Thursday, December 4, 2008

Glippy Glop Glooby

If Barack Obama is serious about pushing his plan for a college-football playoff, and let's hope he's not, he'll have to deal with the man who rules the Bowl Championship Series, a fella named John Swoffford, who is also commissioner of the ACC. Back in the 1970s, Swofford played quarterback and defensive back for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

None of this would be of much interest to us, except that the Swofford family is bucking to claim the record for most disparate achievements by a pair of siblings. (That mark is now held by onetime Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill and his sister, the food writer Molly O'Neill.) John Swofford's brother was named William Oliver Swofford, and under his middle name, he recorded such wimp-pop late-Sixties standards as "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Jean."

Johnny will have to set the mark all on his own, because Oliver died back in 2000. You might have missed it - it was the same day that Charles Schulz, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Tom Landry died.

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