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  1. So now there's a dilemma.  We were planning to stay with family in Katy and go to the Westbrook game.  But I've been looking forward to this game.  Hmm.
  2. Silsbee vs. Cuero, 4A State Semifinal

    And Cuero and Region 4 sure do know about brick walls.  You know what the Gobblers are thinking.  It's totally impossible for them not to be thinking it.  WOS IS OUT OF THE WAY!!!!  Never mind how it happened.  Never mind that they are facing the team that sent WOS home.  THE ROAD TO JERRY WORLD IS FINALLY OPEN!  They are kids, how could they not be thinking it?  They will try to put it out of their minds but it won't work.  They've never heard of Silsbee and they are looking ahead to Pleasant Grove. Of course Silsbee knows about brick walls too.  Two of Carthage's 40 straight wins came at the expense of the Tigers.  But then realignment may have removed Silsbee's brick wall, at least for a couple of years.  I luv you Lumberton!  You are my favorite!  Let's go steady.  No, skip that, let's just go ahead and meet early to pick out curtains.  
  3. Silsbee vs. Cuero, 4A State Semifinal

    Good weather?  Heck no!  I want blizzards and floods and earthquakes and volcanoes and forest fires and tsunamis!  We'll still be there in whatever personal protective gear is required, rain gear, bunker gear, full hazmat suits, scuba equipment, whatever. But right now it's showing partly cloudy, about 50 at game time and 10% chance of rain.
  4. Silsbee 19 West Orange-Stark 9/FINAL

    Or was he just improvising when he did that little throw at the end?  "Yikes! I've lost too much ground and I'm not going to be able to make the turn. I'd better do something." I would have improvised a play.  Send everybody out to converge in the middle out past the first down marker, maybe 15 yards.  Which is about as far as the ball could go in that wind.  Then hurl in their direction. Just a playground thing, a short Hail Mary if you will.  If somebody catches it good.  If not, good.  And maybe a defender would be foolish enough to intercept it.  You'd have a bunch of guys to immediately bring him down.  An interception with no runback is just as good as a punt in those conditions.  And if the QB is sacked?  Well, that wouldn't have been any worse than what we got. Anyway, I think the coach's general decision not to punt was correct.  Handling the deep snap would have been problematic.  What if the ball sailed on the punter?  What if he miss handled the punt?  What if it was blocked?  You're looking at the Mustangs with the ball on your 15, if you're lucky.  And if the punt is successful what do you get against that wind?  Net 12 yards maybe?  
  5. Silsbee 19 West Orange-Stark 9/FINAL

    The Tigers are a big play team.  It's been that way all year long.  A successful sustained drive is 4 plays, one first down, capped by a 40 yard dash for the end zone.  I exaggerate only a little.  The thing is, they can even do it against good defenses and in difficult conditions (obviously).  They sneak up in the underbrush and then they pounce.  It's what tigers do.
  6. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Yesterday, Dec. 7th 2018 - a date which will live in infamy.  In Orange anyway.   Tell you one thing, I was impressed with the Mustangs after the game.  When the teams lined up to shake hands they were downright warm about it!  It was more than just a perfunctory get-this-over-with thing.  And after a tough loss in very difficult circumstances.  Talk about sportsmanship. Now, what do we do about Cuero or Navarro?  Given the Tigers proclivity for foul weather I wonder if we can arrange a blizzard or something?  Or maybe not, we're Tigers, not snow leopards.
  7. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Yes, I'm a self professed kool aid drinker.  I entertained the notion that Silsbee had a good chance against Carthage last year.  The 64 points Carthage scored in the first half convinced me that I had been a trifle over optimistic. You've got to figure this is different.  Silsbee does have a shot based on past performance.
  8. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Right no more about the weather. My question is will the rain favor WOS or Silsbee?  The Weather Channel has heavy rain at game time lasting till halftime.  The Mustangs have scored 21 consecutively the last 2 weeks against defenses that are probably about as good as Silsbee's.  Silsbee has been scoring more than that but against lesser defenses.  Heavy rain will just about cancel the possibility of downfield passing. Can Silsbee score more than 21 in these conditions against this defense?  I hope so but objectively I'd have to say it's unlikely.  21 - 21 at the end of regulation?  Course it's just speculation. Or, what if Silsbee ties it at 20 -20 at the end of regulation.  WOS having missed an extra point in the first half.  The kick is up and it's GOOD!  Final Silsbee 21 - WOS 20.  Now wouldn't that be something!  Lightning striking twice.
  9. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    I suppose there are games all over the state tomorrow and many of them will be wet.  
  10. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Friday night in the rain.  Just like 20 years ago, kind of.  Deja vu all over again.  
  11. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Will it come down to which team performs better when they are wet and generally miserable?  The only thing missing is mud.  Nothing like clumps of wet muddy grass in your face mask for building character.
  12. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Saturday is bad for me.  Let's play tomorrow.  These teams know each other.  Who needs an extra day.  Let's rock!
  13. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    The senior players on the WOS football team have no memory of not making it to the championship game.  How can you beat that?  It's impossible for any other players in the state of Texas to have played more postseason games than a four year varsity player at WOS. It's likely this streak will come to an end in 2018.  I hope it comes to an end Friday.  But it is still quite something if you ask me.
  14. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    In the final THSCA coaches poll was pretty accurate predictor of post season success.  Region I has No. 1 Glen Rose vs. No. 7 Iowa Park Region II has No. 1 Pleasant Grove vs. No. 3 Pittsburg Region III has No. 3 WOS vs. No. 6 Silsbee Region iV has No.1  Cuero vs. No. 3 Navarro 3 of the 4 no. 1's are still with us.  You could hardly call the win by No. 3 WOS over No. 1 Jasper an upset.  This No. 3 is the most experienced playoff team in the state at any level.  
  15. Silsbee vs WOS - Regional Finals

    Clearly this would be a huge win for Silsbee, arguably the biggest ever.  But what about WOS?  Obviously it couldn't be the biggest, not for a 4 time State Championship School.  But how big is it?  To me the 86 and 87 wins were the biggest because they came against the very best in Div 4A.  2015 and 2016 were huge of course, especially when combined with the 4 straight appearances.   But WOS didn't beat the BEST 4A teams on the way to the championships.  I think both Carthage and La Vega would beaten the Mustangs in those years.  And probably Argyle in 2015.  From what I've seen so far this year in watching Silsbee's run, Div II isn't quite as tough as Div I, which stands to reason.  But that's neither here nor there.  The bottom line is that the WOS program is arguably the strongest in the state for the last 40 years all things considered. And where does that put us?  Well, the WOS faithful can (and do) say, "We beat you guys practically every time we meet in the regular season and preseason." But Tiger folks can rebut, "So what?  We get beat regularly by a certain 3A team (that shall remain nameless).  Big deal,  none of that ever keeps us from making the playoffs.  And you guys have never sent us home in the post season.  We, on the other hand, HAVE sent you home. And that more than trumps all those less important games." So, can a win on Friday be just another Forest Gump type moment for the Mustangs?  "So we went to the playoffs... again.  And we won our quarterfinal game.... again." I wonder.