Linemen for Life - big guys don’t brag!

March 1, 2013

Linemen for Life - I am a member of that non-skilled elite tribe.  Pull my string and I’ll tell you all about it. Last Saturday night, Thomas Ott won the 220-pound class state wrestling title for the second straight year. Tommy did things like pull an opponent half out of bounds back to the center of the mat by his ankle and lift a grappler over his head then steady him before gently placing him down on the mat for a quick pin. Ott is a hydraulic road grader, no question about it. Tommy was mentored this past season by two guys, both of whom could rock and roll with him and share experiences of bearing the burden of being a top seed. Trust me, Thomas couldn’t lift either over his head. Matt Graviet, a former heavyweight Delaware state champion (1999), Lineman of the Year in football, was also a member of the University of Delaware national championship team. Scott Kammerer, 1991 New Jersey state wrestling champion out of East Brunswick and high school All-American, was also an all-state linebacker and USA Today Defensive Player of the Year in New Jersey. Scott worked with Matt when he won his state title. Both are smart big guys with no egos that get in the way; if anything, you have to pry information out of them about their athletic pasts.

Same thing over and over - Sports shows on television harp the same stories over and over again.  I can’t be the only person who wishes reporters and researchers would find something else to talk about. Do I really need to think of myself as a general manager of an NFL team and ponder the question of whether I would rather spend a third-round pick on a “stoner” defensive back or a gay linebacker?

The messenger - W.C. Clark, a Cape guy from the '80s, is a true sports fan. He came over to me at halftime of the Tower Hill at Sussex Central girls' basketball game and said in his straight-out-of-Milton delivery, ”Them Tower Hill parents is talking about how they are going to beat Cape in lacrosse this year. What do you think? “ “I think if anyone has a chance, they have the best chance, but right now they are down 30 at halftime.” I have two granddaughters on the Cape team, but I’m certainly not talking smack because I don’t play, and the last Frederick to have a target on her back was fat Aunt Rose after clothes shopping at a discount store.

Snippets - Spring teams I have no handle on are girls' soccer and softball. Last year, soccer, coached by Gary Montalto, finished 6-9. This season, Bob Dieterle takes over as head coach while Khara Bauer will be his assistant. Softball under coach Jeff Evans finished 9-9 last year, losing several close games that could have turned their season around.  Evans will be assisted by Alison Sullivan and Candy Brown. Spring sports including Cape’s middle schools total 20 teams.

Liz Carpenter, former player at Virginia Tech, will be the junior varsity coach for Cape girls' lacrosse. Claude Smarelli, one of the truly nice people on the sports scene, will continue as golf team coach.

Chester Davis is the new softball coach at Sussex Tech, replacing John Marvel, who retired and resurfaced at Delmarva Christian. The word on the sports street is that Sussex Tech will have a new football coach next year, and a check of the school website shows an anticipated vacancy for a physical education/health teacher with a closing date of April 24, so as usual everybody is talking but no one is confirming.

I am a Facebook guy mostly posting “Postcards from the Fred” sports stuff and occasional Grand Mom Rose quotes but try to stay out of political discourse. I don’t want to be labeled like a family can of beef ravioli. I will say that anyone who posts a photo of themselves and friends out for a night of drinking and also has a job working with kids is just stupid. Before joining any gym and allowing an automatic monthly deduction, be sure to read how to stop it.  I had a great treadmill workout last week. I took a treadmill to the transfer station. Man, those thing are heavy.

Go on now, git!

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