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By GARY ARRINGTON
Sports Writer

As I sat down to write this column, there were many things zapping through my head to write about and most of them are the type of things that would have got me in trouble with the dean when I was still in school. I wanted to mouth off about this and that.

I used to get in trouble for inserting remarks in a teacher's presentation when it was not my turn. I would insert and then I would go visit the dean. Today that person might be called a vice-principal. The dean and I were good friends; we talked often my junior year. He often thought my remarks were good but that it was not my turn to talk.

The dean and I came to an arrangement. Before I would blurt out anything when I was not specifically called on, I would have to count to 10 and yes, for you smart alecks, I can count to 10. Anyway I would count to 10 and after 10 if it was still funny and appropriate, I was free to blurt away. It worked for me and I think it worked for the school since my remarks got cut by 90 percent. The dean greatly appreciated my senior year.

I have been asked by many of you for my next getting "unfat"column. I kinda got derailed. I hurt my knee hiking of all things. It is kind of ironic that I stop exercising because of exercise. My knee swelled up and I was incapable for a few weeks of putting my leg through too much work and so my routine came to a screeching halt. And that was that.

I have put a few pounds back on but I am ready to go again. I went to a specialist for bones and knees and things. I have known him for a long time, he had done a good job on my rotator cuff and I trusted him. He told me some very disturbing news. He said Gary, which is my name and all; you need to lose some weight. Whoa, tell me something I did not already know. Talk about a slap in the face.

I want you to lose 75 pounds and if you do, you will be just fine without any medical services by me. So now I have it officially, I must get back on course and continue my weight loss program. I have even bought a dreaded scale for the house, I am serious. And I really am, I want to continue having a good quality of life.

And now the other stuff that I wanted to write about, I can't do it. I was going to talk about basketball, specifically girl's basketball because of something that had been said, and I cannot do it. I counted to 10 and I would violate my own rules, so I can't.

I would like to express my opinion that this year's Lady Spartan basketball team was really good because of the players and the coaching staff. As a unit, these individuals just clicked. Unlike other teams in other times that have had the opportunity to do the same, this team did it. And in the words of Forrest Gump "that's all I've got to say about that."

But I would like to pick those two idiots at CBS Sports that thought they know all about college basketball and were offended at smaller schools being invited to March Madness. Classic example of people mouthing off about something when they know nothing about it. Rule number 1; never mouth off about anything when you are an idiot. It makes you look bad. Rule number 2; if you do mouth off, do not let it get to print.

So to sum it all up "Lose weight and listen." That is my new motto.


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