History repeats itself with avid sports reader

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In our household naturally the morning newspaper is an important part of starting our day. But, during our retirement years many times it is difficult to start the day off on the right foot. As a full-blooded newspaperman I want to be the first to open my morning paper.
I learned that routine from my father who would come home from work only to find sections of “his newspaper” scattered across the floor in front of his easy chair. I was the most frequent violator of the scattering because I was looking to read my favorite comic strip. It didn’t take too long before my habit was broken and I adhered to his rules.
Who says, “History repeats itself?”  Now, years later, I am having this dirty deed happen in our household by none other than my Betterhalf. And it is even more serious. The Betterhalf’s first grab is the sports section of the newspaper section.
Many husbands would love to have their wives be a sports fan and a wife who doesn’t grumble when the TV is tuned to a football game instead of the Hallmark channel. The Betterhalf is an avid sports fan -- particularly Husker football. She informs me of nearly all Husker sports stories the day before I’ve even seen the sports page.
In her defense she tells me she first reads her bridge column that appears in another newspaper section in an attempt to get her “sports read” before I complete my reading of the national and local news.
In frustration I keep reminding myself just how fortunate I am to have a Betterhalf who enjoys talking and watching sports. As I get older, that reminder is starting to sink in. Little known to the Betterhalf she is also supported by a quotation from the now-deceased Chief of the Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, who said: “I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”
Adding impact to all this is the fact the Betterhalf and I like the same sports teams!
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Speaking of sports, here’s another basketballer’s comment: “It’s better to have loved and lost a short person than never to have loved a tall.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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