Lesson Learned, “Chomp” Deserved

Shots in the Darke

I learned a valuable lesson last week—don’t write a column late on a Sunday night while watching the Florida State-LSU football game! As reader Josh Fletcher, my sister-in-law Mary Ellen (a Florida grad), and thousands of others pointed out, it was Florida, not Miami (FL), that defeated Utah in the opening week of college football. All of you Gator fans certainly can go ahead and do the famed “Gator Chomp” in my face! It probably won’t be the last mistake I make over the course of these columns—by the way, my condolences to you Florida faithful after the Gators’ loss Saturday night to Kentucky (or was it Louisville?)!! 

How about those three teams from the Sun Belt Conference over the weekend! Marshall went to South Bend and knocked the shillelagh out of the Irish; Appalachian State received a $1.5 million payday to travel to College Station and then took down the sixth-ranked Texas  A&M Aggies; and Georgia Southern ventured to Lincoln and forced Nebraska to fire coach and  native son Scott Frost by beating the ‘Huskers 45-42. All in all, a great Saturday for the SBC!! 

Looking at the Big Ten, THE, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State among others won easily but good grief, what happened to Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa? 

The NFL season started with the Bengals looking anything but impressive in losing to the Steelers in overtime while the Browns eked out a win over the Mayfield Panthers on the strength of a 58-yard last play of the game field goal by rookie kicker Cade York. Man, were the Bills impressive in their win Thursday night over the Super Bowl champion Rams! If they keep playing like that just FedEx the Lombardi Trophy to Buffalo!! However, as my great friend, former Green Wave head coach Randy Reed says, “it was the first-game for everyone so you just don’t know what you’re going to get!” 

With the start of the NFL season, here’s a trivia question—name the four NFL teams who have never participated in a Super Bowl, answer to follow. 

Great tennis at the US Open with Poland’s Iga Swiatek winning the ladies’ title and Spain’s Carlos Alcatraz taking men’s honors. I’m not a huge tennis fan but was certainly entertained by the athleticism and skills of the tournament’s competitors, even if I couldn’t stay awake long enough to see the ends of several of the late night matches! 

Locally, the Wave football team lost a second consecutive heartbreaker, falling to Fairborn 36-35 the week after a 49-48 overtime loss to Sidney. Bart Schmitz’ crew ranks second in the MVL offensively putting up 29 points per game but is tenth and last defensively yielding almost 450 yards and 43 points per contest. Things don’t get easier this Friday as the Green and White host an undefeated Xenia Buccaneer squad coming off a 28-0 shutout of mighty Piqua. 

Around the county, Versailles had a long winning streak snapped by New Bremen, Tri-Village pounded Mississinawa, and undefeated Ansonia continued to impress by thumping the Trojans of Arcanum. A huge contest looms in New Madison this week as the Patriots tangle with those Ansonia Tigers!

One more trivia question as the school year is in full swing—why are there three black stripes on the sides of school buses? You’ll be surprised by the reason for those “rub rails”. 

Greenville’s boys and girls soccer teams are both struggling but improving this fall. The boys are 0-4 while the girls check in with a 1-5 record beating only National Trail. Let’s get out and support these hard-working young players as well as the girls’ tennis team as they enter the heart of their MVL schedules. 

The answers you’ve been waiting for—the Browns, Lions, Texans, and Jaguars all have yet to experience the sweet taste of conference championships and trips to the Super Bowl. 

Those three black stripes? They’re reinforced bars meant to add stability to the thin side walls of buses; they also give approximate locations of the floor and seat levels of the vehicle’s interior. 

Have a great week as we close out the last and enter my favorite time of the year, mid-September through late October. Stay healthy and active!

Dr. Alex Warner | Correspondent for Darke County Now

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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