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14 December 2018 Views From The Booth Sports


(Season’s) Greetings from The Booth!

Well, it’s time for my annual Christmas Vacation as I take a break from the Booth for the Holidays. Next week I’ll be at home awaiting the delivery of my subscription to the Jelly Of The Month Club, finishing up–no wait, starting, my Christmas shopping, and with any luck, hitting the golf ball.

We’re in sort of a dead spot in the world of sports. It’s Finals Week at most campuses, so there’s not much basketball. In college football, we are between the conference championship games and the myriad of bowls. So, I thought I would do some Friday “stocking stuffers” in this week’s post.

I hope everyone takes advantage of the free admission offered by Shenandoah University this Monday (12-17) for the men’s basketball game between the Hornets and Mary Washington at noon. It’s Shenandoah’s gift to the community as they show off the beautiful Wilkins Center. Take a break from the shopping and the Christmas errands and catch some free Hornet hoop!

Speaking of SU, I must mention senior quarterback Hayden Bauserman, who captured the prestigious Lanier Award this week at the Touchdown Club of Richmond banquet. The Lanier Award is given to the outstanding football player in Virginia for NCAA Division 2, 3 and NAIA. The Woodstock Central product also earned the honor for Offensive Back Of The Year.

The dysfunctional mess that is the Washington Redskins hit a new low last Sunday when they were blown out by the New York Giants at Fed-Ex
Field. The loss was bad enough, but afterward several players took to social media to blast the fan base. Jordan Reed was injured (again). And Jay Gruden looked like a deer in the headlights on the sideline.
To think that 4th string quarterback Josh Johnson is going to lead the ‘Skins to the postseason is laughable. But, there was much giddyness after Johnson led Washington to 2 scores against a backup prevent Giants defense. It seems someone has spiked the Burgundy and Gold Kool Aid…

My interest-meter has gone down considerably after the announcement that Will Grier is skipping the WVU bowl game against Syracuse. What looked like a game of basketball on turf now will be the beginning of the Jack Allison era at West Virginia. I get it. Grier doesn’t want to risk millions of dollars and his position in the NFL draft. However, I consider a bowl game the continuation of a team’s football season. I wonder if Grier would have played had the Mountaineers been in a New Year’s Six bowl or a CFP game. Grier had a lot of flowery language about his bond with the state of West Virginia in his recent press release about skipping the Camping World Bowl. Will, you’ve disappointed lots of folks in the Mountain State who have no pro team to root for, only their beloved Mounties. Good luck in the NFL.

I hope Santa brings you many wins for your favorite sports teams, and here’s to the best Christmas ever! I will be back in the Booth in a couple of weeks, and if there’s any money left over from my bonus, I’m going to fly you all down for the dedication of my pool!

Merry Christmas Everyone…and GO HORNETS!

RW


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