Nobody asked me but...the Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team temporarily closed "The Factory" last Friday night with a big road win.
The Birds Nest at Charleston was filled to the rafters with fans and the intense rivalry featured, yet, another spectacular game.
The game was officiated closely, which seemed to mystify the Bluejays. On this particular night, Charleston got itself in foul trouble and the Bulldogs took advantage.
Sophomore Michael Porter had no fear against senior stalwart Jamarcus Williams and really dominated the action in the post. I don't know if it is mental or physical, concerning the leg injury of Williams, but he is not the same player he was a season ago. Not yet, at least.
Sikeston silenced its critics after thumping South Pemiscot and getting past a full healthy Charleston.
* Charleston seems to lose interest during certain stretches of the regular season the last few years. Bell City outworked Charleston in the semifinals of the U-High tourney (granted, without all-state guard Shawn Sherrell).
Sikeston simply looked better and more composed than the 'Jays on Friday. And Tuesday night, Charleston was a first half no-show against New Madrid County Central.
As I have said before when referring to Sikeston, everybody calm down and take it easy. "The Factory" will be in peak position in time for the playoffs. Mark it down, the 'Jays will make a fifth straight appearance at the Class 3 final four this spring.
* Top 5 high school basketball rivalries...
1. Sikeston v. Charleston
2. Cape Central v. Notre Dame
3. Poplar Bluff v. Twin Rivers
4. Dexter v. Bernie
5. Hayti v. Caruthersville
* We are roughly halfway through the high school basketball season. My Top 5 players so far...
1. Michael Porter, Sikeston
2. Will Bogan, Bell City
3. Ryan Willen, Notre Dame
4. Shawn Sherrell, "Factory"
5. Julian Beard, Sikeston
* It was a hall of fame crowd at the Portageville-Scott County Central game last Friday night, literally. Three of the best high school coaches to ever walk the sideline in the state where on hand for the action.
You had Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell, Scott Central interim head coach Ronnie Cookson and former Charleston/NMCC head coach and now current principal at SCC, Lennies McFerren. There has not been that great of trio in one place since Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin last performed together at the Las Vegas Hilton.
* Whether or not you are for or against McGwire making the hall is not what I would like to debate. For me, it has been interesting to hear the thoughts of sportswriters who vote.
Some writers state they will not vote for anyone during the so-called steroid era (1994-2003). Others believe they can pick and choose who were clean during this era and deserve induction. Some say they are sure this year's inductees Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken were clean. How does one absolutely know that? A couple years ago, many would have swore that Raphael Palmeiro was also clean.
And finally, nobody asked me but...it was a struggle, dear readers, to complete the above column. My beloved Dallas Cowboys were robbed of their rightful place in this year's Super Bowl. No, I have not removed my Tony Romo "fathead" wall-sticker from my pad. Yes, I am currently in therapy trying to deal with the loss. An intervention was necessary.
I may not be in the best of moods for oh, nine or 10 months. Wait a minute, I have an exact date...Sept. 15th, the Cowboys' first game next season.
Somebody, a tissue please.