Archive for Thursday, March 26, 2009

Letter: Finley column will be missed

March 26, 2009

To the editor:

I was sad to see that a favorite part of the paper will be coming to an end, Jim Finley's column. For many years from the Chieftain to the Sentinel, I always looked forward to reading Jim's column. Jim always had a unique way of describing whatever sports issue he was dealing with. I also think that Jim happens to be the foremost authority on Bonner Braves sports history. I will miss him recanting his stories. Jim and I go way back to the David Jaynes Football League and the summer ball programs when I was the athletic director for Edwardsville and he for Bonner Springs. We spent many a night calling in scores, checking names and just telling the story we had from the park or the football field. I loved it when Jim would retell stories of these times in his column. My favorite is the t-ball tournament story; he always seemed to fit that tale in once a year. I always enjoyed Jim sharing stories of his family and their sports escapades. I'm sure they enjoyed being in his columns. Jim has mentioned many people in his columns and told and retold many stories that, to me, never get old. His column will be missed and I for one will miss it most of all. Good luck to Jim and his wife. Thanks again for many years of your stories.

Julian Espinoza



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