Elsewhere . . . .

WHEN IN ROME:

Location, location, location . . . in the Roman Colosseum, spectators sat according to their class.
Location, location, location . . . in the Roman Colosseum, spectators sat according to their class.

“Inside the Colosseum, the Romans closely regulated a distinct seating area, which became a microcosm of the city, with the upper classes seated toward the front, and the plebs in three vast sections behind.” Nigel Crowther, Sport in Ancient Times (2007).

ATHENS, GEORGIA:

In the tunnel heading into Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA: L-R, Tim
In the tunnel heading into Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA: L-R, Tim “DawgDoc” Loonam, Jack Loonam, Betsy Fiedler Loonam.

When I was looking at the map of Sanford Stadium, and how the gates were differentiated, I got to thinking about that Roman Colosseum.

Different gates for different kinds of fans.
Different gates for different kinds of fans.

NEW BERLIN, NEW YORK:

A postcard of New Berlin Central School, where I graduated high school in 1977.
A postcard of New Berlin Central School, where I graduated high school in 1977.

It doesn’t look like a football factory, but in recent years this old school has produced a Super Bowl player. Terrance Knighton, known as “Pot Roast” and a familiar face from his Bridgestone Tire commercials (“first time on a treadmill?”), took an extra year of academic preparation at Milford Academy, as it is now called, before playing college ball at Temple and in the pros with Jacksonville and Denver (the Broncos lost to the Seahawks 43-9 in Super Bowl XLVIII). LeSean McCoy, who played running back for the Philadelphia Eagles for six years before being traded to the Buffalo Bills, also spent a year “high upon a hilltop,” to quote from what I remember as our alma mater (those may be the words to about half the alma maters in the world).

VALDOSTA, GEORGIA

BEAUMONT, TEXAS

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