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Archie and the Mafia

Archie White the Hall of Fame baseball coach from West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia was a hell of a character outside of being a famous coach he loved his players and the opposing coaches. Archie didn’t necessarily get along all the time with either group but he respected them anyway.

One of Archie’s favorite competitors was Chase Riddle the baseball coach of the Troy University Trojans. As documented in Chase’ Riddle’s book by Bill Sanford, Archie and Chase were fierce…


Added by Gary Spillers on March 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Passing of a friend. Late 80's

            A friend of mine died today – a true friend.  I was once told that you could go through life and count the number of your true friends on one hand.  I believe that, and now I have one less finger to work with.

            My friend would sometimes look me in the eye and say, “I like you, don’t you ever forget that, I like you!”  He would then give me one of his “Hook ‘um horns” type patented handshakes - an honor bestowed not on many – only his “runnin’ mates,” “or…


Added by Gary Spillers on February 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Top Ten Things Not to Take On a Road Trip Based on experiences learned from the ultimate road trip in the book "Go West, Young Man...But Don't Come Back!"

1. An ex- girlfriend! Well if you do don’t make a platonic relationship agreement.  I did, and I slept  alone a lot on this trip. It’s better to leave your options open!

2. A tumble weed! Yep you heard right. I stopped in the New Mexico desert and retrieved a tumble weed that was mindlessly bouncing along in the desert next to the interstate that reminded me of myself at that time. I was later pulled over by a New Mexico State trooper and was asked ,”Son…


Added by Gary Spillers on February 6, 2012 at 9:37am — No Comments

“Bull Cyclone” Sullivan (The Toughest Coach ON OFFICIALS There Ever Was)

There is a magnificent seventeen page story written in Sports Illustrated  in 1982 by Frank DE Ford  about a  Mississippi Junior College coach was not only the toughest  coach that ever lived but was also the toughest on football officials as well. This story is the longest sports story  ever written in Sports Illustrated’s history , and in my humble opinion was way too short. The gentleman that the story was written about was named Robert Victor Sullivan but was so tough he had two nick…


Added by Gary Spillers on January 20, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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