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The 2014 Texas elections with George Rodriguez from South Texas.

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October 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

1984 and the day that Walter Payton set the NFL rushing record

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Walter Payton was one of the greatest NFL players ever.   He was fun to watch.   He finally made it to a Super Bowl when the 1985-86 Bears went beat New England.  The Bears were 15-1 in the regular season.

On this day in 1984, Payton set the rushing record:

“On October 7, 1984, Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton becomes the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, breaking the record Cleveland’s Jim Brown set in 1965.

In front of 53,752 people at Soldier Field, Payton carried the ball 154 yards and finished the game with a new career rushing record–12,400 yards, 88 more than Brown.

The week before, Payton had rushed 155 yards against the Cowboys, and he had only 66 yards to go before he beat Brown’s 20-year-old record. Still, the Bears had been playing unevenly since the beginning of the season–they’d won their first three games, then lost two–and the team got a slow start against the New Orleans Saints.

During the first quarter Payton moved the ball only 34 yards in six runs; during the second, he made nine runs and gained 30 yards, including a one-yard touchdown with three seconds left in the half. To beat Brown’s record, he needed to carry the ball just three more yards.

Almost as soon as the second half began, Bears quarterback Jim McMahon pitched the ball to Payton in a reliable play that the team called the “Toss 28 Weak.” Fullback Matt Suhey and left guard Mark Bortz protected Payton as he completed a record-setting six-yard run.”

Eventually, Emmett Smith of the Cowboys passed Payton.   Nevertheless, he still stands as one of the best and most popular players ever to wear the Bears’ uniform.  He died in 1999.


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October 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Cuba and the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debates

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As you know, the 1960 presidential election was very close between Senator Kennedy and VP Nixon.   In the end, 76 million votes were cast and the two candidates were separated by 144,000!   The electoral college was close too with JFK getting 303, or just 33 more than the 270 required.

We will debate forever the results of this election.  However, the debates were very useful and probably helped and hurt both candidates.

On this day in 1960, the candidates debated foreign policy and Cuba was a huge topic:

“In the second of four televised debates, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon turn their attention to foreign policy issues.

Three Cold War episodes, in particular, engendered spirited confrontations between Kennedy and Nixon. The first involved Cuba, which had recently come under the control of Fidel Castro.

Nixon argued that the island was not “lost” to the United States, and that the course of action followed by the Eisenhower administration had been the best one to allow the Cuban people to “realize their aspirations of progress through freedom.”

Kennedy fired back that it was clear that Castro was a communist, and that the Republican administration failed to use U.S. resources effectively to prevent his rise to power. He concluded that, “Today Cuba is lost for freedom.””

Six months later, President Kennedy dropped the ball at The Bay of Pigs.   On December 2nd, Castro announced that he had always been a “Marxist Lennist”!  

The 1960 debates were also another example of how the presidency is so different than the campaign:

1) Cuba turned out to be a major headache for the Kennedy administration; and,

2) Vietnam, the most important issue of the 1960’s, did not even come up.

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October 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

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President Obama should listen to Leon Panetta

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October 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

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