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Go West, young ĎCaví


Dear Chuck:

Thereís a rumor going around that you have migrated to West Knoxville. Just wondering if you would care to confirm or deny this report? If itís true, welcome aboard! Also, are you going to have any New Yearís resolutions that you want to share? Thanks.

Andrew Davis

West Knoxville


Unlike Mark Twain concerning rumors of his demise, I can confirm these reports.

I used to live halfway between Halls and Gibbs and have moved to Gulf Chase subdivision off Cedar Bluff Road.

Itís a very nice neighborhood and Iím looking forward to living ďout West.Ē

Bob and Linda Caldwell lived in the house before me and have moved just up the road. He said, ďItís a great area because youíre only ten away minutes from anything.Ē

Because I am a little bit of a hick, I immediately thought: ďBoy, I canít wait to get to Hawaii.Ē

I have a patent on my New Yearís resolution and it has been the same for several years: ďTo remain under 7-foot tall.Ē

Donít laugh. Why pick something that you donít have a realistic chance to accomplish? Iím about the same height as Michael Jordan (6-foot-6, but thatís where the similarity ends), so thereís plenty of room to accomplish my goal.

Some people want to stop smoking and others want to lose weight. Me? I just want to stay under 7-foot tall. Itís already a pain to find jeans or dress pants that fit.

OK, hereís another resolution: I am going to start working out and hope to add about 10 yards to my drives in golf.

That certainly sounds fair enough to me.



Chuck:

After watching NFL games all season, Iíve got a question as the playoffs approach: If your team had the worst record in the league ó and had a legitimate chance to get the No. 1 overall draft pick ó would you still try and win a game? It seems to be one of the few things the announcers shy away from talking about.

Steve Wheeler

Knoxville



As the two-time defending champion of the Dirty Dozen fantasy football league, I am more concerned with individual stats than team records.

But you make a great point: After all, a team that has clinched a playoff spot can rest its starters without interference by the league. Why should the Indianapolis Colts risk an injury to Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison or Edgerin James if home field advantage throughout the playoffs has already been clinched?

Therefore, a team with a losing record ó and essentially nothing more to play for than pride ó should be able to do the same thing. I would rather finish with the worst record and be able to pick the very best college player (which appears to be tailback Reggie Bush of Southern Cal).



Award-winning columnist Chuck Cavalaris writes a bi-monthly column for farragutpress. Send questions or comments to cavgolfer@aol.com or call 865-769-9295.

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