Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Quick hits: Bob Barker stumps for bears and App State favored yet again

Bob Barker asks Cherokee chief to end bear pits
"Former game show host and longtime animal rights activist Bob Barker asked the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to stop using bear pits as tourist attractions and turn the animals over to a sanctuary in California," says the AP.

"The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Barker met Tuesday with Principal Chief Michell Hicks and five members of the Tribal Council. He called the bears' conditions inhumane in a public meeting moderated by Hicks and attended by some business owners.

" 'To think that with as advanced as our civilization is now that there is any place in the United States were bears are kept in pits is just unbelievable,' said Barker, who is part American Indian and grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 'Just picture yourself, if your life, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, month after month, was in a pit.' ..."

Appalachian State picked to win SoCon for fifth straight time
"Whether he's talking about a title contender or a cellar resident, Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore has consistently spoken in reverent tones when referring to Southern Conference opponents over the years.

"That didn't change Tuesday during the league's preseason teleconference, which replaced the annual 'Rouser' gathering that typically takes place at a plush South Carolina hotel," according to the Citizen-Times.

"When asked about the prospect of winning a fifth consecutive SoCon title, something that only one other active league member has done (Georgia Southern won six from 1997-2002), Moore remained humble.

" 'Every year, I want us to be as good as we possibly can be,' said Moore, who's starting his 21st season in Boone. 'That's been my guideline here, not to settle for just showing up, but to be the very best we can be. If we're good enough to win a championship, then so be it.' ...

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