Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 26, 2012

AARON SNYDER: Eyes of a Tiger, head of a Giant

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — And you thought my World Series prediction was an April Fool’s joke.

Yep, that’s right, I’ll remind you.

On April 1, the staff’s preseason major league baseball predictions were released. I, for one, was looking for redemption after terrible results in 2011.

How’s this for atonement?

I had six of 10 playoff teams. Not bad.

My AL MVP pick was Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. First Triple Crown winner since 1967! Nice!

If you can locate that April 1 newspaper — unless you’re only using them to line your birdcage — find that oh so familiar face you see right here every football Friday.

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What do you see? World Series: Tigers over Giants.

Now, I could gloat about this: “Ha, I’m in my first year as sports editor, and I’m already correctly predicting World Series matchups. Geez, this gig is easy!”

I could boast, too: “Do you realize there are 30 teams in major league baseball? And I picked the final two! What are the chances? Man, I am gooooood!”

My arrogance could lead me to brag as well, I suppose: “Did you see Mark Maynard’s pick? Angels over Reds. Rocky Stanley’s? Phillies over Rangers. Laughable! How long have these guys been doing this? I’m here for five measly years, and they’re letting a rookie like me show them up?!”

But I won’t.

Thanks to a friend of mine who is abreast to the betting scene, I discovered that I would be $5,400 richer right now if I had put $100 down on that matchup before the season.

Wow, if I would’ve just put $50 down.

But I don’t bet.

You can bet on these picks, though — again, not condoning gambling on high school football, just expressing how confident I am this week.

If anything can bring me back down to earth, though — and trust me, I needed it — it was that 9-5 disaster last week (including college and NFL).

Ah, I’ll always have Tigers-Giants. Come on Detroit!

OK, let’s motor through these Week 11 picks.

Boyd County 35, West Carter 14: Boyd’s Ray Brooks starts off head coaching career with 5-5 regular season.

Morgan County 32, East Carter 20: Cougars earn first nine-win season in school history.

George Rogers Clark 36, Rowan County 34: Clark is 0-9 this season, so why am I going with the Cardinals? The poor souls have to face Louisville Trinity in the first round of the playoffs, so they will want badly to avoid a total waste of a season. I see a down-to-the-wire finish, but I see the 6A school prevailing.

Letcher County Central 28, Greenup County 21: The Musketeers seem to have a chance at their first win in two seasons. I’m still not sure how Letcher County Central beat Lawrence County by 23 points in September. It was the team’s only win.

Johnson Central 34, Belfry 28: Facing a potential letdown after beating Ashland in emotional fashion, the Golden Eagles just do hang on to beat a solid Belfry team.

Lewis County 30, Magoffin County 22: Coming off their highest point total of the season, the Lions keep confidence against an ever-improving Magoffin squad.

Berea 26, Paintsville 14: Tigers have a fighting chance.

Fairview 54, Powell County 21: The Pirates have given up 70 or more points twice this season. The only reason the Eagles don’t get there is because of resting multiple players. Fairview cruises to polish off second straight 10-0 regular season.

Raceland 40, Russell 24: Rams punish Red Devils in final Rail Cities Bowl for the forseeable future.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.