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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
January 17 2019
Got out of town in time!
We timed it perfectly this past weekend. We flew out of Peoria for Las Vegas at noon on Friday with Steve and Sabrina Pampel of Bloomington and just missed Friday night’s snowstorm. We stayed at the beautiful Flamingo Hotel & Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard across from the famous Caesar’s Palace.
 We been there before, but Las Vegas never gets old. There is so much to do and see. It has changed though, and it is not like the old days. They discovered higher prices for food and hotel rooms is easier than squeezing the money out of gamblers!
We had planned on seeing the Brad Garrett Show at his comedy club in the MGM Casino, but it was sold out. He played the brother on “Everybody Loves Raymond” television show and is real funny.
The Pampels are going to get lucky again. They have bought a house in Ruskin, Florida and are moving Thursday, just in time to miss another storm this weekend.
We are going to miss them. They have invited us to come down and if another storm comes along we’ll take them up on it.


January 3 2019
Remembering the ‘Fog Bowl’
The Philadelphia Eagles will travel to Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday afternoon to take on the Bears in the first round of the NFL playoffs.  The two played in one of the most famous and craziest games in NFL history known as the “Fog Bowl.”

On the final day of 1988, the Bears beat the Eagles 20-12 in a fog so thick the players could barely see one another.   Legendary Eagles radio announcer Merrill Reese was asked what it was like to call the game at Soldier Field, and he tells them to go up against a white wall in your house and just stare at it and you have the same vision I had calling the game.

The Eagles team had won six of their last seven games behind a stingy defense led by head coach Buddy Ryan, and it looked like he was going to knock off his former boss, Bears skipper Mike Ditka, in a much-anticipated grudge game.

When the Eagles arrived, Ryan, known for his bravado, instructed team buses to circle Soldier Field while blaring their horns in order to send a message.

The Bears took a 17-6 lead after a couple of Eagles errors before the fog rolled in off of Lake Michigan in the second quarter. Eagles announcer Stan Walters thought there was a fire in the parking lot, but nothing smelled like smoke.

The Eagles had to abandon their high-flying pass attack behind quarterback Randall Cunningham.

And, immediately after the game the fog lifted.

Don’t miss “The Bachelor”

Talking about football, “The Bachelor” television show begins next Monday night on ABC and the star is none other than former ISU star player, Colton Underwood. The native of Washington, Ill. played defensive end for the Redbirds under Coach Brock Spack and was instrumental in leading the Redbirds to the national championship game against North Dakota State in 2014.

About 25 young ladies will try and steal Colton’s heart in the next couple of months. The show will feature a new bachelor mansion as the recent California fires destroyed the previous one.

After graduation Colton signed a pro football contract with San Diego, but injuries have kept him out. He has created “Legacy Foundation” to raise money in the fight against cystic fibrosis in honor of his young cousin, Harper Hacksworth.

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