SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Here's to all the moms

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 02:46 PM.

Mother's Day is Sunday, and it's not too late to think up the perfect gift.

Just what does Mother's Day have to do with a sports column? If you have to ask, you've never been to a local high school athletic event or seen some of the emails I receive.

Moms are the first to question my coverage and the first to thank me for a job well done. As one mom recently told me when graciously apologizing for a previous email, she was just being a mom — which I completely understand.

As a rule, moms are their sons and daughters’ biggest fans and supporters. Dads roll with the punches that are a part of sports, but moms want to know why something happened as they protect their young with a tenacity and love unfound anywhere else.

Of course, sometimes in their enthusiasm moms can show some of their, should I say, lack of sports knowledge.

My own mom, Joan Dickson, is a prime example.

I recall the spring of 1966, when I was playing my first year of organized baseball in a Memphis, Tenn., church league. I am, by birth, right-handed in everything I do except when it comes to swinging a baseball bat.

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