Sunday, January 10, 2010


By Your Athletic Supporter, Jack Strap

Two "sports" items particularly caught my attention in today's Reading Eagle
(note I avoided all the Eagles losing stories) & you don't have to live here to appreciate them.

The first is that YOU CAN VOTE (no matter where you live) for the Best Berks County Sports Figure. My choice is Kerry Collins who led Wilson High School to the PA. State Championship Game, went on to get screwed out of a National Championship at Penn State in 1994, and is an NFL veteran of 15 years who also led the N.Y. Giants to the Super Bowl. Others you can vote for include Allison Baver (Olympic Speed Skater), Pete Carril (Reading HS, Princeton & NBA Coach), Rocky Colavito (Baseball), Carl Furillo (Baseball), Chad Henne (Football), Stu Jackson (Basketball), Betsy King (Golf), Kristy Kowal (Swimming Olympian), Donyell Marshall (Basketball), Michael Matz (Equestrian), Rick Mears (Racing), Lenny Moore (Football), Roger Penske (Racing), Andre Reed (Football), Gene Venzke (Track & Field Olympian), and Charlie Wagner (Boston Red Sox organization 1938-2006, as well as friend of my pal Jack Devlin). A lot of worthy choices there, so YOU CAN VOTE now by emailing your selection to

The other item related to "SWIFT ACTION" by a Dunkin Donuts employee during an attempted robbery with a knife. After not giving the robber the money he demanded, the employee initially fled the store out the backdoor & the robber tried to follow him, but the employee held the backdoor shut so the robber couldn't escape. The robber then tried to get out the front door, but the employee beat him there & held that door too after running around the building. The robber then ran back & forth between the doors several times only to be stopped each time by the speedy employee. As the robber finally escaped, the police arrived & apprehended him. The employee would appear to have the speed & anticipation skills of a good defensive back which is the sports tie-in to this story.

So to tie these two "sports" stories together, take SWIFT ACTION & YOU CAN VOTE Now for the Best Berks Sports Figure.

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