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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Neil Thrash, Joseph Morgan and Judas Iscariot

     Front page above the fold in the Ft Payne Times Journal today annouces the firing of 30 year beloved High School baseketball coach Neil Thrash, Reminds me of a scene in the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford when Jesse sees in the paper the arrest and conviction of Dick Liddle. Jesse says, lookee here, lookee here. In the mid 90's he coached my local heroes Solomon Stanton and now CIA Arabic language expert Mark Dutton to four straight County championships.

    Joseph MOrgan boasted to me a year ago about his role in helping flip Dekalb County to Republican control which meant the election of County School Supe Hugh Taylor. Longtime District Judge Rains was also ousted.

   Joseph now works for the Tea Party Republicans of Alabama. The righteous pharisees who woulda deported half the soccer team in Collinsville that won the state championship last year.

   In the TJ article Neil Thrash said:  " I graduated from Fyffe HS, my wife taught here, my three kids go to school here in Fyffe, I live in this community, I love this community and I don't want to say anything on the record that's going to hurt any of the people that I just mentioned."

    JoJo's brother Mark played basketball for Coach Thrash. Joe's father john, for the 25 years I've been around kept the clock for the HS basketball games.

   Is JoJo Judas Iscariot here at Easter Season.

    For sure according to Garry Wills easy google in the review of Bama Grad Joe Scarborough's book you could make a good case Jospeph is a traitor for a pound of silver.
    On the other hand his Mother said in difference to the current Pope, she would vote for the fetus every time over other concerns likes justice for the poor or good school policy.

    Maybe Joseph is confused. He has three smart brothers that have benefitted from the best schools in the nation. Maybe they can bear some witness to him.

    Then there is Shakespeare. Coach Thrash taught Shakespeare a semester in Collinsville while an English teacher was on maternity leave. Joe's Duke Brother was in that class. Joe's Father said Neil did a good job.

  Here  is some Hamlet for Jojo and Supe Taylor:

   There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio
  Than are Dreamt of in In Your Philosophy!


Blogger foxofbama said...

Two comments from replies to Times Journal facebook wall today on this story:


Porsche Warren I guess Fyffe High School may as well plant a garden on the gym floor now that all we're going to have on the court is a bunch of pansies. Shame on the PARENTS that had a hand in this. You cost a man his job - & for what? Because your kid couldn't handle the tough love Coach Thrash gave ALL his athletes & students? No one was twisting your arm or your kids arm to stay on the team. Now, the entire student body who benefited from Coach Thrash will suffer because of your political games within the school system.

Patrick Lencioni once said, "Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, & their concerns without fear of reprisal." Now that it has been painstakingly made clear that there are consequences to pushing for endurance - I doubt Fyffe will see anymore wins in the Sand Mountain Tournament, the DeKalb County Tournament & the Area Tournament. Coach Thrash didn't give his athletes tough love because he could or because he enjoyed it - but because he demanded the excellence he knew they were capable of.

Coach Thrash gave students more than just plays to win games - he gave them the tools they needed to achieve beyond their expectations. He taught them to not only work for themselves, but each other through teamwork; the type of teamwork that made common kids achieve uncommon results in life. Parents, if your only solution to an issue is firing a beloved coach, father, & community leader - then I dare say that you are lowering the bar for your own childs future. You are condoning vindictive behavior rather than compromise & progress. And in the famous words of Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

You have an opportunity to make things right. Take it.

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Amanda Pope I am proud to say that I am a product of two other tough love coaches that are now retired who both share in Neil's demand for excellence. Thank you, Neil, for spending long hours away from your family, countless hours scouting teams, and tireless weekends cleaning gyms and going the extra mile. I was raised in a home with a Dad with those values. "Old school" coaches are a thing of the past. I just wanted to say I appreciate a coach who knows when to pat a player on the back and when to demand more when he is capable of it. That is the simple equation of creating CHAMPIONS. Thank you for loving basketball that much for 25 years. I have the upmost respect for you and your family. Basketball coaching is not a job. It is a "lifestyle." Very few have what it takes to endure it for the long HAUL!!!

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