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23 November 2018 Views From The Booth Sports


Greetings from the Booth!

Another Thanksgiving is in the books (thank God for Sans-A-Belts and sweatpants!) and now it’s a week of turkey “sammiches” and your favorite Christmas movies and college football on the 55-inch high def TV. does it get any better than that?

As we enter a weekend of leftovers, I thought that would be a good theme for this weeks “VFB”. A little of this and little of that to pile on the plate today. We’ll start with a wrap-up of Shenandoah University Football. Kudos to a couple of local products, Hayden Bauserman and Casey Stewart. Bauserman, the senior QB from Woodstock Central, received his 3rd ODAC first-team honor, and was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. Stewart, who played his high school football at Warren County HS, joined Bauserman on the ODAC first team as a wide receiver. Congrats to Hayden and Casey, who provided us with lots of thrills in 2018.

The Hornet basketball teams begin ODAC play this Sunday, and both are off to good starts. The SU men are young, but fun to watch, and are off to a 2-1 start. Good luck to Coach Walsh as he continues to put his stamp on the program. The Hornet women are a nice mix of veteran players and newcomers and have been winning with a gritty style. get out to the beautiful Wilkins Center during the holidays. With the students on break, they could use your support.

The Washington Redskins are going in the wrong direction. After yesterday’s loss in Dallas, the ‘Skins are now tied with the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. However, one horse (Dallas) is gathering momentum, while the other (Washington) is fading down the stretch. Turnovers, bad tackling, and no wide receiver production have all caught up with the Redskins, whose 6-3 start was built on a formula of running the football, solid defense, and no turnovers. Yes, Washington is decimated by injuries, but every team in the NFL has it’s share. In the NFL, it’s “next man up”, and those given opportunities because of injury need to perform.

And, it’s so-called “Rivalry Weekend” in college football, and a lot will be decided this weekend with regard to the College Football Playoff Top 4. Teams just outside the Top-4 will be hoping for stumbles from Alabama when they take on Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Clemson (against South Carolina), Michigan (in their annual donnybrook against Ohio State), and/or Notre Dame (against USC). Frankly, I don’t see ‘Bama, Clemson, or The Irish getting tripped up this weekend, but the team that might open the CFP door for someone is Michigan. Their tussle with the Buckeyes this year is in the “Horseshoe”, and let’s not forget that with all the off-field drama this year with OSU, they are a 1-loss team. I’m going with the Buckeyes on Saturday…

Finally, my WVU Mountaineers take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Morgantown tonight (Friday), with a spot in the Big-12 Championship Game going to the winner. I think I want this game more for the state than for me. The people of West Virginia have very little except for their beloved Mountaineers, who have left a trail of broken hearts across the Mountain State time and time again. Maybe it’s our time…as Will Grier carries the hopes and dreams of an entire state on his right arm. GO EERS!

So fire up the microwave and pile your plate high with what’s left of the sweet potato casserole, mac n cheese, and make my turkey sandwich on white bread with a little mayo and black pepper, please.

Loosen that belt, enjoy the rivalry games, and until next time,
GO HORNETS!

RW


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