No football on TV today? Oh, yes, there is.
It's not a game but a remarkable football tale that involves local ex-greats Bob St. Clair and Dick Colombini and possibly the best, most honorable college team ever to play the game.
At 4 p.m., ESPN premieres the documentary, '51 Dons. It stars the University of San Francisco team that went undefeated in 1951 and was invited to play in the Orange Bowl in Florida, but declined.
Bowl officials in the South had specifically excluded from the bowl invitation the Dons' two black players, Burl Toler and Ollie Matson.
The entire team, a clearly phenomenal squad that produced nine pro players and three inductees to the NFL Hall of Fame, responded that they would sit out the Orange Bowl rather than play along with the racist exclusion of two of its members.
"We pulled out of the Bowl bid because it was the right thing to do, and the only thing to do — we were a family," said Santa Rosan St. Clair, who went on to become a 49er and Hall of Famer.
Eight years ago, USF bestowed honorary doctorates on him, Colombini, the former president of Colombini Construction in Santa Rosa, and all other surviving members of the '51 Dons.
The documentary that airs across the country today is based on the book, "Undefeated, Untied and Uninvited," by Kristine Clark. She's also a great fan and friend of St. Clair and has chronicled his propensity to eat his beef before anyone can cook it.
PEN OR SWORD? The Horizon Airlines plane Sheila Montemayor very much hoped to fly to L.A. on Friday morning left without her as TSA agents questioned her about the "weapon" they found in her purse and then summoned a sheriff's deputy.
Montemayor said the incident was ridiculous, as the object was simply a metal ink pen. But she also found it abusive.
The Santa Rosa woman and her husband, JP, said they don't mind that the Sonoma County Airport TSA agents viewed the pen as a weapon. They said one agent mistakenly called it a "kubaton," a small self-defense device that can be carried on a key chain.
What the Montemayors contend is that the concerned TSA agents should simply have confiscated the pen. Sheila Montemayor said she offered to throw it away.
But what happened, she said, is the agents took her boarding pass and driver's license, had her baggage removed from the plane and summoned a deputy. She said she felt she was being detained because the agents told her that were she to leave the airport, police would come looking for her.
She and her husband said a deputy did arrive and quickly concluded the pen was just a pen. But by then, the airplane Montemayor needed to get her to a family emergency was gone.
When I asked a TSA agent about the incident Friday evening, he said no one there could speak to me about it. Sheila Montemayor successfully boarded a flight that evening, without the disputed pen in her purse.
THAT NEW SUBARU that Sebastopol's Katie Anderson is driving is her latest confirmation that people are good and life is stunning.
Anderson is a 60-year-old psychotherapist, mother of two and wife of attorney MaryClare Lawrence. When she made a funding pledge to KQED last fall, she never expected she would win the incentive raffle of a 2014 Subaru Forester and she half-wondered if the community broadcaster really would give away a car.
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