Moving on out of January, into a busy month [column]

The final of week of January is upon us and that means what? Pretty much nothing, I guess.

Actually, it leads us into the month of February, which is special for a number of reasons. Valentine's Day falls right in the middle of the year's shortest month, while we also celebrate Black History.

Focused right here in Harford County, it's also the month that produces the important final regular season games in basketball and championship meets in swimming and wrestling.

Of course, those athletes and coaches in basketball and wrestling hope to be competing in March. Time will tell.

Anyway, we're still talking about January and what a cold January it has been. It might be nice to get into February.

OK, so there is/was a big game in girls basketball Tuesday night, pitting the county's best two teams, Aberdeen and Patterson Mill, on the Huskies home floor. Because the game was played Tuesday, the results can't be found in this paper. They can, however, be found on line at Note that change. No more exploreharford, although it will still get you there.

Tuesday's game was important for both teams as the UCBAC's Chesapeake (upper) Division lead was up for grabs. There was also potential for a historic moment as Patterson Mill junior Qalea Ismail continued to chase 1,000 points.

It certainly would be nice to see the points scored on her home floor, but my guess is we'll see it happen in Elkton on Thursday night, unless something really strange happens.

There's also a pretty big wrestling match on tap for tonight (Wednesday), when Bel Air will host Patterson Mill.

The Bobcats seem to be the perennial power in Harford the past few years, but the Huskies have been, as they say, knocking on the door. Will this be the year the Huskies push the door open or will the Bobcats simply refuse to answer it?

We'll begin to find out at 5:30 p.m.

My beat doesn't have me writing about boys basketball these days, but let me remind any and all about Friday's game at Edgewood versus Aberdeen.

Tickets are being sold at the two schools as pre-sale only, starting today. Folks, it's very simple. There will be no tickets available at the door Friday night. I'm sure someone won't get the message and be a little irked.

Now, onto the big game that happens in February, the Super Bowl.

Obviously this year's game doesn't have the same impact here as the Bowl from last year did. That said, it's still the Super Bowl and still reasons to watch, if only for the commercials.

As the husband of a Peyton Manning fan, I will watch and root for the orange-clad Broncos. Not really a fan of either team, but can't really stand too much of the Seahawks organization, starting with head coach Pete Carroll.

So, my Super Bowl pick is, Broncos 27, Seahawks 24.

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