Lahnert: My 2 cents

Mel Maxfield: Huge day in store today for the eight-year Amarillo High football coach at the 2017 Texas High School Coaches Association coaching school in Houston. Maxfield is one of three candidates up for president of the THSCA. This is prestigious honor only three times bestowed on Texas Panhandle coaches in Charlie Johnston, Greg Sherwood and Larry Dippel. The vote takes place this morning around 10. Maxfield has a great chance to win even though coaching school is down in Houston this year and fewer Texas Panhandle coaches attend compared to when it’s in Fort Worth. Maxfield can flat out coach. He has coached in several places, is exceedingly popular among his peers and starts his 36th season coaching in Texas this fall. The other two nominees are excellent as well in Rockwall’s Rodney Webb and Calallen’s Phil Danaher. Trust me, just being nominated is a huge deal. If Maxfield wins what a way to kickoff the 2017 football season around here.

 

Vacationing in Colorado : I highly recommend it. And a trip to Coors Field.

The name game continues: I continue to enjoy the responses on what the new name of the AA baseball team should be. A couple new ones are Rough Riders honoring nearby Boys Ranch (I like it), Bats, Bomb City Pits, Buffalo Riders, Cattle Barron’s, Chuckwagons, City Slickcers, Dirt Dogs, Grit, Sky, Stampede, Traffic Cones (with the current traffic situation and colors bright orange and black), and Yellow Jackets. I have my list ready to pass on to the owners of the new team. Let’s keep the conversation going. Because we seem to all agree on one thing, we have to hit a home run with this name. Send your suggestions to sports@amarillo.com.

Odell Beckham Jr.: The all-pro wide receiver for the New York Giants made a recent visit to Amarillo visiting Jayro Ponce, a boy with a rare form of cancer staying at the wonderful Ronald McDonald House here in Amarillo. I have a whole new respect for Beckham making this trip days before his training camp opened and putting a smile on Jayro’s face. Well done, Beckham. Well done.

Thumbs Down

Replay in high school football games: The University Interscholastic League is seriously considering implementing replays at high school football games. All I see is problems with this and I give it a double thumbs down. I think it would be costly having to add an extra official to each to game to monitor the replay. I’ve been told things wouldn’t be like the NFL where a coach can throw a flag out demanding a replay. Only when the official upstairs sees a problem he would get word down to the field that a mistake was made. Other than the costs, other than adding another official to each game when there is already an official shortage throughout Texas, I think replays would slow high school football games down to a crawl. I’m all in favor of making things right, but replays at high school games isn’t the answer. The only way I would even begin to agree with the replay is using it for playoff games only.

Dallas Cowboys: Let me get this straight. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his staff let go of wide receiver Lucky Whitehead when news came out he was accused of stealing $40 worth of food and missed a court date. We then learn Whitehead wasn’t even in the same state when the crime occurred and his identity was falsely used. This is nothing compared to what has gone on with other Cowboys players recently, see Ezekiel Elliott’s track record. The world of Jerry Jones never ceases to amaze me on a good level and disgusting level.

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