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HAROLD BELL'S LEGENDS:.
THE ORIGINAL INSIDE SPORTS

     UNPARALELLED    UNCOMPROMISED    UNFORGIVEN   UNSUNG

 

 

       OUR CHILDREN ARE THE SACRED COWS OF THE WORLD

 

            300 LOST ON A CRUISE SHIP IN SOUTH KOREA / 200+ GIRLS KIDNAPPED IN NIGERIA

 

                                        

 

 

     BEN'S CHILI BOWL FLYS INTO NATIONAL AIRPORT

 

 

  

                                                         

The world famous Ben's Chili Bowl made a smooth landing into The Reagan National Airport at approximately 10 am on Wednesday July 23, 2004.  The matriarch Ms. Virginia Ali was in the pilot's seat for the smooth landing.  She was surrounded by her three sons, Sage, Kamal and Nizam, their wives, Vida, Sonya and Joy and hundreds of well wishers.  

 

After celebrating 55 years in the hot dog business the family decided it was time to branch out by franchise.  

 

First, there was the recent opening of the Ben's Chili Bowl on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, Virginia.  In the future there is a Ben's Chili Bowl planned for 10th & H Streets, NE Washington, DC.  The new location will open sometime this winter.

 

The flagship of this once "Mom & Pop" restaurant is still located at 1213 U Street, NW with its new neighbor "Ben's Next Door" an upscale Sports Bar named after the late CEO and Partiarch Ben Ali (1929-2009).                     

 

The Chuck Brown Band ushered in the new kid on the block with the music of their late leader, the Father of Go-Go----the late great Chuck Brown.  

 

Early morning passengers can enjoy a hearty breakfast and on their flight back-in the famous Ben's Chili half-smoke awaits them.  Congratulations, Ms. Virginia Ali & family!

 

 

NFL TONY DUNGY & MICHAEL SAM:

WHERE IS THE BEEF?

 

The recent criticism of former NFL coach Tony Dungy was a little harsh. His comments as it related to Michael Sam being drafted by the NFL had nothing to do with gay rights and everything to do with whether the guy would be a distraction or talented enough to make an NFL roster. 

 

This controversial madness brings to mind that in 1970 I was chasing my dreams of playing in the NFL as a WR for the Virginia Sailors.  The Sailors were a minor league football team for the NFL Washington pro team.  

 

                                                                                 

                                    Champions: Virginia Sailors        QBs Agnew and Thomas give me instructions on next pass route 

 

 

I remember Washington assigning a running back by the name of Ray McDonald to play with us.  It was rumored that Ray was gay.  Our coach Billy Cox called a team meeting to alert us that the NFL team was sending him to us for more seasoning.

 

There were players on the Washington NFL team who had already alerted us that Ray was on the way and to make sure to keep him in front of us when we showered.

 

Ray was a running back who stood 6'5 and weighed 230 lbs.  Ray was built like a Greek God.  We discovered he was also a concert pianist.  Once before a game we found him in a hotel lobby playing the piano with guest standing around him in awe.   

 

There were a few jokes about his sexual orientation before he arrived but once in camp no one seem to notice or care.  I remember loaning him twenty-dollars.  He had lost all of his money in a card game (blackjack) during an airplane flight to  New York City where we played the NY Giants minor league afilliate.  

 

He promised to pay me back on pay day.  Several weeks went by without him paying me so one day after practice I reminded him he had not paid me.  He gave me A Go to Hell Look and said, "I did promise to pay you on pay day, but I didn't say which one."  There was no further discussion and I walked away to live to ask another day.  

 

He finally paid me at the end of the season.  I later discovered someone had told him the cards were marked and he had been cheated.  

 

Ray McDonald never made it back to the NFL.  But there was life after the NFL, he started a new career in the DC Public Schools as a music teacher.  Michael Sam will hopefully get a fair shake and if not he will also discover there is life after the NFL.  Wake up everybody!

 

 

NFL ROLE MODEL HERE IS THE BEEF:

 



Baltimore Raven'a running back Ray Rice was suspended for 2 games for acting like Mike Tyson in a Atlantic City Casino in February.  Casino cameras recorded Rice dragging his then girl friend (now married) Janay off an elevator unconscious.  He knocked her out during a heated augment.  


In March, Rice was indicted by a grand jury on third degree assualt for allegedly knocking Janay unconscious.  The charge carried a potential sentence of three to five years in prison upon conviction.  


After the grand jury indictment, Rice and Janay were married.  The NFL suspended him for 2 games.  Are you kidding me--how about 2 years in jail?  Something is wrong with this message and picture!

 

 

 


 

 

  

 


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