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  • Bill Chastain


Last week marked the 40th anniversary of Rocky, a wonderful movie that worked because Sylvester Stallone tapped into a theme that resonated with everyone: Lifetime loser finally gets a chance to overcome his past and make something of himself by giving his all.

Stallone looked like boxer in the original and we fell in love with Rocky Balboa, which is why we watched the progression of sequels that followed. Some were good, some not so good, but it didn’t matter. Everybody pulled for Rocky.

I’m sure Stallone made plenty of money with the sequels, which nobody can fault him for since he’s an actor and the idea is to get paid. To me the only detriment of having all those sequels, none of which measured up to the original, was that they diminished how great the original truly was.

Yo, happy belated anniversary, Rock.

You have to love this one from comedy writer Torben Rolfsen after he witnessed a squirrel run onto the field at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field during the middle of a game: “It was gathering cheese and beer for the winter.”

And from Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, addressing Nebraska having to play Wisconsin and Ohio State in back-to-back games: “The last time someone had a road test this stiff if was Lewis and Clark.”