Nobody asked me but...let's look back on the year in local and national sports for 2006.
* The Texas Longhorns defeated USC in a thrilling game for the college football championship in January. The game put Texas quarterback Vince Young firmly on the map with a late comeback to clinch the win for the Longhorns.
The game was excellent, however, I still hope and pray for an 8-team playoff system in my lifetime for college football. I will not hold my breath.
* It is tough for me to write this, but the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl in February over the Seattle Seahawks. It is tough because I am not a Seattle fan, but a Dallas fan, which makes it unbearable to revisit Super Bowls in 1976 and 1979.
I thought the Super Bowl was very uninteresting from a fan's perspective. * The Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team won a district title over Notre Dame at the Field House. The place was hopping and the 'Dogs played a great game in one of the all-time classics in prep hoops.
* In March, Sikeston got hot throughout the basketball playoffs and made the Class 4 final four. The Bulldogs lost to a very tough Borgia squad led by a Moose...Alex Moosmann. The second place finish was a program best at Sikeston. Freshman Michael Porter was named first team all-state, an extraordinary accomplishment for a 14-year-old, particularly one that started the season on the junior varsity.
Charleston made another basketball final four in Class 3 and finished in second. "The Factory" keeps producing quality teams and players. If there was only a nickname that could accurately portray the assembly line of good teams and players at Charleston. If only...
George Mason in college hoops wore the Cinderella slipper all the way to the NCAA Final Four. The Masons defeated North Carolina in a second round upset. Despite the loss, Poplar Bluff native Tyler Hansbrough had a fabulous freshman campaign and all of a sudden, Hansbrough is in the NBA Draft lottery discussion.
* In April, Florida won the NCAA championship over some team (LSU?, UCLA?), I just don't care to remember.
* In May, Sikeston freshman Dominic Fondon finished in sixth place in the triple jump for Class 3.
* In June, the Oran baseball team made the final four. The Eagles finished in third place.
The Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Scratch that, the NBA referees defeated the Mavericks in six games.
* In July, it was hot and Major League Baseball action was heating up as I've been told. I'm so focused on the upcoming football season by July that I forget there is still pro baseball action going on.
Tiger Woods won the British Open. A deer in headlights took second place.
NFL players were reporting to training camp and thus we had proof -- there is a God.
* In August, still hot and the NFL was having preseason games, or as I like to refer to them...appetizers.
* In September, high school football kicked off and future Carr Trophy winner Kendrickus Reed of Caruthersville picked up where he left off in 2005.
* The Kelly softball team captured third place in Class 2. Somewhere in Pittsburgh, weatherman Phil Connors is saying, "that sounds familiar." (Watch Groundhog Day if you need a hint on that one).
*The New Madrid County Central Eagles football team won a district title over the Dexter Bearcats.
And finally, in December, the SEMO Conference Tournament was held in Sikeston. Charleston won the trophy by defeating Sikeston in another classic showdown.
The Dexter Lady Bearcats won the Lady Royals Christmas Tourney at Twin Rivers over Kelly. Naylor took third place. I still have no idea where Naylor is located.
It has been a long year, laugh a little. It is all in good fun.