BRACK: An eerie moment after reading a south Georgia newspaper

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher |  Today is catch-up day, with a couple of items to write about.

But first: the day after writing last edition’s perspective, I got a jolt.

You may remember that the beginning of the last perspective, I mentioned a funeral for the first victim of the war in Viet Nam from where I then lived, in Jesup.

So it was somewhat of an eerie feeling the day after I wrote that item, that I picked up The Blackshear (Ga.) Times and read a front-page story about that same death. The deceased veteran’s family had moved to Jesup when the soldier went off to war. But he was a graduate of Pierce County High in Blackshear, where he had grown up.

It was such a coincidence of me first writing a column remembering the young man, and then the story that the Blackshear newspaper had, that I thought Gwinnett readers should know of the story. See Another View  by Robert Williams.

THE NEW NICKNAME of the Gwinnett Braves is something that lots of people in Gwinnett are talking about, with many sending in entries of suggestions for the team name.  Though the deadline has passed for suggestions for the new name, we all look forward with interest for the name, which will be announced in October.

There are some whoppers of names that other sports teams have adopted.  Perhaps the worst nickname we can think of is that of the Savannah, Ga., baseball team in the Coastal Plain League.  Some of you have shaken your head about this name: the Savannah Bananas!

Of course, some may think that the Bananas was a better choice than another name of the Savannah baseball team once had: the Sand Gnats!

How about some other unusual names?

  • Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Iron Pigs.
  • Wichita (Kan.)Wingnuts.
  • Orem (Utah) Owlz.
  • El Paso (Texas) Chihuahuas.
  • Modesto (Calif.)Nuts.
  • Fort Wayne (Ind.) Tin Caps.
  • Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums.
  • Norman (Okla.)Corn Belters.
  • Topeka (Kan.) Train Robbers.
  • Akron (Ohio) Rubber Ducks.
  • Toledo (Ohio) Mud Hens.
  • Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels.
  • Hershey (Pa.) Smores.
  • Albuquerque (N.M.) Isotopes.
  • Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits.
  • Hartford (Conn.)Yard Goats.
  • Batavia (N.Y.) Muck Dogs.

Then there’s another sports name in Georgia that we must not overlook: in hockey, The Macon  (Ga.) Whoopees!

There are plenty of other sports teams names that confound you.  So, no matter what the Gwinnett Braves pick as their new team name, anything will have to be better than the Savannah Bananas!

MAJOR PRINCIPLES:  In our everyday life, we are constantly reminded of several time-tested ideas that have grown into recognizable “laws” that affect our everyday lives.  Here are a few we are constantly reminded of:  

Murphy’s Law  (1942) “If anything can go wrong, it will.” 

Newton’s Laws of Motion:

No. 1: “A body continues in its state of constant velocity (which may be zero) unless it is acted upon by an external force.”

No. 2: “For an unbalanced force acting on a body, the acceleration produced is proportional to the force impressed; the constant of proportionality is the inertial mass of the body.”

No. 3: “In a system where no external forces are present, every action force is always opposed by an equal and opposite reaction force.”

And then, perhaps one we all see in so many ways in our everyday lives, the famous:

Peter Principle: “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”

Have a good day!