A Salute To The Count, And A Scary Weekend For SU
As we head into Halloween weekend, the Booth is decorated with spider webs, skeletons, and such. And right by the broadcast board is a big bowl with my all time favorite Halloween candies, Kit Kats & Smarties…
Since it is the scariest weekend of the year, I also wanted to remember something from my youth, which has gone the way of the dodo bird and pay phones: “Creature Feature” on WDCA-TV Channel 20. back in the day, a lot of TV markets around the country had their versions of Creature Feature, where a host would show a (usually) bad horror movie and do wacky bits coming out of commercial breaks.
On Channel 20, the host was “Count Gore de Vol”, a vampire character played by Dick Dyszel, who was also “Captain 20” on the station. Dyszel would tell bad jokes, sing, even bring Penthouse pets onto the set on occasion. Dyszel was the first host to show the uncut version of the 1968 classic Night of The Living Dead, still my favorite horror movie of all time. Dyszel is still active today, appearing at numerous conventions, along with other projects.
As local TV stations started pulling local programming off the air, and network shows like Saturday Night Live worked their way into our streams of consciousness, shows like Creature Feature eventually disappeared.
I’ll leave you with a Count Gore de Vol joke: “Did you hear the one about the vampire who tried to gain weight by eating a lot? It was all in vain (vein)…”
Now, your Shenandoah Hornets preview. SU travels to Washington DC this Saturday to face the Catholic University Cardinals. The Hornets are going for their 4th in a row, as they hope to continue their improbable run to at least a share of the ODAC title. Shenandoah is 3-1 in the league, just a game behind 4-0 Washington & Lee. The Hornets need to keep winning in order for their finale against W&L in Lexington to be meaningful. As the saying goes, SU controls it’s own destiny.
As for the game itself, this is the proverbial “trap game.” The Cardinals are 0-4 in the ODAC but a closer look shows that they almost defeated W&L before losing by a point, and roared back from 27 points down to almost defeat Hampden-Sydney. CUA has given Shenandoah fits over the years, and if the Hornets aren’t focused Saturday afternoon, could suffer a devastating loss.
Shenandoah has found it’s running game in it’s 3-game winning streak, last week amassing 218 yards on the ground (205 by Cedrick Delaney) in a big win against Guilford. That running game is key again this week. The Hornets also got big-play receiver Leonard Scott back last week, so should SU need to throw the football, they have another weapon in their arsenal.
I think the biggest thing this week is focus. The coaching staff has been pounding this home. As fans we can look ahead to the potential big games ahead. But as DB Weldon Gilchrist told me this week, “we have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s or we will be defeated.
This is not going to be an easy game for SU, but I think in the end, the Hornets will do enough to win the game. The streak will continue, setting up a huge game back at Shentel next Saturday. Final: Shenandoah 28, CUA 20.
That’s it from the Booth! Have a safe and spooky Halloween weekend and…GO HORNETS!