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Nobody asked me but...

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Nobody asked me but...the girls basketball program at Sikeston is hitting some rough patches as of late.

A season ago under head coach Fred Johnson, the Lady Bulldogs recorded their best record in the program's history at 18-7.

This season has been sobering for many involved with the program.

To start, Johnson resigned as head coach leaving the position vacant. Sikeston hired Homer Jackson to fill the vacancy. Jackson had no prior varsity experience and last coached ninth grade boys basketball back in 1990.

Once practice began for the Lady Bulldogs, Martika Davis, who was a Class 4 all-region selection her sophomore year, decided not to play basketball for her junior season.

Sikeston has only three wins on the season, which on face value is not so much of a big deal. What is alarming however, is the lack of desire recently shown on the court by the Lady Bulldogs.

It must be frustrating for all involved with the program. There have been four different coaches in four years, players seemed to have lost interest and the crowds are tiny.

Don't take my word for it. I hear it from fans and coaches across the area.

Something needs to happen. Either get rid of the program all together or really invest some time in the program. Maybe it is just me, but it seems like female athletics at Sikeston is a mere afterthought. It's treated like it's something that has to be in place because of federal law.

Sikeston needs to look into the programs at Dexter, Doniphan, Notre Dame and Jackson and see how a solid girls program is run. Would you want your little girl to be in the athletic program at Sikeston as it currently exist? It can be turned around. Who will step up to the challenge?

* A quick review of the Super Bowl. What has happened to the "Piano Man"? Maybe one too many rehab appearances for Billy Joel? His rendition of national anthem was a bit shaky.

As for the game, it was sloppy. Both teams committed a combined eight turnovers in the game. The rain hampered the flow and made the Bears and Colts play like they were in Division III. I mean really, the Bears in the Super Bowl? I will never believe the Bears team that I saw last Sunday could have beaten the New Orleans Saints.

Quarterback Peyton Manning of the Colts received an early Christmas gift, as he was named the MVP of the game. It should have been a co-MVP award for the Colts running back tandem of Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes.

* The halftime performance by Prince was okay. He played his classics and even threw in a little Jimi Hendrix, which is always a plus in my eyes. If they wanted an '80's theme, they could have saved on the travel expenses by selecting the Miami Sound Machine. You can't beat classic MSM music like "Anything for You" and "Cuts both Ways."

And finally, nobody asked me but...the Super Bowl commercials this year were average. I liked the T-Mobile commercial with Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade. The Nationwide ad with Kevin Federline was amusing.

Also, the CBS promo with David Letterman and Oprah caught me by surprise. I believe Bud Light, as usual, had the best commercials.

Now I give you my top 5 commercials...

1. Blockbuster's "clicking mouse"

2. Bud Light's "rock, paper, scissors"

3. Bud Light's "hitchhiker"

4. Bud Light's "language class"

5. Snickers' "snickerkiss"