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WES UNSELD: 1969 NBA “Rookie of the Year” WES UNSELD: MVP of NBA in 1969!

Unseld guards against the sky hook!

WES UNSELD: 1969 NBA “Rookie of the Year” WES UNSELD: MVP of NBA in 1969!

Unseld, the Coach

WES UNSELD: 1969 NBA “Rookie of the Year” WES UNSELD: MVP of NBA in 1969!

Unseld in College

WES UNSELD: 1969 NBA “Rookie of the Year” WES UNSELD: MVP of NBA in 1969!

Wes Unseld doing what he did best

WES UNSELD: 1969 NBA “Rookie of the Year” WES UNSELD: MVP of NBA in 1969!

Only two players in the entire history of the National Basketball Association have ever won both above honors during the same season—Wesley Sissel Unseld (1946—2020) and Wilton Norman Chamberlain (1936—1999)! And now both of them are gone, and we will probably never see this “double deal” accomplished again!

My buddy, THE FISHIN’ MORTICIAN
My buddy, THE FISHIN’ MORTICIAN

My buddy, THE FISHIN’ MORTICIAN

During the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to fish with my friend Trey Schmidt many times. Trey has a coveted ‘fin fish’ licenses on the Texas coast. He spends 3 nights each week ‘gigging’ for flounder, the majority he sells to Nates West End Bar and Grill, a popular ‘off the beaten path’ restaurant near just west of Jamaica Beach on the road heading from Galveston to Freeport. Trey can also harvest sheepshead (a great eating but often overlooked saltwater fish) stingray, crabs and a few other species.

Do You Remember #33 DUANE THOMAS?

Duane Thomas, Dallas Cowboy

Do You Remember #33 DUANE THOMAS?

Duane Thomas at West Texas A&M

Do You Remember #33 DUANE THOMAS?

Duane Thomas 1972

Do You Remember #33 DUANE THOMAS?

Duane Thomas more recently

Do You Remember #33 DUANE THOMAS?

My all-time favorite Dallas Cowboys players, in no certain order, are the following: Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Bob Hayes, Craig Morton, Danny White, Herschel Walker, Harvey Martin, “Crazy Ray.” And not one of these uttered my all-time favorite football quote. That was done by a man, who played a very short Dallas Cowboys career—DUANE THOMAS!

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Texas Outdoor Annual to go All-Digital for 2020-2021 Hunting, Fishing Season

In the latest change driven by the current public health situation, the Texas Outdoor Annual Hunting, Fishing and Boating Regulations will be going all-digital for the upcoming hunting and fishing license season, starting when licenses go on sale on Aug. 15. Due to the economic impacts of the virus, the Outdoor Annual booklets will not be printed, but the 2020-2021 season regulations will be available online through OutdoorAnnual. com and the free Outdoor Annual mobile app.

One-room schoolhouse boy never tried to be a “Big Shot!”
One-room schoolhouse boy never tried to be a “Big Shot!”
One-room schoolhouse boy never tried to be a “Big Shot!”
One-room schoolhouse boy never tried to be a “Big Shot!”

One-room schoolhouse boy never tried to be a “Big Shot!”

When I think of this player and coach, I also think of his players, John Stockton, who still wore the standard basketball shorts instead of the “pedal-pusher” style of later years, and Karl Malone, whom I always envisioned as a “Maverick,” when the two of them were running the “Pick-and-Roll” for two points time-after-time, even when their foes knew what was coming! Yes, these three men personified some of the best days of the NBA at the end of the 20th Century, when I was still young enough to play basketball with our Church Team in Dallas and with my sons on various courts in Forney, including sometimes the Themer driveway.

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