Today's Sports

  • Sports commentary: The Un-Help


    There's plenty heading your way over which to worry.

    What will you wear for Halloween?  How are you going to rake up all those leaves?  When do you start your Christmas shopping?  When might any of our latest national crises come knockin' at your door?

    But, at least you don't work for ESPN.  The good folks who  man the offices in Bristol, Connecticut have way bigger worries than you.

  • Football: River gets a trip to...


    Staunton River carries a certain distinction:  It is the only team in the state to play three teams named for cats who carry the first name of William.  First, the Eagles took on William Campbell.  And hot on the heels of their game with William Byrd, they get William Fleming.

    What, was will.i.am not available?

    This week's batch of Billies, however, should prove to be the toughest of them all.  The Eagles head to Roanoke to take on big, bad William Fleming.

  • Football: Lancers up next for...


    Talk about role reversals!

    For most of this century, Jefferson Forest has suffered at the hands of the mighty Amherst football machine.

    This year, however, the Cavs appear to be the ones to be dreaded.

  • Sports commentary: Black...


    Weekends have changed forever.

    With the CW's announced cancellation of its slate of Saturday morning cartoons, a golden era has finally closed.

    When I was a young lad, Saturday morning consisted of an endless parade of cartoons.  What a joy it was to watch the likes of the Looney Tunes, Jonny Quest and Scooby Doo.

  • Byrd beats the Birds


    Going into Friday night's contest we were certain of only a single thing:  That one of the teams would experience the joy of victory for the first time this season.

    Alas, that team would not be the Staunton River Golden Eagles.

    Instead, it was the team's archrival, William Byrd, which savored the sweetness that comes only from winning.

  • Liberty smacks Glass


    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

    God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.

    -Henry V


    When good King Henry made that intonation, he could have just as well have been speaking of the Liberty Minutemen football team as of his army before the Battle of Agincourt.

    The outmanned English went on to throttle the French in one of the greatest underdog stories of all time.

  • Big game for Cavs (again!)


    You don't get to rest on your laurels long around these parts.

    Particularly if you play football in the Seminole District.

    Having neatly dispatched Brookville, the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers now must turn their attention to Heritage.

    How many "Big Games" can one team take?

    Well, for JF, it'll be at least one more.  They'll visit the refurbished City Stadium this Friday night to take on the Heritage Pioneers.

  • Sports commentary: Driven to...


    We are becoming mere mounds of meat.

    By "we," I am referring to humanity, in general.  By "mounds of meat," I am referring to blobs of protoplasm that do little for themselves (or for anyone else, for that matter).

    Automation has made it so that we no longer have to do an awful lot of things which humans did.  Common household chores, such as dishwashing and clothes washing were automated long ago.  Now, there are vacuum cleaners which operate on their own.  You plug 'em in, and forget about 'em.

  • Making them Bee-lieve


    This was how autumnal Friday nights are supposed to be.

    The air was crisp, the stadium was electric and the football...well, the football was perfectomundo, at least from a Jefferson Forest perspective.

    How perfect was it?  Well, the Cavs pounded Brookville, 34-14.  

    The win was good for them from a number of perspectives.

    a)  They beat Brookville.  There are some in Forest who would take a 1-9 season if that one win came against the Bees.  Guess what?  This isn't a 1-9 season.

  • Sports commentary: Wrong again


    Well, that was quick.

    The Penn State football program has seen the once-Draconian sanctions it received reduced in both impact and duration.

    Last Tuesday, the NCAA announced that it was granting Penn State eligibility for bowl selection this year.  Additionally, the school would be able to start dishing out the full allotment of scholarships in 2015, a number that has been significantly curtailed over the past two years.