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  • Spooky theme
set for sectional
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:30 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    Can you believe it? Another football regular season is in the books and somehow the Sagamore Athletic Conference champeen-ship once again escaped from the fair borders of Montgomery County. What's up with that?

    Has it really been three years since Southmont was the last MC team to hold the title?

    Harumph. I've got a feeling that may change soon. But that's a lot more up to you non-seniors from Waveland to Linden and from Alamo to Darlington than it is me. What say you, men? How hard are you willing to work from now until August? Just remember, champeen-ships are won in the weight room during the off season.

    But I digress. Halloween is just around the corner - my favorite time of the year - and that can only mean one thing: Football sectionals! Let's go! 
  • Bubbles back
on winning track
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:35 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    All is well with the world again. After that awful 2-2 record a couple of weeks ago, I was starting to wonder. But I was back to my excellent self last week, nailing three of four games on the nosey.

    My only miss was alright with me, too. I lost faith momentarily in the Chargers and picked Western Boone. The Orange and Blue proved me wrong and proved they still have a strong heartbeat by shutting out the WB, 8-0. Good for you guys!

    For those keeping score at home, that gives Ol' Bubbles a sparkling 30 correct picks against only 10 boo-boos - Didn't Kentucky go to a national championship with a similar record? Maybe, but they probably cheated to do it. Oh well, enough babbling. Let's get to the final week of the regular season. 
  • Bubbles didn't
see that coming
    Thursday, October 09, 2014 8:31 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    What got into Frankfort? Sixty-freaking-two points? Really? Where did that come from? The Hot Dogs scorch the Athenians 62-14? After I picked CHS to win by three, 21-18? How could that happen?

    I mean, come on, Frankfort's only scored more than 60 points three times in the last five seasons and . . . wait for it . . . yes, all three against our Boys of Athens.

    Well smack me in the forehead and give me a V8.

    OK, so it wasn't the best of weeks for Ol' Bubbles? I flat out blew the aforementioned pick and my prediction of North by four in a low-scoring tussle against Lebanon turned out to be the Tiggers by six in a low-scoring tussle against North. You know what, though? I don't mind losing if I'm backing the teams of Montgomery.

    The heck with it. I went 2-2 (yes, I absolutely nailed the SAC pick, calling for Tri-West to beat Western Boone by seven which is exactly what they did . . . just saying). For the year I'm rolling along with 27 out of 36 correct. 
  • Thursday, October 02, 2014 7:09 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    How do I say this without sounding too brash - aw the heck with it - I am absolutely on fire, Baby! With a capital F and that rhymes with . . . well, something. But whatever it is, it's hot, smokin' hot. Do you realize that in the last four weeks the most I've missed in any one week was one game? One! A couple of weeks ago I was again perfect, as in perfecto!

    Take me to Vegas, Baby! I'm money. But I digress. While we're speaking of Vegas, this week is a real crap shoot and just for the record, I'm not putting down big bets on any game this week. Everything is close - and home field matters. A bunch. 
  • County title up for grabs
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:40 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    Ho-hum, another awesome week for Ol' Bubbles. Of course that's what you've come to expect. Only one game prevented me from being perfect two weeks in a row, and shucks, I didn't mind missing that one. I predicted the Boys of Athens would topple the Mounties and the gang from the South rose to the challenge. Good for them. Had the Mounties fallen it could've been the beginning of a long slide. Tough loss for the Blue and Gold though. We'll get to see how well they can or can't rebound this week.

    For the season, I'm cruising at 22-6. I know. It doesn't get much better than that. 
  • Bubbles rolls
to perfection
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:45 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    What's the only thing better than a perfect week for ol' Bubbles? A county rivalry week, that's what!

    Yeah, yeah, we all know that I'm having - in the immortal words of Gene Conard, a helluva year. I was perfect last week once again and for the season stand at a gaudy 19-5 record. But listen, let me set the record straight. No, Trump Casino in Atlantic City did not close this week because of me. Sure, I was there. Yes, I did a little playing of the odds. But I'll deny any connection that my time there caused them financial distress. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    So let's get to rivalry week. 
  • Ol' Bubbles
on fire, baby
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:44 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    What do the Ohio Players, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson, Blue Oyster Cult and Ol' Bubbles have in common? We're all on fire, baby! (Hey, exactly what is a blue oyster cult anyways?)

    Yup, they sang about fire and I'm on it! After three weeks the Caldron is 15-5 - and if you give me a break for a cool first week, then I'm a sizzling 10-2! Whoa! It doesn't get much better than that!

    So sit right back and relax as we torch another week of Friday Night Pyrites!

    C'ville at Western Boone

    Do I get some partial credit for last week? Yeah, yeah, I missed it when I went with CHS to start the season undefeated at 3-0. But I did say that Dannyville was going to score 28 and they actually scored 33. That count? Nah, didn't think so.

    This week could get worse.

    The boys of Athens are taking on the boys of Boone and it looks like one of the better years for the Stars. Maybe it's something in the water over by Dover, but somehow little Western Boone keeps finding pretty strong athletic teams here and there. This year's football team is one of those. Webelo is ranked among the top 10 teams in Class 3A and looking to go 4-0 before facing some tough challenges. 
  • Caldron hot two weeks into season
    Thursday, September 04, 2014 7:25 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    Somebody get me an ice bucket because ol' Bubbles is burnin' up!

    7-1 in week two brings me to 12-4 on the year and if it wasn't for the pesky Tiggers that reside to the east I would be sitting even prettier. They dropped a Boone-County showdown to Ze'ville and proved to be my only blemish on the week.

    Frankfort and Danville both tumbled, as I said. And WeBo extended a long, long losing streak for the Raiders of Harrison. In what was touted as a battle of 3A No. 12 Tri-Harder and 1A No. 13 South Putt, well the Eagles bogeyed and took a 59-0 stomping at the hands of the Bruins.

    I was perfecto in the county, but the games are a little tougher this week. Sagamore action gets rolling and there will be a lot of early jostling. Let's see what kind of damage I can do this week. 
  • As normal,
Caldron starts off on hot note
    Hello Sports Fans.

    In the immortal words of Jerry Lee Lewis, Goodness gracious, great balls of fire! The Caldron (I love referring to myself in the third person) stumbles out of hibernation and immediately gets five of the eight games right as rain.

    Shucks, even my misses were pretty spectacular. I said that two state powers Tri-West and West Lafayette would battle in a nail-biter with the SAC champs winning. The final was a one-point thriller. I said New Pal would rip Dannyville. The final score? 61-0.

    See what I mean?

    And you know what, I did miss the Mounties but hey, did anyone see Fountain Central being that good? Got to admit, I did not.

    So, the first week is in the books and ol' Bubbles is off to five correct picks in eight tries. Not a bad way to begin. Let's see if we can do even better this week!

    Tindley at Crawfordsville

    When you have to eat an elephant, how do you do it? One bite at a time, Bucky. So it is with rebuilding a program. The Athenians, a once-proud and well respected football powerhouse, have fallen on tough times. But those are coming to an end.

    Last week's two-point win over Cascade halted "the streak" and got CHS off to a good start. Now comes the next step, going 2-0 to open the season. That hasn't happened for the Boys of Athens since 2005.

    One bite at a time? Enter Tindley. Although the Tigers won last week, it's only their fifth win in the school's third year of football. However, that just happened to be last week's game. 
  • He's back and picking who?
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:13 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    The older I get the harder it is to hibernate. One glass of water before the long winter's nap and I'm up and down all night. Sheesh. What's a Caldron to do?

    But hey, hibernation is over, baby! It's time for football. I'm ready to hear Hank Williams, uh, I mean, Faith Hill, uh, well, somebody sing that it's time for football. Enough about this World Cup crap, the real football, American football, is back and better than ever! And what's more American than football? High school football! As Thin Lizzy used to sing, let's goooooo!

    Crawfordsville at Cascade

    This is the third year for these two teams to tangle in the season opener. For the record, the Men of Athens and the First-Year Cadets are tied at one win each. The good guys won two years ago 27-7 and the Cubbie Cadets rebounded last year 38-32.

    And we all know it's been a while since C'ville has posted a winning season . . . 2007, but who's counting?

    You know what though? There's something in the air out on 47 South - besides dust from all those great motocross races - and it's a new day for the Blue and Gold. I'm not ready to predict anything crazy yet, but after a winless 2013 campaign, it's possible that this year could begin at least 2-0. You heard me right, Bucky, two-ah!

    I'm seeing C'ville off to a good start, 35-28! 

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