One step, two steps – Brenn Scott was a sophomore catcher on the 2022 Cape State Championship baseball team. He managed a pitching team that included all-state players Nick Cox and Josh Reinhold. If you slip into home plate, Brenn will hit you in the head with a charged glove holding a hard ball. His talent screams a next-level prospect. In football, he’s the oversized safety play linebacker, tight-end H-back. During the second half of the opening match at the Salesianum, Brenn broke his collarbone. The prognosis was that he was out for six to eight weeks. Brenn continued to come to practice; we never thought he wouldn’t come back. No one trick pony travel baller, just a blue collar baller. Brenn’s father is Brian Scott, a former athlete from Milford aka “One Step”, one of those sportsmen who knows more than most, and he has a relentless positive personality. His high school nickname is One Step, derived from his moves on the 80s dance floor. Maybe Brian did the Mannequin, derived from the Robot from the Styx hit “Mr. Roboto. I’m taking a lead on first base here, just glad One Step’s son is a two-step athlete.
of the arena – If you’re expecting to read about Brud Lee or Ramsey and Andrew Schrader, stop thinking about bars that serve great sandwiches; I’m talking about sports. Remember how the pandemic revealed personalities who like to bully restaurant servers? What does it mean? I’m a sports photojournalist who takes a million photos a year. I post them in scrapbooks on my Facebook page, and some end up in the Cape Gazette. My business model is “free and overpriced”. Why do any of us do what we do? I want a sports story to be told partly through photos; the rest I make up for. Anyone between the lines is fair game, and that includes photographers in blue chairs just outside the lines. Not everyone likes what I do. “I didn’t give you permission to take my child’s picture,” but believe me, my mission is not to embarrass an athlete. But if they’re bleeding, vomiting or ranting at a referee, I can use that photo because it’s part of the story – what modern posers call “the narrative.”
Crazy times at the finish lines – I capture cross-country races early and at the finish line. High school racers from JV to college are mostly selling out, frantically battling for every position before the finish drop. I’m sure I look like a nerdy alley buddha with an inflated sense of self-confidence. Cross-country is just a beautiful sport, and you don’t have to be rocker Rod Stewart to know that every picture tells a story. Cape Town boys and Sussex Academy girls traveled to the Henlopen Conference Championships. A full list of detailed results is available at seashorestriders.com. The state championship races for Divisions I and II are on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Killens Pond, and the pit people are not playing. Bring $4 for entrance fee and no big bills (Catholic joke book).
Two games ahead – The NFL is half mediocre. Many weekend games are absolute dogs. But these dogs bite. The Eagles next host the (lame name) Washington Commanders on Monday Night Football on Nov. 14. The Eagles are the early 10-point favorites. Take Washington and the dots. Dallas is the biggest threat to Philly’s chances as the NFC’s top seed. Better to stay two games ahead of them before playing there on Christmas Eve.
Who is Houston? Can the city of Houston bask in World Series glory like Philly was set to do? I think Philadelphia fans are the basking sharks of the seven seas. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. Wikipedia sells Houston hard for its culture and racial diversity. “Houston is home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities and pride parades in the United States.” Philly has the Mummers. Here is a list of Philly Street names I found in an article by Dan McQuade on phillymag.com. Mole Street, Shunk Street, Shackamaxon Street, Passyunk Avenue, Flat Rock Road, Mermaid Lane, Tackawanna Street and Narcissus Road. You hear the accent, you know Philly, but when has anyone ever said, “You sound like you’re from Houston.”
Extracts – Northwestern Field Hockey beat Maryland last week in the semi-finals of the Big 10 Tournament. Afterwards, Alia Marshall was interviewed on the Big 10 Network. Alia smiled when the interviewer said Rehoboth Beach, then Alia walked over to the fence to give her mother Mary a hug. Cats are #2 seeded in the next NCAA Tournament. Delaware (Noelle Sabbagh) hosts Lehigh on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and the winner goes to No. 1 North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 11. Salisbury (Maci Long) and Christopher Newport (Marcella Sabbagh) are in the Division III tournament. Reagan Ciabattoni (Duke) has taken a redshirt season for 2022. Go now, asshole!