Take the Presidential Race ; Uh no! Let’s talk about hot dogs Instead

Published 8:20 am Monday, June 27, 2016

By Joe Joe Wright

A few weeks back in an attempt at a short and humorous anecdote. My grammar and political statements caught the airwaves and some guy in Billings, Montana called me a name and it wasn’t a good name either. So I have decided not to speak of the Presidential election any more in my columns. I will say though that I am an Independent and on my face book page is every thing you may ever want to know about the election. I must also address my pitiful grammar as I was chastised for it. First of all many times I do that on purpose. I mean I do know where commas go and periods sometimes, I mean I went to college and I studied more than just beer and women, though that was my Major but I digress I just ramble on sometimes.  Second of all from day one of my first writing back in March of 2015 I said, “ Get ready for 40 word sentences, poor grammar and misspelled words”. I have had three retired English teachers tell me that I printed a disclaimer so I am covered on that issue. So now I move on.

Sports, politics and hot dogs:

As just about anyone will tell you all three go together like peas and carrots, like beer and pretzels, like Kool-Aid and water, yall get the picture?

Many people when they get finished with their professional ball careers go into politics both republicans and democrats alike. Dave Bing, Walter Johnson, Jack Kemp, Steve Largent, Heath Shuler, JC Watts and I could just keep going on and on. Plus everyone knows that sports heroes make better politicians, well most of the time and nearly every President we have ever had has been a fanatic about one sport or another, you have to be because AMERICANS LOVE SPORTS!!!!!! It will be interesting to see if Peyton Manning becomes a US Senator or something. I am betting he does.

Now to the hot dog where did it come from well one story that riles serious hot dog historians is that the term “hot dog” came about as a word coined in 1901 at the New York Polo Grounds on a cold April day. Vendors were hawking hot dogs from portable hot water tanks shouting, “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” A New York Journal sports cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, observed the scene and hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell “dachshund” he simply wrote “hot dog!” The cartoon is said to have been a sensation, thus coining the term “hot dog.” However, historians have been unable to find this cartoon, despite Dorgan’s enormous body of work and his popularity. So now you know, “ the rest of the story.”joe joe 2