOY OUT OF TROUBLE! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOM, YOU'RE THE BEST!
When I was a kid growing up, the NFL was still in its formulation stages. It was a golden age for players and many a young boy followed and emulated Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas. They were the crème de le crème of the NFL quarterbacks. Me? I followed the back up QBs of those teams, for the Packers Zeke Bratkowski and the Colts, Earl Morrall. As for baseball, while other kids loved Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, I cheered on guys like Gus Triandos and Pat Corralles. When I met Corralles at the Vet as an adult, I introduced myself as a fan of his when I was a kid. He looked glumly at me and said, "So you were the one!" My status of cheering for back up players was later vindicated when Gus Triandos, a journeyman back up catcher caught Jim Bunning's Perfect Game on Father's Day 1964 against the Mets. Anyway, Triandos and the two back ups came to mind this week when I received an e mail telling me that Wilkes Barre City Council incumbents have been contributing to their opponents in the primary races in some districts. Good government? Generosity? Good sportsmanship?
LAC COMMISH RACE IN FULL TILT
The Lackawanna County Democratic Commissioner's race is in full tilt this weekend. Evie Refalko McNulty is on the air with her funky eyewear touting her strengths with the message that voters can make history by choosing her as the Dem nominee, after a faltering start the Washo effort has seemed to find its message with a clear, crisp TV ad telling us of the candidate's business experience and Corey O'Brien is on the air saying he'll be ready from day 1 to lead. We'll find out very soon. In the meantime, just for fun, as reported in LuLac Edition #221, here's Corey O'Brien's airplane again. This is old style campaigning at its finest. In the 1975 Commissioner's race, a young James Barrett McNulty leased a train that ran through the Lackawanna Valley the weekend before election. It was regarded as an old time tactic that people would embrace and love. They did and he lost anyway. Came in dead last. Anyway, here's the link: http://www.brightcove.com/title.jsp?title=879697046