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December 11, 2017

9/6/2013 1:45:00 PM
Time for Caldron to hibernate

Hello Sports Fans.

What was it the Bark said, Parting is such sweet sorrow? Bard? Why would someone be named Bard? I figure they called ol' Billy Shakespeare Bark because he was always barking at some one.

No matter. The time has come for yours truly to pack up the firewood and head back to the cave for summer hibernation. Why hibernate in the summer? If you were always bubbling and boiling, you'd be out and about when it's colder, too.

So let's review. How did the Caldron do last week, and for that matter, for the season?

Well, frankly my dear . . . pretty danged good! (Yes, I'm on a literary roll this week!) Counting last week's perfect prep predictions and performance (remember, avoid alliteration always), I was 3-0 in the regional. The Cold Baloney beat Edgewood as predicted and Mt. Vernon made it a clean Sagamore sweep by blowing away Dannyville and the Frankfurters. Will anyone stop the boys from Fortville marauding through the rest of the tournament? Hey, you'll have to ask someone else. Didn't I tell you I'm going back into hibernation already? Sheesh, pay attention Bucko.

So anyways, a perfect regional prediction is a great way to wrap up the seas- . . . what? College? Why do you want to know that? Alright, alright, the Caldron pretty well stuck his lips on the team bus exhaust pipe and inhaled. Or in other words, I sucked! While I hoped I was wrong, I did indeed pick Pur-whoever-they-are-this-week to lose to Minnetonka in the land of 10,000 swamps. I picked IU to fall at Meeshegan and, oh I hate this one, I lost faith in Brad and the boys and I picked Butler to not do it. The end result? Wrong, wrong and oh so wrong.

My sincere apologies to all those Bulldog fans, but for you IU and Purdue followers, tough. IU got lucky when Meeshegan couldn't hit a free throw (ask Gary Harris from MSU how tough it is to shoot when you have both hands wrapped around your throat) and then IU couldn't stop a Wolverine from driving in for a lay-up, or stop a Wolverine from an offensive rebound and a great tip. If that ball rolled one-eighth of an inch the other way, we'd all be screaming at Tom Crean's substitution patterns. And Purdue? Please? The Boiling Overs show about as much consistency as my drives off the first tee at the Muni.

But I digress. Let's talk about the bottom line, the place where the buck stops, the big kahuna, the end of the road . . . my record. For the entire boys, girls and college basketball season, the Caldron correctly picked 130 out of 165 games, just a skosh under 80 percent! Yes, I will accept all-expense paid trips to Vegas for a not-so-small fee.

That 130-35 mark was slightly better than my 83-30 record for prep, college and pro football. When it came to the pigskin I barely finished above 70 percent. Although it's not bad (no one asked me to go to Vegas then), it feels much better to be back up near the 80 percent mark to which I've become accustomed.

In fact, if it hadn't been for a late-season swoon where the Caldron went 14-11, I would have finished at nearly 85 percent! Then again, as my grandpappy who toiled away for Merlin used to say, if a frog had wings, he wouldn't slap his tail on the ground every time he jumped.

So this is it dear hearts. Another season in the bag and time to ride off into the moonset. Happy trails, vaya con Dios and all those other sayings. What? You hate to see me go? You want one more? Just one more pick and that'll hold you over until football? Sigh. A Caldron's work is never done. OK, OK, one more. And I'll make this one a doozy. Take John Froedge and his Athenians to pick up another state title this year. See ya!






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