The Saturday Sitdown

While high school football remains the number one sport in the country in terms of total number of participants, there remains some cause for concern among coaches as fewer and fewer athletes are participating.

According to a study by the National Federation of State High School Associations, Football (-9.2 percent), basketball (-4.3 percent) and baseball/softball (-1 percent) are all down in the total number of participants.  While Track (+5 percent), Soccer (+14.1 percent) and Lacrosse (+33 percent) have all seen big increases in participation. Some of these numbers can be easily explained by factors like demographics (as the Hispanic population in this country continues to grow, it is understandable why soccer increases in popularity), but the decline in football participation is a result of many different factors (fear of concussions, etc.) and alarms many coaches…

Midway through the 2019 season, Russell Wilson has thrown for 2,127 yards, 17 touchdowns, and just one interception while completing 68.4 percent of his passes in leading the Seahawks to a 6-2 record. In his eight seasons with Seattle, the Seahawks are 54-0 when Wilson has a lead of four or more points at halftime.  That is the ultimate definition of a leader and a guy who can finish…

If you really think about it, lasagna is nothing more than spaghetti flavored cake…

Road field advantage?  Before this year, we have never had a seven-game World Series where the home team failed to win a single game. In fact, we’ve only had two other series where the visiting team won the first five games. The first time was the 1906 series between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, and the other came in 1996 between the Yankees and Braves. In both cases, the home team won Game 6 to clinch the series and give their fans something to cheer about. No such luck for Astro fans…

Speaking of the Astros/Nationals World Series, a good friend of mine and a big-time Washington fan posted this on his facebook page: “So much for needing home field advantage or a superstar to win a World Series.” Nice dig at Bryce Harper, but it’s not exactly like the Nats won with a bunch of no-name, lunch bucket guys. Steve Strasberg, Anthony Redon and Max Scherzer easily fall into the star / superstar category and Juan Soto is headed there…

Say what? Yogi Berra would be proud of this guy: When interviewing a player, former English Premiere League soccer standout turned BBC commentator Mike Gray noted, “Well Kerry, you’re 19 and you’re a lot older than a lot of people younger than yourself…”

Tip of the cap to Head Coach Doug Nichols and his Osceola Kowboys for winning their ninth consecutive district championship with a 35-17 win over Lake Nona last weekend. Osceola last lost a district game late in the 2010 season, when they dropped a 43-13 decision to Lakeland (10-22-2010) to finish second in the district with a 2-1 record. Since the 2011 season, Osceola has not only won 41 consecutive district games, but is also 97-16 overall (.858 winning percentage) since then…

Is there anything more grueling than being an offensive lineman at a service academy? Not only do they have to navigate and balance the rigors of service academy life with the demands of playing division one football, but they also must maintain weight and body fat percentage standards in order to graduate (i.e. no fatties). At the end of their senior year at the Naval Academy, a midshipman must weigh no more than 211 pounds or have a body-fat index of less than 22 percent and pass a stringent Naval Physical Readiness Test. Similar requirements exist for Air Force and Army players; which might explain why some offensive linemen at the service academies are often viewed as “undersized…”

Sort of funny that we put clocks in our mobile phones so we no longer need watches, and then turn around and put mobile phones in our watches so we no longer need phones….

An offensive defense?   Three times this season, the Patriots defense scored more points in a game than their opponents’ offense did. In fact, if Tom Brady and his offense had failed to score a single point this season, New England would still have a 3-4-1 record – a better winning percentage than almost half the league…

Halloween trails only Christmas and Valentine’s Day as the largest commercial holiday in the United States and is a $9 billion industry in this country.   The average American family spends about $87 on Halloween, and that’s a lot of bite-sized Snickers.

Y’all have a good week.