A big day is being planned for Broadneck High School in Cape St. Claire on Saturday. It will be the Bruins' gala Homecoming, and the fans and parents sure will have a lot to talk about.
The entire weekend will be a chance for former student/athletes to return and share in the fun and conversation, beginning with a soccer doubleheader on Friday night, a Saturday morning parade and cross country meet, and a marching band extravaganza at halftime of the football game.
And just in case Bruin fans experience a lull in the action, I thought I would let you know about a whole bunch of things happening off the field around the school. And to make it must reading, I've gone to my "Q's and A's" format.
That Broadneck bunch is never at a loss for staying in the news, so as my man Arsenio Hall likes to say "let's get busy" with the Broadneck Bruin news and "Bear" facts.
* First, Broadneck athletic director Tim McMullen disputes claims by the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County that it was responsible for soccer coach and assistant athletic director Kevin McMullen staying at the school this year after being excessed.
In Sunday's "Questions Without Answers" Sidelines column we alluded to TAAAC helping restore McMullen's full-time teaching job at the school after he was about to be transferred. The Teachers Association claims McMullen was handled the same way many other excessed teachers were in that he got his job back because of the system and not through community and political influence.
"The only reason Kevin is still teaching here is that people on the County Council, namely Carole Baker, went to the board on his behalf and helped push it through," said Tim McMullen. "TAAAC had nothing to do with it.
"About 100 people from the community went to a County Council meeting back in May when it was first learned that Kevin might be transferred along with our music director Kevin Pallett. They made it known how important it was to keep those two teachers on our staff and not have them excessed."
McMullen says his brother first called TAAAC about his potential dilemma and was told there was nothing it could do because the transfers were based on seniority and Kevin was low man on the totem pole.
"They promised Kevin a job, but it was going to be at an elementary school in the physical education department," said Tim McMullen. "We, of course, wanted him to stay here because you need as many of your coaches in the school as you can and Kevin is important to our entire athletic department.
"If it hadn't been for the County Council and the board, not TAAAC, Kevin wouldn't be here."
* Did you know that the Annapolis High football staff and team is bristling over being made the opponent for Broadneck's Homecoming on Saturday?
Why, you say? Well, schools usually schedule an opponent they expect to beat on Homecoming and the Fighting Panthers are fighting mad. They feel insulted, but won't say it publicly so as not to give the Bruins any added incentive via news clippings posted on the locker room walls.
"I picked the Homecoming date and team," said Tim McMullen. "You know us, we don't duck anybody and it just so happens that Annapolis came up on a perfect date for Homecoming."
When asked if he will be ready to take the heat if the Panthers do a number on the Bruins and spoil Homecoming, the Broadneck athletic director answered, tongue in cheek, "That's why I get paid the big money for this job."
Broadneck never has beaten Annapolis in football, and last year the Panthers took a lackluster 14-0 decision. What makes the game very intriguing is that the Panthers have been struggling and are a disappointing 1-3.
Unfortunately for the home team, they, too, are 1-3 and have played even worse than Annapolis against lesser opponents.
* And doesn't the fact that the Broadneck Bruin Athletic Boosters Club has nothing better to do than to keep bringing up old business -- the minor incident when tempers flared between the two schools during the warm-ups of the Broadneck at Annapolis basketball playoff game back on March 3 -- just add to the suspense of Saturday's game?
Can you believe that the Bruin Boosters as late as early September still were crying to the board and Superintendent Larry L. Lorton about the petty incident?
The incident was squashed immediately that night by the on-site principals and administrators of the two schools, and later investigated by county coordinator of physical education Paul Rusko, Lorton and the board.
No penalties were necessary nor warranted.
McMullen and Bruins' boys basketball coach Ken Kazmarek have told me (dating back to days after the incident) that as far as they were concerned, it was over with and just a misunderstanding.
Are there parents at any other county school that would have carried on about an incident that occurred nearly seven months ago as the Bruin parents have?
Shouldn't Tim McMullen and principal Larry Knight step in and tell these parents to find something constructive to do?