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12 December 2019 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings From The Booth!

As we head toward Christmas at breakneck speed, I wanted to put a bow on the SU football season by congratulating and wishing good luck to Hornet senior wide receiver Casey Stewart. Stewart, who led SU with 70 catches and 1190 yards in 2019, is a finalist for the Lanier Award, presented to Virginia’s outstanding D2/D3/NAIA player. Casey, a local product, will join the other finalists at a Touchdown Club of Richmond banquet this weekend. Hornet QB Hayden Bauserman was the recipient of the award in 2018. In addition to being a great athlete and student, Stewart is also a solid citizen, and serves in the National Guard. We wish him luck this weekend!

Well, it’s going to be a Merry Christmas in the Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon households this year. As predicted by yours truly, Strasburg, who recently moved his family to the DC area, will stay a Washington National, signing a $245 million deal this week. As also predicted, Rendon is no longer a Nat, signing his own $245 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. I think the fan reaction to Rendon will be much different than to Bryce Harper’s defection last year, if for no other reason than Rendon helped bring a championship to DC. And, he’s going to the American League, not a division rival. In any case, it’ll be strange not seeing Rendon at the “hot corner” next season in DC.

With the College Football Playoff bracket set, the decks are cleared for one of my favorite games of the year, the annual Army-Navy game. I love this game for several reasons: the usually cold weather, the patriotism and pageantry, and the passion with which the 2 service academies approach the game. The year-long bragging right extends worldwide to wherever our fighting men and women are stationed. Finally, it’s probably the last football game these young men will ever play, so the emotion this Saturday will be off the chart. Yes, I do tear up a bit when the teams join together at both ends of the stadium as the respective fight songs are sung.

And, this week I have reflected on Christmas traditions that seem to have gone by the wayside. I was reading that on-line Santas (available for about $29 a call) are giving the traditional “Mall Santas” a run for their money. Who didn’t hedge our bets every Christmas by presenting our wish lists to Saint Nick?

I have fond childhood memories of taking car rides at night to look at Christmas light displays. Does anyone do that anymore? Other traditions and memories that come flooding back include the bowl of nuts & nutcracker on the coffee table, the smell of tangerines and oranges, the Second Baptist Church Christmas program (and practice every Sunday afternoon in December), Charlie Brown & The Grinch on TV, and my Grandma Minnie’s bubble lights on her (live) Christmas tree.

Tradition is the common thread that runs through families, and we owe it to ourselves to make sure that thread is woven into the lives of ours. Gifts will be eventually forgotten, but Holiday traditions that continue through the generations insure that we won’t be.

I am on my Christmas vacation next week, so until next visit from The Booth…Happy Holidays and GO HORNETS!


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