Sunday, October 26, 2014

Local Water Skiier Places 3rd At U.S. Open

A big round of congratulations go out to Brian Detrick (EGHS '07), who this weekend placed third at the U.S. Open Championships of Waterskiing in Orlando, Fla.

He actually finished in a tie for third place with current World record-holder Nate Smith and the former record-holder Will Asher with 3@41 off in the finals Saturday. The back-up scores from the qualifying round were used for the tiebreaker.
Brian Detrick

Detrick texted me, "It's a great way to end the year."

He's now ranked seventh in the world of professional water skiing.

McMahon Walks In Memory of Wife

Received an email from Tim McMahon, a man who lost his wife, Crissy, a few years ago to leukemia:

I'm raising money for a very important cause, through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk: finding better treatments and cures for blood cancers so patients can live better, longer lives. I'm asking you to help by making a tax-deductible contribution! Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly & securely. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation as soon as it is made. I thank you in advance for your support which will make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients battling blood cancers. I really appreciate your generosity!!

He's walking this Saturday, so please try to help Tim in his efforts to raise money to battle leukemia.

Johnson Upset At Refs; Crowd Responds With Verbal Hostility

Up front let me say that Franklin High School has a first-class athletic program, from top to bottom. Mike Cody is a terrific athletic director and in Bryan Kilby, baseball coach/activities' director, Jesse Formaker, boys'  basketball, Fred Marks, wrestling, and Mike Johnson, football coach, you can't find a better group of coaches.

So what I witnessed Friday night during Franklin's 35-19 loss to Jesuit in response to a series of questionable calls by the officials was really surprising - from the fans and the public address announcer.

The group of officials really didn't do that great of a job, true, especially on a Franklin punt that clearly bounced up, hit a Jesuit defender. Damian Chavez picked up the ball, looked right at an official who didn't blow his whistle and scooted into the end zone. The players all stood around while the officials sort of clumsily looked at each other to figure out what they should have called it.

They ended up giving the ball to Jesuit at the spot where Chavez picked up the ball.

It should have been a Franklin touchdown, or at least, Franklin ball where Damian touched it.

But, all night long several Franklin fans were screaming for blood from the officials - that's about the best I can describe it. On top of this, the P.A. announcer verbally berated the guys in stripes on several occasions.

I was real surprised a flag didn't get thrown against Franklin for unsportsmanlike conduct on the press box, which can be done and isn't that uncommon anymore. Perhaps this ref couldn't hear the announcements/opinions.

Johnson told me during our post-game interview he wasn't pleased with the job the refs did, but his concern was more with the lack of calls on helmet-to-helmet collisions that happened a few times Friday night.

“I can barely hear you right now because the sound of the helmet so hurt my ears," he quipped to me. "I am worried about the health of my kids. (The referees) are the ones with a whistle. They have to stop the plays. If this was the NFL, there would have been $100,000 worth of fines. I’m not saying Jesuit is dirty, these plays do happen but you have to call it.”

Johnson isn't the first coach to complain to me during a post-game interview about the job officials have done. But, this season I am hearing this more often from our local coaches, plus I am personally witnessing several questionable calls - it seems like more this year than I remember in the past.

But, fans can't become unglued to the point we see fire streaming out of their mouths. I got to think several others, like me, were annoyed by the loud, obnoxious shouts from a few.

Remember, it's just a game.

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