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Head on this tale, More than a coin flip

October 28, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

About two weeks ago, I wrote the headline "Schilling's ankle requires surgery," and the subhead "Season may be over for Red Sox ace."

Schilling still needs surgery to repair a torn sheath which covers two tendons in his ankle. Because of the tear, one of the tendons can dislocate and rub against the bone. This is not a hangnail. This is not a bruise. This is a legit injury.

Yet somehow, Schilling has thrown 12 innings - six in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and six more in Game 2 of the World Series - since I wrote that headline and subhead, has not allowed an earned run in either start and was the winning pitcher in both.

In case it hasn't sunk in yet ... this should not be possible!

So, please, stop comparing what Schilling is doing to what Willis Reed did for the New York Knicks years ago.

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Reed gave his team a psychological lift by taking the floor for Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but on the court, he did very little.

Schilling has given Boston a lot more than just a psychological lift, he's carried the Red Sox on his shoulders at much less than 100 percent, twice.

What Reed did isn't even close to what Schilling has done.

ยท Several months ago, I criticized the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball program for the lack of local athletes on the roster, so I owe it a round of applause now.

Five Hagerstown athletes - sophomores Cole Bellon and Clif Carey and freshmen David Miner, Bernard Harris and Marshall Branch - are all part of this year's Hawks. Miner, of course, set the Washington County Public Schools career scoring record at South Hagerstown last season. The other four are all products of North Hagerstown's program.

Now that these five are playing for the Hawks' hoops team, it is my hope they enjoy the kind of support they received while playing in the uniforms of the Hubs and Rebels - even while I admit it's going to be different seeing Miner, Harris and Branch all on the same team.

Dan Kauffman is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 7520, or by e-mail at kauffman@herald-mail.com

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