Day: February 6, 2016

“NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football” by Johnny Anonymous

“NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football” by Johnny Anonymous c.2016, Dey St. $26.99 / $33.50 Canada 241 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Three points!  That’s all your team needs to win. Can they make it? You’re doing your part: you’re wearing your lucky shirt and hat. A stuffed mascot is nearby, the team logo hangs on the wall, and you had coffee this morning in the Official Team Mug. You’re doing everything you can for a win but, as in the new book “NFL Confidential” by Johnny Anonymous, other forces are afield. Johnny Anonymous came to football later than most boys. Looking to fill a void after his mother died, he joined his high school team as a freshman. Neither he nor his father knew a thing about football but Anonymous learned quickly, just as he learned that he had talent for the game. “Back in high school, football was fun,” he says, but in college, “it was a full-time job.” College ball was serious, both mentally and physically; it was also where Anonymous began to understand what football would do to his brain and body. He suffered injuries playing college ball and he considered quitting, but going pro was a chance to “make a… ton of money.” He was cut from his first pro team, through no fault of his own. He started as...

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The right time for Caillier

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Does anybody really know what time it is? Hopefully the Cailliers do. Mark and Kris Caillier have a large collection of clocks in their Keizer home. Let’s just say it is 20-plus. So many clocks, in fact, what do you do with one more? Mark got a clock at the Jan. 23 Keizer First Citizen and Awards Banquet as he was bestowed with the 2015 Keizer First Citizen award. It matches the clock he received two years earlier after being named the 2013 President’s Award recipient. “It’s the most important clock in the house, followed closely by the President’s Award one which I was honored with a couple of years ago,” Mark said. “My wife is really into clocks. If you don’t have 20 or 30 clocks in your house, what the heck?” Mark’s laugh had barely subsided when he was asked where this newest clock would be displayed. “In his office,” Kris answered immediately as more laughter broke out. Mark has long been of service to his community. He retired in 2003 after 29 years with the Salem Police Department. He served on the Keizer City Council for four years, has led clean-up efforts at the Keizer Civic Center, currently serves as president of the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association and leads the Claggett Creek Watershed Council. What clinched the award, however, was Mark...

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