Schools, meetings and games might get snowed out, but nothing can stop that steady flow of "Q's & A's," sports fans. Yes, I've got a Sunday batch of questions without answers for you.
Remember now, if you have a response or "Q" of your own, please give me a call on the 24-Hour Sports line, 647-2499, as many of you have been doing lately. I really appreciate the input I get from you guys. It makes this column.
Before I get into this week's queries, let me first answer a question that has been coming into the Sportsline. The question is "When will we start running the All-County Academic Athletic Team Ballot?"
The ballot will start running this week as we seek the county's top student-athletes, 12 male and 12 females, for a ninth consecutive year. All high school students who play at least one varsity sport andwho reside in Anne Arundel County are eligible to apply.
There isno question that we have many outstanding young people in this county who excel academically and athletically, and the All-County Academic Athletic Team gives us a chance to honor the unsung heroes. The purpose is to honor 24 well-rounded youths who serve as model student-athletes.
* If you were at the Josh Hall-Victoria Savaliski-promoted boxing show at La Fontaine Bleu Thursday night, wasn't that an exciting show?
How did you like Glen Burnie's Cliff "the Hammer" McPherson entering the ring and charging over to Ron "Powerhouse" Preston'scorner and staring his opponent down, forehead to forehead before the two had to be separated?
While the Hammer-Preston 185-pound fight didn't quite live up to the prefight hype, wasn't it great to see the local guy, who is an Eastern Regional kick-boxing champion, win his first pro boxing fight by a majority decision?
By the way, for those of you who may not know, a majority decision means that two judges agree on the winner on their score cards while a third calls its adraw. A split decision has two judges calling for one boxer and the third man voting for the other fighter.
A unanimous decision, of course, means that all three judges agree on who the winner is.
Did you catch the Hammer's attire of multicolored trunks and blue shoes with "Hammer" written down the sides?
Isn't it great that Jake "The Snake" Smith of Arbutus, a Meade High grad, accepted the Hammer's public challenge to come out of retirement and duke it out with him atthe next show sometime in March at La Fontaine Bleu?
Have you heard that McPherson has opened Super Kicks II, a school for kick-boxing and boxing for all ages off Wishing Rock Road in Glen Burnie? For information, call the Hammer at 766-8077.
In case you were wonderingwhy popular local fighter Chuck Sturm didn't fight on Thursday night's card, did you know that Hall is waging a war with Baltimore promoter Stu Satosky for boxers the caliber of Sturm?
"I don't think Stuart should be allowed to put on a show within three weeks of mine. That's not ethical," said Hall, who was upset that Satosky set up a show for Jan. 24 at Painters Mill, Owings Mills of Baltimore County, after finding out that Hall was having one on Jan. 10.
"His tickets and posters are out on the street the same time as mine and I don't think that's good for boxing," said Hall.
Weren't some of the loudest cheers at the boxing show for the ring-card girls, Renee and Gia Marie?
How many of you know that Gia is a graduate of Seton Keough and the University of Maryland and her goal in life is "to be a millionaire before (she's) 30?"
Won't all you guys who rushed up to getan autographed poster from Gia be able to say one day that you contributed to her success?
* Is Bengals' quarterback and University of Maryland grad Boomer Esiason, who married a young woman from Severna Park, really going to buy a house in Bluff Point to join another star, Pat Sajak, in that exclusive community?
* Wasn't it typical of Brooks Robinson to drive 1 hours from his home in Timonium all the way to Edgewater during that Dec. 27 snowstorm to speak at the national championship Mayo Post No. 226 baseball banquet?
Doesn't that tell you something about Brooks and why he is so loved and admired by Oriole fans? How appreciative do you think Mayo skipper Bernie Walterwas that Brooks fought the snowstorm to be there?
* Did you know that Glen Burnie High grad and former youth baseball player Paul Whitlock is lead singer for an up-and-coming local band called Skyline?
* Have you heard that veteran official Keith Smith of Millersville has been named to work the world's top four indoor track and field events in February?
Smith will start the month at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 1 working the Snickers-Millrose Games and end it at the garden in the Big Apple on Feb. 22 at the USA Mobil National Championships.
In between, Smith will officiate at the Mobil I Games at George Mason University (Feb. 3) and the Meadowlands Invitational in NewJersey (Feb. 8).