Iquit Wrestling

Teen Wrestler Says Uncle, Forfeits Match

A 126 lb. wrestler for Iquit High School said uncle just seconds before he would have been pinned at the Regional Championship in Belfast, Ohio yesterday. Teammates, coaches and fans are grappling with all sorts of emotions following the bizarre incident that resulted in a forfeit for both opponents. “He had the left side of my…

Karate Dad

Dad And The Magical Elixir

Dad kept a bottle of booze in the pantry when we were growing up. He never drank from it. It was for medicinal purposes. If he smashed his thumb and it turned into a mangled lump he could pour the booze on it to relieve the swelling. He smashed a lot of thumbs back then.…

Phil-Collins-Dont-Lose-My-Number

Billy Loses Phil Collins’ Number

A man authorities are calling “Billy” has been frantically searching for British pop singer Phil Collins since April. Billy, you may recall, was asked by Mr. Collins in 1985 not to lose his number. After nearly 30 years Billy lost the number, and he is trying to get in touch with Collins so he can…

Snodgrass

Snodgrass

This short story by Mike Sajovie appears in “Sleigh Bells and Muckrakers” (copyright 2013). The italicized portions were borrowed from Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat” – an American poem that was published in 1888. J. Lewis Snodgrass was a self-proclaimed journalist who challenged baseball owners to change their ways or face dire consequences.…

img254

A House Talks About Family Trees

On my door hangs an American flag that ripples like gentle waves on warm summer days. Inside there are things. Things made by people, much like the flag on my door. The bookcase has little square cubicles for laying paperbacks and textbooks flat. A myriad of streets and hamlets that tell stories about faraway lands.…

Sprite Boy & Santa Claus

Beloved Coke Mascot May Have Been A Pepsi Drinker

The average person born after 1940 believes that a sprite is a supernatural, elf-like creature who lives in the woods and consumes more carbonated beverages than 75% of all European nations. Sprite Boy, the silver-haired icon from 1940s Coca-Cola advertising, helped increase sales for the soft drink giant during WWII. But did his heart beat…

Chet

Will Chet Get To 2nd Base?

Chet spent several years in the minors bouncing from team to team. He was primarily a shortstop, but would occasionally switch to 2nd base. The night before a game against St. Paul he got a call from Lester, the manager. “I may need you to play 2nd base tomorrow. I’ll call you in the morning…