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Today's Sports

  • Sports commentary: The Army Team

     

    Go Army!  Beat Navy!

    Next weekend, I'll get to see if yet another of my accursed streaks might come to an end.

    In case you're keeping score at home, my favorite teams have endured the following strings of bad luck:

    -Minnesota Golden Gopher football – Last won the national title in 1960.

    -Buffalo Bills – Nary a Super Bowl win in the team's history.

    -Chicago Cubs – 106 years since they last won a World Series.

    Added to this ignominy are these nuggets:

  • Is hunter training robust enough?

     

    The undisputed goal for hunting safety is zero.

    Anyone associated with the sport wants zero incidents and zero hunting-related fatalities.

    Of course, such a number will likely always be aspirational.  So the realistic goal is to keep the number of incidents and deaths to as low a number as is reasonably possible.

    A cursory glance at the chart below shows that, by and large, Virginia has a notably low rate of hunting incidents.

  • Sports commentary: A mixed bag

     

    What do the following have in common:  limburger cheese, kidney pie, Lady Gaga and the new VHSL playoff structures?

    While you may be tempted to answer:  "They all smell funny," that would be an incorrect answer.

    In order to get a passing grade on this simple test, you'd have to have answered:  "People either love them or they hate them."

  • A special bunch of young ladies

     

    Running is supposed to be an individual thing.  Yet, the Jefferson Forest girls cross country team proved itself to be a team through and through.

    A team of champions.

    Here's how a team wins as a team:  Nearly every JF runner was the top finisher at her position.  That is, Madelynn Knight, the freshman whiz kid, was faster than any other team's second-best runner.

    Alyssa Shupe, who has fought issues with her ankles, was the best third-place team runner.

  • 'State' of euphoria

     

    Those ladies can run!

    The Jefferson Forest girls cross country team capped a superb season by winning the State 4A crown Friday at Great Meadow.

    It was a belated birthday gift to Head Coach Jerome Loy, who marked his special day exactly one week before the meet.

    Most folks check Social Security options on their 65th birthday.  Loy was busy  checking splits.

  • Sports commentary: Local is good

     

    When it comes to college sports, there's something to be said for in-state rivalries.

    Well, at least I hope there is, seeing that I have 20 column inches here that need filling up with thoughts about the topic.

    Check that.  I need to fill  18.5, as I've already used up  a bit with the intro.  And, according to my editor, those (now) 18 inches of writing had better be pretty darn good.

  • Sports commentary: The Tempest

     

    The kerfuffle in Miami got me reminiscing about fifth-grade history class.

    The disturbance to which I refer is the high drama being played out over a couple of offensive linemen, where neither is now suiting up on Sundays.  The culprit appears to be bullying.

    Full disclosure:  I'm a Buffalo Bills fan, and my team has enough of its own problems (such as finding a quarterback who isn't prone to injury).  Still, the two teams play in the same division, so I'm interested.

  • No playoffs for Eagles

     

    There was nothing preordained about Staunton River's game with Alleghany.

    There was, however, knowledge aforehand that it would be the Eagles' final game of the season, a chance at a playoff shot having been trod into the turf at Rockbridge two weeks before.

    That evening, the Eagles fell to the Wildcats, 24-21, on a Rockbridge field goal which was made on the very last play of the game.

  • 24 enough for 24

     

     

    We're still working our way through what the VHSL's new structure means and how it works.  Do districts matter?  Who is in what conference?  Is yours a north, south, east or west school?

    Well, one thing remains true, no matter how you slice and dice the new setup:  The best team gets the top prize.

  • Sports commentary: Good sports

     

    The Word of the Day which popped up is "Dichotomy." 

    A dichotomy is a division of something into two mutually exclusive classifications.

    In this case, the dichotomy exists in my mind and it has to do with long-distance running.

    On the one hand, I've never been fond of that activity.  Whether it was during high school football or in the Army, the idea of running very far seemed senseless and cruel.