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The Fumbler: Officially, it was a big mistake
Friday, September 11, 2009
Want a scoop? Here you go:

Friday, the Fumbler held his inaugural golf outing, "The Fumbler Fairway Invitational" at Birdsfoot Golf Club up Route 28.

The Fumbler played with his cousin, The Dribbler, and two sandbaggers they know from the Etna Elks. Naturally, their foursome won.

Anyway, the group set to tee off at 3:30 p.m. in the scramble format did not show, so The Fumbler saw these guys milling around the clubhouse and invited them to play.

The men agreed, under one condition. There were six of them, and they wanted to play as a sixsome.

No problem thought The Fumbler because the money was going to charity. As they were walking off the course for dinner about 8 p.m., The Fumbler asked, "What do you guys do for a living, anyway?"

One said, "We are high school football referees, we are working the Ford City-Valley game tomorrow night."

The Fumbler did not have the heart to tell him the game was that night. The officials did not make the game. Oh well. The Fumbler "showed up" on his first weekend with a 53-17 record, good for a .757 accuracy percentage. It's not bad because The Fumbler's toughest week is usually the first week.

Here are his thoughts on this weekend's top matchups:

Central Catholic (1-0) at Canon-McMillan (1-0), 7:30 p.m. today -- Canon-McMillan has more than standout running back-linebacker Mike Hull. But they don't have nearly as much talent overall as Central Catholic, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 WPIAL Class AAAA team. Canon-McMillan will be close for maybe a half. Winner: Central Catholic.

Mars (1-0) at Hopewell (1-0), 7 p.m. today -- Hopewell installed synthetic turf for this season at Tony Dorsett Stadium. That is bad news for opponents because Hopewell running back Rushel Shell might be even faster on the turf. Winner: Hopewell.

North Allegheny (1-0) at Mt. Lebanon (1-0), 7:30 p.m. today -- Mt. Lebanon had one of its worst seasons in school history last year (2-8). The Blue Devils look better this year, but North Allegheny looks like a top-five team in Class AAAA. Winner: North Allegheny.

Pine-Richland (1-0) at Upper St. Clair (1-0), 7:30 p.m. today -- Pine-Richland got a win against a Class AAA team (Montour) in the season opener. A step up into AAAA won't be as much fun. Winner: Upper St. Clair.

Monessen (0-1) at Clairton (0-1), 7:30 p.m. today -- The Fumbler went to see a psychiatrist he found on Facebook. The Fumbler's head was jumbled trying to figure out Clairton's gigantic upset loss to Laurel last week. The psychiatrist told The Fumbler Clairton will rebound this week. Winner: Clairton.

And now the rest (home teams in capital letters):

This afternoon

CITY LEAGUE -- Oliver over Westinghouse (Cupples Stadium).


CITY LEAGUE -- Carrick over Allderdice (Cupples Stadium).

WPIAL CLASS AA -- (Allegheny Conference) Burrell over DEER LAKES; Ford City over WEST SHAMOKIN; VALLEY over Kittanning; FREEPORT over Shady Side Academy. (Century) STO-ROX over Bishop Canevin; SETON-LASALLE over Cornell; Keystone Oaks over SOUTH PARK; STEEL VALLEY over Northgate; South Fayette over QUAKER VALLEY. (Interstate) JEANNETTE over Brownsville; East Allegheny over CHARLEROI; Greensburg Central Catholic over MCGUFFEY; Mount Pleasant over WASHINGTON; SOUTH ALLEGHENY over Waynesburg. (Midwestern) Beaver over RIVERSIDE; Beaver Falls over FREEDOM; ALIQUIPPA over Ellwood City; NEW BRIGHTON over Mohawk.

NON-CONFERENCE -- JEFFERSON-MORGAN over Avella; Avonworth over NESHANNOCK; Belle Vernon over SOUTHMORELAND; Blackhawk over KNOCH; BETH-CENTER over Burgettstown; SERRA over California; Center over MOON; Chartiers Valley over YOUGH; CHAR-HOUSTON over Carmichaels; WEST MIFFLIN over Derry; Franklin Regional over AMBRIDGE; MAPLETOWN over Frazier; Gateway over BALDWIN; BENTWORTH over Geibel; NEW CASTLE over Indiana; FOX CHAPEL over Latrobe; ELIZABETH FORWARD over Laurel Highlands; McKeesport over PLUM.

Monaca over CARLYNTON; Montour over HIGHLANDS; LAUREL over North Catholic; North Hills over PENN-TRAFFORD; BUTLER over Norwin; WHEELING CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Peabody; Penn Hills over BETHEL PARK; Peters Township over KISKI AREA; Ringgold over ALBERT GALLATIN; ERIE MCDOWELL over Seneca Valley; Shaler over HEMPFIELD; Shenango over LEECHBURG; Trinity over GREENSBURG SALEM; THOMAS JEFFERSON over Uniontown; West Allegheny over HAMPTON; FORT CHERRY over West Greene; SPRINGDALE over Western Beaver; UNION over Wilkinsburg; Woodland Hills over CONNELLSVILLE.

Tomorrow afternoon

CITY LEAGUE -- Perry over Schenley (Cupples Stadium).

WPIAL CLASS AA -- (Allegheny Conference) SUMMIT ACADEMY over Apollo-Ridge.


Tomorrow night


First published on September 11, 2009 at 5:30 am

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