Dwell, if they will, on the near-misses. Argue, if they will, that unevenness on the part of game officials impacted their predictions in a negative manner.
Let’s face it, those wannabes don’t have an ounce of consistency in their bones. This ought to be a huge frustration for all readers who were beginning to believe in the pretenders.
Granted, anybody can experience a bad day. Believe me, there have been some humdingers after those all-nighters at the E-Z Snooze Hotel lounge while celebrating big wins. Hak-kaff!
However, Yours Truly always manages to make amends when the Hoople System has shown even the slightest failure.
For instance, a couple of weeks ago, five losses came right out of the blue. Hoop-Baby simply put a pair of blundering statisticians on leave and brought in that trained monkey as an assistant. Everything started running as smoothly as ever.
Um-yes, there’s nothing quite like coming back with a flowing, rhythmical display following a glitch or two in the system. For the record, last week’s worksheet was 29-2. It just goes to show that if there’s a spark available, Mr. Hoop will find it. There’s genuine world class talent in the Old Boy Himself. Har-rumph!
It’s time once again to cast our sights on a prize-winning parlay card and make several of the region’s coaches squeamish.
Fasten those seat belts, faithful readers, because Hoop-the-Scoop is at the wheel prepared to drive around any obstacle that threatens an ignominious setback.
Ready, set, go!
DOBYNS-BENNETT 17, SEVIER COUNTY 14 — Coach Graham Clark traditionally has a high-octane offense. However, with the price of gasoline as it is nowadays, it may be practical that he’s chosen a lower-grade level. Boola-boola!
SOUTH 24, EAST 21 — The Patriots are rather strong but they’ll have to play like the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts put together to beat South.
DANIEL BOONE 15, MORRISTOWN WEST 14 — Sometimes, the smaller dog just wins the fight.
VOLUNTEER 27, DAVID CROCKETT 12 — It’s discomforting to think a team such as Crockett might have to stay home at playoff time.
NORTH 27, ELIZABETHTON 24 — To pull an upset, the Raiders must not deviate from their game plan. Pay close attention, boys, and this one will be yours.
CENTRAL 13, UNICOI COUNTY 7 — Life is going to be good again in Blountville.
GATE CITY 32, CLINTWOOD 15 — The game will be highly entertaining. What is coming next from Nick’s bag of tricks?
J.I. BURTON 31, HONAKER 14 — Burton is considered by some to be the crown jewel of the Lonesome Pine District. It remains to be seen.
POWELL VALLEY 26, J.J. KELLY 13 — The Vikings must find a way to handle prosperity and not squander it away. Pow! Pow! Pow!
RYE COVE 21, THOMAS WALKER 8 — Those War Eagles may suffer from wing strain if Tommy Walker’s defense gets a hand on their aerodynamics early enough.
APPALACHIA 21, SHELBY VALLEY, KY. 7 — It’s a dicey situation on whether to pass or run against the Bulldogs. Shelby Valley’s lads can take their chances and find out.
BIG CREEK, W. VA. 27, ST. PAUL 7 — Big Creek will accentuate the positive and show the Deacons the way back to school.
CASTLEWOOD 28, ERVINTON 13 — Have no fear, Blue Devils, it’s only the Rebels.
COEBURN 21, TWIN SPRINGS 14 — The Titans spent last week in repose. There’s nothing like a little rest to make any game more interesting.
DANTE 41, SLANT 6 — There are have-nots and there are luck-nots. Slant has been crying for a rematch, so here it is.
Bearden 14, Campbell County 0
West Greene 19, Chuckey-Doak 6
Cloudland 14, Jellico 6
Greeneville 24, Cherokee 13
Cumberland Gap 50, Hancock Co. 6
Happy Valley 42, North Greene 0
Jefferson Co. 14, Science Hill 13
Tennessee High 21, Johnson Co. 10
Unaka 13, Matewan, W. Va. 7
Morristown East 27, Cocke Co. 14
Cosby 13, Rutledge 12
Seymour 38, Pigeon Forge 12
Gatlinburg-Pittman 26, South Greene 14
Carroll County 33, Marion 13
Patrick Henry 20, Chilhowie 12
George Wythe 21, Holston 7
Abingdon 38, Grundy 13
Tug Valley, W. Va. 7, Hurley 0
Lee 40, John Battle 6
Lebanon 27, Virginia High 20
Rural Retreat 14, Northwood 7
Pound 30, Twin Valley 15
Graham 21, Tazewell 6