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Page 16 MERRIMACK JOURNAL Friday, April 5, 2002 OUT Empty feeling here are certain scenes that are staples of the genre of the sports movie. The hero wins thegame in the last minute. The hero loses confidence in his ability. And, my personal favorite, the hero is in an empty stadium by himself. That's not sarcasm on my part. I always get a kick out of those scenes, because I always get a kick out of being in an empty stadium. I don't know what it is, but there is something cool about standing on a football field or a baseball diamond when there isn a team in sight Twice last week, I was at Merrimack High, waiting to talk to coaches. To kill time, I walked out onto the football field and through the bleach- ers, just looking around. I'm having a hard time describing this feeling, which is unfortunate, since describing things is a big part of my job. I get the same feeling when I have a great idea for a column, and I'm looking at a blank piece of paper or a blank Word document Or when I'm on Stage five minutes before the doors open and the audience comes is. (Which reminds me: come see me in 'ffhlk Radio," April 5, 6, 7, 12, and 13, Downstairs at 14 Court Street in downtown Nashua. I came to your games, so you should come to my show. Quid pro quo and all that. But I'm getting off the topic.) I think it's because of the potential of sports. In the moments before the game, when there are no players, fans, coaches, or refs, everyone's game plan is perfect Anything can happen in any game in any sport; that's one of the things that make sports so exciting. Of course, things aren perfect in the game. Coaches always say that the best game plan in the world doesn't mean anything after the game starts. Somebody has to lose. Both teams will make several mistakes. A player could get hurt. A ref will blow a call. At least half of the players and fans atthe game will be unhappy when they leave their seats, corral their kids, and sit in the post-game traffic jam. The field is torn up from players' spikes. There's a pile of ice where someone tipped over a water jug. The stands are covered in popcorn kernels, programs, and candy wrappers. After a game, the field can be a pretty unpleasant place. It's easy to forget how nice the field was just three hours before. At West, during a track practice, I saw two or three kids with a football who wanted to play on the field. I know they weren't thinking about anything that IYe written here. They were thinking, "Man, wouldn it be cool to play football on the field?" And that sums up my point rather nicely. The week in sports Monday, April 8 Baseball hosts Central Softball at Central Boys tennis hosts Central Girls tennis at Central Tuesday, April 9 Boys lacrosse hosts Laconia Wednesday, April 10 Boys tennis at Winnacunnet Girls tennis hosts Winnacunnet 4 p.llCL 4pm, 4p, ....... 4"p:m. 5 p.m. Lorden Oil POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT I RE-ELECT CHRIS CHRIsTENSEN SELECTMAN Spring in their s Ryan Farnsworth, pictured, and Craig Provencher came up short in their No. 1 doubles match against Manchester West LADY TWISTERS. The N.H. Lady Twisters 12U AAU Basketball Team appeared in the Warriors One-Day Chal- leuge March 30 at Merrimack College in Andover, Mass. The Lady Twisters beat Coach Crowley's Stratford County Stars, 45-15, and then Coach Metivier's Stratford Andrew M. Virzi photo Monday in the team's season opening match. Both the Merrimack girls and boys tennis teams were shut out by West, 9-0. Free Fly Casting Clinic Prem,tc Hunters Angling in New Boston For Beginners or those who just need ( County Stars, 3C>6. The Lady Twisters include Goffstown's Katie Larkin, Kaitlyn Gibson and Christina Bunton; New Boston's Whitni Ploss, Sumner Kesty, Molly Peach and Briana W'fllander, Liz Agans ofMilford; Jfllian and Alexa Barry of Rindge; and Danielle Van Eron of Merri- mack The team is coached by Mark Ploss and Barb Larkin. BY son: 1 early week. The sity, varsity, freshm  gym;the "Itl have to tices," 2 down. themse as varsitY earlyt son. senior to come Burns said. Dicl BABE RUTH TRYOUTS. MYA Babe Ruth Baseball try- outs will be held Saturday, well, April 6 -- 13's at 9 km., 14's at get hiW 10 a.rL, and 15's at 10x0 a.m.. He For more information, call sible Frank Twardosl, at 4244}504. SPORTSTALK Page 15 LO0 KIN6t BARK MU a"Brush Up'.' Every Saturday  IMrning in April and May. Pre- Registration is required. l Call 603-487-3388 PINE - Cocoa brown mix. 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