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Lady Wildcats off to solid start

Redskins also makiing progress

POSTED: December 10, 2011 3:00 a.m.


Maybe it's a sign of advancing age or an inferior intellect or a byproduct of a time in which we're bombarded by information by the second, but I can't seem to keep my mind on one thing for very long. Which is why this column looks like it does.
Hot starts:
Not counting what happened last night whey took on the Lady Redskins in Pembroke, the Richmond Hill High School girls' basketball team is off to a crazy good start with only one loss - and it to Statesboro, the No. 1-ranked team in all of Class AAAA, according to
The Lady Redskins, by the way, are ranked No. 9 in Class A. The two teams played too late to make our Tuesday deadline. I bet it was a barn burner.
What's more, give credit to the Redskins for what appears to be vast improvement. Last year, the boys' basketball team was routinely getting clocked by 30 points. So far this season, their three losses have been by a combined 12 points. That first win is near.
Duty called, so I didn't get to go to Georgia Southern's apparently-every-bit-as-wild as the 55-48-score-says-it-was-win over Old Dominion in the second round of the NCAA I-AA playoffs. But I had the radio on and was transfixed.
This was football without brakes and it literally came down to the last play of the game, an onside kick by the Monarchs that didn't travel quite far enough. Mercifully.
This game was all offense. Both teams had 28 first downs. Georgia Southern had 607 yards of offense, Old Dominion had 560. Georgia Southern ran for 477 yards, the Monarchs passed for 349. Georgia Southern passed for 130, ODU ran for 211.
The similarities continue. GSU had six kickoff returns for 101 yards. ODU had six kickoff returns for 104 yards. The Eagles were penalized seven times for 64 yards, the Monarchs were flagged six times for 63 yards. Etc.
Those are video game numbers. Afterward, I got a post game report from my folks, who've been GSU boosters for nearly as long as GSU has had a football program.
The best assessment I heard was offered up by Mom -- who said, and I quote loosely: "We stood up the whole time. It was unreal. Your dad nearly blew his teeth out (he wears dentures) and we thought (a friend) was going to have a heart attack. His arm went numb and he kept having to sit down."
So, I talked to Dad, who not only is a combat veteran, but also not prone to hyperbole. If anything, Dad goes in the other direction than Mom when it comes to describing events. With him, less is usually more. I suspect that's what has helped them stay married for more than 50 years now. So when Dad promptly informed me there were a few times on Saturday he thought he was going to have a heart attack, I knew I'd missed a great game.
Et tu, Bubba
For all those Georgia fans feeling bummed by the nuclear bomb that got dropped on their team last weekend in the SEC championship, I can sympathize. My University of South Carolina Gamecocks went through the same thing last year, only it was Auburn doing the honors. I don't know what it is about the Georgia Dome, but I suspect Les Miles had a Cajun voodoo queen put a hex the Astroturf. There's no logical explanation for why a team playing as well as Georgia had been playing suddenly looked like, well, like the Gamecocks are prone to do. In short, as a lifelong Gamecock, I have been to used to dealing with implosions from the Garnet and Black.
It is called The Chicken Curse. It is real.
Jeff Whitten writes about sports for the Bryan County News. He's busy now trying to get a wrestling story written.





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