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Today's Sports

  • Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago!

     

    Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week's column.  But I'm a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.

    That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Isn't a trio of victories a cause for celebration?"

    Not in Cubs World, my friends.

    You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.

  • Sweet sound of pads poppin'

     

    The long march continues for the local football prepsters.

    This past weekend, the three schools had their first taste of scrimmage action.

    We got to see two of the teams up close and personal.  The other will be seen next week, if all goes according to plan.

    This past Friday night, Staunton River played host to Prince Edward and Halifax.  We hit those matchups as Jefferson Forest headed to Rockbridge County. 

    On Saturday, we got to check out Liberty, as the Minutemen entertained Spotswood and Dan River.

  • Sports commentary: Things I...

     

    Well, the school year cranked up last week, believe it or not.  Yep, we were barely halfway through August and the kiddos were heading to schools.

    I really don't have a vested interest in when the schools get cranked up, but the early start is puzzling.  At least to me.

    After all, why would you want the kids in school during the hottest part of the year?  Doesn't that mean cranking up the air conditioning?  At my house, at least, you have to pay money for that luxury.

  • 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.