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February 2, 2013

The Daily Star Super Bowl XLVII Predictions

Rob Centorani

Staff Writer

I’ll bet you didn’t know that area high school graduates Nicholas Bell, Kevin Campbell and Matt Newman of Unatego; Bryan Bordinger and Cody Losie of Oneonta; Taylor Sohns and Jeremiah Warren of Delhi; Justin Plows of Unadilla Valley; and Will Neale of Walton were teammates of a guy playing in this year’s Super Bowl.

At least, I think they were.

The year was 2005 and it was the Ernie Davis Classic – an annual football All-Star game for Section Four seniors.

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones – a Union-Endicott graduate – played in the Ernie Davis game that season, as did the aforementioned players.

I’m fairly certain all of them played on the East team, but I can find no mention of that game anywhere online. And, of course, if it’s not online, it simply cannot be found.

It’s possible the local boys played against Jones, who went on to play for Syracuse before going in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

Now for the some things that have been bothering me:

… I couldn’t care less about player safety in the NFL. If players are worried about the long-term risks of their profession, then they shouldn’t be playing. I’m tired of guys being flagged 15 yards for playing football. So the league needs to put an end to this safety stuff. If not, I’m certain it will lose at least one fan.

… I’m upset Phil Mickelson had to issue a fake apology for complaining about his taxes. I about blew a gasket when I discovered the feds whacked $20 from my paycheck when the payroll tax extension ended in January. Mickelson is losing millions. If it’s true that he’s paying 62 percent of his earnings in taxes, he has every right to whine.

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