[Nameplate] Partly Cloudy ~ 91°F  
High: 91°F ~ Low: 72°F
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Nobody asked me but . . .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Nobody asked me but...if the Dexter Bearcats play like they did last Friday against the Caruthersville Tigers, Bearcat fans should punch their tickets for the playoffs.

Everyone knew running back Alex Becker presented problems for area teams. What was not known was the passing ability of junior quarterback Josh Stevens. Dexter is primed and ready and should win the Class 3, District 1 title.

The showdown game will feature New Madrid County Central against the Dexter Bearcats. NMCC will host the game on Oct. 28 and the winner of this contest will win the district. The Eagles have has some injury issues as quarterback Leslie Williams injured his ankle against Ste. Genevieve last Friday, but the prognosis looks good for him. Dexter will use their massive offensive line to pound the front seven of the Eagles and pick up the victory and the title.

The Class 2, District 1 football title is up in the air. Has Malden recovered from their early-season injuries? Does East Prairie have the defense to win? And, was Caruthersville overrated at the beginning of the year? The answers to those questions are yes, no and duh!

All four teams have questions but the one with the most talent is Caruthersville. If they can keep their heads in the game, the Tigers should walk away with the district title.

The district title will be decided in the last week of the season on Nov. 3 as the Tigers will entertain the Eagles. Caruthersville's Kendrickus Reed will explode at running back and carry the Tigers to victory.

* The Charleston Bluejays will have a cake-walk and win the Class 2, District 2 title. Charleston will beat the second best team in the district this Friday as the Bluejays travel to Crystal City. No team will play Charleston within two touchdowns in District 2.

The West Plains Zizzers will win the Class 4, District 1 title. The title will be decided at West Plains as they will defeat Poplar Bluff in the last game of the season.

On paper it looks like Class 4, District 2 has two playoff caliber teams in North County and Farmington. District 1 doesn't have a team with a winning record, but many times teams can surprise you. Cape Central won a couple district titles just a few years ago when they went into the district with a losing record.

I am sick and tired of so-called Cardinal fans who only raise their heads when St. Louis is in the playoffs. Yes, I know the Cardinals played last night and guess what...I don't care. Stop with your play-be-play recite of the game. I live in Missouri but am not and will never be a fan of the Cardinals. Since when is it a requirement to be a Cardinal fan if you live in this state?

I have a sick feeling that the Cardinals will pull off a miracle and defeat the Astros in seven games. I admit the Cardinals have a great team, but I don't need to hear about it every five seconds. However, it has to be said, Albert Pujols is the best player in Major League Baseball.

Notre Dame and USC played an outstanding game, one for the ages. However, the best game I have ever seen was the game between Mizzou and Nebraska. The infamous play where a Nebraska receiver kicks the football up in the air for another Husker receiver to make the unbelievable catch for the tying touchdown. Nebraska went on to win in overtime but Mizzou earned a lot of respect after that contest.

Mizzou needs to put Caruthersville product Jimmy Jackson in the starting backfield. This kid, in limited action, has looked too good to keep on the bench.

Why can't people in this area see every Mizzou football game? How many do we get to see? Two, maybe three per year? In St. Louis, every single Mizzou game is televised. If they can pull it off in St. Louis, why not down here? I know we have a lot of Mizzou graduates so interest in the game should be high. But no, we must see SEC game on KFVS-12. SEC games in Missouri? I didn't know we were a hot-bed for southern football.

* And finally, nobody asked me but...district football is upon us and that is a good thing. Hopefully the weather will get cooler and it will feel like football. No more excuses on how teams are learning and getting better. There are no more young players. Teams have six or seven games under their belt and the time for being young has passed.