Spell-bound by personal sports favorites

September 22, 2005|by ANDY MASON

Column, column, column.

Hmmm ... I guess I'll just have to spell it out.

- C is for Cowboys - or chokers.

I'm still pumped about Monday night's football game, in which the Redskins erased a late 13-0 deficit in a matter of minutes to beat rival Dallas, 14-13.

Around midnight Monday, I was very angry with myself for spending my precious night off work stuck in front of the TV.

After the game ended around 12:30, I spent at least the next hour flipping from station to station to watch the highlights over and over again.


- O is for Orioles.

I still can't believe they were in first place in the A.L. East for two months this season.

First place?! Two months?!

The question now is more like, "How did that happen?" rather than "What went so wrong?"

- L is for losses.

The Redskins and the Penn State football team, somewhat surprisingly, both have none.

In May, I was sure the Orioles were going to the World Series, much like I'm thinking Super Bowl and BCS right now.

Hope is the last thing ever lost. That's an Italian proverb.

- U, likewise, is for undefeated.

On Sept. 22 last year, the Middletown, Tuscarora and Mercersburg Academy football teams were a combined 2-6.

This season, they're a combined 7-0.

- M is for Milwaukee's Best.

I wish that was the preferred beer of colleague Tim Koelble. But no, he likes Guinness, a bit more pricey.

In April, I bet him a 12-pack that the O's would finish with a better record than his Cleveland Indians. So, I decided to go double or nothing, taking Penn State over his Ohio State Buckeyes on Oct. 8.

George Herbert, the 17th-century poet, defined hope as "the poor man's bread." I call it the betting sports fan's beer money.

- N is for needs, of which the Orioles seemingly have many.

But it's easier to start with what they don't need - star veterans on steroids, star veterans who clearly aren't taking steroids anymore and relief pitchers with the initials J.J., who clearly aren't dynamite.

I'm not sure how to spell it out any more clearly.

Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at

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