Your favorite guy is back in town sports fans. Ol' Pat is back and packing a bag of "Q's without A's."
Did you miss me?
Don't answer that, but instead get ready for a batch of questionswithout answers.
* A lot has been going on since I took a couple of weeks off, so let's get to it and start with Anne Arundel Community College and its ongoing musical chairs.
Is Doc Florestano still president of the community college, or did he resign, too?
I've been gone two weeks, and it seems like they've changed the entire athletic department again. What I love about that school is that every time somebody resigns, they do a lot of bad-mouthing off the record but never on the record.
Those who leave keep saying big problems are there, but they never want to say anything about it publicly. As a result, the mystery of who's at fault continues.
But really, who cares?
* By the way, did you know that AACC men's basketball coach Mark Amatucci never has talked to anyone at St. Francis College in New York despite reports that he could be leaving?
"I haven't talked to anyone there but I do expect to be interviewed for the job," said Amatucci when asked yesterday if he was leaving for a bigger job.
*Isn't it too bad that the recently successful 18-and-under Women's Fast-Pitch Softball National Tournament in Howard County couldn't havebeen right here in Anne Arundel County?
The Amateur Softball Association 70-team tournament, representing 35 states, was brought to Maryland for the first time mainly through the efforts of local Tangerine Machine coaches Jack Crandell and Tom Conley.
So, why wasn't itplayed here? Lack of facilities or lack of support locally?
* Canyou believe that former Annapolis All-County scoring machine Dennis Edwards has turned down a scholarship offer to San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College, one of the nation's big-time basketball schools?
TheLone Star State school is a perennial top-10 hoop school and steppingstone to many of the nation's top Division I universities.
"I just don't want to go there,because I've got a couple other schools in mind," said Edwards after San Jacinto assistant coach Don Gross visited his Annapolis home last week.
"I'm considering Allegany C.C. (Maryland) and another school in Texas and will probably make a decisionwithin the next week."
Edwards averaged 27.1 points a game for the state semifinalist Panthers this past season and definitely has big-time potential offensively.
* Did you Broadneck High School parents know that John Campbell (father of Matt, former Broadneck star basketball player now at Towson State University) is looking for an interested family for a German exchange student?
Campbell, who is a close friend of Bruins' basketball coach Ken Kazmarek, advertised for prospective foster parents in the school's newsletter.
But before you guys go jumping the gun, the kid is not a 7-footer like Boris Beck, who starred for the Bruins last year.
Beck was a German student from Hamburg who came over for one year and was named to the Anne Arundel County Sun All-County boys basketball team after leading the Bruins to a Class 4A Region IV finalist finish.
"The kid is a soccer player, and yes, he plays basketball, too," said Kazmarek, who confirmed that another exchange student is on the way.
* When is some school going to bring in a couple of tracksters from Zaire or a Sergi Bubka type to give Coach Ron Evans' Old Mill track teams a run for their money? Hasn't county track become a bore with Old Mill's domination, and don't we need to start bringing in some foreign imports to help out some of the other schools?
* Don't Joe Conte and friends deserve a big salute for their recent charity golf tournament at Eisenhower Golf Course that raised $6,000 for the Wellness Community (program for people with cancer and their families)?
* Are those of you coaches like me, who took an amateur baseball team out of town to playin a national tournament, even more appreciative of what a great joblocal umpires (Jack Kramps' crew) do after observing foreign arbiters?
* Didn't the Anne Arundel Baseball Umpires Association do a great job at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18-and-under World Series?
* Director Lew Holmes applauded the efforts of supervisor Don Brooks and staff in maintaining Joe Cannon Stadium throughout the CABA Tournament. Several people called to say what a great job Brooks and his men did.
"Doc Bartlinski also did a great job for us in coordinating the games with the teams and Don Brooks at Cannon Stadium," said Holmes. "It seemed like Doc was there 24 hours a day, and that mineral ice he uses in his chiropractor's practice helped a lot of kids with sore arms and shoulders."
As always, Bartlinski helped everybody with a sore arm he could whether the player was from Puerto Rico or Linthicum. But for those of us who know Doc, isn't helping kids been his lifelong story line?