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Parasiliti: Walking, wandering, wondering ...

August 21, 2011
  • Bob Parasiliti
Bob Parasiliti

Hmmm. Time: 35 minutes. Incline: 4.0 percent. Speed: 3.5 mph.

Its treadmill time again. I’ll turn my mind on autopilot while marching in place. Hey, maybe I’ll come up with a column while in the altered state. I’ll let it wander and make no sense. … No one will ever know the difference.

Here goes nothing.

Ummm. I don’t know why, but I have the urge to write about Martinsburg football coach David Walker or former Shepherd women’s basketball coach Jodie Runner …

Runner on first and second and Bryce Harper is up. I wonder if 2011 was a reality check for Harper. I wonder what hurts more right now, his hamstring or his pride? He spent his entire life outplaying older kids on the baseball diamond. This year, he was a well-watched face in the crowd. There were only a few times he made people say, “Wow.”  …

Wow, if there were woodchips on the floor, I’d really know how a hamster feels …

It feels funny to see Maryland’s football team starting to make a drive with an Edsall behind the wheel. It makes you wonder, “What if …”

If there were three young ladies in the school gym locker when I noticed they were looking at me, would I walk this way? …

The way things are going, I wonder if this is what Stephen Strasburg signed up for. He is a great talent and has dealt well with his injury as he works to make himself bigger and better. Still, he’s in a no-win situation. If he pitches well during rehab, he’s beating up on minor leaguers. If he falters, it’s like Superman tripping over his cape. He has to be wondering what’s what …

What was the old song … “Oh, I will walk just two miles and I must walk two more just to fall at my door,” or something like that …

That is hard to believe. Why does high school soccer continue to commit suicide? Every year, the Washington County tournament starts on the same day as football openers. Every year, there are complaints about coverage and fan support. Crowds are dwindling and you decide to share the spotlight with a more popular sport? You wouldn’t have this problem if this were England. Obviously there’s more than meets the eye …

I can’t help but feeling like I’m on this treadmill going nowhere fast …

Things are a whole lot faster than when I was a kid. When I was growing up, kids didn’t know how to speak to anyone who wasn’t a parent or an invisible friend. I was amazed at how Conococheague Little League’s players handled interviews. They were great, both before and after games …

After all the violence and double-talk, I’m doing the walk. I’m doing the walk of life …

Since the Ravens purged top players to stay under the NFL’s new salary cap, will they lay an egg this season? …

In this economy, how can pro leagues in all major sports battle over collective bargaining contracts that would help pay the country’s recovery? What’s next? …

Next time, maybe I should think about this in the shower, but my singing voice is really bad and my computer isn’t waterproof.

Bob Parasiliti is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7358 or by email at bobp@herald-mail.com.

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