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An email from Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) representative Brenna Taylor announced the Sports Breakfast Special Guest Speaker 2022.
Dallas Cowboy’s Hall of Fame member Tony Dorsett will make his third appearance at the SABF.
Dorsett happens to be the father of the reigning Queen Shenandoah 95 Mia Dorsett and will also serve as the guest speaker for SABF’s Sports Breakfast.
Dorsett was the first Sports Breakfast guest back in 1985 and later crowned his daughter Jazmyn as Queen Shenandoah in 2012.
Tickets for all SABF events are available at thebloom.com.
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Mia Jenelle Dorsett will serve as Queen Shenandoah for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival.
She is the youngest daughter of Janet and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.
Her sister Jazmyn Dorsett was Queen Shenandoah for the 2012 festival.
Mia originally accepted the nomination to be the Queen in 2020 before the festivities were canceled.
The Dorsett family will be accompanying her.
This will be the Dallas Cowboy legend’s 3rd trip to the area as he first came to Winchester for the Festival in 1985.
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Greetings from The Booth!
OK, I think I’ve had enough snow now…for the rest of the season. If bedding down at the radio station on Sunday night and reading endless school announcements all this week wasn’t bad enough, I had to see a Facebook post from my friend Nick Ciattei, who’s soaking up the sun in Aruba! It’s his world, and I’m just living in it. The snow this week included a topping of ice, which made shoveling next to impossible. Hammering away at the icy glaze, I felt like part of the work gang at Shawshank. At 62, I decided to let nature take it’s course, which means I’ll see my driveway sometime in April.
If you need something to warm you up, Shenandoah University baseball opens up on February 12 at the newly-renovated Bridgeforth Field, and while we’ll still need to bundle up, it’ll be great to see a ballpark that finally befits that program.
Back to Sunday, which really wasn’t all that bad. I had the station to myself, I had my Papa John’s pie, and I was able to stream the 3 Super Wild Card games. As an added bonus, 2 of my least-favorite teams made quick playoff exits. The afternoon started with the nasty, drunken, stinkin’ Iggles losing to Brady & The Bucs 31-15 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score might imply. The ageless Tom Terrific and Tampa Bay cruised to a 31-0 lead and never looked back. Philadelphia, the NFL’s top rushing team, never got the ground game going early, and was made one-dimensional by virtue of the lopsided score.
What made me really happy, though, was the stunning Dallas loss to San Francisco, and the subsequent meltdown by the Cowboy fanbase, who once again blamed everyone else except their team for the defeat. This self-entitled bunch, who still think it’s 1996, will be watching someone else lift the Lombardi Trophy in a few weeks, while America’s Team still has only 3 playoff wins since it’s last Super Bowl title.
Rarely is a game won or lost on one play, but the ire of the Dallas reached it’s crescendo on the game’s final play on Sunday. Trailing 23-17 with no time outs, and about 20 seconds left with the ball near midfield, Cowboy QB Dak Prescott took a risk by running the ball in the middle of the field. Sliding near the 25 yard line and using up most of the time, Prescott tried to get his team lined up to spike the ball. The problem: the ball must be spotted by the official, and by the time he did that, time had run out. Game and season over. As the players and officials ran off the field, trash rained down in the vicinity of both. In his postgame comments, Prescott, who thought the garbage was being thrown at the Dallas players, called the fans’ actions “disappointing.” But when told the trash was aimed at the officials, Prescott did a “180” and gave credit to the fans.
Not a good look from the supposed leader of the team, who should have put the loss squarely on his own shoulders. And not a good look from the Dallas fans, who clearly didn’t know the rule about spotting the ball, and didn’t seem to remember the 14 Dallas penalties and other mistakes that contributed to the loss. For everyone associated with that organization, it’s time to look inward, not outward.
So, for the rest of the playoffs, we will be spared the endless TV camera shots of Cowboy owner Jerry Jones, as “America’s Team” once again makes it’s tee times. Which makes Winter a little more bearable…
Happy shoveling, and until the next visit from The Booth, GO HORNETS!
For this Sports Dogs Podcast we pull Scott Bradley out of the bullpen and talk about Christmas vacation (not the movie), and the renewal this Sunday of an NFL rivalry that started in the early 70s with George Allen. The Dallas Cowboys march into Fed-Ex Field Sunday to take on the Washington Football Team in a game that has some relevance. Enjoy this latest edition of the SDPC and HTTWFT! RW
Greetings from The Booth!
Let’s start with congrats to the Shenandoah University Men’s Basketball team, who are now 2-0 at the Wilkins Center after an 81-71 win against Ferrum last Saturday. In the last several seasons, wins for the guys have been few and far between, so it was nice to see them having fun and getting the “W.” I’m not sure what kind of springboard that victory will be, but on Saturday, something seemed to click. Kudos also to junior Jaylen Williams, who was named as the ODAC Player Of The Week, and is currently leading the league in scoring. Williams is fun to watch, and can score inside and outside. He is worth the price of admission. If anyone is deserving of some good fortune, it’s Head Coach Adam Walsh; let’s hope Santa brings him some the rest of the season.
Well, it’s Dallas Week for the Washington Football Team, as the Cowboys visit Fed-Ex Field this Sunday in an NFC East showdown. Dallas Week has lost a lot of it’s luster over the last 30 years as Dallas has just 3 playoff wins since winning their last Super Bowl in 1996, and Washington has just 3 post-season victories since their last Super Bowl win in 1992. Relevant games between the two teams have been scarce.
Sunday’s contest has some relevance. Washington, left for dead at 2-6, has reeled off 4 consecutive wins since their bye week and with a win against the Cowboys, would pull to within one game of the division lead, with control of their own destiny. A loss to Dallas, and The Football Team will probably have to set their sights on a Wild Card berth, still a very real possibility. So, with at least something to play for on Sunday, I thought I’d go back into the time machine for my top 3 memorable Washington-Dallas games. Enjoy, and feel free to send us yours.
3. Houston Corrals Garrison. Coming off their very first Super Bowl appearance in the 1972 season, the then-Redskins met the hated Cowboys on Monday Night Football October 8th, 1973 at RFK Stadium. The ‘Boys were 3-0, while the ‘Skins were 2-1, so it was a must win for the “Over The Hill Gang” in the nationally-televised affair. In a tight defensive battle, Dallas held a 7-0 lead well into the 4th quarter. I remember going to bed (there was school the next day) and listening to the radio broadcast, hoping against hope that Washington could find a way. Late in the contest, Sonny Jurgensen threw a short TD pass to tie things at 7, and on the next Dallas possession, Brig Owens sent the RFK crowd into a frenzy with a pick-6 touchdown for a 14-7 lead. Dallas was not finished as they drove deep into ‘Skins territory. On a 4th and goal, Dallas running back Walt Garrison caught a pass and headed for the tying score, when Washington’s Ken Houston grabbed Garrison and held him inches from the goal line to preserve the win. Sleep deprivation never felt so good!
2. December 31, 1972. George Allen’s Redskins, the aforementioned “Over The Hill Gang,” a collection of aging veterans and castoffs from other teams, finished the regular season 11-3, and after beating the Packers in the opening round of the playoffs, found themselves hosting the Cowboys for the NFC Championship in front of 55-thousand rabid fans as 1972 came to a close. After an early Dallas field goal, Washington QB Billy Kilmer found Charley Taylor for 2 touchdown passes, and kicker Kurt Knight booted 4 field goals, while the ‘Skins defense held Roger Staubach and the Cowboys offense to just 169 yards on the day in a dominating 26-3 win. I remember it like it was yesterday. George Allen would later say “that was our Super Bowl,” and indeed Washington would suffer a huge letdown in Super Bowl VII, falling to the Dolphins 14-7.
1.We Want Dallas! In the waning moments of a playoff win against Minnesota in January of 1983, the RFK crowd started a chant of “We Want Dallas,” a chant that increased in intensity until the very stands of the old venue were literally moving. Indeed, Washington would have a chance to avenge their only loss of that 1982 campaign the following week in the NFC Championship Game. The ‘Skins took an early 7-3 lead and had momentum on their side until Dallas backup QB Gary Hogeboom brought the Cowboys to within 7 at 24-17. With the game in the balance, Washington’s Dexter Manley tipped a Hogeboom pass, and Darryl Grant picked it out of the air and rambled into the end zone for the score that put the game away. In a moment of non-clarity, my friend Kevin and I decided that we were going to drive to DC and celebrate. The few remaining brain cells we had left prevailed, and we decided to go to Shepherdstown instead, where, as I remember, we did a 2-man “Fun Bunch” in the street. This time, the ‘Skins would not let down, and went on to beat the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. Good times…good times.
I’m not sure Sunday’s game will provide any memorable moments. The Fed-Ex stands probably won’t be rocking, there is no longer a fight song to sing, and there will surely be as many Dallas fans in attendance as there are Washington fans. Such is life as a WFT fan in 2021. But we can dream, and maybe, just maybe be able to muster up one more Fun Bunch celebration for old times sake…
Enjoy the game, and until next time from The Booth, HTTWFT, and GO HORNETS!
Phils Take 3rd Straight From Nats, O’s Falter Vs Yanks, Olympic Update
Rhys Hoskins drove in 3 Phillies runs with a double and a 2-run homer in a 9-5 Philadelphia win over the Nationals last night. Didi Gregorious also went deep for the Phils, who beat the Nats for the third consecutive night. 21 year-old Luis Garcia hit 2 home runs for the Nats, who try to avoid the sweep this afternoon against Philadelphia. Air time is 3:35 on Sports Radio 1450.
The New York Yankees broke a 3-all tie with 5 runs in the 7th inning, then added 2 more in the 8th for a 10-3 win against the Orioles. Cedric Mullins went 2-for-4 to lead the Birds, who are off today.
At the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, in track & field, Americans Kenny Bednarek and Noah Lyles won silver & bronze respectively in the men’s 200 meter sprint. Favorite Grant Holloway of the USA had to settle for silver in the men’s 110 meter hurdles, while American Ryan Crouser won the gold in the shot put. The US leads the overall medal count with 84.
And, the NFL Preseason kicks off tonight with the Hall Of Fame Game in canton, Ohio. The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Dallas Cowboys.