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2009 sports campaign is off to a good start

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I've got to admit, this week's column is giving me fits to complete. I've had a few ideas, but one or two of them have been too risky to roll with, for the sake of my life and the fact that I have to visit some of the schools in which I could've discussed.

Just for kicks, one of the ideas was to come up with my 'Not So Top 10' list, which would've been schools in the area that instead of being in the state rankings would be in the 'You Stink' poll. But, seeing that I have to see some of you all in the next few weeks, and you may know who you are, I just can't do it. I like my job, and my life. So, just know, we're watching you.

As for the 2009 sports campaign, it has kicked into full gear rather quickly. I'm just thankful that Christmas tournaments are over and in the books. We've still got one New Year tournament to cover, but hopefully it will pass with this dang cold weather. I saw a lot of interesting things in the two week period of tourneys however, some things I'd rather not seen and some that were interesting.

I witnessed Sikeston play pretty well in the Poplar Bluff Showdown once again. Michael Porter is now over 1700 points on the season and has made a name for himself as a 'Bulldog great.' You should expect to see him on the Wall of Fame someday. I don't know what the Sikeston record is for points, but 1700 seems like video game numbers to me.

In other tournaments, I witnessed the SeMissourian Christmas Tournament at the Show-Me Center where thousands of fans showed up to watch high school hoops. Though not every game was entertaining it was nice to see some of the cobwebs dusted off the seats in the gym where SEMO continues it's historic success -- on my 'Not So Top 10' list. Just imagine how many seats would be filled if Sikeston were to play Scott Central in the Redhawks' nest.

Here comes my random rant of the week...

This story makes my blood boil. J.C. Romero, a Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher, was just suspended 50 games by the MLB for failed drug tests for using a testosterone enhancer that included a drug listed by MLB as a banned substance. Romero failed to investigate his "polyunsaturated, quick-dissolving, fast-acting, pleasant-tasting green and purple pills" as Ray Stevens used to sing back in the day.

Now, following the World Series title in which he recorded two wins mind you, he'll be going to the MLB slammer, the suspended list. He'll lose money, but what about those two wins, which aided the Philadelphia squad to their title? Pathetic. The Yankees don't have to use banned substances -- the George Washington's provide their enhanced performance year-in and year-out. And, by the way, this is their year.

Well, short but sweet this week, but it works. I strayed away from 'lookism' that Jenkins has been so wrongly accused of, and I kept the fans happy by not blasting their horrendous teams all while getting the Yankees mentioned in the same column as Ray Stevens. You can look up Stevens' song on Youtube. I can't promise you that you'll enjoy it, but hey, it's a classic.

The big game of the week -- the Bulldogs visiting what is formerly known as 'The Factory' in Charleston Friday evening. It's always a good game between these two programs and I'm sure this week's game won't disappoint. See you next week.