I was watching a rerun of the Andy Griffith Show again recently – something I have done hundreds of times – and it just so happened to be the episode titled ‘Barney Runs For Sheriff.’

The segment centers around Andy seriously considering taking an out-of-town corporate job and failing to file for the upcoming sheriff’s election, leaving Barney as the only viable candidate.

I loved Barney, but couldn’t picture him actually being the sheriff, even for a town as small as Mayberry.

Andy ends up running as a write-in candidate and ultimately wins reelection.

During the course of that particular show, the best friends, and co-workers, were discussing how they should manage the campaign with Barney telling Andy “All I’m talking about for me is a token campaign” to which Andy replies, “However you want to handle it, is okay with me.”

Then the sheriff said, “Having been sheriff for 12 years I’ve bound to have rubbed some fur the wrong way.”

Which leads me to my topic of the day: ruffled feathers shouldn’t mean permanent hurt feelings.

In my capacity as sports editor of the Daily Corinthian, I know I have ruffled some feathers through my nearly 40 years. I also know I’m not perfect which means I say and do the wrong things occasionally. However, anyone who has ever known me will say those times are rare and certainly contain no spite or malice.

Fact is, it’s a safe bet to say that most of us fall in that same category of having ruffled some feathers throughout our careers in whatever position we occupy.

Why do I bring this up? Because there are times when we each need to hit the brakes, come to a complete stop and consider where we are and how we got there.

I realize this isn’t a ‘sports-specific’ topic, but it can surely apply to the sports world.

Owners, managers and players in any sport have squabbles from time to time, especially when it comes time for contract renewals. Just because they may not see eye to eye at the time, doesn’t mean they need to take their ball and go home and call it quits.

Families are the same way.

I don’t know about anyone else’s, but my family has had our fair share of shouting matches and disagreements. Thing is, we love each other and we forgive each other and don’t hold grudges.

Even the best of people have their weak moments. It’s not our place to hold those moments over their heads in spite. Our place should be forgiving and seeking a way to co-habitate and work together.

I truly believe we often take for granted the people we work with and for. But it doesn’t have to remain that way. It’s never too late to change what’s wrong in our lives and make it right. Besides, life’s too short and I know that if I fail to treat people the way I want to be treated (seems I heard or read that somewhere), I’l regret it the rest of my life.

How many owner/player relationships have gone south and been ruined simply because one or both sides were unable to admit they were wrong?

That’s a truly sad thing.

In sports, as in life, I encourage everyone to do their best to get along with others and encourage each other, even though we might have different ideas or opinions.

Before I close allow me to say this: I’m always available to help support local sports any way I can. My phone, email and Twitter/Facebook pages are always available for all. Contact me anytime with any information one might have or need.

I am your sports editor who just happens to work for the Daily Corinthian. We are here for anyone at anytime. Yes, we might ruffle a few feathers. But in the end we’re all in this thing together.

Until next time …

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