Mark’s Musings – August 27, 2014

| August 26, 2014
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

We need to take a pause to remember all of those that labor on our behalf with the Labor Day holiday this Monday, Sept. 1. The first Labor Day parade was held Sept. 5, 1882 in the city of New York. The holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, and to host a festival for the workers and their families. And while we don’t celebrate the holiday with grand parades, it is normal to observe Labor Day with friends and family members – perhaps with a final trip to the lake, campground, a mini-vacation, picnic, or a couple rounds of golf.

It is hard to believe that September is upon us – the days are getting shorter and the hummingbirds are gorging themselves for their upcoming flight south. Of course, September brings the beginning – with games that count – of that great fall Sunday afternoon sport – pro football. And Saturday’s. And Thursday nights. And Friday nights. And Sunday nights as the season moves on. Whether it is the NFL or college or high school – football and fall just go together like spaghetti and meatballs. It could be a long season for Buckeye fans.

It looks like J. T. Barrett, a red-shirt freshman, will be the Buckeyes QB this season. Barrett was a top 150 recruit and stands 6 foot 1 inch tall and weighs 225 pounds. Early comments are that he is cerebral, can throw accurately and quickly. He can also run. He comes from Wichita Falls, Texas and offensive coordinator Tom Herman said, “A very magnetic leader. The kids gravitate to him.” He won’t run anyone over at 225 pounds but a quick release will help.

The pundits are, of course, writing off any hopes of the Buckeyes making the new four team playoff. I would think that if the pundits have learned anything about the Buckeyes over the years, it’s that the coaching staff can sometimes work miracles. They recruit these guys because they are not just good, they’re better than good. So while I wouldn’t make your reservations for the trip in January quite yet, I wouldn’t spend the money either. But I am an optimist when it comes to this.

The Tribe is six games back of first place Kansas City on Monday as I write this – the Reds are fading and the Bucs are still in a strong second. Oakland is pretty much a lock on one of the wildcard spots and right now Seattle has the other if the season ended today. It does not. Pittsburgh is only one and a half games back in the National League.

Locally, high school football cranks up this week. Coaches, players, trainers, and family have invested a lot into these young men. Let’s hope for a great, healthy season for all. Marching bands are ready to take the field; cheerleaders are ready and let’s remember volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country. Good luck to all area teams!

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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