Mark M. Sahli
It is a pleasure to sit back and watch our local media cover sports. Whether it is local as in our West Fargo area or regional to include North Dakota and Minnesota and surrounding areas, it is just plain refreshing for the most part. My school of thought as it pertains to national coverage of national and professional sports, is it is covered and blogged about and social media crushed to the point of obnoxiousness. We can pick up a paper, turn on a television or a radio and be bombarded with national sports coverage to the point of illness.
This column was derailed. It was taken right off the tracks. All schools of thought were empty. No class is in session, no debate or great thoughts to be had nor back and forth to be done. The thing that caused the derailment took place Friday night. The West Fargo Packers football team caused the article derailment and one thing for certain is this team rolled on the tracks all year and showed no sign of coming off the tracks.
West Fargo is known for what sport? A first school of thought and answer to this question is girls fast pitch softball, correct? Upon attending a recent game where the home team picked and picked away methodically only to win by the 10 run rule, it just seemed like Pat Johnson and his team and all of their championships should be at the top of this list. Another school of thought would drift to the Packer football teams of champions past and continued recent success for the better part of 4 decades. What about West Fargo Wrestling. That
What a great story in last week's West Fargo Pioneer regarding all the area athletes who signed, committed or just planning to continue an attempt to play sports at the next level? West Fargo should be proud of so many representatives in the area. Many others students and student -athletes go unnoticed as well in their pursuit of activities, somewhat sports related or not sports related. Some will get recognized for academics in the form of a scholarship or maybe a mention of the Dean's list or even more dear to my heart, an appointment to a military academy.
Last month's column was just prior to the last game of the year for the North Dakota State University Bison football team.
It seems as though our fall was going to go on forever, and to many of our dismay it came to an end abruptly this past week. The crisp air with no snow and falling leaves gave way to howling winds, driving snow and below zero temp wind chills. Seasonal changes can also bring seasonal sport changes. With this weather, you are also ready for basketball, wrestling, swimming and holiday tournaments to go along with these sports. We have also grown accustomed to December as a continuation of football for our NDSU Bison Football Team.
A quarterback in the National Football League has garnered national media attention over the past several weeks. His name is Colin Kaepernick. Is he better known now for his quarterback skills, lack of quarterback skills or for his actions during the national anthem? There are generally two schools of thought about his actions: one belonging to those who support him, the other to those who find his actions upsetting. I have a different opinion. I thank him and the other, very few, squeaky wheels for bringing attention to our national anthem.
Every four years, our house much like others, gets very excited as the summer Olympic Games arrive. In our part of the country, it can be bittersweet because our summers and nice weather are short and nice days are few and far between and not to be wasted indoors watching sports. We love to watch all of these sports because we do not get to see them all of the time and they
We said goodbye to Marlys today. Marlys was a West Fargo resident and very well known to many in the community. She was the mother of one of my wife's friend and classmate which made her a long time family acquaintance. I knew who she was but never really well. From a distance, I envisioned a very nice grandmother, mother and wife of Jim.
"Our school sports and school in general is out for summer." Not quite verbatim of Alice Cooper's long-standing song lyrics, but true just the same. As a parent, I have always had mixed schools of thought for the arrival of summer. It is a chance to release from the structured activity calendar and scheduling of children activities and events. The other school of thought is when the kids are home and not in the structured school setting, they tend to pinch on the last nerve we as parents have left. Feel free to nod in agreement here.