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Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: Beet crazy and other sweet and sour thoughts

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Food for thought for those who aren’t very hungry:

When I broke into this business, a sports writer gave me these quality-of-life words of wisdom:

“If you gave me a plate of tomatoes and a plate of s--t, I would choose the plate of s—t because I already know what a tomato tastes like.’’

His hatred of tomatoes made me laugh and I often wondered if given the choice, I would choose the dung over any food.

Maybe, beets.

Maybe.

My hatred of beets could rival his hatred of tomatoes and I am not alone.

Now beets are in the sporting world.

On our front page, Anthony Nasella wrote about our Boys Swimming Player of the Year, Aiden Farley, drinking beet juice this season on a suggestion his mother, Jennifer, made.

“She got me to drink beet juice, which tastes terrible,” he said. “Oh my gosh, I had to drink so much of it. It’s good for your endurance, but drinking it is still feels like a punishment.”

Before that, I read a Los Angeles Times story about how USC basketball players are also drinking beet juice this season.

"You ever have some spicy food, and it kind of comes back up?" forward Malik Martin told the paper. "That's what it tastes like."

The team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 so those guys are drinking a lot of it.

The theory is that drinking this hideous drink will allow athletes to do more physical activity while using up less energy.

Another use for it is to pour it on ice in your driveway or sidewalks to help it melt faster.

In my opinion, it’s better to have it in your driveway than in your mouth.

The $13 million question

So White Sox player Adam LaRoche is willing to retire and give up $13 million because management doesn’t want his kid in the clubhouse all the time?

If that was my choice, and I was really concerned about my son, I play one more year, take the $13 million and make sure the kid goes to the best college in the world.

Heck, for $13 million he could probably buy his kid a college – especially a state school in Illinois.

Cups and mugs

One of the cool things about covering high school sports is that you never know what’s going to happen to the people you write about or photograph in future years.

I’ve taken a few photos of Nile West’s Jewel Loyd four years ago and now she is on McDonald’s cups hawking the McDonald’s All-American Games at the United Center March 30.

I’ve also taken some shots of Kendrick Nunn when he played for Simeon and last week I saw his mug shot all over the place after the University of Illinois players was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Trump’s running mate should be…

OK, this has nothing to do with sports but back in the day when I was editor of the Reporter, I did a lot of columns about sports in the news section.

I don’t know if Donald Trump is actually going to win this thing or not in November but if he does, I am not afraid.

But I have a suggestion for his running mate – Orland Park native Bill Rancic.

Rancic won Trump’s first “The Apprentice” competition (I have to admit I liked that show) and has been trusted to build Trump Tower in Chicago.

If not, then Trump should call up actor Kevin Spacey, who plays the oily President Francis Underwood in “House of Cards.’’

I mean, if we’re going to get silly about this, let’s go all out.