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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
September 07 2017
ISU Hosts School’s Legends
Illinois State hosted a fundraiser for the golf teams Thursday night at the top of Hancock Stadium prior to a scramble on Friday. A full house enjoyed hearing from legendary Redbirds including Doug Collins, D.A. Weibring, Dan Roan and Jerry McGreal.
D.A. auctioned off some nice prizes which included signed autographs by Dallas, Texas native and three-time winner on tour this year, Jordan Spieth. D.A., who lives in the same Dallas area, is not playing on the Champions Tour this year due to a back injury.
The group took questions from the audience. D.A. said Tiger Woods has brought on many of his physical problems himself by working out too much. He has had three back surgeries and it is questionable whether he can return to the tour.
You will see Mr. Collins on ESPN more this year as he requested going on the road instead of studio work. He was asked if he had a desire to play for the University of Illinois since he played in the Assembly Hall in the State Tournament as a senior for the Benton Rangers.
The Collegiate All-American, NBA All-Star and Olympic hero didn’t start until his senior year in high school. At 6-foot-2 inches he wasn’t highly recruited although Illinois’ coach at the time, Harv Schmidt, had someone show him around campus. Luckily for ISU they told Doug it might be until his junior year before he would see action.
ISU Coach Jim Collie and Asst. Coach Warren Crews had player Tom Cirks, show Doug around campus and, fortunately, he liked it better here. “He showed up in a beat-up Volkswagon,” Doug laughed.
Athletic Director Milt Weisbecker and later on, Coach Will Robinson, made Doug’s decision the “right one.”
Of course Mr. Roan is well-known for his sports broadcasting at WGN in Chicago. He played two sports here, golf and basketball.
Mr. McGreal was a star basketball player in the late 1960s and was named an All-American.


August 31 2017
A Dynasty in Normal
Normal has its own dynasty! New York had Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Yankees. Chicago had the Super Bowl champion ‘85 Bears. New England has its Super Bowl champs and quarterback Tom Brady. We have the amazing sweet corn eating Adelman Family! They have dominated Normal’s annual sweet corn eating contest for the past seven years.
Father Billy Adelman won the adult division for five of the past six years. He said his son, Charlie, now a freshman at Central Catholic, edged him out one year. Charlie won the junior division this year with 10 ears in five minutes. He wasn’t done. He got in the adult contest too and pushed dad to eat 17 ears in 10 minutes while he downed 14 more ears.
Other champions in the family are another younger son, Will, and an older daughter, Madelyn. How they do it? They use the “Squirrel Style” said Billy. Turn the cob straight up and down and use the front teeth like a buzz saw.
If you are thinking of biting someone, don’t mess with the Adelman family!

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