All posts by Bob Beatham

Bob Beatham

About Bob Beatham

Bob, a lifelong Bangor resident, has just completed his 21st season as the Public Address Announcer at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bob is also the public address voice for John Bapst Crusader football. He also currently serves as the scorekeeper for John Bapst basketball. Bob is an avid follower of Maine high school athletics, particularly football and basketball. The University of Maine at Farmington graduate is the service coordinator at Aging Excellence, which provides in-home care for seniors..

High School Football: Old School is New Again

“The only thing constant is change.”  Heraclitus- Greek Philosopher 500 BC And on it goes.  Trends come and go in the fashion world, many for the better.  We can probably live on without bell-bottom pants and low-riders.  Some of the clothes and hairstyles which go out of style magically appear to be in vogue a […]

Finding the Objective Yet Passionate Fan is a Rare Treat

Attend virtually any high school football game on a given Friday night or Saturday afternoon and you’ll encounter several distinct groups of people within the crowd at large.  There are the students who attend as a social event, noses pressed into their phones throughout much of the contest.  Many may not know the difference between […]

Nasty Weather Creates Great Sports Memories

Thirty minutes before game time.  Keyes Field in Fairfield, one of the true shrines to Maine high school football.  Yes, the good folks in the working class communities which feed Lawrence High School know their football and take it seriously.  This past Friday night was playoff time.  The Bulldogs were playing host to their rivals […]

Oh the Sounds of Maine High School Football

Attending a high school football game on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon is an experience in sensory overload.  The sights of young men competing on the gridiron, the cheerleaders exhorting those in the stands.  The games are a great place to people watch as many from all walks of life attend each week.  The […]

Why the Disparity in Maine High School Football?

70-7.  65-0.  60-0.  The beat goes on.  Those were some final scores of high school football contests played this season.  According to the website Maine High School Football, through the first three weeks of the season over 35% of games were decided by thirty-five or more points.  This number doesn’t even begin to take into account the […]

High School Student Athletes Lose When they Drink

My kid would never (fill in the blank).  Why, our school has great kids, who perform very well academically.  Many are involved in the community and do tremendous things.  There’s not a problem with alcohol abuse in our school. We’ve probably all heard these sorts of statements from parents and school leaders.  The statistics say […]