SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Hold tight to teammates

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 02:05 PM.

I've been thinking about what it means to be a teammate and part of a team.

It's because Mort Deer, one of my best teammates and better friends from high school, is fighting cancer.

Every school needs a Mort Deer. He was the guy who all the students loved and most teachers dreaded — in a good sort of way.

Mort's senior year, he decided to run for vice president of the student council. The thought of Mort holding such a lofty position likely caused the administration to raise academic standards required to hold such a position. Mort's name wasn't on the ballot, but that didn't stop him from getting more write-in votes than there were students enrolled at Gulf Breeze High at the time.

I even know a certain sports editor who voted for Mort six or eight times. I hope the statute of limitations has expired for voter fraud in a high school election.

The administration did back down and let Mort be the sergeant at arms.

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