I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday by relaxing and reconnecting with family while feasting on all types of food. I know some people stick with the cliché staples of the day – turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and the like – but I recommend everyone try the remix of the classic that is fried turkey.
When it’s done right, it can change your life. Trust me.
Beside the tableful of food and the houseful of family members, we get a full buffet of football this weekend, too.
We’ve reached the third round of the high school playoffs and only a total of 12 South Florida (Miami-Dade and Broward) teams remain throughout the eight classifications.
There really aren’t any “surprise teams” in the group – at least not for me. I was aware (#Woke) of what Western (Class 8A) and Doral Academy (Class 7A) brought to the table this year and it’s good to see those programs tap into the potential that lived within.
Looking at this week’s slate, I know it’s going to difficult to predict because there’s more than a couple rematches between district opponents. I’m still holding on to my theory that “it’s hard to beat the same team twice in the same season” and familiarity breeds contempt – so in other words, these games will be intense.
The other games feature teams that are totally new to one another.
But the common denominator between all the games will be coaching.
Coaches have it tough enough as it is, but this week is extraordinarily difficult on the staffs because they not only have to handle to the business of preparing for the game but they also must balance their personal demands of the holiday. They have wives, children, and families; but they have to break down film, develop and install a game plan and prepare adjustments on a short week.
The teams that win this week will be the ones who coaches prepared their teams the best. For the ones that are squaring up with a familiar foe, it’ll be all about making small adjustments – magnifying what went right the first time around and trying to improve (or throw out) what went wrong. The others have it tougher because they have to build their plans based only on film and no first-hand experience.
Players and coaches have to block out all the holiday “distractions” and be ready to play football Friday.
The food always tastes better the next day anyway.
Record last week: 11-1
Playoffs record: 29-5 (.852 Correct Pick Percentage)
Eight games picked this week with three games in the Bald Predictions Spotlight.