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Lusty yell? Dugout goes down at Red demolition

I've heard USF football coach Skip Holtz speak perhaps a half-dozen times this summer, and one of his favorite things in closing a short speech is to recite from a poem called "The Builder," author unknown. Here's how it starts ...

I saw them tearing a building down.
A team of men in my hometown.
With a heave and a ho and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

You can read the rest here, but it's a central theme for Holtz, making the choice to build something rather than destroy. If there's an exception to be made, it's in controlled, designed, even long-awaited demolition, like the kind Bulls fans can see in this video of the last remnant of Red McEwen Field, the home dugout, going down as construction awaits on a new home baseball field on USF's campus.

One more Holtz note -- if you do a search on for "holtz" as I often do, you'll notice that much of the search is nuggets of wisdom from Skip's father, Lou. As is often the case with good quotes, some are attributed to people other than the original author. One you'll often hear from Skip is that "life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it."

It's a quote often attributed to his father on Twitter -- and I'm sure he's used it often, as his son has -- but I was impressed that in his summer speech circuit, Holtz has consistently given credit to the line's presumed original author, writer and clergyman Charles Swindoll.

Should be able to come up with some news coming today -- I'll be helping with the Rays game later, but hope to get a post or two up ...

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:26am]


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