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Not being ice cold

July 28, 2010

This from Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.

Steubenville's Travis Wolfe and friend Nick Ivkovich were recently at PNC Park to watch the Pirates.

Matt Stumm, from Hartford, Conn., was also at the game in his wheelchair. He asked Travis if he would give him a cup of ice and offered him $1 to do so.

Travis did and refused the money.

He didn't hold out for more money. He didn't say no because it wasn't $5.

He got the middle-aged man the cup of ice and politely declined the George Washington more than once.

"He wouldn't take the money," Stumm said with a big smile. "That impressed me even more (than going to get the ice)."

Giger approached Wolfe and Ivkovich and said he wanted to write about the transaction and they took Giger to Travis' mom.

"You try to raise your kid the right way," said Lori Wolfe, who wore a proud smile when told of her son's subtle generosity.

Job well done.

Your actions affect others, positively or negatively.

And, Travis' actions will affect Stumm for some time.

Not the ice, although that was nice.

The $1.

The dog days of summer are upon us, which means school and high school sports are right around the corner.

The unofficial start to the football season happened on Sunday in the annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference all-star football game.

I like the game.

I think it's fun to be around the kids as they represent their respective high schools for the last time.

But, a three-hour game is just not fun to be around and things need to be changed.

Let's get everything done before the game starts.

Start the pre-game festivities at 6 p.m. and tee it up at 7:15 p.m.

Here it goes:

Let the band play for 15 minutes beginning at 6 p.m.

Introduce the old-timers after that and get their group picture.

Introduce the 10-year participants after that and then their picture.

Introduce the Queen of Queens and announce the winners.

Introduce the cheerleaders.

Introduce the players.

Play the national anthem.

Introduce the coaches from the previous year.

Introduce the captains, flip the coin and let's play ball.

Now, it's just football.

I feel bad for the Queen of Queens as it is now.

After getting introduced before the game, they go sit down in their beautiful dresses until halftime and all they do is sweat - or perspire - or glow - or whatever females do.

Let the great band play its five songs at halftime, introduce the winner of the $1,000 scholarship and let's get back to football.

I have no problem with the game being on television. I think that enhances the affair.

The TV timeouts are no big deal and the viewership is pretty decent around 60,000 strong.

But, two hours for a first half is not good for the game.

I really like the second half because it is all football sans the one introduction of the people from 10 years ago.

In addition, to save money quit going to West Liberty and find another alternative.

Either have West Liberty and Bethany financially dual each other to host it for the week or have find a hotel to house the kids, a restaurant to feed them and a place to practice and that huge bill goes down drastically.

It's called bartering and that happens all the time.

There is a really good atmosphere to the game and I would like to see that enhanced by fewer interruptions and more continuous football.

I don't know if the OVAC was experimenting with seven officials because I have heard some grumblings about going to seven-man crews, but calls will continue to be correct and missed regardless of five or seven.

I was just really happy there wasn't a sideline warning in the first three minutes of the game like there was a few years ago.

I would like to see players be able to return kickoffs that reach the end zone.

Let 'em run.

The Ohio football championship games are heading to Ohio Stadium in a few years.

I don't get it.

If you have 18,000 people at Paul Brown Stadium in Massillon and move those 18,000 to the Horseshoe, you have about 84,000 empty seats.

There are about 22,000 seats at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.

That's 80,000 empty seats at Ohio State.

How is that good for the atmosphere at a high school football championship?

It's not.

It's a high school championship. Play it at a place where there is a high school atmosphere.

What football coaches really think playing in front of 80,000 empty seats is a good thing?

I know the lure is playing in the Horseshoe.


I know the lure is playing in the center of the state so it's equidistant for most of the state.


I just do not see how a high school football championship game in Columbus will come close to the intimacy and atmosphere of either Fawcett or Massillon.

You want your stadium full, or close to it, or about 80 percent empty?

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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