September 03, 2006


Odds and Ends

Finals from yesterday's high school games:

Mechanicville 38, Greenwich 28

Queensbury 26, Niskayuna 14

Stillwater 20, Canajoharie 6

Voorheesville 34, CCHS 20

Albany Academy 26, Fonda 25

Granville 18, Whitehall 15

Ravena 35, Hudson Falls 33

Ballston Spa 22, Albany 10

Other Stuff:

Albany named Troy Turner their new varsity basketball coach sometime in the past few days. Turner should be a fine coach for the program, but it was kind of a surprise that the JV coach Tim Black didn't get the job. I don't know enough about either to have an opinion on whether the right decision was made or not.

Yesterday I was going to mention that Notre Dame had no shot at a national title this year (in college football) because of their tough schedule and the fact that they have questions defensively. Well, their defense showed up last night in a 14-10 win at Georgia Tech. But the fact that they struggled to pull out that win doesn't inspire confidence that they will be able to win against Penn State, Michigan, and at Michigan State in the coming three weeks. And even if they get through that stretch, they still have games against UCLA and at USC. Sorry Irish fans, but you will have to wait until next year.

The same principle applies to Ohio State and any of the SEC teams. So who does that leave in the national title game? I don't like Texas because I don't think they can replace Vince Young. And I think West Virginia is a little overrated. So I'm picking a USC-Florida State national title game, with FSU coming out on top. (I have no idea why, but I looked at the top ten teams and picked the two with the easiest schedules. That's pretty much all the thought I game it).

I'm now rooting for the Padres (currently one game ahead of Philly) in the NL wild-card race. Why? If they win, they play the Mets in the NLDS, which would be an awesome series. The pitching matchups would be incredible:

Game 1: Jake Peavy vs Pedro Martinez
Game 2: David Wells vs Tom Glavine
Game 3: Chris Young vs El Duque
Game 4: Peavy vs John Maine
Game 5: Wells vs Pedro

Wouldn't that be great? Buster Olney brings it up in his blog today, but only if you're an ESPN Insider.

Coming Tomorrow: The first installment of my HS Football Power Rankings. And I'll have a full NFL preview up later this week.

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