While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. A sad farewell to 17 American-Statesman colleagues, including four of my closest buddies in sports who announced their retirements recently, although a few won’t leave until December. The perpetually hyper Mark Rosner brought basketball wisdom like few others. Crusty Randy Riggs, Cleburne’s finest, who arrives at press boxes before the gatekeepers, can write any story on any sport and make deadline every single time even though his idea of a hot time on the road is being the first at the McDonald’s drive-thru for a sausage biscuit. Irreverent John Maher was always the smartest, wittiest person in the newsroom and covered Formula One like no other, and we forgave him for being a Spartan/Buckeye apologist. Man’s man Mike Leggett was a consummate storyteller whose prose embarrassed the rest of us hacks. They and 13 others will be sorely missed, but we will make up for them because my pal Ced Golden has agreed to double his workload.
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