Since this is our basketball preview edition for 1990-1991, most of my infamous "Q's without A's" will deal with hoops.
If you have any remarks or other questions I might use in the next "Q's & A's" column, please buzz me on the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499. By the way, how many of you out there have that number memorized?
* The biggest "Q" of all for this basketball season is -- Will Annapolis repeat as state 4A champion in boys hoops and in the process give Coach John Brady 23 wins to make 300 in 14 years so he finally can retire?
Could the fact that Brady's mother, Clara, a native of Bermuda, has a 6-foot-11 nephew on the islands by the name of Manuel Vierra, who is thinking of coming to the states to play high school hoops, keep Brady around an extra year or two?
Is Brady really considering going back to the Princeton-style (eight-pass slowdown before shooting) because he is bored already with his run-and-stun offense a la Loyola Marymount and, in his own words, "got to change to keep myself amused?"
Can you believe Brady's ingenious idea of holding a Running Panthers alumni basketball game in preseason (Nov. 20, just after football ended) that produced a whopping profit of $2 after expenses?
After such a successful fund-raiser that drew 23 people (not counting players and two refs), will Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer ever again entrust Brady with scheduling the alumni game?
* If you have seen the Annapolis High basketball poster -- "84 feet in 32 minutes" -- did you notice the nickname change from Running Panthers to Fighting Panthers? Why is that?
* With a new fast tempo game, is Severna Park coach Wayne Mook running around calling his Falcons Little Navy instead of Little Annapolis because he doesn't expect his team to run as well as the Panthers and to compile a record closer to that of the Midshipmen?
* After making some progress the last couple of years by joining the "Big Boys Club," why are Paul Bunting and his Old Mill Patriots only playing Annapolis and Broadneck, the top two 4A teams, just once each this season (both at Old Mill)?
Part of the reason, of course, that all county 4A schools aren't playing each other twice is the new Bay and Friendship divisions alignment.
Annapolis, Broadneck, Old Mill, Severna Park and Queen Anne's (the school across the bay that would love to be annexed to Anne Arundel) make up the Bay Division.
The other division is the Friendship Division, and it includes Arundel, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade and North County. The additions of Queen Anne's and North County created the new setup.
* Did you know that Meade could have played defending state champion Annapolis just once, but veteran coach Butch Young wants to take on the best and has the Panthers scheduled twice beginning with tonight's 7:30 contest at Annapolis?
* With this new two-division alignment, is it fair that the smaller schools have the option of dropping the bigger schools in certain sports but playing them in others? Example: Northeast wants to play Annapolis in softball, but not boys basketball.
* Former Chesapeake baseball coach Dave Warner, now an assistant coach at UMBC, called in this question to the 24-Hour Sportsline, "Is Tom Kraning (head football and basketball coach at Chesapeake) a masochist going from football (Cougars were 1-9) right into basketball where his teams have gone 22-88 the last five years?"
* Did you know that four active county boys basketball coaches start the season with 200 wins or more in Tom Albright of Southern (353-194), Young of Meade (323-175), Brady of Annapolis (277-45) and Terry Bogle of Glen Burnie (212-264)?
Will Albright win a county all-time leading fifth state championship this season?
* Switching to another winter sport -- wrestling -- did you hear that three Anne Arundel wrestlers won championships and another finished runner-up in a wrestling tournament over the weekend at Archbishop Curley High in East Baltimore?
Mac MacWilliams of St. Mary's High took the 135-pound title while Pasadena grapplers from Mount St. Joseph High in Shane McCarthy and Khris Reina also won.
McCarthy took the 119-pound title while Reina copped the 140-pound bout.
It was the fourth consecutive year that Reina won the mat inaugural.
Another St. Joe Gael who did well was Brian Bennett of Linthicum who was runner-up at 160.
* Speaking of Mount St. Joseph, did you know that several Gael alumni who live in this county have recommended Severn School football coach Doug Williams be considered for the vacant Gaels' job?
Walt Lambert resigned as St. Joe football coach, and Williams, who was an assistant to Augie Miceli at Calvert Hall before coming to Severn, is highly regarded by many.
* Did you know that the United States Baseball Federation has named former Arundel High All-County second baseman Mike Arenth winner of the 1990 Golden Diamond Amateur Junior Baseball Player of the Year for the Washington area?