BILL NEAL :10 Curtis Martin will go into the NFL Hall of Fame as quiet and soft spoken as any man can and for those of us that had the pleasure of knowing him you know two things about Curtis is true. No. 1 He is a soft spoken man and No. 2 he was a tough, quick, no excuse, get it done, never say die, consistent, durable running back. Who among us, who can think back to his days at Allderdice or for that matter at Pitt, thought that he would become one of the top five running backs in Pro Football history? Congratulations Curtis, you deserve all you’ve achieved; and Congrats to you too “Mama Rochella” you played a major role in your son’s success.:09 I am rolling this in at #9 because… If it ain’t the Steelers it don’t matter…but I told ya the Giants would beat New England. Oh shut up and just check your Courier last week and you’ll see it. New York won the game not because of Eli Manning but because they have a tough hardnosed defense and you all know defense wins championships.:08 Speaking of the Super Bowl, I don’t know where you watched the game but you should have been at J.T’s Restaurant at “The Club” in Monroeville. We kicked it off with a special two hour taping of “Champions Live” sports talk show followed up by a great crowd enjoying the game with the best soul food money can buy.:07 Speaking of the club…are you starting to see the flow here? Artistree blew up the Champions First Friday old School Par-tay with their classic old school style, great stage presence and second to none vocals. Then you throw in the unbelievable voice of veteran performer “Chico,” a super talent who got the crowd heated up…not warmed up, the craziness of Pittsburgh comedian “Frog” and of course the fabulous Diamond Models. Now you mix that all together with 250 of our best First Friday supporters and MAN you got a PAR-TAY!!!:06 There’s one way and one way only to stop Lebron James but it’s not legal and you will get jail time. Another 30-point game…Lebron C’MON MAN!:05 It’s a shame that I have to keep reminding you all of this but I do what I have to do. Get out and support your local high school basketball team. The playoffs are coming and “OUR KIDS” need your support so stop with your excuses and get off your “BUTT” and go to the games. And not just one…keep going until they are done!!!:04 Eli Manning now joins a super group of elite quarterbacks that have won two or more Super Bowl MVP’S including Terry Bradshaw, Bart Star, Joe Montana and Tom Brady. What’s wrong with this picture? And for the record I could challenge if Eli was the MVP of the Super Bowl. It could have been running back Ahmad Bradshaw or punter Steve Weatherford.:03 If Coach Herman Edwards knows so much about football how come he didn’t show it when he was coaching. I don’t usually do this but here’s your second… C’MON MAN!!!:02 Pitt Basketball is back, that’s it, I told you they would be.:01 AT THE BUZZER:•Don’t’ miss “Champions Live” sports talk show on PCTV channel 21.•Five Starr Corporation/Champion Enterprises “Tip-Off” Reception at the Cambria Suites Hotel Feb. 17, 6-10 p.m. Meet and greet Pittsburgh’s African-American authors, Artistree and The Fabulous Diamond Models. Cash bar, cash kitchen, free parking, photos with your favorite star. $20 donation celebrating Black History Month.•“Volley With The Stars” volleyball tournament coming soon. Get your team ready for more fun than you can stand. More info coming next week.~Game Over~
‘THOSE comments are disturbing to many of us,” said Arnoldo Torres, who worked in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign last year. Torres was referring to the governor’s private remarks on immigration and Mexicans, remarks that were recently made public. The comments, part of a recording that included Schwarzenegger and his staff discussing issues, were recorded and temporarily stored in the governor’s Web site before eventually making their way to the press. Some of Schwarzenegger’s comments are obviously offensive, not just to Latinos but also to every Californian. In one instance, the governor says that Mexicans make no effort to assimilate. When he was in a shopping mall in Lynwood, he says he felt he was in Mexico since everyone spoke Spanish. Mexicans re-create “Mexico in California,” he says. The tapes include comments that reiterate some of Schwarzenegger’s past public statements on immigration. For instance, he once came out in support of the Minuteman Project, a group that President George W. Bush called vigilantes. Schwarzenegger also once called for the border with Mexico to be “closed.” He later said he meant “secured,” not closed, blaming his faulty English. But until recently Schwarzenegger has been able to switch and soften his positions on immigration. He came out against the U.S. government’s plan to build a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, saying that people could find a way to get in. He has also come out in favor of a guest-worker program, saying he supports the concept of earned legalization. In more recent public statements, Schwarzenegger seems to reflect a certain humanity and understanding of the complex issue. He has said that since some undocumented workers have kids who are American citizens, it would be impossible to send them back because you can’t “split” those families. Schwarzenegger’s proposal of health care for all Californians makes no distinction between legal and illegal residents. In fact, he was quoted as saying that “children are children” and deserve medical care regardless of the parents’ legal status. The same would, in all likelihood, apply to parents. Only healthy parents can take care of their kids. Schwarzenegger’s positions on immigration are complex and may reflect the challenges inherent in the issue. All Californians, and all Americans, struggle with the matter because, like Schwarzenegger, everyone is an immigrant. Schwarzenegger is probably trying to come to grips with a divisive issue. Schwarzenegger’s views on immigration are not easy to pinpoint because, like a very good politician, he changes and adapts. Although he has made some statements that were music to the right wing of the GOP, he has also realized that he can get quite a bit of mileage by being sensitive to immigrants and viewing them as human beings instead of criminals. The Latino vote represents 14 percent of the total California electorate. In the last election for governor, Schwarzenegger received 40 percent of the Latino vote, which for a Republican is great. His strategy indicates that politicians who want to win elections need to continue to deal with the needs and concerns of this group. Domenico Maceri teaches foreign languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Contact him through his Web site, languageblogger.blogspot.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!