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1 December 2017 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings from a very busy booth!

There is so much going on in the sports world this week(end) that I couldn’t decide on just one topic, so, in no particular order, we weigh in on a number of topics.

It was great to see a full house at Shingleton Gym this week as the Shenandoah University Hornets hosted a Jimmy V Cancer Foundation fundraiser game. I think most of us have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, as is the case with Head Coach Adam Walsh, whose parents are both cancer survivors. Walsh spoke to the crowd at halftime and reminded us of the now-famous Jimmy Valvano ESPY speech and the now immortal words “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”  As for the team, the Hornets are off to a 3-1 start, there is a lot of energy in the gym, and it’s a fun team to watch.

We still have a local high school football team alive in the VHSL playoffs, as the Sherando Warriors will head to Salem tomorrow in the Group 4  state semifinal.  At 7-2 a few weeks back, Sherando still hadn’t assured themselves of a playoff berth, as Coach Bill Hall deemed the final game against rival Milbrook “a must win game.” The Warriors not only won that game, but won a rematch with the Pioneers a few weeks later, a 35-32 classic. Good luck Sheeeee-Ran-Do! (A nod to Warriors PA announcer Rick Ours.) Bring back a state championship to the top of Virginia!

Breaking news…The Cowboys just sacked Kirk Cousins again. In a must-win elimination-type game last night, the Dallas Cowboys took the Washington Redskins to the woodshed, 38-14, ending any slight hopes the ‘Skins may have had for an NFC playoff spot.  It was correctly pointed out on the national broadcast last night that Cousins has almost single handedly kept the team competitive this year in the face of a rash of injuries and lack of a supporting cast. It’s a wonder Cousins is standing upright today after last night’s game.  If I were Kirk Cousins, my bag would already be packed, and I would be looking for greener free-agency pastures. The Redskins are a smoldering dumpster fire, who have no clue how to run an organization, on or off the field. We see the same mistakes and results over and over and over. Oh, and nothing says “Washington Redskins” like former running back and current Cowboy Alfred Morris sticking it to his old team for over 120 yards rushing last night…

Finally, you wanted chaos? You’ve got it, as we head into this weekend’s college football conference championship games. Last week, the number one team in the country (Alabama) and the number 2 team in the country (Miami) both lost, making for an interesting week for the CFP committee. If the playoffs were to start today, the top 4 teams in college football would be Oklahoma, Auburn, Clemson, and Wisconsin.  The playoffs don’t start today, however, and there is still work to be done.  In what will be a great weekend for college football, Oklahoma takes on TCU in the Big 12 title game, Clemson and Miami hook up for the ACC championship,  it’s Auburn vs. Georgia for the SEC crown, and Ohio State against undefeated Wisconsin in the Big 10.  Grab the wings and beverages and hunker down for great weekend of college football!

Those are your Friday musings from the Booth! Welcome to December, when we separate the contenders from the pretenders. Until next time…












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