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COLUMN: Scott Central v. Sikeston: Just play it already

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's about that time of year again. The national champions of college football have been crowned (congrats Auburn), the NFL playoffs are in full swing, girl scout cookies will soon be filling the Pobst house and snow storms are looming only to cause havoc on local high school schedules.

Oh, and once again, whispers of another Sikeston-Scott County Central matchup are beginning to grow louder.

Unfortunately, that's all that's happening. Just talk.

You know, I was all for their first game. They were two of the best teams around (still are for that matter) and it was just a once and a lifetime circumstance that came about.

Now, is it just me, or is anyone else kind of annoyed by all the wishy-washy, is it going to happen talk? Most or all is just fan talk, but, that's what mostly fueled the first two games, right?

In 2009, their first match-up, I thought it was a great thing that happened after Christmas. Talks about who was the better team definitely heated up and a potential game was starting to take shape. Everyone wanted to know which team was the best once and for all.

A spur of the moment change in schedule made for one of the greatest high school basketball games ever to be played in the area. I think the overflowing, sellout Show Me Center crowd would agree.

Last year's game was absolutely not going to happen. At least, that's what we kept hearing. Late January rolls around and, look what happened.

Each game accomplished what they were set out to do. They satisfied fans of both schools with a great game and it settled questions of who was the better of the two.

Nowadays, the most frequent questions being asked is will they? Won't they? Should they?

Can we please put an end to the speculation? The 'making changes around January and February thing' has been done twice now. It's starting to wear a little thin.

Frankly, I think it's B-O-L-O-G-N-A that fans have to wait until midway through the season hoping and begging that this game be played. It's a fan game. No matter who is on what team or where either team is ranked, I can pretty much guarantee that any game between SCC and Sikeston will draw a crowd and end up being a decent game to watch.

If you break it down, not much is on the line for either team. Bragging rights, sure. But it's not a conference, district or championship game. It's Mizzou-Illinois on the high school level.

I would dare say that this game isn't 'wanted' by some, because if it was, it would have been put on this seasons schedule or on past schedules at that. But, maybe there's more to making out a schedule than what I would guess. It seems so simple, which is why I guess it just doesn't work.

I'm obviously not saying too much that's already been said before, I know. But that should speak volumes for how much this game is wanted by so many people.

Now, you have two No. 1 ranked teams in the state. One in Class 1, the other in Class 4. All the makings of another classic between these two schools.

Another Porter v. Porter contest as well, I might add, as seniors overflow both teams. It will be the last chance to see two, truly gifted programs at one of their highest points in school history.

Makings of another great game are a measly 10 minutes apart!!! How easy does it get people???

Will it happen? I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes. But, actually, I hope I'm wrong. Why you ask? I don't want this trend of mid-season decisions to keep up.

Each team would love nothing more to play each other but, it's plain silly to keep making changes like that year-in and year-out. Act like an engaged couple that's been that way for two years and set a date already.

And don't play at the Show Me Center. Great venue, no doubt, but make it a home-and-home type of thing. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

If they end up playing, of course I'll be there with a front row seat just as enamored as the next guy. Although, I think it's time a final decision be made.

I like to think of myself as a problem solver. Scott County Central and Sikeston not playing each other on a regular basis is definitely a problem.

My advice? If they are going to play -- put it on the schedule. If not.....play it anyway.

Basic problem solving skills...