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Neighborhood ‘throwdown’ over big game

The upcoming BCS Championship game has neighbors taking sides along Southern Pine Lane on the block east of Pennsylvania Avenue in Whitfield Estates.

First, Oklahoma Sooner fan Pat McCabe threw down the gauntlet when he hung out a big crimson-and-cream OU banner on his house on the south side of the street.

Paul Pante responded in short order by hanging out his Florida Gator banner across the street.

His next-door neighbor, Bob Owens, joined him days later.

“Make for a fun game day block party, wouldn’t it?” joked Jim Manring, another neighbor, who happens to be a lifelong Ohio State fan.

n Oh, no! Say it ain’t so! Tracey Vita hit the Big 5-0!

May she stay forever young.

n Lanny Frattare, the respected broadcast voice of the Pirates who retired last fall after 33 years behind the microphone, is contemplating a fascinating new job in the Pittsburgh area at 60.

He’ll interview for the AD’s position at Upper St. Clair High School, where his kids went to school.

n A get-well-soon wish for my man Slip Markiewicz, the grocery manager at the Westgate Shopping Center Publix, who underwent back surgery Monday.

n Ditto for trusty Herald colleague M.K. Means, also recuperating from surgery.

n Jeff Feldman, a staff sergeant in Fort Campbell, Ky., had a couple of special visitors, folks Dottie Feldman and Jimbo Turner, to help the 20-year Army veteran and his family ring in the new year.

n Big ups to Tamera Brown Saunders and Corey Saunders, as well as Ashley Carnegie.

August newlyweds and new FAMU graduates, Tamera graduated magna cum laude in criminal justice, while Corey earned a degree in allied health science.

Ashley graduated cum laude in journalism.

Tamera’s parents are Dwayne Brown and Rhonda Dunwoody. Corey’s parents are Monique Saunders and Cedric Saunders.

Ashley’s parents are Ternita Lomax and Reginald Carnegie.

n Interesting how the Salvation Army’s Daryl Parslow got her name.

It comes from Daryl Hannah and her 1984 movie with Tom Hanks, “Splash,” where she played a mermaid.

“My mother saw it when she was pregnant with me,” said the 24-year-old assistant manager for the Salvation Army’s family shelter. “I don’t know whether she liked the movie, but she liked the actress’s name.”

n Lastly, Nick Roehl, who seems like he was playing fullback for the Manatee Hurricanes a month ago, is 21.

My, how the years fly.

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