It didn’t have a traditionally written name, and it wasn’t in your top 10 sports ever (Sunday, Sept. 4), but 3 Points Sunday reminded me of Virgil Earnest (Ernie) Swervin’ Irvan.
There is a lot going on here, so let me start with the basics.
Ernes’ athletic roster grew out of the recent mention of boxer Ernie Chivers’ death. The barbers didn’t spell his first name the way we used to see Ernie spell it, but that won’t get in the way of the proceedings.
Now, back to “Swervin” Ernie Irvan, the ’90s NASCAR star who won 15 of his careers including the 1991 Daytona 500. A quick look at his biography shows that his parents also chose to spell his first name as the adjective (Serious: To show sincere and strong convictionbut I digress).
And like the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, Ernie’s first name is Virgil. Who knows?
Should Ernie Irvan have made my Top 10? Let’s see what others say. . .
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Does Ernie Irvan make your top 10 sports ever? NASCAR is still a sport, isn’t it?
Ernie was a big deal, right? Doesn’t he deserve more love than Ernie Grunfeld?
Well, let’s go over the list: 1. Ernie Banks, 2. Ernie Nevers, 3. Ernie Els, 4. Ernie Stuttner, 5. Ernie Davis, 6. Ernie Lombardi, 7. Ernie Harwell, 8. Ernie Holmes, 9. Ernie DiGregorio , 10. Ernie Grunfeld.
You could make an argument for Ernie Irvan to replace any of those 7 through 10. But then I’ll argue back, and where does that lead us?
By the way, now Ernie Irvan lives west of us in Ocala, where he and his wife Kim, along with his daughter Jordan, live in the equestrian world. Son Jared has been successfully racing late-car racing throughout Central Florida for several years.
“The Acorn” was one of the most beautiful nicknames Muhammad Ali gave to any opponent.
Thanks for another 3-point entertainment column, and as a Providence native and a fan of Providence College, thank you for including the irrepressible Ernie D., Ernie DiGregorio.
And although no one asked, here are my compliments to non-athletes Ernies: Hemingway, Kovacs, Pyle, Shackleton, Pantuso, Bishop, Borgnine, Ford and the man who sang when I met my wife in Myrtle Beach, Ernest Evans.
Believe me, if you find any sports in his background, I wouldn’t resist adding Tennessee Ernie Ford to that list.
And yes, I got it. I assumed Ernest Evans was the longtime torch singer who charmed Holiday Inn lounges along the mid-Atlantic. Turns out it’s Chubby Checker.
Will Central Florida be excluded from coverage of the Dolphins Games again? If so, how can we follow up on the team?
As much as you can trust my research, you can trust this: It looks like the Orlando CBS affiliate (WKMG) will show your dolphins on every one of the first two days but not the third.
There are a lot of variables, such as whether the Jags play at home or away, or an AFC or NFC competitor. You can check the WKMG website weekly for good or bad news for yourself.
Not sure if this helps or not, but it’s the most local TV research I’ve done in a while. In general, in recent years, I raise my hand and say that you are on your own.
Below, you’ll see why the email user is still on fire due to swipe-and-fail attempts to run (and stream) Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.
I had to call my provider to find out which channel the race was on (Sunday). I was directed to channel 355, which I had never heard of.
After looking at the TV guide, that channel’s title said two words in Spanish, but NASCAR was broadcasting on the channel. Then the red flag came 21 laps ago, and suddenly I’m watching a replay of Bucs playing PRESEASON soccer.
What a way to deal with customers.
I think it could have been worse. They could only keep you on that channel for three hours to watch the rain.
Your Sunday column was close to offering an apology to Phil Mickelson and the LIV Tour. The PGA Tour executive had to change the payments and additional money was added to the majors.
It’s very similar to what we had when the NFL was going after NFL players the same way.
Didn’t you hear, it should have been an apology to Ernie Irfan!
In fact, no apology from this angle to Lefty or Greg Norman or anyone joining the Saudi Tour for anything beyond grudge (Norman) or fortunes (basically all the others).
We wouldn’t condemn them either, except when they read from talking points and pretend to do so in order to spend more time with family or, as Bresson Dechambeau added, “the family of the future.”
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