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September 13, 2013

Chris Whitfield: Unbeatens should fear the Reaper

“Came a last night of sadness, and it was clear that she couldn’t go on. Then the door was open and the wind appeared. The candles blew and then disappeared. The curtains flew and then he appeared, saying, ‘Don’t be afraid.’”

— “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult

Bwahahahaha! Welcome to Friday the 13th! Welcome to the dreaded day for friggatriskaidekaphobia. I didn’t make that up either. That is the actual name for the fear of Friday the 13th.

My only fear is that they will make another sorry horror movie about a little boy who drowned in a lake. Most people forget that the “Jason” character from the Friday the 13th films wasn’t the original villain in the movie. It was Jason’s mother, Mrs. Vorhees, who rammed a steel rod through Kevin Bacon’s chest and killed the rest of the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake.

There have been plenty of scary characters throughout the sports and sports entertainment genre through the years. Vince Lombardi was pretty scary to a 5-year-old kid watching NFL Films on Saturday afternoon. Ray Lewis coming out of the fog at a Ravens (a scary birdie thanks to Mr. Poe) game is intense to say the least. The Pittsburgh Penguins even have a player named Satan. Tonya Harding could have her own devious series on Showtime, and who can’t help my get chills when the lights go out and the sound of The Undertaker’s music hits in a wrestling arena.

Locally, Northwest Whitfield defensive lineman Isaiah Mack is really scary, except when he has his glasses on. Thank goodness Dalton’s Eder Mora uses his powers for good or else he would be unstoppable as a villain. It would take all of the Marvel super heroes just to have a chance against Mora.

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