SEBRING, Fla.–Somewhere in a smoky bar tonight someone will shout out “Golden Earring” and win a trivia contest. That’s the band that performed a popular song in the ’70s called “Radar Love”, and while the song was written about a man pressing on through a long road trip anticipating being reunited with his girl, it’s a perfect metaphor for scouting . . .
“I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel . . .
“When she’s lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable comin’ in from above
We don’t need no phone at all
We’ve got a thing that’s called radar love
We’ve got a wave in the air, radar love” . . .
I hit the road for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Baseball Classic hoping my own radar, albeit of the Stalker variety, would see some digits it hasn’t seen too often.
But instead, one thing became obvious: Florida’s high school class is marginal. (more…)