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Sherwood Harrington

I was a pretty good pitcher in my teens -- sort of. I had a top-notch fastball in terms of speed, but not always a good idea about where, exactly, it was going. Some of the Catholic kids on opposing teams would cross themselves not only when approaching the plate, but between every pitch. Those kids I KNEW I could get out if only I didn't actually hit them because I also knew they weren't thinking much about hitting the ball.

Also: "Aside from really knowing her football, she's an attorney who can analyze contract and labor issues in the game..." It's a sad, sad day we've come to when a law degree is a distinct asset for a sportswriter.

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