If it walks like a duck and throws like a duck…it’s Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges! (Dec. 18)

:10—Yeah, I am on board, big time. And for you “Never Duckers,” allow me to remind you why it’s been said you can never measure the size of a man’s heart. Here are a few reminders. Spud Webb, Eddie LeBaron (the shortest QB of all-time—5’7” —168 lbs), Muggsy Bogues, Doug Flutie. Just a few of the legends that knew one thing and one thing only…How To Win! Quack…Quack!!!.

:09—Never you mind that the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner looks like he’s 16 years old, Joe Burrow throws the football like a 30-year-old veteran. Throwing for 48 touchdowns with only six interceptions for a grand total of 4,715 yards. His 2,608 points was the largest winning margin in the history of the Heisman voting. And was 1,846 more points that second-place finisher Jalen Hurts. The LSU star will now set his sights on NCAA Championship Gold.

:08—Mama let your boys grow up to be pitchers…Major League pitchers that is…based on Gerrit Cole’s new contract with the Yankees for $324 million. And to think he used to be a Pittsburgh Pirate. C’mon Man!

:07—If you need to add some spice to your life, go see “The Irishman” starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The true-to-life story about the mob and who may have really done away with Jimmy Hoffa as told by Frank Sheeran, the alleged hitman. Even if his story is half-true, it still shakes you to your core. 4 basketballs…almost 5. But it’s that good. “Yeah, I am talking to you!”

:06—Oh, by the way, here’s two things you need to know. #1. Anytime Mr. Doss, editor and publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier, calls me to lend a helping hand, I am coming. Mr. Doss has been very, very good to me. But when he calls me to help 50 fabulous, intelligent, beautiful women to be recognized and honored, I am there faster than you can say “Party Over Here!” #2. I don’t know if you heard, but the Pittsburgh City League High School Hall of Fame Awards had its sixth consecutive sellout of 500-plus. I know ya’ll are waiting to see the story. In the immortal words of the great Sam and Dave – “Hold on…I’m coming!”

:05—And let me squeeze this in cause Mr. Doss and R.T. done told me to back it up. If anybody has kids ages 5-12 that want toys, bring them to the East Liberty McDonald’s by Staples for our 45th consecutive Toys for Tots Christmas Party. Kids must be present—no exceptions—Saturday, Dec. 21, noon to 4 p.m.. Hey…It’s Christmas!

:04—You mark my words, and I am not really hating on the brother. But someone will figure out a way to stop Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. You can mark this, too…remember we held him down better than any other team. I am just sayin’.

:03—Hey Brother Zik, yes, you my Akron LeBron James/anti-Laker man. My Lakers are back and with my favorite all-time player LeBron “King” James. (That’s right, I said it. Now what?)

:02—Hold up…wait a minute…turn the music up, you mean to tell me the five top titles to be bestowed upon women in pageantry has gone to Black women!?!? MMMAAANNN that’s powerful. “Make ya want to holler and throw up your hands!”

:01—And that’s as fine a way as possible to close by saying…You all know Trump Must Go! But it will never happen unless you vote. You-Must-Vote!!!

:00—GAME OVER.

DEVLIN ‘DUCK’ HODGES (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook Sr.) (Feature Photo)

by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier

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