6:48 AM Sunday, October 14
"Chad, could you sign this ‘For Pete’? Thanks!"
"Great predictions this week Chad, what about UCLA next Saturday?"
"UCLA, but close; I’m sorry about yesterday, I was so late I didn’t have time to talk with greatest fans in the Midwest, who else needs an autograph?"
"What did I tell you about Sampson’s 3rd round TKO? Bears will upset Green Bay by 27."
Those have got to be the greatest fans in the world to stand out there in the rain for an autograph thought an upbeat Steve.
Steve went to the teletypes and checked for late international sports news and settled down at his desk to review the entire collegiate football scene.
He noted some of the late westcoast scores and the showcased Saturday night games. Florida State 21 – Virginia Tech 18, UCLA 14 – USC 13,
LSU 28 – Tulane 24.
Another Rumanian Olympian tested positive for drugs, and an USA ski team member cracked an ankle, but the big story was Tiger Sampson’s 3rd round knock out of Middleweight Champion Jesse Johnson. Sampson mauled Johnson the entire last half of the second round and the corner threw in the towel at the bell for round 3; TKO, 1 second of the third round.
Somebody predicted that, maybe it was CNN.
Red Wings, Flyers, and Canadians all won, and Shaq was ejected from last night’s game against the Pistons, but Detroit still lost. Jordan hit 22 free throws in the second half to finish with 64 points. It seems like someone predicted that too.
He was confident that he had a good lead for the rest of the sports, after reviewing the College football scores. He slid outside for a pinch of copenhagen and found most of the crowd had left the studio. A couple of kids were tossing a football and one old gent was stationed atop a trashcan.
I told you Jordan would get 64 and Sampson made me a little money popping Johnson with a TKO in the third.
Steve suddenly realized that this street person had been the one to forecast the correct scores and fight outcome. He was not exactly a bum, but he was a long ways from being clean, his clothes were ragged and filthy, and it had been a quite a while since his hair had seen a comb.
"I remember you, LSU over Tulane, right? And something about the Bears over Green Bay?"
Yep, 4 over Tulane and put your money on the Bears, 27 over the Packers.
"Well my friend, I do not, and can not bet on anything, if I want to stay employed with ESPD. You must read a lot and spend all your time figuring the odds. You’ve been pretty lucky just lately."
No luck to it, and I only allow myself a few minutes every day listening to your guesses, which have been pretty sorry until this week.
"Guesses! I’ll have you know that I spend more time checking injury reports, reviewing practices and scrimmages, and comparing schedules and outcomes than most people spend sleeping. Nobody can get all of them correct; I just had a run of bad luck."
Sorry Chad, like I said, there is no luck involved, just skill. By the way, Penn State is going to slip by Ohio State next Saturday. You called that one wrong and Notre Dame is not losing to Michigan State, Irish by 3.
"I’ve got to get back, but you might want to lay off the sauce, the Buckeyes should crush Penn State. I just made a comment, the predictions come Friday. Take care my friend".
I wished you were a gambling man, Penn State by 2, and Tiger is going to make up the 6 strokes and a couple more, It’s another Woods victory today at the TPC with 18 under par. Red Wings won’t lose this week.
Steve was able to yell, "Switch to beer, that wine is pickling your brain" as the studio door closed.
The rest of the broadcast went smooth, but Steve’s summary did not repeat his previous Buckeye victory, rather that the game could be a ‘Barn Burner’ and he reminded the fans that the game would be televised on ESPD II.