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World Cup stirs memories

Posted: June 21, 2014 - 11:07pm  |  Updated: June 22, 2014 - 12:53am

With the World Cup soccer action taking place, it takes me back to two of the biggest mistakes I think I’ve made in my life as a sports fan.

(In light of Wednesday’s federal trademark board decision, this portion of the column will be sanitized for political correctness.)

In 1988, while in the Navy and homeported out of San Diego, I had the oppportunity to watch my favorite professional football team from Washington, D.C., at the Super Bowl. I chose to save my money and not buy admittance from a ticket scalp– I mean off-site ticket procurer – a move I always regretted.

Fast-forward to 2006 with the World Cup being played across Germany, I had the chance to attend a game about two hours away from where we lived and I think money again played a part in my decision not to go. I can only imagine what the stadium atmosphere was like and I wish I had gone.

Living here I don’t know what major event I would have the chance to attend. The Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Finals seems a bit far-fetched. Maybe the Braves will get back to the World Series soon.

And, in a blatant attempt to distract from the discussion about the Washington, D.C. football team’s name, my question is, why hasn’t there been more hue and cry about the violent imagery of “The Tomahawk Chop?”

If the Washington football team changes its name, it won’t be the first one in the area to have done so. In 1997, the NBA franchise Washington Bullets changed to the Washington Wizards because then-owner Abe Pollin said the name had taken on violent overtones. (See Chop, Tomahawk, above).

GACA Softball

The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Softball Classic, highlighting the cream of the crop of Georgia high school softball players, was held at Shorter University in the middle of June. Chosen for the South team were Greenbrier High School catcher Lee Anne Rees and shortstop Taylor Dupree and Harlem third baseman Lindsey Stokes.

Dupree was unable to attend, but Rees and Stokes were part of the team that took two contests by 5-4 and 4-3.

In the first game, after two walks, Stokes doubled home a run in the fifth inning and Rees singled her in. The combo worked defensively as Rees threw to Stokes to nail runners attempting to steal third, and they worked a rundown between third and home.

All three will play softball collegiately. Rees is heading to Columbus State University, Stokes will attend Georgia Regents University and Dupree is off to College of Charleston.

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