GOVERNOR PERLES?

     He called in Wednesday on his own when he heard me asking about it... George Perles confirmed what I'd heard-- that he is seriously running for Governor in 2010.  "Why not?" he said.  Perles believes he has the energy, knowledge, enthusiasm, contacts and background to take on such a job.  Jennifer Granholm is under term limits.  Even if Lieutenant Governor John Cherry takes over if Granholm leaves to join the Obama Administration, George says he'll be undeterred.  "Bring 'em on" he said.

     At age 69, Perles does not want to get bored.  He seems serious enough.  He says he'll check out his possibilities over the next few months and make a final determination early next year.  Perles is a Democratic member of the MSU board of trustees.  He says his health will not be an issue.  Stay tuned.

     The Detroit Lions have made no commitment to a starting quarterback yet for Sunday's home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Lions, 0-8, are touchdown underdogs.  Both newcomer Daunte Culpepper and former Spartan Drew Stanton both want to start and both are getting equal looks in practice.  Culpepper is 31 and signed a two year contract this week.  Dan Orlovsky has a cast on his injured thumb and apparently is out for several weeks.

     Ovid-Elsie High School running back Chris Robinson is my pick for mid Michigan player of the year.  He's only a junior but he is being recruited by MSU, Central and Western and he likes all three.  Robinson has run for more than 1,700 yards and his 9-1 Marauders host 9-1 Portland for a district championship at 7pm Friday.

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