Winners this week, October 11 through 16 – Volleyball and Football

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The usual disclaimer. There is no science involved in this. These are just my picks, subject to being incorrect. This week looks like there are plenty of opportunities for me to be wrong.

Last week was not bad as far as picking was concerned. I picked every local football game correctly, and 4 of 6 soccer champions.

This week is going to be more challenging. There are a lot of different volleyball sectional champion variables, and a couple of sectionals where 3 or 4 different outcomes would not surprise me.

Here they are.
Football – last week I picked 4 to win, which they did. This week I have 6, and the 2 that lose are facing another local team.

Providence over North Harrison
New Albany over Floyd Central
Jeffersonville over Jennings County
Silver Creek over Corydon
Charlestown over Eastern (Pekin)
Clarksville over Rock Creek


1A at Rock Creek.
It is difficult to pick against Rock Creek, which has won the last 4 sectional titles, so I will not.
Thursday – Rock Creek over Borden; New Washington over South Central
Saturday morning – Rock Creek over Shawe Memorial; Lanesville over New Washington
Saturday championship – Rock Creek over Lanesville

2A at Christian Academy of Indiana
Tuesday – Paoli over CAI
Thursday – Henryville over Eastern (Pekin); Mitchell over Crawford County
Saturday morning – Paoli over Clarksville; Mitchell over Henryville
Saturday championship – Mitchell over Paoli

3A at Scottsburg
This one was very difficult to pick. Many teams had good seasons. I changed my mind numerous time, and by the time this sectional is finished, I likely will have wished I had stuck with some earlier picks.
Tuesday – Silver Creek over North Harrison
Thursday – Scottsburg over Salem; Corydon over Charlestown
Saturday morning – Silver Creek over Madison; Corydon over Scottsburg
Saturday championship – Silver Creek over Corydon

4A at Providence
Thursday – Floyd Central over Jeffersonville; Providence over Seymour
Saturday morning – Floyd Central over Jennings County; Providence over New Albany
Saturday championship – Providence over Floyd Central

Winners This Week – Wednesday through Saturday

Many of our Clark & Floyd teams have not had the best of seasons, but I have four of the eight as winners this week. Here are this week’s predictions. Nothing scientific here. Just my personal predictions.

Charlestown over Salem
Providence over Corydon
New Albany over Seymour
Floyd Central over Jennings County
Brownstown over Silver Creek
Edinburgh over Rock Creek
Columbus East over Jeffersonville
South Central (Union Mills) over Clarksville

Soccer Boys’ Sectional Predictions

1A at TrinityLutheran
Tonight: Providence over Henryville; Rock Creek over Trinity Lutheran
Championship: Providence over Rock Creek. It is difficult to go against the defending state champs, but this may be the best opportunity for anyone local.

2A at Scottsburg
Tonight: Silver Creek over Charlestown; North Harrison over Madison
Championship: Silver Creek over North Harrison

3A at New Albany
Tonight: Columbus East over New Albany; Columbus North over Floyd Central
Championship: Columbus East over Columbus North

SoccerGirls’ Sectional Predictions

1A at Christian Academy
Thursday: Southwestern over Austin; Providence over Trinity Lutheran
Championship: Providence over Southwestern

2A at Madison
Tonight: Scottsburg over Salem; Madison over North Harrison
Thursday: Silver Creek over Corydon; Madison over Scottsburg
Championship: Silver Creek over Madison

3A at Jennings County
Thursday: Jeffersonville over New Albany; Floyd Central over Bedford North Lawrence
Championship: Jeffersonville over Floyd Central

Televised sports does not cater to senior citizens.

October 5, 2021

The baseball playoffs begin this evening with a pitiful concoction called the wild card game. This is a profit-generating device that serves no useful purpose.

In a one-game playoff, the worse team can easily take the place of the more-deserving one. This year’s National League game, set for tomorrow, is a prime example. A season that encompasses 162 games will not determine who moves on to the real playoffs and who packs up until next spring. No, a one-game winner-takes-all will settle that matter.

The Dodgers have the second-best record in all of baseball at 105-56, yet they might have to start making plans for next year after tomorrow evening because a team with 90 wins can beat them one time to get the chance to play in the divisional series.

I have long ties with baseball and my love for the game. However, major league baseball has done a great deal to drive me – and a great number of long-time fans – away for a number of years. The starting place for my grievances begins with starting times for evening games. I am usually in bed by the time the second inning rolls around. It is simply easier not to watch at all, and that is usually my game plan.

The prolonged games because of incessant and tiresome commercial breaks rank high on my list of reasons not to watch as well. However, this does not just apply to baseball, but nearly all televised sports. Years ago, when I was a newspaper writer, I attended numerous college football games. One particular season I had games two weeks in a row. The first one was nationally televised, and it took four hours and fifteen minutes to play, and there were prolonged periods of dead time on the field while everyone waited for an official to get word from the booth that the network was ready to resume the telecast. The second one was not televised in any form because one of the teams was banned from all television that season. That game took two hours and forty-five minutes to conclude.

Of course, we are all familiar with the “those last two minutes on the clock took 25 minutes in real time” complaint. It is real and will remain with us. Why not? Huge commercial profit margins during that time.

I will likely look at scores the next morning throughout the baseball playoffs, and once again not watch the World Series, let alone much if any of the playoffs, in baseball, the NBA, or the NCAA basketball tournament.

Of all the major sports, I thought major league baseball playoffs and Word Series would be the last thing I would stop watching. I was wrong.

I have loved sports throughout my entire life. Most of them have quit reciprocating that love for me, though. I am not longingly looking for a return to the past when things were simpler for the viewer. I understand why things are the way they are and that they will not change just for me or long-time (older) sports fans. Televised sports in our time does not cater to senior citizens.