Rich get richer when investing in prep prophet
Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008 7:00 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor
If he had a nickel for every win he’s called, the Hitman would have……
A lot of nickels.
$250.65-worth, to be exact.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru and the only money-in-the-bank Friday football forecaster collected an almost-unthinkable milestone last week when he cashed in on the 5,000th correct call of his high-return 24-season tenure.
The sensational sideline soothsayer — his already-soaring stock boosted even higher by solid Week 5 returns (21-4, .840) — is now a collective 5,013 right, 1,042 wrong, a payoff of .828 during that era.
In no need of a financial bailout, the almost-always automatic all-knowing augur appears set to collect the interest from a 22nd consecutive season of surpassing the once-coveted .800 mark. His current account has a 118-24 (.831) balance, one that keeps him well in the black of pluses and minuses.
Hoping to again be rolling in the dough, the Hitman offers up his five cents-worth this week.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT BRUCETON — Coming off a pair of emotional victories and dealing with the reality that popular assistant Wes Kennedy will be away for a while, a winless Bruceton bunch comes along at precisely the right time for UC. And what better way to honor their beloved defensive coordinator than to lay an old-fashioned ‘head-hulling’ on an opponent that left considerable knots on the Tornadoes’ noggin each of the past two seasons. — UNION CITY.
CROCKETT CO. AT OBION CENTRAL — The Rebels’ state-of-mind has to be a concern, too, given that most considered last week’s loss vs. UC their most winnable game left on a schedule that gets only slightly easier after a brutal first half. A Crockett County squad that has hung 55, 42 and 43 points, respectively, on OC in the teams’ past three meetings and a Central offense that has been stuck in neutral the last two Fridays is unfortunately another ominous sign for the county locals. — CROCKETT CO.
SOUTH FULTON AT GREENFIELD — The Devils’ status as either a contender or pretender in Region 7-1A will be determined over the next few weeks — starting with easily their most physical challenge vs. a well-rested G’field squad. SF’s 5-0 start against an admittedly undistinguished first-half schedule doesn’t mean a lot to those outside the program, but the internal confidence gained in a couple of those close victories by the long-suffering Redmen could be the X-factor. — SOUTH FULTON.
USJ AT MILAN — It’s a big surprise to everyone that the Bruins are unbeaten halfway through the season. It’ll be a downright shock if Milan still isn’t after this supposed showdown of Region 8-2A state-ranked frontrunners. — MILAN.
DYERSBURG AT RIPLEY — The Trojans aren’t as good as their 4-1 record might indicate. Ripley — with the same record and a quality win over Bolivar last week — is. — RIPLEY.
In other games, it’ll be — McKenzie over Gleason, Lake Co. over West Carroll, Haywood over Dyer Co., Westview over Dresden, Gibson Co. over Trenton, Humboldt over Jackson Christian School, Adamsville over Stewart Co., Camden over Huntingdon, Waverly over Riverside, Jackson South Side over Fayette-Ware, Henry Co. over Jackson Central-Merry, Hardin Co. over Jackson North Side, Brighton over Munford, Evangelical Christian School over Fayette Academy, Manassas over Halls, Trinity Christian Academy over Middleton, Paducah Tilghman over Mayfield, Crittenden Co. over Webster Co. and Murray over Ballard Memorial.