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Null and Void

By Staff | Sep 24, 2009

The football season is at the mid-point of the regular season this Friday; five games played, and four weeks of games to determine the post-season. It really doesn’t seem like the season should be halfway over, but when you look at the calendar, the Clay County Fair is history, Fall is upon us, and folks are already starting to talk about finishing up their Christmas shopping.

Those of you who know me know that Christmas shopping before the month of December is considered sacrilege in my book. It ranks right in there with putting ketchup on peanut butter sandwiches. I’ve never tried it, but it sure doesn’t sound good. A ketchup sandwich, well, maybe, peanut butter, you betcha, but the two together?

Anyhow…

At the halfway point of the season, I could go out on a limb and start predicting who will make the playoffs and who won’t, but I also expected Brett Favre to join the Vikings back when training camp started, not four days after it ended. If time has taught me anything, it’s to hedge your bets and don’t give away your hand.

Hit me again, dealer…

The Homecoming season is in full swing, as this week is Homecoming for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril, who will host Twin River Valley this Friday at Evergreen Park in Graettinger.

Last Friday, the Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard collected a hard-fought, 23-22 Homecoming win over Laurens-Marathon, which was also the Wolverines’ first win of the season.

I had the opportunity to attend the coronation ceremonies in West Bend last week, and I have to admit, for all the years I’ve jousted with Koy Goodchild, I never picked on him that much….except for the baseball card episode…

Goody is a tremendous Boston Red Sox fan, and one day, eating a box of Cracker Jack, the prize turned out to be a Red Sox baseball card – the size of a postage stamp.

I looked at this dinky little baseball card, and I confess, I slipped over to the dark side. I grabbed a small envelope, a letter sized envelope, an 11×9 manila envelope and finally a jumbo mailing envelope. The card and a “GOTCHA” note were placed in the small envelope, which was inserted into the letter envelope and on up until there were like seven envelopes in the huge envelope. The appropriate postage was affixed, and I addressed it: Coach Koy Goodchild, West Bend-Mallard High School

MOST URGENT – DO NOT DELAY – TIMELY MATERIALS ENCLOSED

Into the mailbox it went.

The next day, the phone rings. “May I help you?” “I’ll get you, man, I’ll get you,” and then the Goodchild giggle erupted through the phone. “Man, I saw that envelope and figured I’d won some neat prize, so I go ripping into this envelope and then there’s another and another, until I get to the last one, and I almost lost that stupid card. I could hardly see it. I’ll get you, buddy!” and with that, he laughed again and hung up.

He’ll still shake his head and tell you how naughty I was with that….

After Friday’s narrow win over St. Ansgar, the Emmetsburg E’Hawks have some answers to find as they prepare for the Gaels of St. Edmond this Friday night. The E’Hawks didn’t seem to have the fire they’ve had earlier in the year, and the Saints appeared to be able to use that to their advantage.

This Friday night, the E’Hawks simply must bring their “A” game off the bus when they take on the Gaels. St. Edmonds has perennially played the E’Hawks tough in all of their meetings over the years. It will be up to the E’Hawks to control their own destiny come Friday night. There is still a lot of football to be played in the season, and there is no place for complacency. Expect a close, tough ballgame on Friday night. E’Hawks 28, St. Edmonds 24.