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The King dethroned

Several weeks before the Mayfest, I enjoyed writing an article in which Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley did some heavy bragging about his win of last year's Miss Allene's Burger Battle. Mayor Sean went so far as to install a glass case at his office to house the trophy, which "travels" each year with the winner. He also emphatically stated that he "didn't anticipate any competition," because he was "so far above the rest."

There were four entries in the annual cook-off last Saturday at the Mayfest. I'm quite amused to report that Mayor Sean came in fourth. Now that the "Burger King" has been de-throned, he is claiming all that trash-talk was a publicity stunt to generate more interest in the competition. I was looking for a different angle to approach the Mayfest when I wrote that article, but I swear he sounded serious to me.

When a council member questioned him during the council meeting on the palatability of crow, the mayor said "Even the Iron Chefs lose every once in a while." And then he resorted to playing the blame-game. "The winner used peppers and onions," Sean said. "I don't know what those judges were thinking. Everybody knows that Miss Allene never cooked no hamburgers with peppers and onions." For the winners, a team from up near Atlanta, I'm sure victory never tasted so sweet.

On a different note, I need to take some space during this week after Mother's Day to apologize to my son, James. Any other proud mother would take every opportunity available to brag on their child, but I let one slip by a few weeks ago. James plays third base for a home school baseball team, the CSRA Crusaders. In April, the Crusaders competed in the regional tournament in Atlanta and beat the Memphis Eagles 12-5, the Northside (Atlanta) Christian Lions 15-2 and the Northern Virginia Lions 10-0 to qualify for the Home School World Series. I wasn't at the tournament, and will never forget answering my telephone to James' excited yell "We're going to Florida" above the other post-game cheers taking place around him. The World Series tournament will be next week in Pensacola, where we will face teams from Atlanta, Texas and Oklahoma. We have never beaten the Atlanta team, although we have closed the gap in the score considerably this year. The western teams are totally unknown to us. So, nerves and excitement are causing quite a bit of stir, and the practices are getting intense. Even if they don't win, it will be my 17-year-old's first time to Florida, so it will be a memorable experience. I plan to accompany him, so don't look for me around town next week. I'll be working on my "Florida beach" tan from the sidelines of the ball field.

Web posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007

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