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Looking to rebound this week

September 28, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Have you ever wondered just how General George A. Custer felt during his last stand at Little Big Horn before being defeated by the Indians?

If you would like to know, just stop by the Rusty Needle Clinic and I'd be glad to show you, especially since last week's dismal showing of 8-5.

To be honest with you, I never thought that I, the doctor of perfection, would ever have a days such as that. But as they say, "even us good guys have our bad days."

Do you suppose the change of the seasons had anything to do with it? Remember, I made my selections when it was still summer and the games were played on the first days of fall.

Two big upsets really hurt. One was when Pocahontas County upset Richwood for its first win of the season. The other was Magnolia's victory over Wheeling Central.

I did predict that East Hardy would beat Tygarts Valley by 42 points, though. And with the final score being 56-14, that is exactly 42 points.

Eighteen teams statewide started last Friday undefeated. Four of those bit the dust, leaving just 13 unbeatens.

Now on to this week's matchups and boy do I have some dandies for you. So let's get on with it.

BRIDGEPORT (4-1) at ELKINS (5-0): This one just might end up as a barn-burner. Both teams are riding high, but I think the Tigers are the "high and the mighty" this week. I will take coach Greg "Red" Hott and his Elkins team to take it by a close 3 points.

BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR (1-4) at LEWIS COUNTY (3-2): These neighbors are but a few miles apart and I see this as one of the better games of the week. I will spell the outcome as u-p-s-e-t as the Bucs will win by 7 points.

MORGANTOWN (3-1) at PRESTON (1-4): The buckwheat county team got their first win last week, but sorry to say the winning streak ends here. Morgantown by a big 45 and maybe even more.

PHILIP BARBOUR (3-2) at PETERSBURG (3-1): The only two Class AA teams in the doctor's "Dandy Dozen" and it should be a good one to view. They'll be playing in Grant County, but I see it as a victory for the Philip Barbour Colts by 14 points. GILMER (1-4) at TYGARTS VALLEY: (0-4): Here's the Bulldogs' chance to pick up that elusive first win. So I'm telling the Tygarts Valley faithful to get out to the game and cheer on your team, they deserve the support. The doctor sees it as a 7-point win for the gang from Mill Creek.

SOUTHERN (1-2) at TUCKER COUNTY (5-0): The Mountain Lions take on their second Garrett County team from Maryland this season. The gang here at the clinic sees the same results as the encounter with Northern and that's why the doctor sees it as a 21-point win for coach Rapp's Mountain Lions.

BERKELEY SPRINGS (0-5) at MOOREFIELD (2-3): The Yellow Jackets really need this one if they want to attend the big dance in November. You can bet a new streak will begin with this 24-point Moorefield win.

BATH COUNTY at POCAHONTAS (1-4): You best believe that the Warriors like that winning feeling after beating Richwood last week. I'm going with Pocahontas and a 13-point win.

LINCOLN (0-4) at GRAFTON (2-3): Winless Lincoln will see its losing woes continue in this 21-point loss to Grafton.

FAIRMONT SR. (2-2) at UNIVERSITY (5-0): If I said anything but a University win, the guys in white jackets would cart me off to the funny farm. University will win by 28.

NORTH MARION (0-5) at EAST (1-3): The Huskies of North Marion lost to Preston County last week and this week they will lose to East by 6 points.

BAYLOR (3-0) at WVU (3-0): The waiting is over and Big 12 time has arrived. I see the Mountaineers off to a successful start. WVU by 21 points, I think.

Here's a little something that has been bugging me for some time, so I decided to let it all hang out by sharing it with you. I call it "Football Terminology... is it right or wrong?"

First off, let's begin with that simple game called football. Is it proper to label it as such? Well not according to Webster's Dictionary, which states the word ball is a round figure or mass. It goes on to say that the word oval is a much better suited name for the so-called pigskin, because it is shaped like an oval, which again according to the dictionary, means something egg shaped.

So this all means that instead of calling it a football, we should be calling it footoval.

But hold on, I'm not quite finished just yet. Since the game can be played much better with men with two feet, which is the plural of foot, we can refer to it as a feetoval.

How would the average football fan react if he was sitting in front of the television on Monday night and heard Hank Williams Jr. singing, "Are you ready for some feetoval"?

That's just about it for this week, but remember you don't have to play a sport good to be called a good sport.



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