NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw leads SABF

Shenandoah Apple Blossom 2022

This year’s Grand Marshall for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was Terry Bradshaw.

He was excited to finally make it to the festival after originally signing on two years ago.

Bradshaw was impressed by the amount of Steeler’s fans in the area and has his own ties to the region.

His favorite song to sing with his daughter is “Crazy” by Winchester native Patsy Cline.

Bradshaw said, “we have been singing that song together since she was 3 years old but my daughter is a much better singer than I am.”

The Hall of Fame quarterback reflected on his career and said what he is most proud of are his four Super Bowl victories.

“Anybody can have stats but to be a great quarterback you have to win,” said Bradshaw.

He then went on to discuss some of his favorite quarterbacks to watch play currently, “Tom Brady, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, and Matt Stafford have the stats and can win.”

When turning his focus to the newest Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett he said, “I got to speak with him the day after he was drafted and congratulated him. Pittsburgh is a great franchise and will put him in a position to succeed. It’s the perfect fit. He’s smart and competitive.”

Terry also believes that Carson Wentz should succeed in Washington with the Commanders, “as long as he gets protection. He was unfairly criticized after his injury, but I am rooting for him. He’s a good person and I like to root for good people.” 

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Sports Dogs Podcast: NFL Championship Sunday

He’s Baaack! After his incredible prediction of the Bengals advancing last weekend, Scott “The Predictor” Bradley joins R-Dog to break down this Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship games. Plus some thoughts on Brady and Rodgers, and the WFT name change.

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Sports Dogs Podcast: NFL Championship Sunday
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Random Thoughts

Greetings From The Booth!

The Booth is a little chilly, with lows expected in the teens to single digits forecasted this week. To add insult to injury, CBS is teasing me with promos for The Masters. As I make my daily drive on Rt. 37, Rock Harbor looks anything like Augusta National. I would, however, get plenty of roll on the icy fairways this week at The Rock. At age 62, I am always looking for a few extra yards on my shots.

Anyway, in today’s VFB, I wanted to weigh in on a few random topics, and I’ll start with Shenandoah University men’s basketball. The guys played arguably their best half this past Monday at home against a good Lynchburg team, and continued the solid play well into the second half. SU had energy, they were taking care of the basketball, and playing great defense. The clock would then strike midnight for Cinderella, however. Leading 61-53, Shenandoah saw Lynchburg switch to a zone defense, and finish the game on a 31-7 run to win going away. The lesson for the young Hornets is that games are 40 minutes, not 30. Baby steps…

The NFL conference championship games are this Sunday as we are now down to the league’s version of the Final Four. In your lifetime, you probably won’t see another weekend like last, when all 4 divisional games were won on the game’s final play. The weekend was punctuated on Sunday night by one of the best playoff games of all time, as the Chiefs outlasted Buffalo in OT. You’ve heard the old cliche about “it’s a shame someone had to lose.” And certainly Bills QB Josh Allen didn’t deserve his fate. Allen was one tough SOB, bringing his team back time and time again, only to never touch the ball in overtime, thanks to Patrick Mahomes. The game was one for the ages.

In the aftermath of the Bucs’ loss, the speculation begins about whether or not Tom Brady will retire. Brady has said that the perfect ending for him is to win a Super Bowl. That would certainly be the ultimate storybook ending. The problem is that very few athletes get to go out on their own terms. Just ask Joe Theismann, whose career ended on a Monday Night game with his leg snapped in two. Most players play a year or two too long (Willie Mays, Joe Namath, and OJ Simpson come to mind), unwilling to admit that the game has passed them by. And, it’s not easy winning a Super Bowl. That being said, Brady is still playing at a high level, and with the right pieces around him, is capable of walking into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy. The football world awaits his decision…

Finally, David Ortiz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week on his first try. “Big Papi” hit over 540 home runs in his career, was a 10-time all star, and is really the first DH to get a bust in Cooperstown. There is no one that can argue that decision by the Baseball Writers of America. I also applaud their decision to once again deny Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens a place in the Hall. Bonds and Clemens were products of the steroid era, and used performance enhancing drugs to help them achieve their lofty resumes. If you believed Bonds when he said he thought he was using flaxseed oil, I’ve got some prime real estate on the Moon I’ll sell you. I’m also sure that being a jerk to the press over the years didn’t help Bonds’ cause. As for Clemens, he finally had to acknowledge his steroid use after years of lying about it. Maybe in the future there will be a Steroid Wing or Asterisk Section in the Hall Of Fame , but for now, Bonds’ and Clemens’ rightful place should be on the outside looking in.

Enjoy the conference championship games on Sunday, stay warm, and until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!

RW

Sports Dogs Podcast: The NFL Divisional Round

In this week’s SDPC, R-Dog and Scott The Predictor get together and break down the NFL Divisional Round games. Enjoy the football and have a great weekend!

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Sports: Monday, February 8, 2021

Brady And Bucs Win SB 55, Young & Smith Garner NFL Awards, Caps Drop Third Straight

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 yesterday in dominating fashion by a score of 31-9over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdown passes, including 2 to familiar target Rob Gronkowski, and the Tampa Bay defense kept Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense out of the end zone for the entire contest. Brady picked up his record fifth Super Bowl MVP award and becomes just the second quarterback to win a Super Bowl with 2 different teams.

Over the weekend, the league handed out it’s NFL Honors awards and Washington’s Chase Young was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, while WFT quarterback Alex Smith was named Comeback Player of the Year. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers earned his third MVP award.

Peyton Manning leads the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021, which was also named this weekend. Also joining Manning among the 8 inductees are Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson.

To the NHL, where the Washington Capitals lost their third straight game yesterday, a 7-4 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly broke 4-4 tie with a 3-goal third period, as the Caps fell to 6-3-3 on the season. Alex Ovechkin had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Capitals, who return to the ice tomorrow at 6 against the Flyers.

On the Shenandoah University docket, Men’s Basketball will play at Hampden-Sydney tonight at 7, while the Hornet Women entertain Ferrum this evening at 7 at the Wilkins Center.