As a peace-loving, mild-mannered columnist, I try to have as few disgruntled readers as possible, preferring my readers comfortably gruntled.
But “Cathbarger” takes issue with my recent remarks about the South Carolina Gamecocks’ football uniforms:
“While reading your column today, I was disturbed to once again hear or read so many rude remarks about the ‘hideous’ uniforms that the South Carolina football players were wearing when they played LSU.
“Those uniforms were designed by Under Armour, who requested that they be worn at the LSU game.
“Under Armour, South Carolina and several other universities have a partnership in support of the Wounded Warriors program. (Did these people not wonder why we were wearing camo?)
“Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to this great program because of ‘hideous uniforms’ like ours.
“South Carolina fans would be appreciative of fans and writers telling the great story of these uniforms instead of continually ridiculing our players and fans.”
I get all that, Cath, and applaud the noble effort. Good for them …
But the question remains — did they HAVE to be that ugly?
One of the joys of New Orleans Saints football games comes after the game when the WWL radio sports talkers give their views on the contest and allow fans to chime in.
On Sunday I watched the Tampa Bay game on TV, but when I had to dash out for more wings after the game, I listened to WWL on the car radio and caught Bobby Hebert’s show.
Bobby, of course, is one of three iconic New Orleans commentators connected with the Saints over the years.
He was preceded by the late Hap Glaudi and the late Buddy Diliberto.
Three great voices — and not one of them with an accent …
Jam, jelly and pie makers can gain bragging rights by entering a contest at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Judging is at 3:30 p.m. Premiums will be paid, and participants get into the fair free.
Go to the fair website, http://www.gbrsf.com.
David Horton is now a graphic design professor at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, but in 1966-67 he sold jewelry and watches for Huey Wilson at the Wilson’s store on Florida Street:
“When working the afternoon shift I would have a great breakfast of steak and eggs next door at Top of the Tower.
“But on the day shift I always got a roast beef po-boy and a half pint of baked beans from Joe D’s market on Jefferson Highway.
“The beans were the best, and I’ve never been able to duplicate the taste. The point of this preamble is to ask if anybody out there has Joe D’s recipe.”
He’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey M. Beamon, of Prairieville, needs your help:
“I’m searching for photos of the once-hopping Bantam Club in Prairieville. It’s for my father-in-law, who boasts, ‘Smiley can find anything!’
“The pressure is on both of us …”
The address is email@example.com.
On Saturday “Paint for the Cure: Breast Cancer Charity Event” features an auction of canvas paintings by local artists, body art exhibits and music by local bands at 600 Main St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ally Bea of KLSU hosts the event.
Coordinator Brittany Harris says sponsors are welcome. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Algie Petrere: “Elections should be held on Christmas. That way, if we don’t like whom we elect, we can exchange them.”
Mariano Hinojosa says, “My daughter-in-law is a middle school teacher in Salt Lake City.
“Recently she asked her eighth-grade class for their thoughts concerning a finding that Utah leads the nation in ice cream consumption.
“One young man offered the following explanation: ‘Maybe we have a lot of depressed single women in Utah.’ ”
Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
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