Serious and silly thoughts about sports


Is Jayson Werth’s thick beard making him hot at the plate? (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Vacation time! KidsPost is off next week, so I am flying out to the Great Lakes. I am going to relax, stare out at the water and think about — sports.

I never take a vacation from sports. So here are some thoughts — silly and serious — about athletes and the games they play.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has a big, bushy beard. Doesn’t it get hot and sweaty during the season?

But I’m sure Werth won’t shave his beard anytime soon. He is hitting great. Who knows? Maybe the beard is good luck.

Speaking of the heat: They allow caddies to wear shorts during professional golf tournaments. Women professional golfers can wear shorts, too. Why don’t they let the male pro golfers wear shorts on really hot days?

I think that baseball players — including the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun — who were caught using steroids and other drugs to help them play better should buy their jerseys back from any fan who bought one. That’s the least they could do for letting their fans down.

I know it is still years away, but the proposed soccer stadium for D.C. United in Southwest Washington sounds super cool.

Once that stadium opens, government officials might decide to tear down RFK Stadium. If they do, I hope they build athletic fields in the same spot for kids to use. The city is hurting for athletic fields.

Does Washington football coach Mike Shanahan ever smile? He looks mad even when the Redskins score a touchdown.

If RGIII and his wife have kids, will they name them RGIV and RGV?

I don’t get it: Professional tennis players won’t serve until everyone in the stadium is silent. But then lots of the players grunt and shriek every time they hit the ball.

Men’s field hockey is played all over the world. It is hugely popular in Australia, Britain, India and Pakistan. So why is field hockey in the United States almost always a sport only for girls and women?

Fred Bowen writes the sports opinion column for KidsPost. He is the author of 18 sports books for kids that combine sports fiction and sports history. His latest book is “Perfect Game.”

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