• I’ve been asked in the days since if I’ve seen a more exciting football game and, to be honest, I have to give that honor to a meeting of undefeated Kansas schools that reached double overtime in the state championship game. This was, …
Quick hits and short bits as we make an abrupt transition from fall to winter sports season:
• I’ve been asked in the days since if I’ve seen a more exciting football game and, to be honest, I have to give that honor to a meeting of undefeated Kansas schools that reached double overtime in the state championship game. This was, however, the most exciting postseason run I’ve ever witnessed, with nailbiting finishes in the semifinals and finals, as well as a quarterfinal meeting that, perhaps forgotten in the chaos, was actually in limbo deep into the third quarter at Lander. Hopefully all that drama will be remembered as folks think back on this season years from now.
• Drama aside, a note for the 2012 Panther football team — blowout victories are always accepted come playoff time.
• I know several folks are probably eagerly awaiting their DVDs to relive the magic of the 2011 state football championship game. For those of you looking to kill some time, hop onto YouTube, where a quick search will reveal the Panthers’ 1957 state championship victory over Torrington available for viewing. The semifinal win over Rawlins that year is also posted online.
• In other words, we’ll be in the mix, especially given the number of standout players from other programs who will similarly be graduating this spring.
• It always amazes me in this business that when I think I’ve seen it all, something new and unexpected manages to materialize. Such was the case with this week’s NJCAA men’s basketball poll (see story, this issue), which at first glance could be mistaken for the NJCAA men’s basketball directory. A total of 49 schools got votes for the top 20 this week, leaving the usually short list of schools receiving votes actually longer than the list of teams nationally ranked.
• Then again, if the team just holds together and keeps winning games, that will provide for many indoor winter memories over the next few months.
• With that said, the Sports Guy spent last night watching Visionquest and Hoosiers on Netflix. I hereby declare the winter sports season open.