Guru product market’s best

Guru product market’s best

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:30 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor

Guru product market's best
Does one or two bad apples really ruin the whole bushel?
Depends on whose doing the picking.
The Hitman, unquestionably the game’s greatest gridiron guru, needed to toss out only a couple of sour selections to have a perfect four pecks while harvesting another bumper crop last week.
Unfortunately for the otherwise sensational sideline soothsayer, those returns were at least partially spoiled with a rotten-to-the-core yield from the Obion Central-Union City game.
Throw out that and another stinker however, and the fabulous Friday football foreteller fruitfully reaped another selection of winners, going 23-2 (.920) on the heels of a 24-1 (.960) showing the week before.
Except for offering a money-back return for the unacceptable OC-UC product, the practically-perfect pigskin prognosticator can only instead point out the seal of approval earned from a season-long 106-14 (.883) rating that has him well on his way to a 24th straight year of .800 or better.
Hoping to make things right with all customers, the all-knowing augur aims to please with these choice picks.
See you at the game.
TCA AT UNION CITY — If their bruised feelings aren’t fully healed from the loss to Obion Central, the Tornadoes might be in the mood for a real pity party after Alabama-bound Jabriel Washington leaves town. Washington, who torched UC for 343 all-purpose yards and four TDs in the Lions’ win last year, will be by-far the best player the Purple and Gold faces this season. Penalties and turnovers have indeed been killers in Union City’s two losses, and though the margin for error this year is smaller than in ‘09 because of the experience factor, the Twisters are actually only a couple of seconds in the Trenton game and a called-back touchdown vs. OC from being 4-0 in a perfect world. If that’s not enough incentive to bounce back vs. the Lions, here’s a little extra motivation — TCA.
GLEASON AT SOUTH FULTON — If experience is indeed the best teacher, the Hitman’s homeboys surely learned something from a year ago when they essentially laid an egg in a similar situation after giving heralded Humboldt fits the week before. And while the Red Devils did get a measure of revenge in a playoff rematch, they may not be afforded that same postseason status this season if they don’t take care of business in what likely will be the only meeting between the two this time around. Emotions are sure to be overflowing, what with Gleason playing its first game since freshman Drake Damesworth suffered a broken neck while SF will be looking to avoid the distractions of homecoming. Keeping the sad songs off the play-list at the dance afterward — SOUTH FULTON.
CAMDEN AT HUNTINGDON — Camden was the Mustangs’ unofficial ‘whipping boy’ for more than a decade in the not-so-distant past, hanging half-a-hundred on the Lions five times during one nine-year span when they won by at least 31 points in each of those years. Though the margin hasn’t been as wide, the last four meetings — not coincidentally with Kevin Ward as head coach — have been a little payback for the Black and Gold. The Lions’ superior athleticism and hard-hitting defense will make sure another installment is coming this year. — CAMDEN.
In other games, it’ll be — Milan over Trenton, McKenzie over Humboldt, Dresden over Halls, Greenfield over Bruceton, Lake Co. over Gibson Co., West Carroll over Middleton, Trezevant over Westview, Covington over South Side, Crockett Co. over Jackson Christian, Haywood over Fayette-Ware, Dyer Co. over Bolivar, North Side over Liberty, Hardin Co. over McNairy Co., Brighton over MAHS, Dyersburg over Raleigh-Egypt, Lexington over Scotts Hill, Riverside over Loretto, Henry Co. over West Creek, Murray over Trigg Co., Mayfield over Fulton Co., and Ballard Memorial over Fulton City.

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