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Horseshoes Star a Dead Ringer for a Printer —Cagle

September 2010
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It's certainly not the first time that Francis has received such high recognition. You can find a trading card (shown above) of Alan Francis in the 2010 Allen & Ginter set released by sports card king Topps. His is card No. 48, and there is an autographed version, along with a black miniature parallel, a relics jersey card and a framed silk card, of which only 10 exist. The packs of cards can be found in retail stores and are readily available online at eBay.

"It's a real thrill to be featured in the same set with the likes of Albert Pujols and A-Rod," Francis related.

Truth be known, given his horseshoe dominance, Pujols and Alex Rodriguez should be honored to be included in the same set as Alan Francis.

NO LAUGHING MATTER: When NBA star LeBron James decided to switch teams, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat via free agency, it prompted Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert to launch into a legendary tirade, a jilt manifesto not seen or heard since Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know."

This is old news to you by now, of course. Gilbert was socked with a heavy fine by the NBA for his borderline scathing indictment of James via an open letter to the city of Cleveland and its basketball fans that was posted on the team's Website. In the letter, he called James' move to Miami a "cowardly betrayal." But Gilbert received even more heat (ha-ha) for, of all things, his use of the Comic Sans font in the letter.

A creation of Microsoft back in the 1990s, it was intended to be a fun font reminiscent of comic book lettering. The style soon fell out of favor and was transformed from camp status to scorned. There's actually a movement to 86 the font, led by the Website The site's author decries its usage with the proclamation, "These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built."

For those who don't appreciate the typography faux pas, the basic transgression on Gilbert's part was using such a cartoonish-looking font to convey a serious message, completely inappropriate for his intention. After all, you wouldn't create a birthday party invitation in a gothic-looking font, unless the guest of honor sports purple hair, dark eyeliner and black clothing. PI

—Erik Cagle



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