Tim Ludwig bleeds scarlet and gray, and we’re not talking about Ohio State, but the Lima Senior Spartans.
In 17 days, history will be made in Lima football when Lima Senior plays Lima Central Catholic, a first-ever. It will be a Thursday night kickoff to the upcoming season and should pack Lima Stadium … er, uh Spartan Stadium.
As exciting as that may sound, Mr. Ludwig wants nothing to do with it. He told us why in a tw0-page letter that was too long to print in The Lima News “Your View” column, but one we’ll share here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. The letter begins below:
“To the Editor:
“I don’t believe it. Hell has frozen over and Satan is looking for a blanket.
“Lima Senior and Lima Central Catholic will play each other in a varsity football game.
“I don’t think Al Sims, Bill Clark, Wayne Brown, Coach Green, Chuck Downing, Ron Boedecker, Barry Blackstone, Jim “Doc” Offenbacher or Leonard Rush would ever think of scheduling a varsity football game with LCC. Personally, I did play against LCC when I was a West Titan (a 22-1 2 loss) in 1976 and twice in 1977 as a Junior Varsity Bandit (lost both games, 6-0 and 28-0). But that isn’t varsity football. That’s a whole different animal.
“This first ever meeting will be the biggest risk that Lima Senior has ever taken, even bigger than the Seven Year War with Shawnee (1975-1981, Lima Senior won the series, 4-3). Big schools in Division I or Division II should not play D-5, D-6 or D-7 schools. They gain nothing and can lose everything. Just ask Worthington Kilbourne. They played Delphos St. John’s in Worthington and got beat. Kilbourne is D-1. Delphos was D-6 or D-7. How embarrassing?
“This is the risk Lima Senior is taking. Lima Senior gains nothing by winning and can lose everything, including pride. The Spartans have already been embarrassed three times by LCC in basketball. Losing a football game would be worse. I hope all of the players and coaches who wear the scarlet and gray (not black) understand this. Also, if Lima Senior gets in a tight playoff race and they’re playing for a playoff spot, either the seventh or eighth spot, beating a D-6 team instead of a D-1 or D-2 team could cost Lima Senior a possible post-season birth. After all, outside of a conference title, making the playoffs to win a state title is so much more important than filling the seats of Spartan Stadium.
“With all that I have stated, I have to give a thumbs down to this game. It should not be played. It scares me senseless. I’d rather get clobbered by Northmont again. That’s a good D-1 team. No shame there.
“I will be removing myself for one game on the chain crew. If WOSN carries it live, I will watch it at home. I will hold my breath until September 6 when we play Piqua. Then I will be back on the crew.”
— Tim Ludwig, Lima
So, what do you think? Agree or disagree? Maybe you have an entirely different perspective.
I would love to hear your thoughts as well as any prediction you may have. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write me at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.
We’ll publish responses on Monday, August 26.
ROSES AND THORNS: There is always room for a Plugger in the rose garden.
Rose: To Betty Walls, of Ada, and Jerry Hoersten, of Delphos. Their ideas were featured in the nationally syndicated comic “Pluggers” — Walls on Monday and Hoersten on Friday.
Rose: To Lima Police Officer Eric Mericle, who received the Respect for Law Enforcement Award from the Lima Noon Optimists.
Rose: To Bath graduate Maddie Dackin, who signed a contract to play professional basketball in Denmark. Dackin scored 1,176 points during her four years at Ashland University.
Rose: Allen County second-grader Blake Acheson was a state-level winner in the annual Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness poster contest.
Rose: The Allen County Fair opens on Friday.
Thorn: Six Putnam County websites were recently hacked into with anti-government messages being posted.
Thorn: Lima is a city with too many traffic lights. Public Works Director Howard Elstro notes the city has 104 traffic lights, and 25 could probably be removed with no threat to safety.
PARTING SHOT: The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.