Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 5, 2012

AFC and NFC fans at Fly Kuts agree they are all fans of No. 44

BLUEFIELD — Fly Kuts on Bluefield Avenue is the place — and that’s THE with all capital letters — to talk sports, but don’t ask it’s proprietor, Willis “Fly” Wilson, for a prediction on tonight’s Super Bowl game.

“I wouldn’t hang points on Ahmad,” Wilson, a 1993 Bluefield High School graduate said. “I wouldn’t do that to him. Of course, I’m for Ahmad (Bradshaw) and I want him to win. I just won’t say it will be by this or that many points. As long as it’s Ahmad’s game and he’s playing, I’m for him. I’m really a Raiders fan, but I’m for Ahmad.”

Bradshaw, who played high school football for the Graham High School G-Men and graduated in 2004, piled up an incredible 5,265 yards rushing and scored 92 touchdowns for the late, great Glynn Carlock before heading into the collegiate ranks. After staring at Marshall University, Bradshaw made the leap into the NFL’s G-Men, the New York Giants.

“I started cutting Ahmad’s hair in his junior year,” Wilson said as he continued giving Deontae Beaty a haircut. “I remember when he brought his highlight reel here after his senior season. He really had some great moves.”

Wilson had some powerful moves of his own as a starter in Coach Fred Simon’s full-house backfield that included a pair of speedsters — Donny Rozzel and Raymond Isabel.  Coach Simon let me carry the ball a few times,” Wilson said, and smiled. While he had cut hair through his younger years, Wilson went to school to be a barber in 1997.

“I cut Ahmad’s hair during his last two years in high school,” Wilson said. “He even stopped in here a few times when he was in college and has stopped by since he got drafted. I’m for Ahmad.”

“I called about getting tickets to the game in Indianapolis on the Friday before the conference championships, and the ticket office told me they were $1,986 each,” J.C. Hunt said as he walked into Fly Kuts with a grandson and granddaughter in tow. Hunt was wearing a Giants ballcap. “I’ve been a Giants fan since Ahmad was drafted,” he said.

“I told the guy at the ticket office that I didn’t want to go unless the Giants were in, and he told me that if the Giants get in, the price will go up,” he said.

“When I called them back on Monday after the conference championships, they had jumped up to $2,500. Now they’re $2,800.

“Ahmad paid $800 each for the 13 tickets he got,” Hunt said. He ran down the list of family members who are traveling to Indianapolis for the game, starting with Ahmad’s grandmother. He said they were all planning to leave early Saturday morning for the game. Hunt is one of Bradshaw’s cousins, but he’ll be watching the game on television.

“My prediction is 28-17 Giants,” Lee Cole said after taking in all the discussion. “And I predict tickets are going for $3,000 or more now.”

“They got to knock (Tom) Brady down 16 or 18 times to stay in it,” Hurt said.

“If they don’t get pressure on him all game long, they’ll have a hard time pulling off the upset.”

Bradshaw earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants as a rookie in 2008, and was the game’s leading rusher with 45 yards when the Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and spoiled the Patriots’ bid for perfect season.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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