|2/8/2014 2:56:00 PM|
Caldron, Cupid spotted together
Hello Sports Fans.
Let me be the first to point the fickle finger of fate at that little cherub, Cupid. He flits about here and there, aiming his silly arrow at teams that need a little love. Obviously, when it comes to Purdont, he's a terrible shot. The Boileruppers are in serious need of a hunka, hunka burnin' love and even with Valentine's Day yesterday, they get nada, squat, zip, zilch.
And future prospects look none too good.
But let's get back to the more important teams, South, North and C'ville.
We'll begin by venturing down into Mountieland where the Mounties have a chance to finish a great season at 16-4. Standing in the way are Greencastle, Frankfort and Fountain Central. This puts our Mounties in a tough spot. They're 13-4 and winners of three of their last four (and the only loss was in overtime). However, Greencastle's Tigger-Cubbies may have an awful record (oh, they do) but they always play South tough. After that comes a really big test against a proverbial thorn in South's side, 14-4 Frankfort. The Cold Baloneys all but have second place locked up in the SAC - they need one win against either South or Tri Harder, but who really gives a rat's patooey about second place? And then the Mounties finish up with the red-hot Mustangs of Fountain Central. If South wins all three, the Mounties go into sectional on fire. Lose all three, or two of the three and sectional feels a whole lot different.
Take heart Mountie fans! The Caldron boldly predicts a win against Greencastle tonight that will be closer than it should be since the boys will have one eye on Frankfort tomorrow. And then for the second year in a row (and only the second time in the last six years), South chomps the Hot Dogs. Fountain Central? Hey cheapskate, spend 50 cents and find out next week.
Bebopping up 47 to CHS, what looked like an easy call not too long ago will be an interesting game. Let's face it, the boys in Blue and Gold are struggling and have lost six of their last seven. Tonight they face Dannyville, a team that was 13-2 toward the end of January and on a roll. Then the Dannys lost three in a row, including two SAC games and quickly looked vulnerable. They righted the ship a bit against Fall Creek Academy, winning by a zillion, but FCA only has an enrollment of 12 so who cares? I hate to say it but the Dannys are back on the mend and they're too much for the Athenians. Ditto with Lafayette Recruiting Central, especially with the game at their place and with their refs. Prove me wrong Athens of Indiana!
Which brings us around to North Montgomery. The Chargers are looking for just their fourth win of the season. Face it, it's been a long and tough year for the Orange and Blue. However, they finish the season with three games against teams that have a combined 20-31 record. Only Tri Harder has a winning mark and it's only 10-7. If North could pull off three wins, they'd sure enter the sectional on a roll.
They won't. Tonight they'll fall to Tri Harder, and even though North Putnam is only 7-10, they're on a roll and will upend our Chargers.
That gets us to the big boys and the woes of Purdont and Butler. I sure didn't see Charlotte knocking off the Dawgs, but they did. At Hinkle no less. The good news for the formerly 11th ranked Bulldogs is that they get a couple of cupcakes up next. A10 cellar dwellers Fordham and Duquesne are just what the doc ordered and Butler wins a pair easily.
Purdont, sadly, isn't having the kind of year our DJ Byrd wanted as a senior. It's too bad but the bitter rivalry with Indiana won't help. IU is too much for the Black and Blue, uh, I mean Gold.
The bad news for Hoosier fans though is after Purdue is a trip to snowy East Lansing, Michigan and a loss to Izzo's Whizzo's. This time, the voters won't let a loss and the No. 1 ranking go together. IU falls on the court and in the polls.
We'll wrap up with the 'Bashers, another team that's had a long and tough year. Good news is that Oberlin lets Wabash end the regular season on a good note. Bad news is a first-round NCAC loss.
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