by Bill Turner
Hold the applause. Stop the music. I am humbled by your e-mails and face-to-face comments about this column and its uncanny, if not eerie, clairvoyance.
The predictions hit the jackpot again last week with a perfect 5-0 performance in the ultimate test; playoff football, where only the best are left standing and the onus falls squarely on the predictor to show his savvy.
The highlight last Friday was the pick for North Cross to win the VIS Division 3 State Championship with a feat most felt improbable, if not impossible. This one did not take the guts many have given me credit for. Having covered North Cross all season, I saw the potential for this Stephen Alexander-coached team and went for the glory. Great win, North Cross.
Two of our local-eleven remain in the playoff mix. Cave Spring travels to Richlands, and Northside entertains Brookville this Friday night in exact rematches from last year’s respective regional finals. Look for some different results in 2011.
It’s also time to look back on volleyball results after last weekend’s VHSL championships closed the book on 2011.
Congrats go out to Patrick Henry, Hidden Valley, and North Cross on valiant runs deep in the playoffs. Two other local teams brought home state championships in their respective divisions.
Roanoke Catholic captured the VISAA Division III title with a win over Grace Academy. Cave Spring won the VHSL Group AA championship with a win over Jamestown. With these results, Roanoke appears to be well on its way to being the volleyball mecca of the state.
Now, a last look in the mailbag before a well-needed holiday break. I hope every reader has an enjoyable turkey day and, when we return, the hoops season will be upon us for a wild ride well into the winter.
Dear Wild Bill: My husband, Oliver, marvels at your psychic accuracy. I know it’s out of your sphere of influence, but could you offer any prediction when the transmission on my ‘93 Pontiac may blow? (Geneva/Callaway)
Answer: Well, Geneva, ironically I’ve heard your car’s noises and witnessed your driving habits. I’m not into mechanical duration patterns, but I can make a recommendation. Buy a AAA membership tout-suite.
Dear Predictionist: Any thoughts on this weekend’s Tech-UVa football game? (Andy/Bedford)
Answer: It should be a dandy. The last thing most intelligent Hokies wanted was a Hoos win over Florida State last Saturday. Tech may win by 20, but have no doubt – this is one road they did not want to travel.
Dear Dr. Turner: Can heel calluses be safely removed by number-four sandpaper?
Answer: No, no, Myrtle. Like last year, you’ve sent your inquiry to the football column. It’s the foot CARE feature you’re looking for. Help me, I need this break.
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