There has been no official word from Baltimore County Public Schools since last week concerning the planned re-opening of schools on April 24 and the fate of interscholastic athletics.
(Although I would imagine, if the state is still under lockdown, schools will not be re-opening.)
I’m standing by what I wrote last week: there will be no spring sports season for the MPSSAA (This would be a perfect moment for me to be wrong).
So I’m calling it now: like the strike-shortened 1982 and 1987 NFL seasons, I’m declaring the winner of the Peninsula Cup for the abbreviated 2019-2020 season.
And that would be, for only the 16th time in 17 years, Sparrows Point. It was pretty much settled when the Pointers left the fall season with a four-game lead.
Entering the winter season, Sparrows Point was 8-1, while Patapsco had a 4-6 record and Dundalk was 2-5.
The Pointers finished the winter season 4-1 for an overall record of 12-2 (.857); Patapsco was 3-5 to raise its record to 7-11 (.389) and the Owls went 3-4 to finish 6-9 (.400).
The revival of the Sparrows Point boys basketball team this season was almost unfair. They swept Dundalk and Patapsco in the same season for the first time since God-knows-when.
The Patapsco girls basketball team swept Sparrows Point and Dundalk, while Dundalk’s girls lost to both of its rivals.
The Patapsco boys lost to both Dundalk and Sparrows Point. Dundalk beat Patapsco in wrestling, and neither the Owls or Patriots wrestled Sparrows Point.
Dundalk boys track was awarded wins over Patapsco and Sparrows Point, while the Sparrows Point girls track team was awarded wins over the Owls and Patriots.
“Awarded” because I deemed the Owl boys and Pointer girls to be the best track teams. The indoor track meets all involved many teams, too many to be considered head-to-head confrontations with wins and losses counted for each meet.
So that pretty much wraps up the year and gives Sparrows Point a 17-1 record in the Peninsula Cup. Patapsco (2005-06) remains the only time the Point did not win.
To be honest, I don’t watch the NBA or the NHL (it doesn’t help most of their games or on cable, and I don’t have cable because Comcast will not get another cent from me and my apartment complex requires so many hoops to jump through to get Direct TV it might as well put in the lease “We really don’t want you to have Direct TV”).
But now we’re losing Major League Baseball games AND the Summer Olympics (also known as the greatest two weeks in the quadrennial sporting calendar).
Last week I wrote an article about watching P.C. game sports, watching the games play against themselves as a substitute for the lack of televised sports.
I’m reminded of watching competitive eSports, watching people play video/computer games against each other, or watching Twitch Streamers play games online.
Those are popular alternatives; but for some reason, despite liking to watch two teams in Madden Football 19 play on computer control, I’ve never cared much for watching strangers play each other in a video/computer game.
Well, save for the ancient times when the people playing each other were in the same room with a small group of friends.
I own hundreds and hundreds of books. Several hundred movies on DVD/Blue-Ray/Ultra 4k. Close to 1,000 boardgames and over 1,000 P.C. games (650+ on Steam alone, along with 306 on GOG).
The toughest problem for me with self-isolation is deciding how I’m going to occupy myself after I’m done working.
My life is designed for self-isolation.
The Washington Post ran two interesting storing recently. In one, their sports staff listed their favorite sports movies for people to watch with actual sports on break.
Tastes are different, of course, but … no one recommended “Eight Men Out”?? And they call themselves sportswriters?
One of them suggested “Friday Night Lights” (good) but said she was impressed the movie had the protagonists lose the state championship game.
Maybe because the movie was based on a non-fiction book, and Odessa Permian did lose to Dallas Carter in the state finals.
Yet … no “Rocky”? No “Rocky”? One of the greatest sports movies ever? And one where the writer had the protagonist lose the big fight?
My favorite sports movies would be “Miracle”, followed by, ummmm, “Miracle”; “Caddyshack,” “Vision Quest,” and, oh, “Miracle.”
The second story had the sports staff recommending sports books. Lots of good suggestions — biographies of Vince Lombardi (“When Pride Still Mattered”) and Tom Landry (God’s Coach”); “The Boys of Summer” (The book which made me a Brooklyn Dodgers fan despite the team not existing in my lifetime); “Friday Night Lights” and “Into Thin Air.”
Yet … none of the baseball books written by Roger Angell? The heck with “Moneyball” — “The Summer Game” needs to be read by every baseball fan, or sports fan.
And you’d think one of the WaPo staffers would have had the nerve to suggest Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four.”