Hitman surely worth a laugh

Hitman surely worth a laugh

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 7:40 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor

Hitman surely worth a laugh

Never fear, the Hitman is here.
HA! HA! HA!
Or in more-modern terms, LOL!!!
In the spirit of ‘he who laughs last, laughs the loudest,’ the Hitman was left doubled-over and cackling uncontrollably following last week’s picks.
The perfect comeback to those handful of chuckles he encountered following a subpar showing the Friday before, the peerless prep pigskin prognosticator was, in fact, practically-perfect.
Only Obion Central’s loss in Missouri Saturday kept the game’s greatest gridiron guru from posting a perfect 25-0 slate — an effort that nonetheless turned his own week-from-before frown upside down.
The sensational sideline soothsayer’s knee-slapping results brought the seasonal totals to 83-12 (.873), well on the way to a 24th successive year of eclipsing the once-coveted, but now-routine .800 mark.
Hoping the joke’s not on him, the almost-always all-knowing augur offers a hint of a smile as he calls this week’s games.
See you there.
OBION CENTRAL AT UNION CITY — The court of public opinion is always split in this case, meaning the judge’s final ruling will please only half of the masses. The stone-cold facts are as follows: The Rebels have played, by far, the tougher schedule of the two teams; have the type of passing game that typically gives a suspect UC defense fits; and are due the breakout-type performance all predicted of them prior to the season. It’s reality, too, though, that Central has some defensive issues — especially against the run — and that many foolish penalties and untimely turnovers have kept OC from closing the deal and beating quality competition. A cross-examination of the issues reveals this: Union City’s triple-option, ball-control offense appears made-to-order for said Rebel defense and the Tornadoes’ experience in three games that have gone down to the wire is an advantage in this matchup which likely will as well. Also to consider, though: The questionable Twister defense has given up at least four touchdowns in every game so far; the special teams have been shaky at best; and UC has as many turnovers as it has forced through three games. Though this relevant information suggests possibly a hung jury between the evenly-matched teams, there’s more to consider. There are no true star witnesses for either side, and any ‘smoking gun’ theory tied to Tornado head coach Darren Bowling’s unbeaten record in the rivalry can be shot down by the belief that he’s simply had the better teams in all but one of those games. Having carefully considered all points presented, the Hitman — who has correctly called 23-of-25 (.920) in this series over the last quarter-century — has prepared a decision. And while the arbiter reserves the right to reverse his ruling, the prevailing judgement is that the (record) book is all one has to refer to. That and a gut feeling point toward — UNION CITY.
SOUTH FULTON AT HUMBOLDT — The Devils’ put themselves behind the eight-ball in the hunt for a playoff berth with an unexpected one-point loss to Greenfield two weeks ago and likely will now have to surprise somebody to assure itself of a postseason berth. Unfortunately, because the Redmen threw a major scare into H’boldt last year, there’s little chance the speedy and battle-tested Vikings will overlook SF this time around. — HUMBOLDT.
In other games, it’ll be — Westview over Dyersburg, Trenton over Greenfield, Lake Co. over Halls, Dresden over Bruceton, McKenzie over Gleason, Huntingdon over West Carroll, Milan over Gibson Co., Ripley over Covington, Crockett Co. over Haywood, Dyer Co. over Munford, Brighton over North Side, Liberty over Fayette-Ware, Lexington over Bolivar, Henry Co. over Springfield, Riverside over Waverly, JCS over Tipton-Rosemark, TCA over Middleton, Camden over Stewart Co., Adamsville over Scotts Hill, Reidland over Fulton Co., Mayfield over Graves Co., Murray over Ballard Mem., and Todd Central over Fulton City.

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