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Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC

Hal LamarBy Hal Lamar
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For the last 77 years, the erudite brethren of the 100% Wrong Cllub have feted Atlanta and the sports world with it’s annual three day event honoring local high school athletes and sports figures from nearly every level of sport locally and nationally.

But not this year.

Thanks to the economy , the Wrongers found the underwriting well as dry as the Mojave Desert. It left the “brothers” few choices.”Due to the lack of corporate sponsorship, the organization will not host its 78th annual HBCU awards banquet and high school awards breakfast and mentoring session,” said Wronger President Franklin Hill in a release sent to INSIDE February 1.

Hill noted, however, that the club will bestow its Alonzo S “Jake” Gaither trophy to an outstanding player chosen from one of the four historically black college athletic conferences ( the SIAC, CIAA,MEAC and SWAC). This honor, now 34 years old, is widely regarded as the Heisman-like honor for HBCUS. Its past winners have included Chicago Bear and Super Bowl MVP Richard Dent (Tennessee State), and former San Francisco 49er wide-out Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley). (I must note that Dent and Rice were Super Bowl MVPs. The much-hyped Heisman has only had one of its winners named a Super Bowl MVP, Jim Plunkett).  Franklin HillFranklin Hill

Hill says the club will also name a national black college champ named for WA Scott II, founder of the Atlanta Daily World newspaper where the 100% Wrong Club was birthed in 1934. ( I suspect Winston-Salem State will get that) Hill said the club will roll up its sleeves and begin a campaign immediately “to restore the quality of the event (Jamboree) that the organization is accustomed to providing to supporters in the southeast (and around the country).”

I have had the opportunity to cover these jamborees since 1974.. For the last handful of years, the club has struggled to keep things going as sponsorship opportunities became fewer and fewer. Many of the brothers even dipped into their own personal pockets to buy plane tickets, trophies and rent hotel ballrooms that were not defrayed by ticket sales.  And the increased price of everything which has affected every one of us hit the Wronger members as well.

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100 Percent Wrong Club100 Percent Wrong ClubThis writer suggested to the group that perhaps they could hold a ceremony for the Gaither winner. If there is a corporate type reading these words that might be able to help the club with this project , reach out to them at 100percentwrongclub .com or on the club’s social page via facebook at facebook.com/#1/pages/100-Wrong Club/138145409582324.

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SIAC HOOPS: In an interview a few weeks ago with Clark-AU Head basketball Coach Dale Brown, he mentioned that the competition in the conference was so keen that it was hard to gauge who could win visitation and the conference tournament championship. He’s right. The conference lead has changed almost half a dozen times. Now, Tuskegee is ruling the roost with CAU right behind  them in second place. CAU will not face Tuskegee any more this regular season so Brown and his boys will have to hope for help from conference colleagues if they expect to repeat as tournament champs

XTRA POINTS: Tight or non-existent sponsorship funds claimed another casualty this year. The Cactus Bowl, an All-Star game of Division II gridders, had to fold its tent this year. This game was once called the Snow Bowl and started in 1994 in Fargo North Dakota.  It moved to Kingsville Texas in 2001. Many HBCU players were selected to join the roster of 88 players selected……

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