As the 4th grade school year began its second semester in January of 1985, I met a girl. Well, we actually never officially met, but she owned my heart. I like to think I had a special place in her’s as well.
Of all the places we lived, I’d say that experience on the outskirts of New Orleans really started to mold my values in terms of cultural tolerance and respect for others outside of one’s own biological make up, in terms of race and creed.
Time eventually heals all wounds, and as the end of 1984 started to draw to a close, so did my anxiety of feeling like a social outcast in school in Mandeville, Louisiana. Although, in all the moves we would make, living there was by far the winner in terms of physical wounds.
(Note from the editor: Over the past season and a half, SBJ has put money in your pockets. His numbers speak for themselves. He has, however, done it behind a veil of mystery. This series has opened the door to the inner mind of SBJ, who he is football-wise and why he is that way. It is the endearing story of fandom lost, but found yet again. Be sure you catch up with the series if you haven’t here in Part I and here in Part II. Then, go make yourself some money.)
Mandeville, Louisiana was now home number four in just under my tenth year of existence. Of all the sociological transitions we made over those early years this would by far be the hardest to adjust to academically.
I can still remember the knot in my stomach growing tighter like a constrictor, once I could hear the high pitched squeal of the school bus brakes grinding to a depressing halt at the corner of my street.
My very first organized sports experience was playing T-Ball, at the age of seven in Flower Mound, Texas. We were the Cubs, despite the fact that our uniforms were yellow. I played first base, and chose number three in honor of the current Texas Ranger first baseman at the time Pete O’Brien. He played first, like me, and he had an Irish surname, so I was sold on my favorite number from the get go.
Let me clarify exactly what the final Classifications are that I’m listing in these Rundowns, just incase there is any confusion, and we are all crystal clear.
The Classification listed under the Picks is the Classification that we are taking in that matchup. It’s not the Classification result of the game. So, if you are scratching your heads thinking, “Why did he list the Week 4 GMEN @ VIKINGS Monday Nighter as a HOUSE DOG PEOPLES SPECIAL, when the result was a PEOPLES FAVORITE HOUSE CROSS?”, that’s why. It’s the classification we are riding with, but not the official classification result.
Did you even break a sweat with either of those total points picks? Of course not. Look, the fact is that The House has been bringing up the rear in all statistical categories thus far, and we all know, from last semester, that Vegas will eventually go on their run. This was a perfect week to call the Double House Under, and we hit it. Kudos, undergraduates. Keep reading for SBJs latest!