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Seems like old times at XLV Countdown Live

Roger Staubach and Tim McGraw sat together on the dais in the interview room before XLV Countdown Live and it was like reliving part of my life. Growing up in New York where there are no major college football programs, I adopted Army as my favorite college team. Those were the days that Army and Navy were true national powers. And I remember how Staubach, the scrambling Middies quarterback, gave my Brave Old Army team fits during his career at Navy.

As for McGraw, well when I was a young sportswriter in the 70s, I occasionally filled in covering the Mets. And Tim's father Tug McGraw, was the Mets top relief pitcher, a good-natured guy who was a media favorite even if he had a rocky relationship with his son. There is an unmistakable resemblance between father and son, and sitting there preparing to ask a question, I reminded myself not to adress him as "Tug." 

Pete Alfano



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