On my in to Walter J. Baird to catch the Blue Devils' matchup with crosstown rival Winfree Bryant on Thursday, I saw WBMS assistant principal Randy Sampson standing outside the fence wearing his school shirt.
After the game started, I looked across the way and saw Baird principal Pam Sampson standing at the top of the stairway to the home-side bleachers.
Standing on the Baird sideline, or possibly even playing in the game, was Randy and Pam's son, Luke, in his Blue Devil jersey, pads, cleats and helmet.
I asked Randy if he and Pam had anything riding on the game. He said he hoped she would cook dinner that night.
This wasn't the first time the Sampsons found themselves on opposing sides.
Their relationship began as high school sweethearts during the early years of Friendship Christian School.
But their coaching/teaching careers took them in different directions. While Randy returned to their alma mater, Pam was hired by Wilson County Schools and began working at Tuckers Crossroads.
That's where they were when I returned to Lebanon in the fall of 1994.
When I visited Friendship's old football fieldhouse, Randy was on John McNeal's staff. Somehow it was mentioned that Pam's Tuckers Crossroads' girls basketball team had beaten Randy's FCS middle school squad the previous season.
I asked Randy if Pam ever let him forget it.
"She never mentions it," he answered.
"WE never let him forget it," McNeal chimed in.
Randy reminded me the other night Pam had a loaded team then.
"All five starters she had went on and played college basketball," he said. "I went over and asked her if she was going to stop pressing when she was up by 40."
Pam soon left TXR and coaching and began teaching in the Lebanon Special Schools District, working her way up the ladder to become principal a few years ago.
Randy eventually followed that route as well, but not before coaching some middle school girls' basketball powerhouses of his own as well as taking Friendship's softball team to several TSSAA state tournaments.
When I left WJB on Thursday, the Blue Devils were up 22-0 in a game which ended 36-zip. I told Randy he would probably have to do the cooking that night.
He replied Pam had barbecue before the game.
I'm sure she saved him some.