Manheim Central’s 39-38, double-overtime defeat of Pine-Richland in a howling blizzard for 2003 Class AAA state football championship game was the best game I have ever seen, in any sport at any level. The Barons’ 3-0 defeat of Strath Haven in the semis that year was, in its own bizarre way, almost as good.
The Jerry Sandusky scandal and all its ever expanding ripples is probably the most interesting and certainly most important thing I have covered, but the Barons’ run in 2003 was like a Disney sports movie, except that it happened. Still a little hard to believe.
Anyway, Lancaster Newspapers is publishing a book about the season, mostly those two games in particular, to mark its 10th anniversary. It will include archival material and original writing from BPR and, probably, be available in electronic and traditional formats.
I’m excited about it for a number of reasons, not least of which is that I want to write books, and this is sort of forcing me to develop that muscle. It’s going to occupy much of my summer (which is fine, especially since the Phillies suck) but not nearly all of it. There’s the U.S. Open coming up in a few weeks, Big Ten Media days in July, whatever Penn State stuff comes up. As we’ve learned, Penn State stuff will come up.
This week: District softball playoffs (you heard me) tomorrow, the Manheim Touchdown Club all-star game (yes, football) Saturday, and, I hope, a feature sometime on Chris Finch, the former F&M star and now Houston Rockets assistant coach.
In other news:
Got some interesting e-mails about the Penn State health-care column, more than one of which suggested the word vendetta could be applied to Sports Illustrated.
There’s a theory that some among the national media were arrogantly sure Penn State was going down in flames post-Sandusky. It hasn’t quite happened, so now they’re going to help it along. Sounds like crackpot-fan conspiracy-theory stuff, but in the wake of this SI piece there’s some substance behind it.
Did a radio spot on WLPA 1490 about the column yesterday, and Starkie and I just taped a “Low Post,” about it. I’ll link to it ASAP.
Yes, the United States Golf Association is a bunch of stuffy, blue-blazered aristocrats. It also loves and cares about the game in a way that has nothing to do with power or profit, and it is right about this anchored-putter thing.
Jennifer Johnson, 21, who got her first win on the LPGA tour Sunday, is a student of Mike Swisher, the retired pro at Lebanon Country Club, even though she’s from San Diego. On her web site, Johnson lists Lebanon CC among her “partners,” and even gives a shout-out to Seltzer’s Lebanon Bologna, which she describes as: “Unbelievably good and a great source of 90% lean beef protein on the golf course. Love the small 3 packs that my caddy and I can share on the course. My friends at Lebanon Country Club got me eating this stuff, and I can’t quit now!”
Lebanon bologna=health food? Yet another reason we can’t let the terrorists win.