I had heard that Kent State University was going to honor some of it’s more famous football alumni for their recent selection to the NFL All Pro team and it appears they did just that at last week’s home basketball game. I was out of town at a basketball tournament for my kids (which is another story about why we need to promote Kent as a host for youth sports tournaments) so I missed the Kent State home game but I was told that later in the evening two of the honorees were enjoying themselves down at the Water Street Tavern — one of Kent’s favorite watering holes.
One of the best parts about living in a small town are the opportunities to meet people in the comfort of our local hangouts. I lived in DC for years and besides having to wait for tables at restaurants and trying to squeeze through layers of people just to fight my way up to the bar to order drinks, it was very rare to bump into any famous celebrities — I guess because with so many people around the celebrities knew better than to try to go out in public. But in our little town celebrities can actually enjoy themselves without fear of being hounded to death. No posses or entourages required here.
But don’t take my word for it, just look at these happy faces.
Since this is Cleveland territory I guess I should say a bunch of bad things about James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers but I keep hearing my mother say that if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. So with that we’ll move on to Josh Cribbs who is blowing up all over.
Josh as his own TV show and thanks to another terrific year on the football field he’s becoming a household name all over the country. Yet he still finds time to swing down to Kent, check out the football games, and cheer on his old alma mater on. I stood next to him after a Kent State football game and he was chatting it up with some friends and fans like a seasoned politician. He may be one of the best athletes in the nation but he’s as down to earth as your next store neighbor. Very cool.
Truth be told I did get to meet a couple of famous politicians (my favorite was James Carville) when I worked in the DC area but that was only because they called the City to ask for our help regarding parking around their homes. Of course they wanted more parking so we went out to meet them and talked a little shop. Mr. Carville is as funny in person as he is on TV but still if I had my choice I’d rather be able to sit down with Josh Cribbs and talk football any day.
Just another reason to love Kent.