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Football less than 3 weeks away?
August 7, 2011 - Seth Staskey
The title of this blog has to be a typo, right?
Nope, it's correct. We're about 2.5 weeks away from teeing up the high school football season. Yes, you're probably not the only one who is finding it hard to believe. As fast it goes by once it starts, it comes back around just as quickly.
The Times Leader Sports Staff is hard work on annual Pigskin Preview edition. It will be published on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and feature in-depth previews on all area teams. Personally, I've visited with coaches from St. Clairsville, Shadyside and Union Local thus far. It's always interesting time of the year because everyone has such high expectations and many, many questions.
The common theme about football, and all sports in the Ohio Valley for that matter, is lack of numbers. All three of the coaches of the aforementioned schools were lamenting how they can ill afford injuries because depth just isn't there. I attribute that to a few things. Obviously, declining population is one of the biggest reasons and the other is kids just don't want to do anything anymore. It's too easy not to do anything. Sitting in the air conditioning, playing XBox or tagging people on Facebook are evidently much more exciting these days than playing sports. That's unfortunate.
Many people have been asking me, "who's going to be good this year?" I look at them and say, "I don't really know." And that's the most sincere answer I can give them because there are a lot of teams who are about the same. It seems like this year's Pick Parade could be quite a challenge because very few teams -- if any -- seem to have the ability to just blow people out of the water.
A few teams have some really talented individual players, but as we know, it takes 10 other players on the field at a time to play a football game.
There's a lot of unknown about this season. That tells me you'd better pick up a Pigskin Preview two weeks from Tuesday, and while you're at it, stop down to the T-L office in Martins Ferry, enjoy a tailgate party and support the paper's Newspapers In Education program.
Well, it's time to get back to work on the Pigskin Preview.
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