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1. Okay, what did you think of the Super Bowl?
As a person who has seen every Super Bowl on TV or heard it on the radio, it is refreshing to see a game that can come down to the last two minutes. That was not always so. I thought San Francisco could have run the ball at least once in the last drive. But that said, the Baltimore defense did its job. I just like to see a good game and I did this time around.
2. Do you think your buddy the President should at least try to make an effort to work with the Congress on this sequester situation?
First off, he’s not my buddy. I was for Hillary in 2008. Second, he better. It was his idea. He has a perfect opportunity because with the added number of House Democrats as well as some GOP members that are looking to get away from the Tea Party extremists, he can reach an agreement on something. But his team has to show the willingness to make the attempt. And he should start cracking because March is closing in quickly.
3. What was the menu at the LuLac household for the Super Bowl and were you invited to any parties?
Turkey/Sausage chili. And yes we were invited to a few parties but didn’t go.
4. On WILK last week, John Webster was talking about an old shirt he wore for years and did not throw out. You got anything like that in your past?
Yeah. A few. I had the GAR Grenadiers T Shirt an old girl friend bought me in 1975. I held on to that and wore it until it disintegrated in 2004. I also had a tee shirt that said “Still the Same” that I bought in 1981 at Lewis and Duncan. That bit the dust in 2006. I also had a Hanover Area 1990 Championship Tee Shirt that could have lasted another ten years but Mrs. LuLac dispatched that quickly. I’m still looking for a white button down shirt I bought in 1990 and a J Crew Cable Knit red sweater from the 80s that have gone missing. But my favorite was that GAR shirt.
5. What are your thoughts about the fact that over 600 people have died in Luzerne County from heroin overdoses in the last ten years?
Chilling. It proves the war on drugs was never won. It also shows just how insidious drug addiction can be especially among the younger people. I’m not sure there is will ever be any answer to this. When a drug sweep happens and people are taken off the streets, they are almost immediately replaced with a new supply of dealers and customers.
6. You referenced in past articles that your father smoked, what was his brand?
Raleigh’s. Came with a coupon on the back of the pack. I think Earl Weaver smoked the same brand.
7. Best and worst drive through for food in the area?
Best is the Dunkin’ Donuts on Scott Street in Wilkes Barre. They get you in there very, very quickly. Worst is the McDonald’’s on Northampton Street in Wilkes Barre. Runner up for the best is The Bake House in Edwardsville.
8. What do you think of the Paterno Family’s response to the Freeh report?
They have every right to make a response and were right strategically to wait until after the Sandusky trial and a year after Mr. Paterno’s death. The most impactful rebuttal is that the Freeh Report was done with witnesses who were not testifying under penalty of perjury. This will begin the process to rehabilitate the Paterno image. But in the end, those who were Paterno supporters will always be and those who won’t, won’t. What to me though about the Paterno legacy is this, the success of Coach Bill O’Brien with holdovers and not the cream of the crop in college football proves Paterno stayed too long at the fair. O’Brien infused a different aura and set of expectations. He was the right man for the job in more ways than one.
9. Did you catch that 5 overtime college basketball game the other night?
Yes. I rarely if ever watch any kind of basketball but nothing was on TV that night and I caught it from the first overtime. One for the ages.
10. Can you name one or two n things you hate more than winter?
Nazi Germany and blood blisters.
11. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Kate Upton again? Your thoughts?
I think Anna Davis would have been my pick but Kate Upton is certainly worthy of the repeat.
SI Model Anna Davis. (Photo Mercury News.com)
12. Who will be the front runner to be the next Pope?
Front runners rarely get picked, although Benedict XVIth was the favorite going in the last time and prevailed. You won’t see a Cardinal from North or South America although I think Marc Ouellet of Canada may have a chance because he might have the ability to build a coalition with the Latin American contingent. Papal elections are all about alliances and coalitions. It was the late Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia who helped John Paul II with his election. But I think after more than three decades out of power, you might see an Italian restored to the Papal throne in the person of Angelo Scollo, the Archbishop of Milan, which has been a historic launching pad. Pope Paul VIth, the last Italian Pope had that title before his election in 1963.
13. Did you ever have an imaginary girlfriend like that Notre Dame kid?
No. I had all the trouble I could handle with the real ones let alone made up ones.