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  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:16 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    In the immortal words of Jerry Reed (Google him you millennials), when you’re hot you’re hot! And ol’ Bubbles is smoking’ baby!

    Let’s review, shall we. Seven games on tap last week, seven perfect predictions. On top of that, I said Tri-West would beat Dannyville 45-7. Final was 48-7. I said West Lafayette would top Webo 42-28. It was 41-23. I said Lebanon would give up seven in winning. The Tiggers gave up six. I said Roncalli would score 25 in thumping Frankfort. The Rebs scored 28. And here at home I said the Chargers would pitch a shut-out in victory. They gave up one score. I called the end of C’ville’s season and when everyone laughed that I predicted the Mounties to win . . . well only the Mounties and I are laughing now!

    Let me tell you a secret, gang. It’s good to be good! So before I break my arm giving myself well-deserved pats on the back, let’s get to the four games this week – and I’m pleased to say – half of the SAC teams left are our very own Mounties and Chargers.

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  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:40 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    The king is dead. Long live the king. Or in other words, the season is over. The season begins.

    Are you ready for some football, sectional style? It’s time baby and now that the regular season is over, tonight could be the beginning of a decent showing for our MCteams! Let’s hope. Well, let’s at least hope we do better than last week where for the third time in nine weeks our county got blanked. Yup, the Chargers, Mounties and Athenians were kept out of the win column – which also resulted in two losses for me. I blindly predicted North and South to post wins. I’ll have to take a harder look this week.

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  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:31 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    I know, I know. You all are thinking, “How can this Bubbling Caldron predict perfect week after perfect week?”

    Hard to believe, huh! But once again, well, actually for the fourth time in the last six weeks Ol’ Bubbles didn’t miss a pick. And once again, the scores were uncannily close. Let’s see, I had TW thumping C’ville by 34. The Bruins won by 35. And I had the Chargin’ Chargers chomping down the Hot Dogs by 45 and they won by 42. In all fairness, even though I got the outcome right, I sure didn’t see the Mounties losing that badly, and I also didn’t think Dannyville would hang that close with the WB. But hey, four games and four perfect picks. In Vegas, that means money, baby!

    Let’s get to this week, the final week of the regular season.

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  • Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:11 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    What a topsy-turvy year it’s been. Sure, I’ll be the first one to admit that predicting North Montgomery beating Western Boone was off base – but hey, that’s a game between two state-ranked, quality teams. Anyone could win that one. Lebanon over Crawfordsville and Tri-West over South sure weren’t tough picks, and I, of course, nailed those. But who saw winless Dannyville absolutely grilling the Hot Dogs? Apparently not me, that’s for sure.

    What the heck, life goes on – and for some schools that means getting ready for basketball season.

    North Montgomery at Frankfort

    It’s probably not a great time to be a Hot Dog. The Chargin’ Chargers fell out of the state rankings and no longer control their own Sagamore Athletic Conference fate. In fact, in order for North to win the SAC title outright, it must win tonight, beat Tri-West next week and hope Western Boone stumbles against Danville and next week against Boone County rival Lebanon.

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  • Friday, October 2, 2015 4:30 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    First off, all hail the king! North Montgomery defended its county champeenship in style by upending Crawfordsville on the Athenians home field. For the record, the Chargers scored 121 points while only giving up 26 against their two county rivals – a truly dominant year.

    And that brings us to this week’s showdown of North and Western Boone. But before we get to that, let’s talk about my favorite subject . . . me.

    Yes, it’s true that the ol’ Caldron had ANOTHER perfect week. Four games. Four predictions. Four correct. And let us not forget the scores. Yours truly told you that North would hold CHS to 21. CHS scored 20. I told you South would score four TDs in beating Danville, the Mighty Mounties scored five. And I told you the TW would beat Lebanon with an offensive output of 40. The Bruins scored 37. We all know though that you don’t read Bubbles for the scores and the predictions. Heck, any fool can do that – and as you know, several do. Nope, you read this for the witty repartee, the great writing, the humble approach . . . well, OK, maybe not the humble part. But you sure aren’t going to find witty and great writing anywhere else around here.

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  • Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:08 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    Frankie Valee got it right. Oh, what a night! Tonight is going to see a county champ crowned and, believe it or not, the Crawfordsville Athenians have a real chance to end seven years of losing records and win their first outright county title since 2007.

    On the other hand, the Chargin’ Chargers are the defending champs and are the favorite to repeat.

    So who wins?

    Slow down, Buffalo Breath. We’ll get there in a second.

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  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:23 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    We’ve got trouble my friends. Right here in C-City. Trouble, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for . . .


    Trouble? Did I say trouble? Heck no, there’s no trouble. For the second week in a row ol’ Bubbles was perfect. P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Perfect.

    Ah it’s good to be good.

    And let’s not just stop at 4 perfect picks. (BTW, did I mention “perfect?) No siree, let’s talk about scores.

    I predicted our boys from CHS would score 21 points against Frankfort. They scored 23.

    Thank you very much.

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  • Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:38 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    Tired? Old? Losing it? Did I really say that? Did you really believe it?

    Of course not! I’m back, baby, and better than ever! Yes, once again the Bubbling Caldron was perfect. As in perfecto. As in flawless, impeccable, unsullied . . .

    Ah, it’s good to be good.

    Yes sir, boys and girls, a perfect week was just what the doctor ordered. And not only was it a perfect week, those scores came out pretty doggone good as well.

    Let’s review. I predicted blowout wins with North Montgomery over South and Western Boone over CHS and that’s exactly what happened. Turned around and said Lebanon would win by 17. The Tiggers won by 11. And finally, said Frankfort would score 20 in a loss to Tri-Harder. The Hot Dogs scored 22 – and lost.

    Did I mention the word “perfect?

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  • Friday, September 4, 2015 8:31 AM
    Hello Sports Fans.
    Maybe I’m getting old? Maybe the ol’ Caldron needs a good scrubbing? For the second week in a row and first time in an eternity, I sucked!
    Yup, yours truly went 4-4 for the week. Yes, that’s two weeks in a row with less-than-a- sparkling performance.
    What in the world is going on?
    The only thing worse than me taking it on the chin is the fact that our MCschools did also. After starting the first week of the season absolutely perfect, all three suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune last week . . . yes, I’m quoting the Bard here. Hey, somebody has to give sports fans some culture!
    This week, I absolutely, positively and most assuredly guarantee that at least one of our MCschools will pick up a win . . . yeah, you guessed it. North and South square off against each other. Listen, the way my season has started, the game’ll probably end in a tie.
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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:50 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    I would like to tell you that like our three MCschools, C’ville, North and South, I started out sizzling hot – nailed all three games and then followed up with perfection in the SAC.

    Actually, I’d love to tell you that.


    Unlike the boys in blue, orange and red, I stunk. For the week, I went with a mediocre, paltry, lowly, second-rate, run-of-the-mill, measly and miserable 4-4 record. I hate to say it, but there are coins out there that do better just getting flipped.

    And South? Oh boy, South! Did I really say they were going to lose by a hundred or something? I did indeed. You read it here that they were going to get whooped up on. Boy did those Mounties make me eat my words.

    You know what? Good for them. It’s a great thing to have a little attitude, a bit of a swagger. Show me now that you can do it two weeks in a row.

    And speaking of two weeks in a row. I read where Lori Poteet, photographer extraordinaire, said that all three schools winning their opener had not happened since 1994. Wonder when the last time all three started out 2-0?

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  • Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:58 PM

    Hello Sports Fans.

    Are you ready for some perfect pigskin prognosticatin’? Some bodacious Bubbles bedazzlement? Some incredible, intelligent insights?

    Hey, avoid alliteration always – that’s what I say.

    Well, it’s everyone’s favorite time of the year. Football is back and so am I. The Chicago Cubs aren’t the only ones who have hope springing eternal. Montgomery County and Sagamore Athletic Conference football take a backseat to no one. In just nine weeks and 44 games, someone is going to win a SAC title and everyone is going to head to the playoffs.

    And did you know that SAC teams have won six state championships since Western Boone started the string in 1988-89? Of course Montgomery County (thanks, Chargers and Charley German) own one-third of those. And double of course, Tri-West owns half, including last year’s 3A title.

    So for the rest of the state, sit back and shut up! We’re ready to roar.

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  • Spooky theme
set for sectional
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:30 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    Can you believe it? Another football regular season is in the books and somehow the Sagamore Athletic Conference champeen-ship once again escaped from the fair borders of Montgomery County. What's up with that?

    Has it really been three years since Southmont was the last MC team to hold the title?

    Harumph. I've got a feeling that may change soon. But that's a lot more up to you non-seniors from Waveland to Linden and from Alamo to Darlington than it is me. What say you, men? How hard are you willing to work from now until August? Just remember, champeen-ships are won in the weight room during the off season.

    But I digress. Halloween is just around the corner - my favorite time of the year - and that can only mean one thing: Football sectionals! Let's go!
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  • Bubbles back
on winning track
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:35 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    All is well with the world again. After that awful 2-2 record a couple of weeks ago, I was starting to wonder. But I was back to my excellent self last week, nailing three of four games on the nosey.

    My only miss was alright with me, too. I lost faith momentarily in the Chargers and picked Western Boone. The Orange and Blue proved me wrong and proved they still have a strong heartbeat by shutting out the WB, 8-0. Good for you guys!

    For those keeping score at home, that gives Ol' Bubbles a sparkling 30 correct picks against only 10 boo-boos - Didn't Kentucky go to a national championship with a similar record? Maybe, but they probably cheated to do it. Oh well, enough babbling. Let's get to the final week of the regular season.
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  • Bubbles didn't
see that coming
    Thursday, October 9, 2014 8:31 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    What got into Frankfort? Sixty-freaking-two points? Really? Where did that come from? The Hot Dogs scorch the Athenians 62-14? After I picked CHS to win by three, 21-18? How could that happen?

    I mean, come on, Frankfort's only scored more than 60 points three times in the last five seasons and . . . wait for it . . . yes, all three against our Boys of Athens.

    Well smack me in the forehead and give me a V8.

    OK, so it wasn't the best of weeks for Ol' Bubbles? I flat out blew the aforementioned pick and my prediction of North by four in a low-scoring tussle against Lebanon turned out to be the Tiggers by six in a low-scoring tussle against North. You know what, though? I don't mind losing if I'm backing the teams of Montgomery.

    The heck with it. I went 2-2 (yes, I absolutely nailed the SAC pick, calling for Tri-West to beat Western Boone by seven which is exactly what they did . . . just saying). For the year I'm rolling along with 27 out of 36 correct.
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  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:09 PM
    Hello Sports Fans.

    How do I say this without sounding too brash - aw the heck with it - I am absolutely on fire, Baby! With a capital F and that rhymes with . . . well, something. But whatever it is, it's hot, smokin' hot. Do you realize that in the last four weeks the most I've missed in any one week was one game? One! A couple of weeks ago I was again perfect, as in perfecto!

    Take me to Vegas, Baby! I'm money. But I digress. While we're speaking of Vegas, this week is a real crap shoot and just for the record, I'm not putting down big bets on any game this week. Everything is close - and home field matters. A bunch.
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