Many people have heard announcer Al Michaels’ famous call when the underdog United States hockey team defeated Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”
The U.S. victory against Russia was dramatic enough, but Michaels’ call on the TV broadcast absolutely made the moment legendary. In fact, the game is now known by many as the Miracle on Ice.
Maybe officials from the City of Greenwood can convince Michaels to come to Greenwood and bring with him some of that magic. Because, when it comes to the annual City vs. County Food Drive, the city could use a miracle.
As you might know, the city and county participate in a little “friendly” competition each year about this time. The two governmental agencies compete to see which entity can collect the most pounds of food for charity.
The beneficiaries of the drive are the Food Bank of Greenwood County, Greater Greenwood United Ministry and the Soup Kitchen.
This year, the food drive will end with a weigh-in at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Greenwood Farmers Market. The governmental entity that collects the most pounds of food will take home the coveted Can of Corn Trophy.
The question is: Can the city finally — finally — get a victory in this friendly competition?
The city only won the City vs. County Food Drive on one occasion, and that was more than a decade ago. In fact, the exact year of the city’s lone victory is somewhat of a mystery. Even County Councilwoman Edith Childs — the organizer of the food drive and competition — has a hard time remembering the city’s last food drive win.
Put it this way: This is my 10th year working at the Index, and I’ve never covered a City vs. County Food Drive in which the city came away victorious.
When it comes to the annual food collecting competition, the city is the Washington Generals and the county is the Harlem Globetrotters. (Under this premise, county manager Toby Chappell would be Curly Neal. Same hairstyle.)
The City of Greenwood is the Chicago Cubs of food drive competitions: Lots of style, lots of good bars nearby, plenty of fawning media coverage, but precious few victories. The Lovable Losers.
I think it’s time to change all of that.
YOU CAN CALL ME biased — editor Richard Whiting calls me much worse — but I decided to throw my unabashed support behind the City of Greenwood for this year’s City vs. County Food Drive.
They need a win, folks. George W. Bush was in his first term the last time the city beat the county — we think. It might have been when Bill Clinton was in office. Hell, maybe Jimmy Carter. I’d need to go to the library and look through the microfilm.
As such, I’ve decided to support the city this year. Not just in print, but in practice. I plan to deliver 100 pounds of food to Mayor Welborn Adams, for the city’s cause.
You can get involved, too. If you would like to donate to the food drive through the city, you can bring your canned goods to the city manager’s office on the third floor of the Municipal Building before Jan. 27. In fact, go ahead and get it done early this week.
You could also bring food drive donations to me at the Index-Journal building at 610 Phoenix St. and I will carry the donations to City Hall.
Now, if you would like to donate to the food drive and, for whatever reason, you want your donation to go toward the county’s total, you can take those donations to the county manager’s office at Park Plaza.
However, I don’t know why you would choose the county over the city. That’s like rooting for the house in blackjack.
Remember, no matter which governmental entity wins the annual City vs. County Food Drive, all donations will benefit three very worthy charities. The Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and United Ministry are three extraordinarily important organizations in our town.
Times are tough, we all know that. There are those in Greenwood — families, children, real people — who don’t know where their next meal will come from. The Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and United Ministry are here to help meet that need.
And, hey, maybe the city can actually bring home the Can of Corn Trophy this year.
Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
Trainor is the senior staff writer at the Index-Journal. Contact him at 943-5650; email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow him on Twitter @IJCHRISTRAINOR. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.