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by Tom King

Everytime I see some young person with a big hunk of chaw in his cheek I think about the gory pictures I've seen of the throat and neck cancer patients that had parts of their jaws and face removed because of the damage their habit had done. "Just a pinch between the cheek & gum" may have made former Dallas Cowboy Walt Garrison some cash back in the day but he probably would have traded it all to not have the cancer that came later. And now we have the death of Tony Gwynn at the age of 54. . More cancer in the head and neck which he attributes to his use of chewing tobacco. I smoked cigarettes for years so I know the difficulty of quitting a bad habit even if you know you are doing long-range harm...and I know that many teanagers and twenty-somethings think they are indestructible...but a death of a top athlete at the age of 54 should give even the most ardent chewer pause. And a reminder that every day is precious and no one is immune from the bad choices we make in this life.

Team USA got it done last night...scoring in the first minute and getting the game winner in the 2nd half for a 2-1 win over Ghana. Clint Dempsey got the first one and also got kicked in the face resulting in a broken nose. John Brooks got the game winner. The Americans will play banged up Portugal on Sunday.

The Brewers blew open a tie game in the 8th inning to beat the Diamondbacks, 9-3 in AZ. No worries for me with this team

And no worries about the Woodchucks as they won again. This is a good team and I wont be surprised if they are a playoff team as well. They have moved into second place in the South. They scored 6 in the first inning last night on the way to an 8-1 win over Kalamazoo. The same two teams play again tonight at Athletic Park.

Stevens Point begins play at the high school baseball state tournament with an early wakeup today. They face defending champion Sun Prairie this morning at 8am weather permitting at Fox Cities Stadium in suburban Appleton.

Music News

Watch for an upcoming BBC documentary called "Genesis:Together and Apart". It's the story of the band from the beginning and is getting the cooperation of everybody involved including Peter Gabriel who will be reunited with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Tony banks for the first time since 1975.

Also Jeff Lynne will be hitting the stage with the other members of ELO for the first time since 1986 for a London concert in Hyde Park on Sept 14th. Blondie, The Pretenders and Billy Ocean are also on the bill.

Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway-Genesis (1974) title track from the last album featuring Peter Gabriel

Showdown-ELO (1973) from the "On The Third Day" album. Jeff Lynne is one of those voices that is instantly recognizable