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Nobody asked me but . . .

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Nobody asked me but...after a football team has dropped 28 games in a row, you would expect fan turnout to be sparse. Especially if said game was more than an hour's drive away.

Give some credit to the loyal fans of the Chaffee Red Devils. Chaffee has dropped 28 straight football games but you could not tell that by the turnout Saturday afternoon at Portageville.

The Red Devil fans filled the visitor section and cheered loudly for their boys to defeat the Bulldogs. Although they lost the game, give credit to the football fans of Chaffee.

Nobody asked me but...don't sleep on Chaffee for much longer. Coach Charlie Vickery has a good crop of underclassmen coming back for next year's season, led by running back Kent Courtney who will be back for his senior season along with D-linemen Brad Daugherty and Kippy Lawson. Mix in freshman linebacker Chris Thomas, Chaffee should be in better shape for next season and the wins will come.

Nobody asked me but...please get a scoreboard for the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs' softball field. Every five minutes some fan can be heard asking what the score of the game is. Nothing worse than walking up to an event and not knowing the score. Who should I complain to? Is it the athletic director at Sikeston or should it be directed to someone who oversees the workings of the Sikeston Complex? Don't care who it is, just "Git-R-Done."

Nobody asked me but...if someone is taking requests, mark down competent officiating as most requested. Watching Sikeston take on Farmington in soccer was one of the most brutally officiated matches in a long time. I half expected Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage to rush the field and interfere with the game.

Whatever cliche you wish to use, kids could have gotten hurt due to officials' inability to either understand the rules of the game or their unwillingness to enforce the rules. Do officials now get their cards from a cereal box?

Nobody asked me but...after a brutal opening two games to the football season, New Madrid County Central's Eagles are flying high after the win over state-ranked Charleston. Playing against the likes of Farmington and North County is a big test for any team. But the Eagles have fought through adversity and come out the other side smelling like roses.

Putting Leslie Williams at quarterback makes NMCC lethal on the ground and suddenly people are looking forward to seeing them play. I have been known to jump on bandwagons prematurely so take what I am about to say next with a grain of salt. The Eagles will upset the Caruthersville Tigers this week by a score of 27-24.

Nobody asked me but...some folks in Dexter believe this year is the year that the Bearcats will defeat Poplar Bluff in football. The last time Dexter defeated the Mules was way back in 1989. Streaks were made to be broken but not this one, not today. Poplar Bluff will defeat Dexter 21-20.

Nobody asked me but...the last time Sikeston did not win a football game in a season was 1929. That year the Bulldogs went 0-7. Fast forward to 2005. Sikeston has started out 0-4. Don't get up-in-arms but when does Sikeston get that first win of the season?

Not this week as they play the state-ranked Farmington Knights. After Farmington, the Bulldogs will play a much-improved New Madrid County Central team on the road. Maybe Sikeston can beat the always beatable Kennett Indians at home in Week 7. Yes, that's it, a home win against the Indians! Crisis averted.

I haven't seen Poplar Bluff, Cape Central or West Plains, but it's conceivable that Sikeston could beat all three. But they'll have to start playing football. They won't win a game if they continue playing at this level.

Nobody asked me but...Floyd Williams, the main force behind the formation of the Sikeston Little League Football program, should be nominated for placement on the Honor Board at the Sikeston Complex. His tenacity led towards the creation of the league and 31 years later is still running strong. Recognition is long overdue.

And finally, nobody asked me but...Charlie Weis, head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, recently did something that deserves some praise and attention. Coach Weis went to visit some terminally ill patients at a children's hospital in the South Bend area.

One particular 11-year-old patient was a big Fighting Irish fan.

Understanding that his time on Earth was fleeting, the patient asked coach Weis if he could make one wish come true.

The wish, as it turns out, was that Notre Dame would run a play that the patient scripted on their first series of the game.

Coach Weis agreed and told the patient that he would do what he could. Unfortunately, the 11-year-old did not get a chance to see his Fighting Irish play last Saturday as he lost his battle with the illness two days before the game.

Being moved by the patient's love of Notre Dame football, Weis felt obligated to make the wish come true. On Saturday, Notre Dame ran a pass play on their 1-yard line that they completed for a first down. Why? The Fighting Irish first play of the game was a simple request, a wish of a dying boy that came true thanks to a coach who cared. Coach Weis, you deserve a game ball.