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Jackie Moon and Burning Your Chucks!

Kudos to Riley Graham for ringing up back-to-back three-point shots to give Berkeley Prep some “breathing room” (according to the Tampa Tribune) in their win over Tampa Catholic Tuesday night.

Riley is the third of Bob and Susan Graham’s three sons and it’s been fun following him some this season.

WillFerrellMay09 Will Ferrell (Photo by Guillermo Quezada)

I played a lot of basketball with Bob while in college and afterwards. Mostly I passed the ball to Bob, who put away better athletes with his sweet left-handed jump shot. When he moved to Tampa to work, I can still remember accompanying him to Port Tampa to play pickup games. On one occasion, a well-muscled, athletic man (who played football at the University of Louisville at the time) was covering Bob, who torched him with one jumper after the next. When the young man moved in closer, Bob blew past him, prompting one of the athlete’s teammates to taunt that Bob was “burning” his Chucks.

So it’s nice to see Riley paying homage to his father through his long-range bombing. Earlier in the season, Riley went off in a game televised by Bright House, prompting one announcer to call Riley “Jackie Moon” (Will Ferrell’s role in Semi-Pro), which really wasn’t a good analogy since Riley is a better shot. Just don’t call Riley a jive turkey.

Of note…

On this date in 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in the United States. Mark Twain’s classic was first published in the United Kingdom in December of 1884. Kind of makes you want to drift along the Mississippi, doesn’t it?

Just got glasses for the first time prompting me to examine my wife, Patti, and note: “Damn, that’s what all the fuss is about.” Yes, she still looks pretty good for 29.

Now that college recruiting season is over, you can turn your attention toward an equally worthwhile activity by following the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine from Indianapolis. Perhaps the Combine would be more significant if games were decided by the number of bench press reps a given player could do at the 50-yard line.

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