Sorry, Clair -- and thanks for being a good sport


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Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 5:24 pm
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
To the best of my knowledge:

-- I did not refer to John Deere Classic chairman Clair Peterson as chairwoman in my Monday column. There was a mix-up down the line. That said, it happened with my face next to it -- in my allotted space. It's on me. Thanks for all the emails, phone calls and Facebook messages confirming Mr. Peterson is a man. And thanks to Mr. Peterson for being a great sport about the mistake.

-- The world would be a better place if we all wore flight attendant uniforms and wings.

-- You need a boost in life if your day can be saved by a pair of lucky sweatpants.

-- Nine-year-olds burping the name of the president and the vice president constitutes a civics lesson, right?

-- Proving you can slice-'n'-dice a Super Bowl party pineapple goes hand in hand with the doctor proving he can stitch the space between your thumb and fingers.

-- It doesn't matter how close the miss is, it's still a miss.

-- A 50-cent rise in the price of gas over 10 days is gouging.

-- Beyonce should sing more, dance less and continue to hang out with Destiny's Child.

-- Sadly, the world refuses to tire of Jimmy Kimmel, Kim Kardashian and paying millions for a silly Super Bowl ad. Not necessarily in that order.

-- The best part of the Super Bowl (the game, not the experience) was after the blackout. Thanks to whoever told the hamsters to stop running on the wheels.

-- It's time for some folks to focus on something besides the size of the first lady of the United States' backside. Seriously, who cares? I don't agree with her husband much, but she has been a great advocate for a number of fitness causes in her time in the White House. She's in better physical condition than most Americans and deserves a little "backside'' respect.

-- My Top 5 other things about the Super Bowl were:

1. CBS announcer Jim Nantz not giving up the microphone to that phony Ray Lewis in the post-game interview. And does Lewis wear eye-black to bed?

2. The Go Daddy.Com commercial. Sick? Yep. But it proves there is hope for all of us.

3. Paul Harvery's "Farmer Salute'' for the the Dodge truck.

4. Joe Flacco beating Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick in successive weeks.

5. Michael Oher, the subject of the movie "The Blind Side,'' winning a Super Bowl (he's an offensive tackle for the Ravens).

-- I have been fortunate to coach with many wonderful people through the years. Terry Stephens is one of them. Terry has stage 4 urethra carcinoma, which has settled in his left kidney. There will be a pancake breakfast, "Pitch in for Coach Terry,'' from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The benefit will be held at Huckleberry's, 223 18th St., Rock Island.




Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or jmarx@qconline.com.
















 




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  Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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