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Great Local Sports Weekend

September 7, 2013 - Al Stephenson
I wandered down to Columbian Stadium last night to watch part of the T.C. football game. I got there in the second quarter and was soon treated to a 65 yard TD pass from Stone Simmons to Nate Hoyda. I stayed for the halftime band shows and was again treated to a fine performance. Kudos to the Tornado Marching Band under the direction of Mike Meadows as they brought a smile to my face with their last number. A dance routine was included and it brought back memories of following my daughter as she performed with Ohio University's Marching 110. Job well done folks.

Today I was on the move again as I walked over to Hedges-Boyer Park for the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival. I particularly wanted to watch the Division III boys race and the defending state champion Seneca East Tigers. The guys from my alma mater did not disappoint as Jason Willman broke the 16 minute barrier in winning the race. Jarrod Stockmaster finished close behind in second and if my math was right Tiger runners finished sixth, 27th and 81st. A great performance.

One of the things I like about the Carnival is the shirts the runners wear with the motivating messages found on the back. It used to be that No Pain, No Gain was a sufficient message. Times have changed however as the one that stood out to me said this: Pain is only temporary, Internet results last forever. The girl whose shirt read Date a Runner, The Rest are Just Players also got my attention.

The Carnival also doubles as a dog show and that is right up my alley. I saw some fifty pooches today including a Great Dane and a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog. Two puppies made my day though. The first was a bulldog - with a face only a mother could love, though all puppies are cute I guess - who was clinging to the neck of the female runner who is obviously his owner. The best though was a tiny puppy that a fellow was holding in his arms. The guy passed me twice and I didn't have the nerve to stop him or his companion who was a runner. Later though she was holding the little fella and posing for a photo op. I went over and asked to pet him and she graciously said yes.

The pup was a five week old chocolate lab and he really enjoyed using my finger as a teething ring. This day would have been successful even if there had been no racing to watch.

The local sports activity is over for me now. I only have the Nascar race tonight and NFL football tomorrow to watch.

The view from my seat suggests this has been a great weekend already. Now if only my fantasy teams can come through...


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