Friday, October 20, 2006

Fabulous Football Weekend

Amidst all the baseball going, and with an off day today before the World Series starts, I plan on having an All-Football Weekend.
Starting tonight my son & I are going to attend the Largo High School football game. Largo High is the alma mater of current Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster, who ran for a county record 2,490 yards & 39 TDs as Largo made it all the way to the regional finals last season. This year the Packers haven't missed Dex a bit, reeling off a 7-0 record behind the strength of versatile QB Leonard Johnson and a pair of running back siblings, junior Brynn (839 yds & 10 TDs, both 3rd in the county) and senior Greg Harvey.

Tomorrow, after my son's Little League game at noon, I will be firmly planted on the couch for the BC/FSU battle at 3:30 on ABC. It should be an interesting ACC clash, with the unranked Noles in desperate need of a decent conference win and the #22 Eagles coming off of a 22-0 beatdown of the powerhouse Hokies. After that tilt at 5:45 EST I will be digging into a Big East battle for supremacy as #19 Rutgers (6-0) takes on unranked (somehow) Pitt (6-1.) These two overachieving schools are looking for the BCS bowl bid as the top team in the conference, so a lot will be on the line in this one. I will end the college football segment of my weekend with the 13 Georgia Tech/12 Clemson match @ 7:45 on ESPN; this one seemed to be a mere afterthought at the beginning of the season but now shapes up to be an important game in deciding who will advance to the ACC Championship game.

Finally on Sunday I will be attending the Eagles/Bucs game at RayJay at 1:00PM, courtesy of my good buddy Joe and his awesome seats 5 rows up on the 20yard line in the south end zone. A week ago this game looked like a complete stinker, with the Eagles sitting pretty at 4-1 and the Bucs resembling the 1980's creamsicle Pirates at 0-4. But then the Eagles lost a heartbreaker to New Orleans and the Bucs won a heart warmer against the Bengals, and now this game has a feel of desperation for both teams- one trying to stay in the playoff hunt and another attempting to retain its credibility with fans and not become a laughingstock parody of its former championship self.

So there you have it, my itinerary for a full weekend of football action. Of course I will also watch the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals; that's what PIP is for.

As usual, full reports with highlights & photos will follow all the games.

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