The Starting Five


Public, private

by on Nov.06, 2013, under Miscellaneous

I wrote a column that appeared in print recently with some comments and suggestions regarding golf and the public/private schools.
Got some emails in response and my reply to those and others is the following:
I don’t have enough room to print everything that is by the rule when it comes to this has to be that way, another thing this way etc etc. The ideas were simply presented.
Yes, I’ve been around long enough to know the private schools have to be a member of the state school system to compete in state playoffs. They do not need to be a member in order to compete in something such as a county soccer tournament involving public and private schools.
There simply are too many people around this county that fall into the negative category.
When it comes to golf, a sport I love, I must say the current setup in this state is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve been saying this for years but again, there aren’t enough people around in the system willing to make change.
Oh well ……..

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I’m still alive

by on Sep.14, 2012, under Miscellaneous

Just a bunch of nothing as a spend another day at Meritus Medical Center for reasons not beyond beyond my control. Notice there? Usually the excuse is “reasons beyond …” NOT inclued.
It’s my fault to easily admit I am at fault for my conditions, which now have included a form of pneumenia …. And I wonder why I haven’t been so active this summer? I’ve hardly played golf this summer, have been lazy around the house and in general just haven’t been myself.
I hope to resume slight activity inthe ofice here very soon and elsewhere. Seeyou all soon.

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Getting back to blogging

by on Jan.09, 2012, under Miscellaneous

Gee, you’d think I was out of the country. Maybe I have been but didn’t know it. Time to get back to this blogging thing, it’s only been a month since I did it.

Quick comments:
Tonight (Monday) My prediction is LSU 16, Alabama 13 in the BCS Championship.
My Notre Dame team (basketball) gets beat in D.C. by Maryland but goes on the road and beats a much tougher Louisville. Mmmm.
Loved every minute, well most of them, with Denver beating the Steelers on Sunday. The Towel can go into hibernation for another year.
I’m really wondering whether Colt McCoy is the answer for my Browns. How about getting Flynn away from Green Bay?
The PGA golf season is just around the corner. Will Tiger Woods win a major this year? If he doesn’t I don’t think he will reach Nicklaus’ record of 18. More importanly, will I ever get a hole-in-one.
The NBA season has returned …. so what !

Well, that’s it for now. At least I know where I can still blog. I’ll be back very, very soon. Gotta get all my boys high school basketball thoughts down.

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The final countdown

by on Jul.27, 2011, under Miscellaneous, Youth Sports

We have arrived to the championship round of the Maryland 11-12 State Little League tournament after Conococheague knocked out Northern Calvert 8-4 on Wednesday night at Maugansvile Little League’s Jay W. Stouffer Field.
Two are left standing: Thursday night a 6 Conococheague begins the task of having to defeat Elkton not only once, but again on Friday to claim a state championship, one it last claimed in 2009.
While Elkton has churned out three victories without defeat, Conococheague has won three games in the losers’ bracket following a loss Sunday to Northern Calvert.
On Wednesday, it was a different story with the bats. A four-run first inning boosted the locals and Levi Taylor pitched 5 2/3 innings for the win.
We’ve had fun streaming each and every game of the tournament live on our website and if you’ve tuned in at any time, hope that you’ve enjoyed view and the play-by-play. We’ll be at it again tonight and if necessary, on Friday also.
The tournament itself, under the direction of District Adminstrator Larry Hammond and his crew of game directors, along with Maugansville Little League president Kelly Colbert and his volunteers from within, have done a marvelous job with the state tournament.
They have proven that the choice of Maugansville as a host site was not a mistake.

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This will be fun

by on Jul.22, 2011, under Miscellaneous

Beginning Saturday, the Herald-Mail will stream live games from the Maryland 11-12 State Little League tournament from Maugansville.
Even though the heat is likely to be a nuisance, I’ll be there with a microphone providing play-by-play throughout the tournament.
Myself and Herald-Mail sports Editor Mark Keller will be sharing duties throughout the tournament. Mark will do Saturday’s first game at 1 p.m. and I’ll be doing the next two games at 4 and 7 p.m.
Tune into to listen. And if you feel so inclined you can drop me a note on what you thought.
It’s a throwback to some old days of mine when I dabbled in play-by-play and color back in the Cleveland area for several years doing prep sports and some Little League stuff.
So, it should be fun.

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Top 10 Most Dramatic Moments in Sports History

by on Jul.13, 2011, under Miscellaneous

If you read my column in Thursday’s Herald-Mail, you’d already know that I disagree with ESPN’s inclusion of Abby Wambach’s goal in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup soccer match.

Dramatic? Yes. Top 10? No way.

So here is my list of the Top 10 Most Dramatic Moments in Sports History, complete with links to video clips. (continue reading…)

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Back to work we go

by on Jul.04, 2011, under Miscellaneous

Well, just returned to work from vacation. Isn’t it always good to get back to the grind? Uh huh …..
Good golf, good visit with family and friends back in Cleveland.
The only thing that went wrong boiled around my laptop, which decided to crash and become history. Other than that things were good.
Now it’s back to blogging, since I didn’t take the time to do any recently.
Observations while away:
I was impressed by Sharpsburg Little League in the 9-10 tournament, winning six games in six days to reach Tuesday’s final.
I was even more impressed that my Indians nearly took another series sweep from Keller’s Reds, but still ended winning 5 of 6 on the season.
I was totally blown away at how Fausto Carmona, a pitcher for the Indians, could look so clumsy running to first base, falling flat on his face.
I was surprised Nadal and Sharapova each lost at Wimbledon.
But now, it’s back to the grind, uh huh …..
And the first piece of news on Monday?
Bryce Harper being promoted to Double-A Harrisburg by the Nationals. Hope you had a chance to see him while he was in Hagerstown.
We’re racing thru summer.
The 11-12 Little League tournament starts up Wednesday.
I think it’s time to start tracking down fall high school schedules, etc. etc.
Won’t be long until practice begins for fall sports … just around the corner in Maryland and the football season starts here on Sept. 2.

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Local coverage

by on May.02, 2011, under Miscellaneous

I have a few things to put together for the upcoming days and in beginning to do so, one thing stuck out at me ….

Take a look at Monday’s Area Roundup online or in print ….. It is HUGE and I mean HUGE …. Don’t anyone ever say we don’t cover Washington County and other areas from the Tri-State that report information ….. And besides the area roundup, the staffed games.

Dan Kauffman pulled the last twinge of hair out of the left side of his head tonight putting all this together …. from the phone calls and emails everyone took in the office.


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Bumblee bees in my pants

by on Apr.29, 2011, under Miscellaneous

Ever have that feeling when you can’t go anywhere, you’re sitting around and have itches in your brichtes, like bees in your pants? Yep, that’s me today on this 29th day of April, where in a few hours I should be getting out an on my way to covering a high school baseball game.
But that won’t happen …. Out of the ICU room at Meritus Medical at least …. but not out of the hospital …. the lead doctor just won’t give me the nod to get home ….
Thanks to Bob and Dan for picking up the baseball statistics for Friday’s edition of the Herald-Mail. The only things are I hope most of what I had early, plus standing etc. were good to go and that nothing was missed. And of course, I missed our weekly taping the H-M Insiders.
It’s a bitch realizing you let yourself get up against the wall before doing anything about the problem until it happens. And as time goes on, it’s hell realizing a word you are typing in here is two or three ahead of the one you are actually thinking of, and pecking away at the keyboard on, leaving the obvious disparity in making sense.
I can only hope to get back to somewhat of the normality I was it …. I just can’t do my job half-assed.

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Time flies by

by on Apr.27, 2011, under Miscellaneous

So much so there are times you don’t know where it is going to unless you are unaware of the surroundings and what you have built around you that you tend to not want to recognize that are problems in your life.
I’ve just not been myelf….. In fact you won’t believe this (if i had a camera it would well tell the story) .. I am getting a neubelizer treatment in my ICU bet at Meritaus Meridal.
Things are going good since a Monday problem required a visit to the hospital.
It also forced me to miss by 2nd day of work in 9 1/2 years at the Herald-Mail ….
I want to get up and going, got things to do, but the docs won’t let me at this time ….. looks like I might be laid up in bed longer that desired.

It ‘s not usual that I go all this time without blogging, so I hope to get back to some regularity soon.

Too much baseball and golf to report on and talk about ….. c ya around

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