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10 Sports II The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January 27, 1989 Rutter on ,.qDorts By DAVI" RU&apos;IER Befor, E: becoming kinder, gentler, we a few things to discuss In the interest of equanimity and brotherhood, I have decided to forswear being mean from now on. Sort of a kinder and gentler columnist. But before consigning my harder attitudes to the rhetorical scrap heap, I'm sure longtime readers -- both of you -- will forgive me for get- ting a few things off my chest. This being the swan song to orneriness and invective, I have decided to condense all the things I dislike into one compact gripe session. Ranging in no particular order: BOSSE FIELD: Is it too much to expect Evansville's politicians and "public servants" -- I say "HAW' to that term -- to step out front and at least pretend they care the grand old place sur- vives into the next century? It has been reported that Evansville Mayor Fran-KEE "Read My Lips" McDonald II has ex- pressed great relief that he's not stuck with such a monstrous white elephant, now that the school corporation has been hornswoggled into reclaiming its property, Like how you feel after getting a good trade-in price for a lO-year Buick with a soon-to- expire transmission. I would not presume to lecture the mayor or anyone else on the political coinage to be derived from doing public good. But it does seem likely that McDonald will not acquire any positive vibes for helping destroy the place. ("Bosse Field? Oh sure, I helped tear that down in 1990. We starved it for 20 years and it just sort of fell down on its own.") If you have decided that being part of the wrecking crew is not your position, there's something to be done. The Friends of Bosse Field -- no public servants, just average folks -- plan a Feb. 15 shindig at the Robert Green Convention Center in downtown Evansville. For $5, you can hobnob with pro athletes, have a good time and maybe pick up some auctioned memorabilia on the cheap. The money goes to build a fund to get Bosse Field back on its feet. Absent donating to help the human condition, this is the best money you can spend. Go. Have a good time. They'll need $200,000 eventually. Even Fran-KEE is invited. DICK VITALE: His oral excesses aside as a television sportscaster, Vitale has assumed the role of whimpering syncophant for college coaches -- a. group of which he once was an active but general- ly incompetent member. Most of his broadcasts recently have been devoted to railing against "Prop 48" and "Prop 42," the two measures ostensibly designed to br- ing higher academic standards to Division I-A col- lege sports. Vitale's position is this: Any NCAA rule that inhibits the basic purpose of college is wrong. The basic purpose of college is to provide a mechanism for basketball and football players to play on television. If you buy into his logic, academic ineligibili- ty is an unfair punishment. Being benched for a year by "Prop 48" is a stigmatizing brand. Being required to study for a year (and stay away from four-hour-a-day practice sessions) deprives the I Please Patronize Message advertisers! ! ]CI'()I'C %1)11 rllll, . . RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY i Hill Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wld e Delivery Duncan'kRiverslde Pharmacy DnlglPSundmm-COmneflol Magazines - "We Deliv" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 i Newburgh Pharmacy BILL REINE, Pharmacist Complete Prescdption Service and Health Supplies Phone 853-6166 ...... ..,:...:.,.,:%? :!::,.,::.,: ! : PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayer, Owner 2170 W. Franklin St. 425-7141 II Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescripffon Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. 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Because I'm a 49ers fan (mostly a Joe Montana fan), I reined in the natural tendency to yuck it up where he could hear. This was more than a temp- tation. It was virtually a compulsion. That's because Bengals fans were obnoxious and self-congratulatory -- at least leading up the game. They are somewhat more subdued now. So, I've decided not to say a word to him. I will sit there at my work station, humming quietly and being admirably productive. Eventually, he will come to me to start the argument, for I will not. I'm kinder and gentler these days. ii Call the Covenant House 9-LINE, a hotline for troubled youth and families, open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the U.S. 1-800-999-999 I I II I i ' For information on vocations contact: Father David Fleck, Vocations Office, 424-5536 Ext. 111 APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT THE MESSAGE FOR A NEW POSITION :..>:.:::g: .:. ::: :::<:: :,;:.'...:.: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::..::::::, .:.:.:.:..:..:. ,:::::: :>.:::::::::: :::: :::::::::::::::::: .:::: ::... :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :,:::::: ::.: :::::::::::.:::::: ::::: lii:::::::::::::::: ::'':: :'+':" :'" ': :>':"" .'2:":" :::':',:'.':':':'::" ':::':':':'': :":: :':" ' " ':: :": :''':"'''' ":' :::::':" "':: "':::": " "': :.:: :"":: :''" '"-' ''; :"" ": :"" .:::"":::>'-'-'.:5 f "'g:7 ":::::-'- ".5::" " ::::" :::,:: "." 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