Reading something Cathy Ingalls wrote about rock and roll the other day, I was moved to, well, lol as we young people say. Cathy is a great person and a super reporter, but on some topics her wording comes off as a bit on the square side, and thus was I moved to guffaw.
Which prompted copy editor Kate Schell to say:
“Steve, sometimes when you laugh, you sound just like my Uncle Phil.”
“Well, that’s pretty appropriate, because we always say Kim” — news editor Kim Jackson — “looks like Dr. Phil.”
He really does. Stop by sometime and cast your gaze upon him and you’ll know what I’m talking about. (When he was younger and had more hair — Kim, I mean, not Phil — I always thought he also sort of looked like 1970s David Crosby.)
Anyway, Kate’s assessment prompts this week’s list, my Top 7 Phils:
1) Phil Packer. This was who Peter Brady pretended to be — “a swinging guy from another high school” — so he could handle double-dating duties with Greg in a memorable “Brady Bunch” episode.
2) Phil Connors, Bill Murray’s character in “Groundhog Day.”
3) Phil Mickelson, inspiration to left-handed golfers everywhere.
4) Phil Ford, former North Carolina basketball star and NBA rookie of the year with the Kansas City Kings.
5) Phil Collins, rocker.
6) Phil Donahue, talk show host.
7) Phil Spector, music producer.
And today’s Catch of the Day, No. 21, earns honorable mention on the Top 7. Chicago Cubs first baseman Phil Cavarretta was the 1945 National League MVP, and here’s a Spalding Cavarretta glove that I got on eBay for around $12 maybe five years ago: