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Not so hot at reading the radar Some golfers fancy themselves as nearly god-like in their ability to determine when and where it might rain. Repeated proof that this assumed talent is nonexistent seems to have no effect. On Monday, Nov. 1 ., I thought I'd play a round of golf. The fore- cast predicted a sizeable threat of thunderstorms. On the other hand, the Weather Channel radar showed a band of rain that looked like it just might miss Shawnee Country Club. The club doesn't open its course for play on Mondays until 10 a.m., so there wasn't any rush. In addi- tion, a large group of retired mem- bers called the "Ball Tossers" of- ten tie up the first five or six tee times once play begins. I assumed there was no need for me to reach the club until about 11 a.m. I left Rehoboth and drove im- mediately into a rainstorm before I reached Five Points outside Lewes. Looking west, however, I thought I saw a break in the clouds and kept going toward Shawnee. The downpour continued for most of the rest of the ride north to Milford, and let up slightly as I parked the car in the club's lot. After a minute or two, the rain stopped completely. I chatted with the pro shop staffer for a few minutes, and be- gan some putting and chipping practice. After a few minutes, I hear a slight rustle. I looked west, and could no longer see the 18th hole's tee box, 500 yards away. The noise increased, and I could no longer see the 18th hole's fair- way bunkers. A whooshing sound then came rushing past, .and a terrific down- Fritz Schranck Reflections GOLF pour chased me off the putting green and into the pro shop. The TV was playing the Weath- er Channel, and the radar showed broad bands of dark green and yellow over all of Sussex County. In retrospect, I might have been a bit optimistic. THOSE TWO AREN'T MODELS, THEY'RE REAL PEOPLE - Cape Region snow- birds heading south this fall along Interstate 95 will see a billboard or two featuring a handsome cou- ple in an advertisement for the Os- prey Cove development, outside St. Mary's, Ga. The travelers might assume this ad used models for this purpose. After all, the pair's smiling faces and good looks are clearly intended to give the impression that the well- known golf course/residential community just north of Jack- sonville, Fla. is full of such attrac- tive people. In this case, however, these folks are the real deal, and there's a Cape Region connection to boot. The couple's names are Bill and I paid to see. Briefly Continued from page 110 prompt a local to scream, "Who caresT' But wait! Thaddeus Shockley, formerly of Cape, intercepted a pass for Wilkes while the game was still a ganae. Rock on Deus! Rowan is 9-0 without K.C. Keeler in a 70-7 stomp- ing of William Paterson. No, I don't know who he was or where the school is located. Scott Dapp's Moravian team defeated Susquehanna 23-6. "Dap- per" is a former Rehoboth Beach lifeguard. Delaware State lost to North Carolina A&T 34-7 assuring the Hornets of a losing season. I hate when that moment happens. Let's face it, if there is no commitment of money and facilities, Delaware State will continue to struggle. My son Dave blew out of Knoxville 10 hours be- fore F4 tornadoes blew in. He, along with Brett and Bill Jackson, watched Miami dominate Tennessee 26-3 proving that the Hurricanes (that's a weird con- nection) are the nation's most difficult team to beat when they're paying attention. Texas A&M, those crazy Aggies who want to bring back the bonfire, shocked Oklahoma 30-26, which is a good thing because the Sooners couldn't even give Miami a good game. Notre Dame was looking down the gun barrel of the biggest upset of the season in front of 70,000 at Raven Stadium in Baltimore, but Navy flinched. Trailing 23-15 the midshipmen went conservative on their option offense as the Irish mauled their way back. Fans saw a great game which is not what they Vicky Maxwell, and they really do live in Osprey Cove. They're both golfers, and there's no debate about which one is the better golfer (it's Vicky). Bill, on the other hand, has some questionable taste in friends, including yours truly. He's part of the Georgia contingent that ac- companies Kings Creek resident Kevin Conlon, Conlon's three brothers and assorted others on the Conlon brothers annual spring golf trips. Since we met almost 10 years ago, Bill, Kevin and I have played many fun rounds together. Maxwell doesn't let his high handicap impede his ability to en- joy himself. On occasion, he'll let loose with an anguished "Aw, come onnn, Beel" or something a bit more colorful and unprintable. Usually, however, one hears far more laughter around Maxwell than anything else. Maxwell said that Osprey Cove's community manager asked them to help out, and he and Vicky were surprised about all the places their picture began to ap- pear. "We originally thought the pic- ture would be used only a commu- nity brochure and nothing else. Well, we got fooled because friends alerted us to the magazine picture and then the interstate bill- board. So, our faces are every- where right now. Don't know that it's helped with sales, but it sure has created a lot of fun talk." A couple of us have every inten- tion of having even more fun with this picture when we meet Bill again next spring. HOLE-IN-ONE! - Congrats go out to Joe Bradley, a member of Old Landing Golf Course, who Iowa may be the only team in the country who can get with Miami. The 10-1 Hawkeyes hammered Northwestern 62-10. Iowa needs Ohio State to lose to Michigan at the end of the season to have any hope of playing for the national title. PRO FOOTBALL - Philly fans are quick to go ugly on their own team and that is pathetic. There is no home field advantage for the Birds because in tough times the rabid fans turn on their won team. The Colts out-coached and outplayed Philly at the Vet last Sunday in a 33-13 game that wasn't that close. Peyton Manning seemed to have more coordi- nating influence on Philly's defense than the actual coordinator Jim Johnson. Defenders talked about ripping their hats to Manning. Losing to Peyton in a South Philly street fight? What kind of talk is that? Manning didn't take a solid hit all afternoon. Not even a cheap shot. Where is the rage? Bring back Andre Waters! Steve Spurrier and the Redskins lost to Jack- sonville 26-7..Nearly 50 throws and only seven points? That's not fun and gun. Give me 25 million and let me hire my own people and I can go 4-5. That's why nobody is worth the money. Oakland and New England will make it to the post- season and nobody wants to play either one of them. Pittsburgh played an overtime tie against Atlanta, 34- 34, and if I were a Steeler fan I would talk funny like the rest of them but also be concerned. The boys from the Iron City need to stomp a good team to prove that they can make a run at the AFC rifle. Hit me, I'm open! CAPE GAzE'rIIg, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 - 113 Bill and Vieky Maxwell are featured in this advertisement campaign, which includes several billboards along 1-95, for the golf/residential community of Osprey Cove. aced the par 3 No. 15 on Sunday, Nov. 10 - his first-ever hole-in- one. Bradley nailed the 106.yard shot using a sand wedge and won the admiration of playing partners Lou James, Wes Lawrence and Wiggy Schroeder- also members of the golf course. Bradley cele- brated his fete by buying every- one a beer in the clubhouse. "He must have spent $I00," said Shiela, who works the Old Land- ing desk and reported his accom- plishment to the Cape Gazette. For more information, call Sheridan Parsons at 227-8018 or stop by the YMCA. Register now for youth basketball at YMCA The Sussex Family YMCA is now taking registrations for its 22nd season of youth basketball. The league will be divided into three toed divisions: grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9. The season will include weekly practices beginning in late No- vember and games beginning in January. The deadline to register is Nov. 13, with early bird registration deadline of Nov. 4. Scholarships are available. Volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, referees and scprekeepers are needed. YMCA youth soccer league registrations open The Sussex Family YMCA will once again host an indoor youth soccer program. The league will be divided into three toed divi- sions, grades I-3, 4-6 and 7-9, as well as a high school boys and girls division. The deadline to register is Dec. 27, with an early bird deadline on Dec. 13. No registrations will be accepted after Dec. 27. Scholar- ships are available. Volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, rei'er- ees and scorekeepers are needed. Call Sheridan Parsons at 227- 8018 or visit the YMCA for more information. Read Fredman's People in Sports column every Friday... only in the Cape Gazettet