Update on Art Downs

I just got off the phone with a friend of the family — Mrs Downs had stepped out of the room for a while — and she said that Art was doing fine. The surgeon told them that there had been surprisingly little damage to his heart from such a major attack, and things were looking pretty good. They have just pulled out some of the various tubes stuck into Art, and he might actually go to a non-ICU room if one opens up this afternoon.

They now have my cell phone number, and I’m hoping for more information later today.

24 Comments

  1. Let’s hope the news continues to be good. Art always sounded like a tough old bird.

    PS Note to York: Vikings 27, Ravens 10. Favre kicking ass as usual!

  2. Eric:
    Let’s hope the news continues to be good. Art always sounded like a tough old bird.

    PS Note to York: Vikings 27, Ravens 10. Favre kicking ass as usual!

    Been a bad three weeks.

  3. Glad to hear that Art has come through the operation with a positive outcome.

    Eric:“PS Note to York: Vikings 27, Ravens 10. Favre kicking ass as usual!”

    Whatever became of the Twins? That said, the Phillies could well run into that same steam roller, the best that money can buy. I am kind of amazed that the Yankees ever lose!

  4. Yorkshire:
    Eric:
    Let’s hope the news continues to be good. Art always sounded like a tough old bird.

    PS Note to York: Vikings 27, Ravens 10. Favre kicking ass as usual!

    Ended with Ravens missing a FG with 2 seconds left, Vikes won 33-31. Can’t say the Ravens ass was kicked too bad.

  5. Bleh, the hated Cleveland Browns moved out of Cleveland to create “that college team from Maryland.” I was glad the Cleveland Browns came back into existence so I, a Steeler fan, could hate them again. But, I’m kinda not too much interested in the NFL since the NFL has decided to create a child with ObamaNation and the leftist liars. Oh well.

  6. Whatever became of the Twins?

    Don’t ask. I was at the game (the last to ever be played in the Dome) and left at the beginning of the 9th inning. Tho being only behind 2-1. I just had a bad premonition, and turned out I was right as the Yankeees scored two more runs, then our guys bombed out in the bottom of the ninth.

    The problem was the Yankees just didn’t make any mistakes, and our guys made several crucial ones, and always at the wrong time, like getting tagged out between 3rd & home in the bottom of the 8th when we needed desperately to score.

    PS Have the Raiders game on. They are Dana’s favorite team, and since I’ve always hated the Raiders, I will of course cheer for them to lose. Since they are playing Philly, I assume we will (for once) be on the same side of an issue?

  7. John Hitchcock:
    Bleh, the hated Cleveland Browns moved out of Cleveland to create “that college team from Maryland.” I was glad the Cleveland Browns came back into existence so I, a Steeler fan, could hate them again. But, I’m kinda not too much interested in the NFL since the NFL has decided to create a child with ObamaNation and the leftist liars. Oh well.

    After that hit by Ray Lewis that almost Zero Cinco on the moon, I wouldn’t want Ray to tap me on the shoulder. :-)

  8. Yorkie, I’d put your Ray “I want 4 linemen not 3 to protect me” Lewis against my “my hair is my name” any time. But I won’t be keeping up with NFL stuff any time in the near future. To blazes with Goodell and Sharpton and their ilk.

  9. Raiders still suck. Philly just blew it at the end with poor passing & even worse clock management their last defensive stand. Who in their right mind calls two time outs with 20 seconds to the 2 minute warning?

    PS Your fans look like extras from a Dawn of the Dead movie …

  10. Actually, the two timeouts before the two-minute warning were pretty smart ones; a lot of coaches would have done that, counting on their defense to get the ball back with more time remaining, even though they would be out of time-outs. This forced Oakland to make that last first down to retain possession. Had the Raiders not converted, the Eagles would have gotten the ball back with about 1:50 remaining. Of course, the Eagles didn’t help themselves — except to help themselves to the exit — with that boneheaded personal foul at the end.

  11. It didn’t help that Akers missed two field goals from distances that tend to be automatic for him.

    Also, Peters’ injury in the first quarter hurt quarterback protection for McNabb, and the Raiders exploited it with their vast array of blitzes. They took away the Eagles’ passing game.

    Excuses aside, this outcome is an example that there is not a whole lot of difference between the better teams and the inferior teams in the NFL. So then you ask: What about the Patriot’s slaughter of the lowly Titans: 59-0!

    Now let’s talk about the Phillies: 11-0! OMG!! On a roll!!!

  12. Perry:
    What about the Patriot’s slaughter of the lowly Titans: 59-0!

    Now let’s talk about the Phillies: 11-0! OMG!! On a roll!!!

    CBS invoked the mercy rule and cut them off.

    And where were the runs from Filets on Sat?????

  13. Now let’s talk about the Phillies: 11-0! OMG!! On a roll!!!

    That wasn’t a game, it was a disaster movie! Wished I’d have spent that time watching the Bears play the Falcons, which I finally did after the 8th inning.

    Well Perry, your teams were 1 for 2 yesterday. Looks like you were right about your team. Hell, they might even beat the Yankees!

  14. Right now, the Phillies have strong, strong starting pitching; if Charlie Manuel hadn’t had to go to the bullpen on Friday, they’d have won game 2 as well.

  15. Actually, the two timeouts before the two-minute warning were pretty smart ones; a lot of coaches would have done that, counting on their defense to get the ball back with more time remaining, even though they would be out of time-outs.

    The first timeout I can sorta see. But then they called another with 2 seconds to go before the two minute warning, which essentially functions as a “free” time out. Why burn up a crucial time out to save a mere two seconds on the clock? Save it for after the two minute warning, when it really counts.

    Dumb ass decisions like that late in the game are usually the realm of the Vikings coaching staff, especially under Denny Green.

  16. I spoke with one of Mrs Downs’ friends this afternoon. They had left the hospital for the day. Art was still waiting for a private room to open up, to be transferred there from CCU, and he might actually be discharged in a few days.

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