Heartsick over the ol' ball coach

Updated: September 22, 2004, 7:46 AM ET
By Beano Cook | ESPN Insider
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    Metamucil fails to help. Bayer aspirin gives the same results. Viagra never helps. Neither do its cousins.

    Chicken soup -- oy! -- takes care of the sniffles, but nothing else.

    "What's the problem, Dr. Hawkeye?" the patient asks.

    "Let me have Hot Lips give you a heart scan," the doctor answers.

    After a blood test and x-rays, the illness finally is discovered.

    "You have something serious," the doctor says. "You have a terrible case of Spurrier-itis. It seems to be a virus that occurs mostly in Florida -- especially in Gainesville, Lake City, Ocala and Jacksonville."

    The doctor wipes his brow.

    "I can't understand it, though," he mutters. "There are very few cases in Tallahassee."

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    Carroll H. "Beano" Cook joined ESPN in March 1986 and served as a college football studio commentator and occasional sideline reporter, in addition to offering college football commentary on ESPN Radio. He died in October 2012.