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BISHER: Tommy John -- Who Fooled his Surgeon

When Dr. Frank Jobe, the surgeon, took his first look at Tommy Johns' pitching arm he told him he had little chance of ever pitching again. And -- by this time -- you must surely know the rest of that story.

Furman Bisher: The Harmons And Golf

When I first came upon the junior Claude Harmon, he stood behind the counter in the golf shop of the royal course in Morocco.

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The Root of It All

The PGA has humble roots.

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BISHER: Whatever happened to Denny McLain

Talented pitcher once made his way through Atlanta

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Furman Bisher column: Doc never too far from home

Furman Bisher writes about Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

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Furman Bisher: Super Bowl is an American tradition, commercials and all

If Lucas could do it, so could a Manning named Eli. Since Super Bowl II, I've been an attendant at one of these American football treasures in one or another. Outdoors, indoors, under the sun, and at least one time while a snowstorm took charge outside. That would have been

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Super Lou and SuperBowl

Ah yes, this is the way you cover the Super Bowl — the Lou Holtz way.

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: Remembering Joe Paterno

Furman Bisher writes about the late Penn State football legend Joe Paterno, who died last week.

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FURMAN BISHER: The case of the missing quarterback

Herald guest columnist Furman Bisher writes about the absence of LSU backup quarterback Jarrett Lee in the BCS National Championship game.

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Tebow Loves Jesus Christ, and What's Wrong With That?

Somewhere the other day, I read this: "Tim Tebow's love of Jesus Christ makes people nervous." Hm-m-m-m, think that over for a minute.. In wartime, for instance, would you rather be in a foxhole with a soldier who loves Jesus Christ, or a heathen? You think

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Tebow Loves Jesus Christ, and What's Wrong With That?

Somewhere the other day, I read this: "Tim Tebow's love of Jesus Christ makes people nervous." Hm-m-m-m, think that over for a minute.

BISHER: A Friendship Overdone

For most of the past 37 years, beginning in 1963, when he arrived at State College as a defensive end, Jerry Sandusky has been "a Penn State Man." He was a three-sport letterman and later served for many seasons as "one of the great defensive coaches of all

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Call it the "Game of the Century," if you will, but what century?

BISHER: A Friendship Overdone

In the Penn State University campus directory, Jerry Sandusky is listed as “Assistant Professor Emeritus of Physical Education.” He has had an office in East Area Locker building, has had access to the weight room. He has had a parking pass and other amenities, as part of the retirement package bestowed on him in 1999.

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Bisher's thoughts on the LSU-Alabama showdown

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World Series: Early bore ends with strong finish

It’s possible you may be old enough to have tuned in to the World Series of 1944.

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World Series: Early bore ends with strong finish

About the time I was close to embarrassing myself, the World Series, current edition, made a hard right turn. It wasn’t just the late up-sweep in TV ratings, nor was it all the fuss about Tony LaRussa’s ancient telephonic system with his bullpen.

BISHER: The other side of Al Davis

It is usually common practice to put the best finish the media can apply to one who has just died, and that was the case when Al Davis passed away the other day.

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BISHER: Braves fall apart in September

First year a tough ending for Gonzalez

BISHER: Not the Same Broncos

Oh, the Broncos had been running hot in their league, but to Athens they fell into the same class as some of the other season opening patsies the Bulldogs had put away. You know -- New Mexico State, Kent State, Arkansas State and all those "States" -- most of them

BISHER: Rookie of the Year: Kimbrel closes but Beachy's better

Just to get away from the Weather Channel and all the instructions on how to survive a hurricane, let me get my oar in the water about an issue of another pressing nature. You know, who's the Braves Rookie of the Year?

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BISHER: Nothing can detract from Tiger Woods' return to the Tour

Jason Day, the Australian with a game, had just checked in with an opening round of 63 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Easily the round of the day to that moment at Firestone, and so it would stand until twilight, when Adam Scott played out. In the press tent, the announcement was made, as is usual, "Will all interested in having Jason Day brought in to the interview room, please raise your hand?"

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BISHER: Sometimes baseball scouts find great diamonds in the rough

This is the way it used to be, you might say. A scout walked into town -- a small town in a quiet valley or a mill town -- to watch a baseball game. The Braves scout, of course, was what we used to call a "bird dog," meaning he was just sort of "sniffing out" the territory.

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FURMAN BISHER: It must be a sight to see Polamalu fit that mop in a helmet

Troy Polamalu is just the nicest guy in the world, I gather. At least that's the way my wife looks at him, but I wonder if he really enjoys having all that hair to have to take care of. Instead of looking tough, it makes him look like a hair-dresser's dream. How does he get all that mop inside a helmet?

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FURMAN BISHER: The Bears' cookie that crumbled

Ben Rothlisberger opened his season in Milledgeville, chasing a Georgia peach through the back rooms of a night club. It cost him a suspension, but he made up for it when the Pittsburgh Steelers called his number Sunday, and now they're in the Super Bowl again.

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FURMAN BISHER: Misery loves company

How could we have all been so wrong at the same time?

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FURMAN BISHER: Recalling two fellows

This is not a column, as in sports column.

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BISHER: Title moves from 'Roll Tide' to 'roll Toomer's Corner'

So there was little to be changed in the new location of the NCAA football championship, only the postmark. It never left the state of Alabama. From "Roll Tide" to "Roll Toomer's." From Tuscaloosa to Auburn. From the state university to what used to be known as Alabama Polytechnic Institute to Auburn University, a switch from an agricultural and mechanical institution by order of the legislature in 1960.

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BISHER: Kings ought to be watchful of their football coaching thrones

It would be my guess that Mack Brown will not be hand-picking another head coach-in-waiting at Texas -- until he is ready to give up his throne. And that head coaches across the fruited plain will have taken note of what happened when he elevated Will Muschamp from an assistant to the head of the pack.