One of my favorite Christmas gifts when I was a kid was a pair of Bobby Orr ice skates Santa put under the tree when I was about 8 years old.
Bobby Orr was the great Boston Bruins defenseman and the man could flat-out play hockey.
Back in the day, I was hooked on hockey and ice skating. When a nearby pond froze over in St. Louis, my friends and I would lace up the skates and try our luck at putting the puck in the net.
A nearby indoor rink also helped feed my competitive skating fire.
It’s been years since I have tried to skate and I am not even sure I could do it now.
There’s not much call for ice skates in Georgia unless you go to one of the handful of indoor rinks, but if you listen to the weather forecast, ice skates could be in fashion this weekend.
Apparently, Georgia is about to get hit with Snow Jam 2017. Those of us who are natives of the Peachtree State know that could mean many things.
We might get a dusting of snow, a full-blown blanket of the white stuff or nothing happens at all.
One thing is for sure, like always, there has already been a run on milk, bread and other items at the grocery store.
It’s safe to say Mother Nature is not a sports fan. Her wrath has already messed up the local sports schedule.
Newnan was supposed to entertain East Coweta Friday night in a Region 2-AAAAAAA basketball game, but fans will have to wait a little while longer for the game to be played.
A decision as to when the game will be played will be made in the next few days.
Although the contest might not generate the same interest as the yearly football game, it is Newnan vs. East Coweta, so nothing else needs to be said.
It was also supposed to be a busy weekend on the wrestling mats, but Area Dual tournaments and both East Coweta and Northgate have been put off until Monday.
Give school administrators credit for not putting anybody in danger.
In the end, we are just talking about a game.
Georgia is not prepared for major winter weather, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
It’s disappointing for the fans, athletes and coaches, but it’s not the end of the world.
Everything will be made up without missing a beat and our lives will get back to normal.
(Doug Gorman is sports editor of The Newnan Times-Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .)