Monday, September 13, 2010

The Week Ahead and the Weekend Past

Football was the theme of the weekend for the most part...I didn't have a game on Friday.....but did catch a college game on the tube while listening to Celina down previously undefeated Wapakoneta 22-13.  The young Bulldogs at 2 wins 1 loss and 2-0 in the WBL are the surprise team of the area...I don't think many of us thought they would win more than a game or 2 the entire season.  Now the find themselves tied with powerhouse Kenton and Ottawa-Glandorf for the top spot.  Those 2 teams take on each other this Friday, while Celina goes up against arch rival St. Marys for the Roughriders Homecoming Game.   The Bulldogs have not won a game in this series in over a decade, that could change this season.

Regardless of how thing work appears Celina has an excellent chance of finishing .500, something few could envision a few weeks ago.

In college action over the weekend, The Ohio State Buckeyes downed the Miami Hurricanes 36-24, in a game that could have been even more lopsided, if not for multiple drives stalling deep in Cane's territory.   Sam worked the game in the press box and did the game editing for the Buckeye.Com athletic website.  The Buckeyes take on the Ohio U Bobcats in Columbus this weekend....that should be a walk....although with my ties to Ohio University, I would like to see the Bobcats stay close.

Both the Browns and Bengals lost their openers on surprise there...not worth much of a mention.  I gotta say Pro Football bores the Hell out of me, and besides I was working a Rec League double header and didn't see any of the action, by the two Ohio clubs.

The Week Ahead_____

I will be in and out this looks to be busy.  At Noon today I've got a board meeting at Mercer Residential Services....and a  football game here in Celina between the Freshman squads between the two aforementioned teams, Wapak and Celina.  Tomorrow a Junior High contest at Wayne Trace, back there on Thursday as well.   On Friday I will fill in at Back Judge for a crew at a Toledo City League game, between Toledo Rogers and Toledo Whitmer...that long night will be followed by a JV game at Spencerville on Saturday, and another Recreational double header here in Celina.

In between my busiest football week of the season, I have Wednesday off....and will take that opportunity to travel to Kokomo, Indiana(a place I worked and lived in 1979 and early 1980 as a news anchor at WIOU Radio).  Kokomo is about 90 miles due west of Celina...and every year it plays host to some 40,000 Vietnam Veterans for a massive get-together.  I've never been to the gathering, which lasts from Wednesday through Sunday one week in September each year.  This year several VSPA buddies of mine, Big Sam Lewis and his hooch mate from Phan Rang, Tom McCandles will be I plan on making the trip and visiting them and a few other folks from the organization on Wednesday...I will return that night...while many will stay the 4 or 5 days, it's not in the cards for me.  I do plan on getting some photos and something to write about for this blog. 

So, no blog Wednesday....hopefully some photos and stories by Thursday...if all goes as planned.

We did get a spot of rain on Saturday, but not enough to green things up...the forecast is calling for a chance of showers and storms a couple days out of the next 10...but not counting on it.  After warming up to 85 appears things will cool to more normal temps in the 70s in the future forecast.

That's about it...I did get my walk in this morning...a sunny walk with a cooling southwest wind...but frankly, not much else comes to mind, except the fact that the week ahead will be busy indeed.

back later

Photos-top left...The Immaculate Conception Church in Celina.  A few blocks from my house, with the Mersman Smoke Stacks now down, the Catholic Chruch is the tallest structure, and can be seen from across the Lake, walking by the structure, built in 1903, you realize just how massive it is.  Celina's Bulldogs are a surprising 2-1 overall and 2 wins no losses in the WBL...and Wednesday I will head for Kokomo, Indiana to gather with some 40,000 plus fellow Vietnam Veterans...the rest of the week will be filled with football officiating.

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