Hot diggity dogs, sports fans, it's time for another session of red-hots -- those Q's without A's you love, with or without mustard.
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* I've got to ask this one right off the bat. Who's the cutie whosent me a package of Esskay franks this week?
* The best news of this week: Isn't it great to hear that the incomparable Charlie Eckman is back home in Glen Burnie after a stint at St. Joseph Hospital inTowson?
Eckman, arguably the most popular sports broadcaster in Baltimore history and a former NBA coach and referee, has always been a battler, but this is his greatest victory to date. Charlie sounds great, full of oil and vinegar, after a bout with cancer.
"I had the cancer removed," said Eckman who, in his words, "called two cabs for that cancer."
Don't you know the only battle he hasn't won is with the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame, which still refuses to induct this living sports legend into its hallowed halls?
Doesn't it tick you off that there are skeet shooters, badminton and squashplayers and even a walker in the Maryland Hall of Fame -- but no Charlie Eckman, because he was a coach?
Whoever heard of a sports Hall of Fame without coaches? Whoever heard of sports without them?
*Have you heard that Severna Park boys basketball and golf coach Wayne Mook has been named head girls softball coach at the school, succeeding Paul Yannuzzi? (Yannuzzi transferred to Arundel High this year.)
Are the Severna Park girls hoping that Mook does a better job coaching softball than he does basketball?
* While everybody talks about the bevy of outstanding backs at second-ranked Old Mill, isn't the Patriots' offensive line the real reason for the team's 4-0 start?
"I think Old Mill's offensive line might be the best in the state," said a Sportsline caller, obviously a Patriot parent -- but one making a legitimate point.
* While watching a high school football game, do you ever get the feeling certain referees are trying to impress somebody with the number of yellow hankies they toss?
In South River's 26-0 victory over Bladensburg (2-2) Friday, the visitors from Prince George's County were assessed 13 penalties for 118 yards, while the host Seahawks (3-1) were flagged a dozen times for 125 yards.
"It seemed like flags were flying almost every other play. It was ridiculous," said disgusted South River statistician Bob Danton.
The other example shows how extremely lopsided things can be in favor of the home team. Severna Park (2-2), a 27-12 winner over Chesapeake (1-3), got nailed for 11 flags and 120 yards, compared to five and 32 yards for the host Cougars.
Do you pay $3 to watch the kids play or the referees perform?
Do some of you zebras have to call it so close? Why don't these these guys realize that they have the easiest job of all officiating football -- as opposed to the tougher jobs of calling baseball or basketball -- and stop making it look so complicated?
* Didn't county youth football Chief of Officials Ray Henderson deliver a message to a riled-up kid in a unique but effective way Saturday?
A 10-year-old on a losing youth team, in the final periodof a lopsided game in which the officials had no influence on the outcome, accused Henderson of being "paid off by the other team." Rather than eject the kid, Henderson stood with the player's coach after the game and reprimanded him for his remarks.
Don't you think that got the point across better than a simple ejection, with nothing saidafterward? Isn't teaching the right lesson what youth sports is all about?
* At the same time, isn't it unbelievable that the Anne Arundel Youth Football Association has had a rash of ejections this year, including: a coach who threatened an official; a kid who ran aroundthe field in a trash bag before a game to lose weight; a kid grabbing himself in an indecent manner and directing it toward an adult referee while blurting out four-letter words, and a 17-year old caught illegally playing 135-pound football (where the maximum age is 15)?
Not to mention a cheerleading coach who had two of her teams disqualified from a competition because of an illegal player, whose presence was verified by video tape?
What is going on? While the coaches and so-called advisory board run the youth football association and make most of the rules, hadn't our crack county rec and parks departmentbetter start getting more involved?
* If you were among the many people there Saturday for the Brooklyn Park Broncos very first homecoming, wasn't that a spectacular show put on by professional singer Lloyd Marcus? Wasn't it commendable for someone as good as Marcus to donate his services free of charge to the Broncos?
Lloyd's brother, David, coaches the Broncos' 75-pound team, and big brother just wanted to help out. He did, with a musical show that had Brooklyn Park families and friends rocking together Saturday afternoon at Bronco Field.