I went to the OVAC Class 3A Wrestling Duals last week, and during the first match, I found out I didn't know the sport of high school wrestling as much as I thought.
And it quickly sank in that, as a sports reporter, I need to study every sport better. When you think you know everything about a sport, and something happens that you don't understand, you better start asking questions to the right people, so you can report the facts a lot better than just reporting the wins and losses, and who scored and how many.
The Eagles had a wrestler that couldn't participate that day, and the coach had to change things around, so they could have a chance to win. I knew there were strategies about the game that I never understood, and I asked multiple people as to why and how one can move up to wrestle, and why teams take a forfeit when they have someone that could compete in that weight class.
I also wondered about when one wrestlers stalls, and the referee doesn't warn a player to pick it up or get penalized, but as a former referee, I understand why someone would pass on something instead of making the call, but not every time it happens. Either they don't think its a penalty or they don't see it at all.
Also, I asked about why they penalize one for an infraction and not the other. Duh... I know maybe they don't see it, or as a fan, maybe they don't want to see it.
Enough about that. During, and after, the wrestling, I asked many questions about the sport that I thought I knew most. So, I'm going to start asking a lot more questions to coaches, referees, players and fans - why and how on all sports.
If you don't understand something about a sport, please text me what it is that you don't understand, and if I'm not 100 percent sure, I will ask someone that should know the answer.
Besides the knowledge about sports, I don't understand why people do things a lot differently, in life as well as in work and play.
We don't want everybody to be the same, just like we don't want our kids to be the same. But we all hope that our kids turn out right, and we must set good examples - not only at home, but at work and at sporting events as well. Don't criticize an official, or a coach or player, if you don't want to be criticized in what you do.
If you don't understand why, wait and ask nicely - you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Or better yet, if you can't say anything nice, just keep it to yourself. And if you think you can do better, be a coach - or yet, be a referee. What we say is always right, and if it isn't, we will try to fix it the next time.
While I'm at it, let's try to be a better person than we were yesterday, and the day before. And, if you are a person that's a busy-body, I bet your children will also be busybodies too.
Just remember, this is my opinion. I'm not always right. I'm far from it, but if I do something wrong, I try to not do it again and again. Once is enough. Remember, there is always someone watching.
The spring sports season is almost here. If you are a student that is going out for a sport, get a physical before practice starts. And if you're a parent and your child wants to play and has good grades, let them go out and participate. Make sure they know they need to have the physical.
There is a need for referees, umpires and officials. If you think you could do it, take a class and get registered to do it. And if you're not, don't criticize who does out loud. Keep it to yourself please. You just don't know who is watching.