Friends, the response from last week's tremendous 33-2 win-loss record by this Foremost Forecaster was unbelievable even by Hoople standards.
The newsroom was deluged with fan mail. Those mailbags were stacked wall to wall. It was necessary to add 10 part-timers to the staff just to open letters. Kaff-kaff!
Ninety-nine percent of the correspondence, mind you, was positive. The other 1 percent obviously came from so-called prognosticators whose jealous rages demonstrate their frustrations in trying to compete with you-know-who.
There were postmarks from Pound, Clintwood, Wise, Norton, Coeburn, Castlewood, St. Paul, Nickelsville, Lebanon, Haysi, Honaker, Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Pennington Gap, Ewing, Clinchport, Gate City, Weber City, Newport, Morristown, Greeneville, Afton, Rogersvillle, Rutledge, Jonesborough, Gray, Blountville, Bluff City, Mountain City, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Church Hill and a few places the U.S. Post Office still is trying to locate.
Eight Major upsets were among these 33 wins. This caused quite a buzz in the E-Z Snooze Hotel lounge (as if that watering hole needed another one). Hak-kaff!
The Hoople System didn't become successful by sitting on its laurels. Another big week is on the way. Some win streaks will continue, while the habitual losers will find their side of the scoreboard stuck in park.
A revamping of the Hoople staff has occurred a few times in the past after some support personnel failed to produce the right facts and figures. Since there's no way one can improve on perfection, it appears this group will be together the entire season.
On the horizon, Hoop Baby foresees several programs being derailed, questionable play calling by coaches, booster clubs squabbling, lineups getting overhauled, game-altering decisions being made by officials, schedule changes, rainouts, blowouts, players pouting and spectators shouting. Um-yes, how wonderful it is to be able to see the future before events actually unfold.
This Old Boy sometimes even amazes himself .
Well, it's time once again to show off a bit by getting right to the point. Let's fire away with more scoop from Mr. Hoop.
JEFFERSON COUNTY 28, D-B 20 — This upset is so big the TSSAA's post-touchdown celebration rule has to be overlooked. Boola-boola!
DANIEL BOONE 21, VOLUNTEER 15 — After some serious defense and very tense moments, the Trailblazers will eventually finish on the winning side.
SOUTH 27, JOHNSON COUNTY 14 — Despite the loss to Greeneville, South is on the rebound and will rise again. This particular squad resembles the dominant Rebel teams from the distant past more than the ordinary ones of recent years. South is about to return with a vengeance.
EAST 28, NORTH 14 — The Patriots will fire the first shot heard around the gridiron and continuously pound North with solid licks from both the blocking and tackling departments.
CENTRAL 14, ELIZABETHTON 13 — The Cyclones have a history of outfighting, outthinking, outplaying and outclassing the competition. However, Central is tired of all the nonsense and plans to have a party of its own. Gooooo, Cougars!
MORRISTOWN WEST 33, CROCKETT 12 — Label this one a clash of unequals.
SCIENCE HILL 21, SEVIER CO. 7 — Be advised, Smoky Bears, you're in for a severe beating. Science Hill has the best program in Johnson City now that ETSU's Bucky Buccos are on permanent vacation.
CHEROKEE 14, MORRISTOWN EAST 12 — Remember, you read it here first. The chips are down and there will be high tension throughout. When the dust settles, the Chiefs will take home an upset win. Hak-kaff!
TENN. HIGH 28, UNICOI COUNTY 10 — To win, the Vikings must avoid getting caught up in the heat of the moment and making poor decisions.
GATE CITY 13, APPALACHIA 7 — It's crystal clear the time has come for the Blue Devils to stop pretending and start delivering. Enough said.
POWELL VALLEY 27, J.I. BURTON 22 — This will be a stunning victory that caps the stack. The Vikings could feel aggrieved if they don't take certain measures against Burton early in the game.
ST. PAUL 14, TWIN SPRINGS 6 — It seems the Titans are in for a long season. But long can be short when a team falls shy of reaching the playoffs.
CASTLEWOOD 26, RYE COVE 14 — The Blue Devils will win the coin toss and put Rye Cove on offense first. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they will throw all caution to the wind with tactics that fail.
GRUNDY 28, J.J. KELLY 13 — The Golden Wave will reach its target — the goal line — three times in the first quarter. Grundy is riding high with confidence.
THOMAS WALKER 14, COEBURN 6 — The odds certainly have moved in Tommy Walker's favor after the performance of each combatant last Friday.
CLINTWOOD 21, LEBANON 12 — Forget the fact Clintwood stumbled against Volunteer. The Green Wave will tear Lebanon's game plan to shreds. What a difference one week can make.
HONAKER 20, HAYSI 13 — The Tigers are going to lose. But hold everything! The Tigers also will win. Of course, everybody knows these schools have the same mascot.
SLANT 41, DANTE 12 — Tsk, tsk, tsk! It is apparent Dante's thrashers can't stay up with Slant's slashers. The Dante boys haven't been taking their vitamins. Heh-heh!
Cloudland 18, Mitchell, N.C. 7
Greeneville 21, Cocke County 6
Cumberland Gap, 34, Chuckey-Doak 7
Gatlinburg-Pittman 30, Happy Valley 6
Cosby 12, Jellico 7
North Greene 8, West Greene 7
Seymour 50, Rutledge 6
Sunbright 52, Hancock County 12
Hampton 48, Unaka 6
Beartown 48, Fort Robinson 0
Richlands 22, Graham 21
Patrick Henry 45, John Battle 0
Northwood 13, Holston 12
Abingdon 27, Tazewell 14
Pocahontas 14, Twin Valley 6
Virginia High 28, Chilhowie 7
Stickleyville 14, Rimrock Academy 6