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What’s in a name - 1,500 feet

I was watching the Discovery Channel Sunday night and made an amazing discovery. My last name may be long and hard to pronounce, but it sure beats being a Wallenda.

If I was a Wallenda, I would be expected to walk across a two-inch cable, 1,500 feet above the ground with no harness, no safety net, no nothing.

That’s what Wallendas do, dare-devil Nik Wallenda said talking the talk before walking the walk across the Grand Canyon Sunday night flirting with death.

His wife said she’d be more nervous if Nik was doing something more dangerous. Something more dangerous? Walking across the grand canyon on a two-inch cable with gusting winds doesn’t classify as dangerous? This family must toss hand grenades instead of bags.

Hieronymus is looking a whole lot better these days. You know we’re no high flyers if you’ve seen my speed on the base paths, but that’s OK. It’s safe to be better grounded.

I got a kick how Yahoo! corrected that Wallenda didn’t actually walk across the Grand Canyon, but rather the Little Colorado River Gorge belonging to the Navajo.

I’m sorry, but any canyon 1,500 feet high is grand, doesn’t matter if it’s officially apart of the National Park. Fifteen hundred feet is 1,500 feet.

Seniors with class: While we’re putting the final touches on the 2012-13 school year with all of the All-BCR team features that we originated years ago, I’d like to reflect for a moment about the class of 2013.

I have found this year’s senior class to be outstanding, not only on the field, but more importantly off it. There are way too many to begin to name, but I have been highly impressed with all the seniors I have got to know over the past four years. They have always been respectful during interviews and talking to them in general. Moms and dads you should be proud.

That’s the best part of my job, getting to know these kids. Best of luck to you in all your future endeavours.

Blackhawk up: Congrats to all you Blackhawk fans. What a finish.

Hockey was not on my TV growing up in Atlanta, Ill. It was Cardinals baseball (of course), the NBC Game of the Week, and I must admit some WGN Cubs baseball, NFL and basketball. Never gave any thought to hockey really. But after watching the Hawks take two of Lord Stanley’s Cups in the past four years, and as exciting as Sunday’s came, I’m starting to like this game of hockey.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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