The weather may have changed rather dramatically, but one thing thatnever changes is whether or not there will be a "Q's and A's" column.
It's a definite, just like death and taxes.
As long as this county is a high school and youth sports hotbed, sports fans always are going to have big "Q's" to call into the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499.
Before I start today's session, let me compliment you sports fans on some of the great stuff you have been calling into the Sportsline and also for some the recent informative mail.
* With Pete Herrmann dismissed as Navy's basketball coach this week after six seasons, does Athletic Director Jack Lengyel and the Midshipmen realize that they have a more-than-capable candidate right in their backyard in John Brady of Annapolis High?
After 15 seasons and a 318-52 career record to go with a long string of various titles, including a state championship in 1989-1990, what else is there to do for the 45-year-old Brady?
Brady emphasizes academics and trains his players on the rigors of how to succeed as a student-athlete on the college level. That makes him an attractive candidate.
And who knows, if Navy hired Brady would they get graduating star Rob Wooster as part of the package? Now wouldn't that be something?
At this time in his career, Brady is not about to accept an assistant coaching job on the collegiate level. He's turned down many of those jobsover the years, but a head coaching job is another story, and Navy would seem to be just right.
* Did you know that Old Mill (16-9) has more losses than any county 4A team to make the state 4A final fourfor boys hoops at Cole Field House?
Old Mill is only the third team besides Annapolis to make it to Cole in Class 4A in the last 15 years. Severna Park was there under Denny Saylor in March of 1981, and Butch Young of Meade has won the 4A Region IV championship twice (1983 and 1988).
Isn't Old Mill's region championship truly indicativeof the county's balance this season?
* Isn't Broadneck freshman Jason Smith, who started and sparkled at guard down the stretch for the Bruins, going to be a player to watch in the future?
* How's this for academic excellence among student-athletes? Severn's Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference runner-up hoop team (18-8) of Coach Jim Doyle boasted six seniors whose cumulative grade-point average was 3.59 with the lowest at 3.10, a solid "B."
* We are well awareof the balance on the Old Mill girls hoop team, but why can't Coach Pat Chance just once in a while call the Sportsline to nominate a Player of the Week?
Chance has not called in a Player of the Week nomination in at least the last two years. Any Old Mill girls who have made been named the last couple of years have been chosen right here or been called in by parents.
Is it good to downplay your stars, ordoes the recognition help them and even make some deserving parents very proud?
Don't get me wrong, Chance is a great coach. Her record speaks for itself, but could she not do a better job promoting and showcasing her star players during the season instead of waiting for the playoffs, when it's rather easy and unavoidable?
* How many Chesapeake fans do you think have reminded boys hoop coach Tom Kraning about his preseason remarks that if his Cougars didn't win this year,"you can blame the coaching?"
The Cougars were 9-13, and after his final game this season, a 73-51 upset of Old Mill, Kraning said on the Sportsline, "See you next year if I'm around." What did he mean by that?
* How about the pitching Anne Arundel Community College coach Clayton Jacobson is getting from a host of county products?
Winning their first three games of the season, the Pioneers have gottencontributions from Charlie Buckheit of Northeast; Greg Shepherd of Glen Burnie, but who attended Mount St. Joe; Jim Simms and Mike Cieslak, Old Mill; Scott Hatfield of Glen Burnie High and Dwayne Hoyt of Broadneck.
"With 11 pitchers, it's obvious that pitching is our strength, and in the first three games we've used six pitchers, and the relief pitching has been outstanding," said Jacobson.
AACC swept West Chester C.C. of New York in a twin-bill, 4-2 and 6-5, and Dean JuCo of Massachusetts, 7-3.
The most outstanding effort came from Simms, the former Old Mill lefty and son of Chesapeake High coach Jim Sr. Simms threw the last five innings against West Chester in the second game, giving up only one hit, one run and one walk and striking outsix.
* Did you know that ex-Oriole Joe Durham -- who works in theBirds' minor-league system -- gave a hitting clinic for the 50-and-over softball guys recently and offered two people jobs?
"Joe was so impressed with some of our hitters that he offered two contracts," said George "Wacko" Kelch of Spindlers'. "One contract was for a peanut vendor and the other was for an upper-deck usher."