Former GHS and Notre Dame star center John Sullivan may start as center for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Now, as a parent, I’m well aware of the ingratitude of children – sharper than a serpent’s tooth and all that – but I do wish Mr. Sullivan would pause and reflect on how I steered him toward the success he is enjoying today. John was on the baseball team I coached when he was about eight and maybe 4 1/2 feet tall and if I hadn’t been the most inept coach in Riverside (hey, it’s a volunteer position and they were desperate for any adult willing to show up on weekdays at 4:00 pm), he might have descended into a life of baseball -chewing tobaccy, late night bus trips from one meaningless minor league game to another, athlete’s foot, the whole bit. But no, out of despair, the boy abandoned baseball and discovered football where his great athletic talents blossomed. The rest is history, but is he grateful? Not so I’ve noticed – I haven’t heard from him since that dismal summer – we might have one one game, by default – memory fades, mercifully, even though I’ve followed his career. The guy probably thinks that growing to be 6’4, 300+ pounds plus endless summers of training were the key to success but I know better; I guess that knowledge will have to be my reward.