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Edna's No. 1 Fan: James Simons

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:14 a.m.

Edna fan James Simons cheers on the Cowboys during an away game against Refugio on Sept. 7. The Cowboys lost 56-0 to the Refugio Bobcats.

James 'Scoop' Simons doesn't miss a game.

Simons earned his nickname during his time as a crime reporter for the Victoria Advocate from 1959 to 1998.

"They called me 'Scoop' because I covered all of law enforcement for 30 years," Simons said.

The Edna High School alum was never on the football team, but always enjoyed rooting them on.

"I like it because everybody gets involved," Simons said. "It's a spirited game and kids try so hard."

He likes to see the students perform and win.

"People know me and they wave." Simons said. "I sit with a bunch of people at the games."

Usually toting his trademark binoculars, the retired reporter is easy to spot at games.

"I've had several binoculars," Simons said. "I've worn out a couple of them."

Over the years the avid spectator has noticed a more amicable competition between teams in the Crossroads.

"It's changed," Simons said. "You don't see as many fights as you used to."

Growing up in Edna, Simons remembers listening to sports on the radio with his father before television became a commonplace item in the home.

"My dad was a big sports fan," Simons said. "He used to listen to Harry Caray on the radio."

The most memorable Cowboys game for Simons was when they played Lyford High School at the regional playoff in Kingsville in 1991.

"We were behind by 6 points and we were down on the 1-yard," Simons said.

The Edna quarterback, Adrian 'Winky' Robinson, broke loose and went through the line for a 99-yard winning touchdown, said Simons.

Edna went on to beat Lyford that night, 27 to 8.

"That was the highlight of my viewing history," Simons said.

Alma Mater: Edna High School 1955

Favorite Cheer: Fight Song

Hometown: Edna

Age: 75

Occupation: Retired



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