Football season could have doubled as Groundhog Day
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
Nov 15, 2004 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again in the movie "Groundhog Day."

Playing a Pittsburgh weatherman, Murray finds himself trapped in the same day over and over and over again.

After Trigg County’s loss to Owensboro Catholic last Friday in the second round of the playoffs, Wildcat coaches, players, and fans must know what it’s like to be in Murray’s shoes.

The similarities are about as scary as Anna Nicole Smith introducing herself as your child’s new kindergarten teacher.

Ready to figure out how Phil really feels lucky?

• Trigg County lost only one district game (to Fort Campbell), beat Butler County in the first round of the playoffs, and lost at Owensboro Catholic in the second round – in both seasons.

• The Wildcats needed a touchdown catch with just over five minutes to beat Graves County in 2003. This year, the winning score – on a pass – came with just under five minutes left.

• Trigg County’s first running clock game of both seasons came against Reidland in the season’s third week, both lopsided shutout wins. Trigg returned two fumbles for scores in each game, including one by Kewanis Kennedy in each game.

• Trigg’s first district loss came to Fort Campbell in both seasons. Falcons’ kicker Nate Johnson kicked field goals in both games.

• Trigg County responded after the Fort Campbell loss to win seven straight games in both seasons, beginning with thumpings of Caldwell County in which the Wildcats rushed for 397 and 389 yards in consecutive years.

• In the following week, Trigg overcame 14-7 deficits to Heath in both seasons, only to come back and win by holding the Pirates to 14 points – including none in the second half.

• The Wildcats posted shutouts of Webster County each season, holding the Trojans to less than 60 total yards each time.

• Trigg County ran 68 plays in beating Daviess County 37-14 this year. Last year, they ran 67 plays in a 50-14 win over the Panthers.

• Lone Oak lost to the Wildcats 41-7 in both seasons.

• The Wildcats scored four touchdowns in beating Butler County in the first round of the playoffs at Perdue Field. The Bears had 194 total yards in 2003 and 198 in 2004.

• Trigg County’s second round loss to Owensboro Catholic in both years turned on a 4th-and-one defensive stand by the Aces. Last year, Catholic rebuffed the Wildcats at the goal line on a quarterback sneak. This year, it was a failed sneak in the third quarter that changed the face of the game.

• Trigg County had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard passer in both seasons.

• The Wildcats shut out three opponents in each season.

Before you check to see if your alarm clock is switching from 5:59 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., there was one big difference between the two seasons, which may be the factor that springs us from the comparisons.

This team did beat Mayfield, ending a 24-game losing streak to the Cardinals.

Phil? Phil Conners?

***

Speaking of Groundhog’s Day, Western Kentucky set some sort of world record by defeating Southwest Missouri State 28-24 a total of 26 consecutive times of Mediacom channel 7 over the weekend.

Each game was played in beautiful weather (even the ones at 3 a.m.) and each game ended with the Hilltoppers winning by four points.

By Sunday night, they had run their record to 32-2 on the season.

After the game, head coach David Elson pretty much had the same things to say as he did the previous 20 or so times.

It got so monotonous for the players that the final four games were played in black and white.

Time to change the tape and remove that ‘continuous loop’ feature.

It’s Ned. Needlehead Ned, Ned the Head….

**

I informed the bosses at The Cadiz Record this week that I wanted to take a month off so I could put my Christmas lights up at my house. I wasn’t planning on working, even with the start of basketball season rapidly approaching.

I also hadn’t made any contingency plans as far as finding a replacement for me.

Actually, that didn’t happen….here.

It did kind of happen that way in the NBA last week.

Ron Artest (who’s #91 jersey is the same as Dennis Rodman’s…hmmmm) was suspended two games by the Indiana Pacers for an undisclosed reason.

The reason was a whopper.

Apparently Artest, who is an aspiring record producer, wanted the time off to work on his new rap CD and promote it.

No kidding.

The NBA season is less than a month old, and he reportedly asked off for a month because he is due to release a debut rap album he produced later this month.

He later disputed that claim, saying he wanted time off to heal and spend time with his family…and release the album.

Artest is 24 years old and has already been in controversy from missing teams flights to destroying television monitors on the sidelines.

When asked by ESPN last week what his goals were, he responded with "go platinum and win a world title with the Pacers." In that order.

Artest is scheduled to make $6.2 million this year. That’s $76,543 a game, $19,135 a quarter, or $1,594 for every minute of floor time.

The next time you need to ask off work for some fabricated reason, remember that no excuse is too lame.

Unless you’re Ron Artest.

Scott Brown is the sports editor for the Cadiz Record, unless you see him putting up Christmas lights at his house when there’s a basketball game being played. He can be reached at sbrown@cadizrecord.com.
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