When it comes to college football, this is the silly season.
The recruits have been signed.
The spring practices have been conducted.
Preparations for the fall season won't begin - not legally, anyway - until August.
But that doesn't stop those who love to hype the game from making some way too early predictions.
In fact, that's exactly how the online site collegefootballnews.com described the bowl projections it recently concocted.
Why bring this up? Because its prediction regarding West Virginia University is a little surprising and quite optimistic.
If CFN is right, the Mountaineers will win the Big East championship and earn a berth in the Fiesta Bowl opposite Texas.
As if that won't be enough excitement for Ohio Valley football fans, Ohio State is picked to meet TCU for the national championship, also in Arizona.
So if that happens, Mountaineer and Buckeye fans can fly to Phoenix and get two for the price of one.
Word of warning: Don't go making those plane reservations just yet.
First, Nick Swisher wears No. 33 for the New York Yankees.
Now, Zak Boggs is wearing No. 33 for the New England Revolution.
If former Parkersburg High and present West Virginia University offensive lineman Josh Jenkins goes pro, I can't see him wearing No. 33 in the National Football League.
That number is reserved for running backs.
This is just wrong.
It's OK - in fact it's standard operating procedure -to charge an entry fee if you're a school conducting an invitational meet on your home track.
But charging for a regional is out of line.
Officials at the WVSSAC office need to step up and - to quote that great West Virginian Barney Fife - nip it in the bud.
The Erickson All-Sports Facility - the best public outdoor tennis complex in the state - was the site of the Class AAA regional that included Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South.
The City Park tennis courts - which recently were upgraded - witnessed the Class AA-A regional, including Williamstown, Parkersburg Catholic and St. Marys.
Those who want to cut tennis as a middle school sport should have seen the performance of our community.
Then again, you can bet they went nowhere near the sport they want to abolish.
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