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Today's Sports

  • As close as it gets

     

    It was the best of times.

    It was the worst of times.

    -A Tale of Two Cities

     

    The Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team had a Dickensian day at the State 4A championship game on Saturday.

    "It was a tale of two halves," said JF Head Coach Stan Golon.

    Indeed, those two chapters cancelled out one another, driving the need for an oversized epilogue.

  • Sports commentary: To have not

     

    Uh-oh.

    The rich just got richer.  And, I'm not talking about our economy's one percenters.

    I'm talking about how the NCAA has just formally split itself into the haves and the have nots.

    Last week, the NCAA's board of directors granted college sports' five biggest conferences great independence and great power.

    The Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 12 may now act  in unilateral fashion, while the rest of the college sports world will have to follow those pesky old rules.

  • Sports commentary: Buffaloed

     

    I have many friends who are fans of the Washington Redskins.

    As such, they are often asked for their opinion on whether the team's nickname should stay.  

    I wish I had such worries.

    My team is the Buffalo Bills.  Fans of that team have much bigger concerns.  Whereas my friends are worried about the long-term prospects of their team's last name, we Bills fans are more concerned with what's going to happen to our team's first name:  Buffalo.

  • Before football, a spot of golf

     

    There were guys prowling the green grass of Forest.

    They were making big hits.  There was some grunting to be heard.

    Although they were playing golf, have no doubt about it:  These guys are all about the pigskin game.

  • Sports commentary: Test dummy

     

    You'd think a job such as the one I have would hold a lot of perks.

    Such thinking would be faulty.

    Now, don't get me wrong.  I still consider being the sports guy at the Bedford Bulletin to be among the greatest of jobs in the world.

    Well, at least it's among the greatest jobs in this geographic area.

    For which I am qualified.

    Or, at least for which they're willing to make exceptions.

    When I took this job, eight years ago, I assumed I'd get all kinds of side benefits.

  • Sports commentary: I'm...

     

    "Crack"

    "Thwock"

    "Thud"

    That was the chain of sounds I heard the other day.

    Playing senior softball (for those 50 years and older), we had a bit of a situation.  My good friend Marvin was pitching.  Another good friend, Al, was at the plate.

    The cracking sound was the ball coming off Al's bat.

    The thwocking sound was said ball hitting Marvin squarely in the coconut.

    The thudding sound was Marvin hitting the ground.

  • Sunday is no fun-day at the park

     

    It's a bit early in the year for football.

    But, it's not too early for football-like scores.

    Such was the case this past Sunday afternoon, when Big Island Post 217 fell to Lynchburg's Post 16 to the tune of 21-16.

    21-16?  That's a robust score when you're building it with touchdowns and the like.  But, in baseball? Oy!

  • Hitting the links for Luke

     

    Sometimes, you're dealt a lousy hand.

    Sometimes that bum deal comes at the most inopportune of times.

    Sometimes it comes in a form that is both stunning and mystifying.

    And when such misfortune strikes, it is in our human nature to lash out in anger or to wallow in introspective pity.

    Not Luke Arrington.

    The 18-year old native of Bedford County was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.

  • Sports commentary: Cup-idity

     

    I hope none of you depend upon me when placing your wagers.

    If so, you'd have really been in trouble for any World Cup betting.

    In last week's column, I blithely selected Brazil to top the Netherlands in the finale.

    When you read that, you might have thought, "What a dummkopf!  Those two teams didn't even make the finals."

    You may have especially thought that if you are from Germany, the country that actually won the crown.

  • Sports Commentary: Third place?

     

    Well, this World Cup business will finally be settled this Sunday.  Even though this column isn't about the World Cup, per se, I'll still throw out a prediction.  It could be way off, however, since the semifinals haven't taken place yet as this paper goes to press.  Nevertheless, I'll boldly go with Brazil over Netherlands, the former seemingly the New York Yankees of FIFA, and the latter the Buffalo Bills (three title games, three losses).