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DON PETERSEN | Special to The Roanoke Times
Friday, October 4, 2013
I blew my big chance on the biggest stage.
Sitting with my wife and sister-in-law in Section 219 at Coors Field in Denver this summer, I turned around as someone tapped me on the shoulder.
"Excuse me, sir," the young lady said. "We liked the jersey you are wearing. Would you mind participating in a contest during the fifth inning that will be shown on the scoreboard?"
Contest? Scoreboard? Prizes?
Are you kidding me?
Easy. All I had to do was answer a multiple-choice question as part of a Colorado Energy promotion.
The top of the fifth ends and I'm up at bat.
There it is on the bottom of the big board behind left field: "Tonight's contestant. Robert from Virginia."
And here's the question:
"Every time you open your oven when it is on, the temperature goes down how many degrees?"
Thinking the correct answer must be absurdly high and completely ignoring my wife and sister-in-law who are saying, "25," I turn the giant block I am holding to reveal the letter "C."
The answer of course was "B," much to the delight of the heckler in the next section.
The Colorado Rockies did not fare better against the Dodgers, getting shut out by Clayton Kershaw as Yasiel Puig blasted a 450-foot home run to center.
I went home and put up the Todd Helton jersey that my sister-in-law gave me for another year.
Then I realized that the No. 17 is just about the only real article of sports-related attire that I own.
My old Redskins sweatshirt is either long gone or way too small.
I don't play fantasy football. I've never been to an NFL game. The last time I attended a major college football game and actually sat in the stands was in 1973.
Collapsing in front of a TV and watching an entire NFL game for 3-plus hours? Not a chance.
What the heck is wrong with me? Where's the passion? Where's the fire?
Hey, it's getting hot in here.
Would somebody shut that oven door?
NORTHSIDE 35, William Fleming 6. The two schools one mile apart haven't played each other since 2008. Now they have no choice.
WILLIAM BYRD 34, Staunton River 14. Staunton River already has given up more than 50 points in a game twice this year.
LORD BOTETOURT 47, Alleghany 14. Three of Botetourt's four wins this year have been by a combined 144-0 score.
CHRISTIANSBURG 35, Cave Spring 17. Christiansburg's run to the 2011 Division 4 state final included a 26-21 loss to the Knights at Bogle Stadium.
HIDDEN VALLEY 20, Carroll County 7. No trip up Bent Mountain to Hillsville. The Titans don't want to risk losing their early pregame meal on the way.
PULASKI COUNTY 21, Blacksburg 10. Pulaski's only win during its 1-9 season two years ago was 28-0 over Blacksburg.
PATRICK HENRY 17, Franklin County 7. PH is coming off its first shutout loss since Franklin County waxed the Patriots 34-0 two years ago in their last trip to Gainer Field.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 38, Bassett 6. GW and Eastern View are the only two unbeaten teams remaining in Group 4A North.
HALIFAX COUNTY 33, Martinsville 30. The Bulldogs could get back into the Group 2A West playoff race with a win over the 0-4 Blue Comets.
TUNSTALL 49, Patrick County 7. PC's scorecard now reads 34 consecutive losses, while being outscored this year 212-6 in the first half of their four games.
HERITAGE 28, Jefferson Forest 24. JF is looking for back-to-back wins over the 2012 Division 3 state champ (Brookville) and the Division 4 runner-up.
LIBERTY 26, E.C. Glass 23. Liberty's defense has given up more than 30 points twice in the last three weeks.
VIRGINIA HIGH 27, Chilhowie 21. The black yardlines on the faded bermuda grass at Gene Malcolm Stadium in Bristol are a distinctive look.
TAZEWELL 27, Marion 21. Tazewell got its first 2013 win last week over a George Wythe team that beat Marion by a touchdown.
PH-GLADE SPRING 23, Rural Retreat 19. The Rebels haven't beaten the Indians since 2008 and it's been a lot longer than that since they won in Rural Retreat.
LEE 26, Grayson County 22. The Generals will drive through Tennessee on their 140-mile trek to Independence.
THOMASVILLE, N.C. 21, Fort Chiswell 20. All visitors to this former furniture capital need to see the 30-foot-high concrete chair in the downtown square.
POCAHONTAS COUNTY, W.VA. 25, Bath County 18. Pocahontas County already has a big win over a Pendleton County team that the Chargers edged 20-18.
SUMMERS COUNTY, W.VA. 28, Covington 22. Summers County brings a 5-0 record across the state line with memories of last year's 31-28 loss still fresh.
PARRY McCLUER 22, Auburn 14. Timesland's leading scorer, Ryheem Dawson, goes up against an Auburn defense that gave up its first three TDs of the year last week.
GILES 45, Galax 28. This has the earmarks of a high-scoring game as Giles averages 39.8 ppg. while Galax is at 38.0.
NORTH CROSS 43, St. Anne's-Belfield 20. North Cross is looking for its second win at STAB this year after beating Christchurch there three weeks ago.
CRAIG COUNTY 25, Roanoke Catholic 12. Catholic hung on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the latest VIS Division IV ratings.
Last week: 22-4 .846
Overall: 107-27 .799
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