Let's start today's "Q's & A's" session with a legitimate question called into the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499, by Al Johnson of Annapolis.
"Why don't we have JV sports coverage to give the ninth- and 10th-graders, male and female, some newsprint so the parents can project the future varsities?" Johnson asked.
First of all, local sports pages don't have enough space, and isn't the junior varsity meant to be the training ground for the varsity?
Most varsity coaches would be against the coverage because it would take the emphasis away from the varsities. It's like the crazy mind set that believes everybody should get a trophy. What it comes down to is what's the purpose of playing JV sports, recognition? Or is it for the enjoyment of playing with the chance of making the varsity?
The JV is supposed to complement the varsity, which is supposed to be the top priority.
It would be bad for instance to play up some junior varsity unbeaten squad while the same school's varsity is struggling and not winning, and in most cases, it's like night and day,competitively speaking, from the junior varsity level to the varsitylevel.
Simply put, junior varsity athletes have to wait their turn on the varsity.
So you ask, why cover recreation sports and not JV sports? Well, not everyone is good enough to play for their school, and for many of those playing recreation sports, it might be their only chance to play.
* Did you know that the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Executive Council and Board of Control is mulling a proposal not to count games against non-MPSSAA schools for playoff points?
Under the proposal, the schools that take on all comers and welcome the chance to play the best (top 10 teams inmetro or beyond) would not hurt themselves by losing. In contrast, the schools that like to load up on the patsies would not gain cheap points.
What do you think, sports fans and coaches? Call me on the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499, and give me your opinion.
* How's this new MPSSAA rule that was passed last April, "the filming or tapingof opponents or potential opponents without permission or mutual agreement is prohibited"?
The MPSSAA says, however, that "common sense is urged in regards to family members and the like who bring video cameras to games. Compliance with the policy is the responsibility ofthe coach, not the fans."
No football coach would have some dad tape another team without permission, would he?
* Wasn't that a classy and thoughtful gesture on the part of the Gambrills-Odenton Rec Council and Commissioner Butch Zurvalec to present the first-year Brooklyn Park Broncos with a $100 check last week when the organization's75-, 95- and 115-pound youth football teams met last week at WildcatField?
GORC wanted to help the rookie organization get its program started.
* Wasn't that quite a contrast from the week before, when the Anne Arundel Gridiron Club Rebels came to Bronco Field and setup their own grill and were selling hot dogs before the Broncos asked them to stop?
Like most organizations, the Broncos have their own concession stand, which they depend on financially. They were stunned that the Rebels had the audacity to set up a traveling hot dog stand.
"I couldn't believe it, and we made them stop as soon as we found out," said Austin Rice, Broncos League adviser. "That's pretty low."
* If you have ever watched a night game at GORC off Waugh Chapel Road, do you agree that it's like watching a game by candlelight? How many of you can't wait for the new lighted fields nearby to be ready for play?
Is playing in the semi-dark a home-field advantage or disadvantage?
* Is there a 12- or 13-year-old playing 115-pound youth football in the county faster than GORC's No. 25, Craig Cohen, who attends Severna Park Middle School?
* What happens when a pen
alty occurs on the kickoff while that new and ridiculous 22-point youth football slaughter rule is in effect?
If a team falls behind22 points or more, it has the option of receiving a kickoff or taking the ball at its own 45. If the team is not happy with its kick return, it can take the ball at the 45. But what happens if there is a penalty on the play? Does the ref mark it off from the 45 or the point of the foul?
With the new rule already discouraging place-kicking because you get two points for a conversion boot, which can get you to the slaughter rule faster, why kick it off if your coverage is meaningless? Why not go for the onside kick? What have you got to lose, the ball at the 45?
In essence, isn't the new rule, thought up by those who would rather legislate victory than see it won with prowess,encouraging running up the score by encouraging the onside kick, which if recovered could mean another score?
* Isn't it good to hear that former Old Mill All-County left-hander Doug Stockman has received a baseball scholarship to Potomac State?
* With Maryland coach Gary Williams' staff interested -- along with a host of others, including St. Bonaventure, Navy, Boston University and St. Joseph's of Philadelphia -- in 6-foot-6 Rob Wooster of Annapolis, did you know that if Wooster chose Maryland, he would be the first protege of Coach JohnBrady in 15 years to play at the big guy's alma mater?
* If girlswant to learn the fundamentals of windmill pitching, isn't Jack Crandell's free (donations accepted) outdoor fast-pitch softball pitchingand catching clinic -- set to begin Saturday, Sept. 28, in Brooklyn Park -- a must?
For information, call Crandell, the local windmillguru, at 789-5744 or Paul Tewey at 761-1254.
* Did you know that Jennifer Grinath, the former Northeast High great pitcher who is now at Ryder College, was named an All-American this summer at the Women's Fast-Pitch Nationals in Gadsden, Ala.?
* Wouldn't it be a big loss to Broadneck girls lacrosse if Coach Mary Hart is unable to returnthis spring because of her schedule at her new job, teaching at Calverton Middle School in Calvert County?
* With the eighth annual Fighting Pioneers bull roast for the benefit of the Anne Arundel Community athletic program set for Sunday, Oct. 13, do you get the feeling that there will be more watering mouths among the physical education and athletic department staffers than at the pit beef table?
What other county function brings such bitter enemies together for fun andgames than the Fighting Pioneers bull roast? Isn't the word "fighting" very apropos for this event, which will induct new members into the school's Hall of Fame?
* After the first two games of the college football season (losses to Ball State by 33-10 and Virginia, 17-10)isn't it safe to say that the Jerry Hardesty of Middleton's non-alcoholic Oyster Shooter concoction on sale at Navy games has been scoring more than the Mids?
* Has there ever been a more popular football coach among his peers, parents and players -- his own and opposing -- and faculty members than Severna Park's Andy Borland?
* So, howhas the new $3 admission to high school football games affected yourbudget?
* After seeing that Magruder of Montgomery County hammered Springbrook, 21-0, last week, didn't Meade's Hayse Henderson know more about the Blue Devils than the rest of us when he scheduled them for his first game despite their state championship tradition?
Is it still accurate to call Meade's 20-14 win at Springbrook an upset, or would a Springbrook victory over the Mustangs have been an upset?
* Winning his first two games by 6-3 over Broadneck in OT and 6-0 over St. Mary's, is South River head football coach Dave Summey usingHillory Dean (girls soccer coach) as his offensive coordinator?