(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Gooble, Gobble, Gooble, Gobble, one of us, one of us.
BE: Have you finally gone over the edge?
JB: No, siree. That's the chant from the 1932 MGM classic film "Freaks," in which circus side-show feaks welcome a newcomer as one of their own.
BE: And your point?
JB: With the debut yesterday of new Daily News sports columnists Ed Rendell, the former Guv is now "one of us."
BE: Oh, please.
JB: Seriously, check out the movie scene on YouTube. It looks exactly like an editors' meeting.
BE: I'll pass along the compliment.
JB: Also, check out the fine column from yesterday's Harrisburg Patriot-News by my colleague and fellow political columnist Laura Vecsey.
BE: A political column?
JB: Well, yesterday she wrote for the sports pages. She's a former sports writer for newspapers in New York, Baltimore and Seattle and she is, by the way, daughter of famed New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey.
BE: I'm more of a Pete Vecsey (NY Post) guy myself. But she's got good bloodlines.
JB: Indeed. She quotes other sports writers' advice for our new guy.
JB: My favorite is from David Kindred, author and former Washington Post sports columnist, who says, "Advice? You mean besides stay out of Conlin's way? Same as politics, Mr. Mayor: Tell it straight and duck."
BE: Nice, and a bouquet to King of the World Conlin.
JB: I also liked the comment from Arthur Pincus, former New York Times sport editor: "Ed Rendell's writing a sports column? What a wuss."
BE: A good one.
JB: Yep. So now next time we see His Edness we know how to greet him.
BE: Gooble, Gobble?
JB: ONE OF US, ONE OF US. GRRRR.