http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sports/rss.xml en As close as it gets http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/close-it-gets <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gsc_sad.jpg" alt="JF principal Tony Francis (left) offers condolences to Head Coach Stan Golon among a sea of sad Lady Cav faces." title="JF principal Tony Francis (left) offers condolences to Head Coach Stan Golon among a sea of sad Lady Cav faces." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>It was the best of times.</em></p> <p> <em>It was the worst of times.</em></p> <p> <em>-A Tale of Two Cities</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Jefferson Forest girls&#39; soccer team had a Dickensian day at the State 4A championship game on Saturday.</p> <p> &quot;It was a tale of two halves,&quot; said JF Head Coach Stan Golon.</p> <p> Indeed, those two chapters cancelled out one another, driving the need for an oversized epilogue.</p> What a way to start! http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/what-way-start <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For fans seeking a great way to begin the 2014 season, there were few better places to be than the Eagles&#39; Nest at Staunton River last Friday.</p> <p> In a game that is not reflected in the final score, Liberty topped its in-county rival, 47-22.</p> <p> In the first half of the game, River played the Minutemen on even terms, and the Golden Eagles held a 7-6 lead at the intermission.</p> Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago! http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-sheesh-cago <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week&#39;s column. &nbsp;But I&#39;m a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.</p> <p> That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.</p> <p> &quot;Wait a minute,&quot; you might be thinking. &nbsp;&quot;Isn&#39;t a trio of victories a cause for celebration?&quot;</p> <p> Not in Cubs World, my friends.</p> <p> You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.</p> Sweet sound of pads poppin' http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sweet-sound-pads-poppin <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_lh_isaiah.jpg" alt="Liberty&#039;s Isaiah Coles (5) makes the shoestring interception in front of teammate Marckel Bonds. Coles returned the pick for the first of his two touchdowns returns against Spotswood." title="Liberty&#039;s Isaiah Coles (5) makes the shoestring interception in front of teammate Marckel Bonds. Coles returned the pick for the first of his two touchdowns returns against Spotswood." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The long march continues for the local football prepsters.</p> <p> This past weekend, the three schools had their first taste of scrimmage action.</p> <p> We got to see two of the teams up close and personal. &nbsp;The other will be seen next week, if all goes according to plan.</p> <p> This past Friday night, Staunton River played host to Prince Edward and Halifax. &nbsp;We hit those matchups as Jefferson Forest headed to Rockbridge County.&nbsp;</p> <p> On Saturday, we got to check out Liberty, as the Minutemen entertained Spotswood and Dan River.</p> Sports commentary: Things I've learned http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-things-ive-learned <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Well, the school year cranked up last week, believe it or not. &nbsp;Yep, we were barely halfway through August and the kiddos were heading to schools.</p> <p> I really don&#39;t have a vested interest in when the schools get cranked up, but the early start is puzzling. &nbsp;At least to me.</p> <p> After all, why would you want the kids in school during the hottest part of the year? &nbsp;Doesn&#39;t that mean cranking up the air conditioning? &nbsp;At my house, at least, you have to pay money for that luxury.</p> Sports commentary: To have not http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-have-not <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Uh-oh.</p> <p> The rich just got richer. &nbsp;And, I&#39;m not talking about our economy&#39;s one percenters.</p> <p> I&#39;m talking about how the NCAA has just formally split itself into the haves and the have nots.</p> <p> Last week, the NCAA&#39;s board of directors granted college sports&#39; five biggest conferences great independence and great power.</p> <p> The Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 may now act &nbsp;in unilateral fashion, while the rest of the college sports world will have to follow those pesky old rules.</p> Sports commentary: Buffaloed http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-buffaloed <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I have many friends who are fans of the Washington Redskins.</p> <p> As such, they are often asked for their opinion on whether the team&#39;s nickname should stay. &nbsp;</p> <p> I wish I had such worries.</p> <p> My team is the Buffalo Bills. &nbsp;Fans of that team have much bigger concerns. &nbsp;Whereas my friends are worried about the long-term prospects of their team&#39;s last name, we Bills fans are more concerned with what&#39;s going to happen to our team&#39;s first name: &nbsp;Buffalo.</p> Before football, a spot of golf http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/football-spot-golf <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/golf_coach.jpg" alt="Jefferson Forest Head Coach Bob Christmas (red shirt) got plenty of advice from fellow duffers (from left) Donnie Turner, John Ayers, Shane Smith and Steve Crist." title="Jefferson Forest Head Coach Bob Christmas (red shirt) got plenty of advice from fellow duffers (from left) Donnie Turner, John Ayers, Shane Smith and Steve Crist." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There were guys prowling the green grass of Forest.</p> <p> They were making big hits. &nbsp;There was some grunting to be heard.</p> <p> Although they were playing golf, have no doubt about it: &nbsp;These guys are all about the pigskin game.</p>