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Hull believed in education for all and backed it up

Some opinions formed while the baseball, hockey and football seasons meld.

The tributes to Kent Hull keep arriving from just about everyone who knew him. Understand that these were not just formula words but expressions of genuine grief about a superb man whose personal touch went far beyond sports.

Late in his career the NFL asked all of its players to contribute what they could to the Historic Black College Fund. Hull, a son of Mississippi born and bred, wrote a check for $10,000. I asked what moved him to make such a large contribution.

"Education," he answered. "I think education is the answer to just about everything."

*The World Series opened with close-to-the-vest style but as a traditionalist I was hoping for Detroit against St. Louis.

These great old franchises have met in the Series three times, the first time was the memorable 1934 series when Detroit fans pelted the Gas House Gang with bottles, fruit and other debris after a hard slide by Joe Medwick injured Tigers third baseman Marv Owen. The next was in 1968 when the Tigers won four games to three and lefty Mickey Lolich won the most valuable player award. The last time was 2006 when the upstart Cardinals took the Tigers in five games.

*The new definition of a die-hard college football fan is someone who can identify which schools played "Jumping for Money" as they bought their way into a new conference this year.

*If you were getting the idea the Sabres had become compulsive roamers, take heart. They play in the shadow of the Peace Bridge in seven of their next eight games.

*If NBA Commissioner David Stern sticks to his erasure of the league's "traditional" Christmas games, at least a million moms will cheer.

*The more I see of Cincinnati's new quarterback Andy Dalton and his battery mate, fellow rookie A.J. Green, the more I see a bright future for the Bengals -- as long as management doesn't dip into the free market for veteran players who treat the NFL like a circus.

*Alabama plays LSU, most likely for a berth in the Southeastern Conference championship game. It also is likely to put the winner in the game which decides the national championship. My pick is the Tide all the way.

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Larry Felser, former News columnist, appears in Sunday's editions.

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