Monday, September 27, 2010
Fall is in the air....finally!
After a Middle School game on Thursday, I worked a big game in the MAC(Midwest Athletic Conference) on Friday night...then followed that up on Saturday by working a JV game in the morning, and a fall baseball(5 inning games) double header on Saturday afternoon. Sunday it was back at it with the local youth Recreational Football League, where Sam and I did another 3 1/2 hour double header.
Wasn't a lot of time for watching much on the tube...although I did catch the final innings of the Reds game yesterday at San Diego. The 12-2 win clinched at least a share of the NL Central for Cincy...and we got to watch local left hander Cory Luebke toss a couple of innings for the Padres. Cory, now working out of the bullpen, came in and shut down the Reds for 2 innings, despite make an error on a ball hit back to him....he had the Reds hitters off balance, and looked good in relief.
In addition to my game at Versailles Friday night(a 24-7 win by visiting Coldwater, handing the hometown Tigers their first loss of the season)...I got home in time to watch the Van Wert at Celina game on Channel 44 out of Lima. The Bulldogs gave the Cougars a 22-0 lead in the first quarter, only to roar back and win 50-30. Celina moves to 4-1 on the season, and 4-0 in the Western Buckeye League....alone at the top. I had predicted the Dogs would have a hard time winning a game this season...and here they are undefeated in the WBL, with winless Shawnee coming to town this weekend. It would be a stretch to think they can run the table, with the likes of Kenton and O-G top play on the road...but, a .500 or better season is better than me, or anybody else that I talked to, could ever imagine. Congrats to the young coaching staff, and especially to the Bulldogs players who have performed beyond anybody's imagination.
Tonight I stay local and officiate the Van Wert-Celina Freshman game....always interesting for me. Living in Celina and graduating from Celina High School(1967), I was the voice of the Van Wert Cougars for football and basketball for over a decade on Cable Channel 7 in Van Wert, back in the 1980s and early 90s. I was also born there, and worked and retired from the Van Wert County Health Department(1990-2002)....so my roots go deep into both towns and schools.
The rest of the week looks like this...Junior High football at Wayne Trace, then Wednesday I head to Centerville, hook up with youngest son, Hal. Where we will head for the Reds-Astros game that night...I will stay overnight at their place, and head home Thursday morning, in time to work a St. Henry Middle School double header on Thursday evening.
The weather finally broke, although we got none of the predicted rain, the temperatures did cool down significantally, and we are looking at highs in the 60s and low 70s for the remainder of the week...with lows in the 40s and 50s. That is the week ahead at first glance....nothing out of the ordinary, at least not yet. We of course will see how things shake out.