Stagner pays tribute to Jim Ricks, longs for warmth
by Monty Stagner
Apr 02, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Greetings kind readers, it’s been a rainy cold week and I have never thought of moving to Florida so much or so often. What may be grand weather for football, where everyone grins and talks about how perfect it is, is plain miserable for baseball.

The cold goes straight to the bone when you know you’re supposed to be wearing shorts and eating grape sno-cones.

Even with the fans wearing parkas, the young Trigg County Wildcats are coming alive and learning how to win. They had a somewhat rocky road-trip start with Christian County’s Tyler Gilliland on the mound, losing 6-0, then traveling to Russellville losing a close one 5-4, before beating Todd Central 7-1 at home later in the week. I’ll fill you in on more in a minute, after I share with you, my considerate friend, what’s been on my mind lately.

I have never been accused of thinking much. In fact I think I went for years with a sign stuck on my back saying “Remind this person to think”. If I had a nickel every time a teacher told me I needed to think, or someone told me to use my head I would have, well I’m not sure how much I would have but it would be a lot.

That being said, I recently heard a national politician’s wife state how she was for the first time in her life proud to be an American. That set me to thinking.

Now I am fully aware that everything a politician or anyone around them says anything it is immediately sent to a rival’s “think tank” where the “spinners” work their magic and turn it into negative gold. But anyway you cut that statement I am on the other side. I never understood the folk who are ashamed of being a citizen of this great country.

Folk who are more than happy to take the rap for every problem known to modern man, as long as the good old USA is the culprit.

I said all that so I could say this; I’m proud to be an American, I’m proud to be from Trigg County (the only place I’ll ever be from) and I’m proud Jim Ricks was my cousin.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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