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All Bonner, All the Time-Creepy or Cool?

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All Bonner, All the Time-Creepy or Cool?

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In this age when you can buy a domain name and put it online for less cash than you spend on a typical trip to the grocery store, there are websites for practically everything (and yes, some of them can even be mentioned in family publications).

Interested in fly-fishing in Texas? Try www.texasflyfishing.com.

Curious about the "game of a thousand thrills"? Go to www.jai-alai.info.

Wondering where Grover Cleveland Alexander is buried? Check out www .thedeadballera.com, which is dedicated to locating the burial sites for former ball players. ("Old Pete," as the old-timer was known, can be found at the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul, Neb., by the way. Thanks, Deadball Era.)

And then there is the curious story of Matthew Robert Bonner, native son of Concord, N.H., and the starting center for the not-quite-dead-yet San Antonio Spurs. Imagine most any New Englander you've ever known, inflate him to 6' 10", and turn him loose on the NBA--that's Matt Bonner.

Bonner's New England frugality is legendary. In a league where players usually drive cars that are more expensive than the gross national product of Botswana, he owns a Pontiac Grand Prix. He has been known to eat virtually all his meals at Subway, and he gets his frequent diner card stamped after every sub.

In fact, that frugality earned him his nickname, the Red Rocket. Then he played for the Toronto Raptors, he was known to ride to games and practices on the city's public transit system, part of which is known as the "Red Rocket." Combine that with the fact that Bonner is a redhead, and it seemed pretty obvious. So does the fact that a fan in Toronto developed the ultimate Bonner fan page at www.the redrocket.net.

It's all Bonner, all the time. If there's a posting about the only player born in New Hampshire to make it to the NBA, it's been found, lauded, and linked to at TheRedRocket.net. This very article may also be a source of fodder, as was a recent posting at the Spurs' site that reveals in a Q&A that Bonner actually likes San Antonio drivers (since it hasn't rained since his arrival down here, he obviously hasn't seen us driving--and we use the term loosely--on wet roads).

What probably helps the site is Bonner's aw-shucks personality, which plays well to interviewers. …

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