Nobody asked me but...no worries Sikeston fans, the loss to Blytheville in boys basketball is not the end of the world. Remember, the Chickasaws are coming off a year in which they reached the state semifinals and they return most of their lineup.
Blytheville might be the best team Sikeston plays all year. It will still be a special season for the Bulldogs.
Does Charleston have some type of cloning machine that enables them to roll out sweet 5-foot-9 point guards that dominate the game? Michael Morris started the domination at point guard as he took his talent to SEMO and dominated at the Division II level.
Second came Carlos McCauley who was an all-stater and played at St. Louis University. McCauley played on two state title teams in 1990 and '92. Then Jeramy Biles took over and was a two-time all-stater who led Charleston to the state title in '96.
Throw in Jeramy's brother combo of Howard and Marcus, the point guard bloodline at Charleston is a storied position that seems endless in quality players.
Move forward to 2005, Shawn Sherrell seems to be well on his way to getting on the list of great point guards at Charleston.
The Bluejays look scary this season in boys basketball and are probably the best team in the area. Should Charleston fans start to look for reservations in Columbia around the middle of March? Mark it up. They'll be there.
Bell City looked impressive at the Riverbend Classic. William Bogan, Bell City's 6-foot-10 junior, has some skills and has soft hands. But the most impressive player on their roster at the Riverbend was 5-10 sophomore Nick Niemczyk, who is a smooth guard who can drain the 3-point shot.
The Cubs look very salty and it will be very difficult for any Class 1 team to defeat them. Fearless prediction is that Bell City will be cutting down the nets in Columbia sometime in March.
In case you wanted to know...Vashon is still Vashon.
Get to Scott Central this year in boys basketball, because the future looks bright and point guard D.D. Gillespie is the real deal. In two games at the Oran Invitational, Gillespie has scored 66 points in two games. Scary thing is folks, he is only a sophomore.
The Kelly Hawks boys basketball team lost their first round game at Oran, but their fan support was unbelievable. Pat yourselves on the back Hawk fans, you are the front-runner for NAMBY best fan support in basketball.
The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team played a nice half against Doniphan on Monday night. Their is some buzz around the team thanks in large part to the return of coach Fred Johnson. But the team will get more of the buzz as the season progresses. The squad has potential and should be entertaining this season.
Charleston and Blytheville would make a nice championship game in next week's Sikeston Invitational Tournament. Besides the two mentioned and the host school, Lyon County, Ky., Osceola, Ark. and New Madrid County Central make up the field.
Word is that this might be the last SIT event. Rumor has it, that a SEMO Conference tournament will take its place.
Don't hate on Notre Dame for possibly getting a BCS bowl bid over Oregon. Blame the system for the injustice in college football. My interest in the game has waned in recent years because of the sham of a system currently in place. The system is money-oriented and to take any other stance is totally fraudulent. Give us a playoff or I might stop watching college football altogether.
And finally, nobody asked me but...does anybody understand how tough it is to be a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan? Take the Turkey Day game against the Broncos -- I could not sleep right three days after that debacle. Hence forward, I have taken the term "chip-shot field goal" out of my vocabulary. The horror of it all.