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Keep running – a reflection on the death of Franco Harris

This morning brought the news that

Franco Harris, Hall of Fame running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers

died unexpectedly last night at age 72.

Recognized as one of the great running backs in the NFL,

Franco played on four Super Bowl champions

and still holds Super Bowl records

as well as multiple Steelers records.

He stood at the center of an iconic moment in the 1972 playoffs.

The Steelers, who had experienced a distinct lack of success as a team,

trailed the Oakland Raiders.

With time running out, a desperation pass ricocheted

off a player or players whose name remains unknown.

The ball fell toward the ground.

The hopes of Steelers players and supporters began to sink.

For a moment, defeat loomed. Again.

The moment of despair proved fleeting.

Then, Franco Harris, who kept running as the play developed,

scooped up the ball and kept running into the end zone

for a Steelers touchdown and a victory that helped launch a dynasty.

It would be false to say that Franco is a hero of my childhood—

he was only four years older than me.

It would be true to say that in my life,

I have owned two shirts that bore the name of athlete and that athlete’s number:

Roberto Clemente 21.

Franco Harris. 32.

Although I never had the privilege to meet Franco in person,

I did visit his statue every time I was in the Pittsburgh airport.

I remember and grieve this day for:

an elite athlete,

a valued teammate

a respected adversary.

I remember and grieve this day for:

a husband, father, family man,

a mentor,

an encourager.

I remember and grieve this day for:

an advocate for racial justice,

an individual who reached out to people in need,

an ambassador for Pittsburgh.

I remember and grieve this day for

a man described by teammates, opponents, and most everyone who knew him

on the field or off the field as:








and loving.

As I remember,

and as I grieve,

I give thanks that

I saw Franco Harris play

I give thanks that

I sawFranco Harris live.

Keep running.


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11 September 2022

Walking. Slow jogging. Steelers Virtual 5K Run and Walk. Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research. Germantown;.
Rolling. Stretching. Hand weights.
Mychal – Black 47
One Morning In Bar Harbour – Eric Bogle
Believe – Yellowcard
Tuesday Morning – Melissa Etheridge
Rules – Wu-Tang Clan
Hole In the Sky – Juliana Hatfield
Grand Central Station – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Our Town – Linda Bonadies
I Can’t See New York – Tori Amos
Heroes – David Bowie
Out of Our Heads – Sheryl Crow
If This Is Goodbye – Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
The Bravest – Tom Paxton
My Last Breath – Evamescence
I Heard an Owl – Carrie Newcomer
Akai Inochi – MISIA fear. Erykah Baud
Tuesday – Five for Fighting
The Proud – Talib Kweli
On That Day – Leonard Cohen
Let’s Roll – Neil Young
Empty Sky – Bruce Springsteen
Prayer – Come from Away
Venceremos – Ventiscka
Compañero Presidente – Angel Parra
Manifiesto – Victor Jara

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30 November 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Assorted college football games.

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16 November 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Listening to Oklahoma – Baylor football.

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10 November 2019

Walking. Chelsea. Sometimes with Henrik.
Dreamscapes: Canyon People – R. Carlos Nakai
So Far Away – Carole King
Daniel and the Sacred Harp – The Band
In da Club – 50 Cent
Touch – Sarah McLachlan
Steelers football

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We Meet Again Tour – 7 January 2018

Sports continued to feature prominently in the early part of the We Meet Again Tour. This time it involved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL playoffs. For a number of reasons, I have mixed feelings about watching football, particularly pro football. But I did again this year. We will see what next year brings.

The Shire does not have cable tv so I went to Sean’s apartment to watch. He went to see Bette Midler in her final performance in Hello Dolly.

Henrik watched with me. That was the highlight of the day.


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After celebrating Christmas Eve Day in Ann Arbor, we (Tricia, Eric, Essie, Bentley, and me) loaded into Tricia’s car and drove to Solon to celebrate Christmas Day with my brother and sister-in-law and their family.

On the day after Christmas, we loaded into the car again and returned to Ann Arbor. Then we drove to Ford Field in Detroit where we watched Duke beat Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl.

See you along the Trail.

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We Meet Again Tour – 18 November 2017

The tour went to a Columbia University football game. It was the final game of their season. They played Brown, who seems to be the opponent for the final game every year.

Don Jang and John Gingrich went along. Every game I have ever seen Columbia play, I have seen with John and Don.

But there was something different this year. Columbia won. This is the first time they won a game when I was there. Hopefully it marks the start of a trend.

Of course I did not get any photos. But here’s their logo.


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Football fan


24 November 2017
In Goochland for Thanksgiving, Henrik watched
the Virginia – Virginia Tech football game. 

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No Honor In Racism Rally and Twitterstorm Nov 2nd

Here’s a simple action on the issue of mascotism:
Not Your Mascots Inc
Hoopa, CA

Oct 31, 2014 — A Combined group of grassroots efforts will be rallying to TCF Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday Nov.2, in a collaborative effort to speak out against the use of the culturally offensive mascot and name of The Washington Football team when they play the Minnesota Vikings. Among many of the groups representing are Not your Mascots Inc and The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media.

Not Your Mascots Inc has feet on the ground during both marches, and is spearheading the social media Twitterstorm in support of the protestors attending the rally. Those who are unable to attend the rally in person are asked to show support through social media using both #NotYourMascot and #NoHonorInRacism hashtags. Twitterstorm will follow directly after Thunderclap message is sent, at 9:00 am CST as both marches converge onto University Ave and proceed to the Tribal Nations Plaza at TCF Stadium. There will be one-click tweets available for the supporting Twitterstorm at

What is Thunderclap?
Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together.

How does it work?
If we reach our supporter goal, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr post from all our supporters, creating a wave of attention.

Is it safe?
Absolutely! It is a one click setup, and only one message will be sent on your behalf.

Please join the following Social Media Thunderclap via Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr below:

We are a People, Not Your Mascots!

About The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media ( @NCARSM

The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media exists to fight the powerful influence of major media who choose to promulgate messages of oppression. The impetus which formed the NCARSM was the clear case of media coupling imagery with widely held misconceptions of American Indians in the form of sports team identities resulting in racial, cultural, and spiritual stereotyping. The NCARSM was originally formed in October 1989 during the Chief Illiniwek controversy at the University of Illinois. The NCARSM has been reconstituted in June, 2014 in the Twin Cities.

NCARSM, while best known for its front-line demonstrations outside sports stadiums across America has been responsible for an educational effort which has made the issue of racial stereotyping a household discussion. The NCARSM takes a long term view of the struggle against hatred and disrespect. We are in a fight against all cases of racism, and against long ingrained willful and self serving ignorance. We strive towards the elimination of the misrepresentation and abuses of all people in sports and media.

About Not Your Mascots Inc ( @NotYourMascots

Not Your Mascots Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to addressing the misappropriation of Indigenous identity and imagery through the acceptance of mascots, stereotypes and racist behaviors as well as the harmful effect that they have on indigenous children and communities. The focus of Not Your Mascots is to address these issues through the utilization of education, social media, as well as community and media outreach.

Not Your Mascots is dedicated to using their educational and advocacy efforts to provide comprehensive solutions towards the eradication of harmful native mascots, stereotypes and cultural misappropriation. They are fully committed to promoting and establishing a common understanding of what it is to truly honor and respect Indigenous people and their culture. Through their efforts, Not Your Mascots hopes to stress the need for cooperation and unity between educational institutions, the media, like-minded organizations and the general public in helping to create a future in which we can all respect and view each other as human beings.


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