Spring sports are here but weather is behind


Harold Harmon


Senior catcher Conner Harmon talks to a bundled up head coach Ron Faubion during a game earlier this season. The Savage Storm will be looking for warmer weather this weekend as they travel to Henderson State on Friday.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

Spring has sprung,

Fall has fell;

Spring sports are here

And all’s not well.

Southeastern softball has played 20 games and baseball has played 19. Softball and baseball are spring sports.

Spring happens Monday. Next Monday. More than one-third of the schedule is behind the teams and much of it has been played in weather more conducive to winter than spring. That could be because spring has not arrived.

Check with shivering fans who regularly turn out to support their teams. These hardy followers know to bring the full issue of warm clothing – blankets, caps, gloves, longjohns, portable heaters, the whole nine yards.

Every last one of those fans can tell you it’s no fun watching sports in this weather, forget about trying to play in it.

Cold weather brings runny noses and pulled muscles.

The people somewhere up top who decide that spring sports should start on the first day of February, unless it falls on Sunday, are in serious need of counseling.

Simple solution. Guaranteed to bring changes.

Those people who decide on playing days should be forced – by whatever means necessary – to be present on game days. They can bundle up in whatever gear they choose, but they must have their personal bodies among the quivering fans.

Football is a cold-weather sport. Fans know that and accept it. It’s kind of goofy that footballers practice in 100-plus degrees to play a game that often sees below-freezing temperatures.

That’s like putting me in charge of nuclear macaroni or something.

It should be in the bylaws of every conference that schedule-setters must attend games. Not just a game here or there. Schedule-setters should be forced to attend a softball or baseball game on every date they have mandated.

I may be in danger of serving time somewhere for the use of the word mandated. It might offend someone and we absolutely can’t have that kind of stuff.

With that said, Southeastern softball and baseball will return to action Friday – check that, Southeastern softball and baseball are scheduled to return to action Friday.

Baseball will host Henderson State at 2 p.m. Friday in a single Great American Conference game. Saturday’s doubleheader is set for a noon start.

This comes after a twinbill with Southwestern was weathered out after having been rescheduled from Friday-Saturday to Sunday-Monday.

Softball will travel to Henderson State for GAC doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.

This after having last Saturday’s action weathered out at Weatherford.

Those games cannot be made up. Conference rules. By the same people who start spring sports on February 1. February is winter, ya’ll. Winter, not spring. Write your congressman or league commissioner. Guess which will get faster results.

Many schools are on spring break this week. Guys and gals can put on their swim suits and head outside for a little frostbite.

DO YOU FOLLOW pro football?

Do you have an answer to the Romo Resolution?

If you follow this stuff, you may recall Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones telling the sports world he would follow the do-right rule in the Rome situation.

Jones and Romo have been together for many years and Jones is fond of saying it would be a shame if Dallas couldn’t win a Super Bowl with Romo.

While owner Jones was saying this stuff, general manager Jones was busy buying another tight end who couldn’t play instead of covering Romo’s fanny with a couple of offensive linemen.

Much of Romo’s Dallas career has been spent on the run since enemy defenders usually had clear sailing to the quarterback.

How about the NFL’s targeting rule? No targeting, right? You betchum, Red Ryder.

Here’s the deal with football. Whoever has the ball is the target. Quarterback, running back, receiver, defender after an interception.

Get the football, you’re the target. An advanced degree is not necessary to understand this.

It’s a truism, sort of like saying a football loose on the ground will draw a crowd.

Solution: Have 22 officials, one for every player on the field. Unless, of course, one team has more or fewer than the allowable number.

Commissioner, this is a joke. Football needs more officials like I need to be shorter and older.

What football needs is more cameras. When an official three steps away can’t tell when a runner steps on the boundary line, more officials would result in nothing but more bad calls.

Commissioner, this is also a joke. Ha, ha.

SPRING BREAK is almost over.

Soon we can all get back to worrying over important things like having enough fuel for the portable heaters.

Harold Harmon is the retired Sports Editor at the Democrat and Sports Information Director at Southeastern

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Senior catcher Conner Harmon talks to a bundled up head coach Ron Faubion during a game earlier this season. The Savage Storm will be looking for warmer weather this weekend as they travel to Henderson State on Friday.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_HarmonFaubion.jpgSenior catcher Conner Harmon talks to a bundled up head coach Ron Faubion during a game earlier this season. The Savage Storm will be looking for warmer weather this weekend as they travel to Henderson State on Friday. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat
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