Rooting for 'my' team

April 25, 2002|BY DAN SPEARS

The stock question got the stock answer the other night. But after looking at it again, it probably shouldn't have.

OK, now that I've lost you, I'll explain. Someone asked me the other day who I was rooting for at a high school game I was covering.

Quickly, and without a second thought, I said, "I'm rooting for no one, unless we're close to the 10-rule rule."

A smattering of laughter followed, and I didn't worry about it again.

But as I drove back to the office, I replayed the game in my head, and that conversation came up again.

And yeah, I guess I do sometimes root for people.

I root for the good guys.

I root for coaches that call us or send us their information without fail, whether they win big or lose big.


I root for kids that are just good kids: A hustler on the field, and a gentleman or woman off it.

I root for kids that say, "Man, I'm a terrible interview," but still try to give you something to work with.

I root for people that appreciate the game in question.

And I root for the underdog.

But all that happens when I'm sitting here in the office and proof-reading the area roundup. When I'm at the game, I'll keep my mouth shut.

Unless I'm answering another stock question.

Other thoughts rambling through my mind lately:

n I read a great story about this "Team Sports" class that kids can take in schools in Frederick County. It's not in Washington County yet. But I hope it is soon.

With the old timers' require-four-years of physical education being phased out at many schools, it makes it tough for kids to stay active.

Personally, I never minded P.E. No, I wasn't the greatest athlete in the world, but I was pretty good at pickleball (think life-size ping-pong).

And with so many athletes in schools today, it would be another way to keep them on their toes during the day. At Catoctin, baseball and softball players get to hit and field in the dead of winter. I don't know if I'd like that option in Thurmont in January, but it's at least an option.

Any chance of this happening in Washington County? Good question ...

n The Blue Jays, Orioles and Devil Rays are in the same division. So are the Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants and Dodgers.

Something in this world is not right.

n Matt Wagner's not a bad shot when it comes to air hockey, but he gets taken on the short-sided bank a little too much.

n Hey, I'm not the only one that didn't pick Maryland to win the whole thing, even after the Terps beat Kansas. Saw one of the guys from the barber shop (yes, you, Al DeRigo), and he said the Hoosiers were going to win.

I guess misery loves company.

Dan Spears is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at or 301-733-5131 ext. 2334.

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