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Art not imitating life - 04/30/14

I had a chance to catch up with Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster today.  Before our interview began, making small talk, I asked him if he had seen "Draft Day" yet.  That's the football film starring Kevin Costner that I've blogged about before.

Webster told me he hasn't had time to get to the theater yet.  No surprise.  GMs are a little too busy for popcorn and fun at flicks right now.  No, their time is spent knee-deep in research for the "real" NFL Draft which is a huge day in the lives of all the league's top brass.

In the movie, the fictitious GM (Kevin Costner) has a terrible relationship with the head coach (Denis Leary).  I asked Webster if that resembles his relationship with his head coach.  Webster laughed and said no.

It should make Titans' fan feel good knowing that Webster and Ken Whisenhunt get along very well...and that, in this case, art DOES NOT imitate life.

 

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STATE FAIR-FOOD

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BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire department has a cool idea -- an onboard fridge. One of the trucks at the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department has a refrigerator. It used to chill water to keep the firefighters hydrated. Assistant Chief Todd Devine tells WPSD-TV summer heat combined with 35 to 40 pounds of gear takes a toll. He says access to the cold water could help save a life. He adds coolers will be added to more fire trucks.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- There's gold in the forests of West Virginia -- in the form of ginseng. West Virginia's ginseng season began yesterday and runs through November. Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette he expects a good harvest this year. Officials also expect good prices. Robin Black of the West Virginia Division of Forestry says last year ginseng was selling for a near record of $780 a pound.

 
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