Wise predictors favor Whirlies over hurricane

Today’s N&R sports section ‘Marquee Matchup’ (now online, hat tip to N&R’s Mike Fuchs) is seriously flawed.  Each week, this Friday feature picks one high profile local football game and provides background and prognostication on the teams involved.  This week’s ‘Matchup’ highlights tonight’s meeting between two Greensboro unbeatens: Grimsley and Dudley – both are 2-0 and ranked #2 and #4 respectively in the N&R’s Mighty Nine poll (scroll down).

Although the analysis of each team’s strengths and challenges are pretty much on the money, the flaw shows up in the box where six N&R ‘staff members’ made their predictions of the game’s outcome.  The picks favor Dudley 4 to 2 and I only need one word to point out the folly of cloudy-crystal-ball-totin’ staffers Daniels, Carlton, Hardin and Newsom: That word is Ernesto.  

Apparently only Jim Young and Kellie Dixon had the accumen required to look over their cubicles and holler at the folks who track the weather down on Market Street to find out what the playing conditions will be like for tonight’s 7:30 game at Jamieson Stadium.  When someone yelled back, ‘there’s a hurricane a-comin’, Young and Dixon instinctively and wisely pulled the Grimsley lever.  

With the remnant’s of a hurricane passing just to our east, the resulting field nastiness clearly favors the Whirlie’s 3-yards-and-a-splash-of-mud style of offense. Grimsley’s coach Shuping recognizes this and is taking advantage of that fact.

Last night, my Jackson (#70, who will be starting at offensive tackle again tonight, but that fact has absolutely no bearing on my opinions because I’m a professional…), came home after practice looking like a delighted, mud-encrusted, hog.  Seems that Shuping required the entire Whirlie o-line to get down and “be the mud” during last night’s run throughs.  Jack reports they smeared the slop all over their bodies, they stuffed it down in one another’s pants, they tasted it, they loved it, and they want more.  Dudley, I hear, had tea and cookies on white linens in their newly renovated gym because they’re askeer’d they’d melt in yesterday’s downpour. (Actually Grimsley had a light practice yesterday, then went out to eat – but that was not as colorful for my purposes here.)

So, to the four weather-forecast-denyin’ N&R staffers who think Dudley’s gonna prevail tonight; you, like the field at Jamieson, are all wet.

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  1. Posted September 1, 2006 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    David –

    Here’s the link:


    (Wasn’t up showing up earlier because of technical problems.)


  2. Jeff
    Posted September 1, 2006 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Congrats to Jackson! Does this mean the Whirlies have settled on their starting line up? With no roster it has been hard to follow.

  3. Posted September 1, 2006 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    David! I just popped my head out over my cubicle (I can see a little patch of sky if I turn the right way) and it looks … how should I say this … kinda dry out there. Who knows – it could change in five minutes.

  4. Posted September 1, 2006 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Check the radar, John. That light you saw was Lex’s bulb going off with a new idea for citizen journalism.

    It is only doom, gloom and mud for the Panthers.

    I’ve got ask since I’ve got you. How is it that the same team of ‘staffers’ who voted Grimsley ahead of Dudley in this week’s poll also picked (for the most part) Dudley to win. Sounds to me like someone is hedging their bets. I’m just sayin’…

  5. Posted September 1, 2006 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I can’t speak for the other five – it’s like herding cats around here, most days.

    Me, I’ve been consistent. I’ve had Dudley No. 1 on my poll for three straight weeks, and I picked Dudley to win. I base that on the fact that Grimsley lost Mr. Everything (Robert Lane) from the 2005 team and hasn’t faced much in the way of competition so far in 2006. Dudley, meanwhile, has given up a total of 6 points to long-time rivals Carver and Cummings. Both would be rivalry games for the Panthers except for the fact that Smith is on the schedule next week.

    That said, it’s looking cloudier outside. Either that, or it’s later in the day than my watch shows.

  6. John Robinson
    Posted September 1, 2006 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Looks as if my friend John — to say nothing of Rob, Jeff and all — have a bit of crow to dine on. Helluva game, Hogg. Good prediction. And Jackson ought to be proud of himself. But, please, get him to tell us what went on at halftime because I want to use whatever it was to motivate my staff.

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