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Singer: Lyle Lovett

More people probably know that Lyle Lovett was married to Julia Roberts than know his music. That's understandable...but tragic. Uploaded by blogs.stltrib.com.

Lyle Lovett has only had one single hit the top ten of the Country chart, “Cowboy Man” (1986). But he’s won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989 for “Lyle Lovett and His Large Band” and Best Country Album in 1996 for “The Road to Ensenada.” I think it’s safe to say he’s not that concerned about singles.

While Lovett has always been categorized as a country artist, even a brief encounter with his music reveals him to be influenced by jazz, gospel, and blues. When he performs with his Large Band, his sound is clearly more closely identified with blues than country.

As a songwriter, he pens lyrics both quirky and smart. Take this verse from “If I Had A Boat”:

Now the mystery masked man was smart, he got himself a Tonto
‘Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
But Tonto, he was smarter, and one day said, Kemo Sabe
Well kiss my ass I bought a boat, I’m going out to sea

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In addition to music, Lovett has acted in a number of TV shows and movies. He moved from the secluded world of underappreciated musician to the national stage in 1993 when he married Julia Roberts. They’d met on a movie set, were married after three weeks, and divorced in less than two years. America looked at Lovett, then looked at Roberts, and said, “Huh?”

Lovett’s Texas roots come through in both his phrasing and his attitude. He attended Texas A&M University, where he studied – get this – German and journalism. The most interesting fact about his time in college was his roommate, another eccentric musician — Robert Earl Keen. Imagine the jam sessions in that dorm room…

Sports: “Bear” Bryant

A national championship will get you a ride on the shoulders, but you may lose your hat. Photo by Jerry Lodriguss, The Times Picayune.

A national championship will get you a ride on the shoulders, but you may lose your hat. Photo by Jerry Lodriguss, The Times Picayune.

Paul “Bear” Bryant was born in Arkansas, and coached at Maryland, Kentucky, and Texas A&M. But just look at the man. Has there ever been a face that says “Alabama” more than this one?

At retirement, Bryant had the most wins of any coach in college football history. During his 25 years as head coach of the Crimson Tide, he won six national championships and 13 SEC conference titles. He was national coach of the year three times, and the trophy is now the “Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant Award”.

With the famous houndstooth hat. Uploaded by nndb.com.

With the famous houndstooth hat. Uploaded by nndb.com.

One of the startling things about Bryant’s career is the number of his players who became successful head coaches themselves. They include Bill Battle (Tennessee), Mike DuBose (Alabama), Danny Ford (Clemson), Ray Perkins (NY Giants), Mike Reilly (Oregon State), Jackie Sherrill (Pittsburgh, Texas A&M), Steve Sloan (Duke, Ole Miss), Jack Pardee (Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins), Gene Stallings (Alabama), Jerry Claiborne (Virginia Tech, Maryland), Charlie McClendon (LSU), and Howard Schnellenberger (Miami, Louisville).

Bryant had that country wisdom that makes sense across all walks of life. He said, “It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” And, “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”

All I can say is, Put me in, coach!