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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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gaffney's LJ Peak on Fire in Madison Square Garden

   Gaffney's LJ Peak was on fire in the second half of the Big East Tourney Wednesday night against St Johns and the Legendary Chris Mullin. Allen Iverson was in the crowd and Peak was at the center of some flaring tempers after a hard foul by a Big from Croatia or thereabouts.

    Here is an iconic photo in the making

    The son of famed Patrick Ewing had Peak's back. Ewing was coached in High School by Collinsville Alabama's Charlie Hood a legendary guard of the 60s at Berry College in Rome Ga.
   Charlie has a brother who stayed home and became something of a local legend but most of those stories Ive only heard second hand as yet to crack the Code of The Shed.

    But back to things that matter. Small Town worlds collide in big arenas on occasion and Wednesday night was just sucha one. Peak had 22 of his 24 points in the second half. With about four seconds to go John Thompson the II  called time out. The cameras stayed on. Peak who just a few minutes before had stared down a very angry Chris Mullin was now JayTees son. Clearly the next play was about him as Thompson patted Peak on the chest as if to say this is your play.

    The ball came inbound to Peak and he dashed around the right side of the fowl line toward the goal for a layup that didn't connect. The Bigs of the Hoyas crashed and there was a feeble rebound attempt, but it missed and the game was over.

   Peak appeared heartbroken, maybe weeping as his back was turned to the exiting Hoyas. He left it all out there.

    Maybe the biggest effort on the biggest stage of any Gaffney Athlete, up there with Sidney Rice's several receptions from Brett Favre in the quarterfinals headed toward the Superbowl with the Vikings a few years ago; and or Charles Foster's showdown with Guy Drut in the 76 High hurdles, Montreal Olympics.

    If I can speak for Gaffney on this one, Peak made us all very proud Wednesday night.

    Afterthought, I don't know if the Hoyas are up for the NIT or not but if they play Bama and Wormy Norris's Grandson off Lookout Mtn, I'll be watching.


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