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Sydfest headlines the entertainment in town

October 19, 2006|by BIG SYDNEY

It was only a matter of time.

I had to come out and defend the rights of football lovers everywhere.

No matter where we go, there is always someone out there trying to prevent us from watching football.

First, there's "Honey Do" lists and having to spend quality time with the family. And now, if that wasn't enough, there are these fall festivals which are just the Dark Sides way of keeping us from watching that Raiders vs. Niners game.

I couldn't stand for it anymore. So after Colorfest, Applefest, Maplefest, Harvestfest, Pumpkinfest, Vestfest (I just threw that one in there to make sure you were paying attention), I decided to start Sydfest.

This is where everyone has the chance to celebrate football while paying homage to the greatest football prognosticator of all time ... Me.

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It's been a project, but I'm ready to pull it off.

First, I located a nice, open area between Dargan and Bakerton to kickoff. I did my best to prevent any extra hustle and bustle in downtown Dargan. In fact, festival goers can use the Dargan bypass to get there, to prevent any loitering in the town business district.

I've got some great exhibits.

There is an area for making game predictions. There is a Ouija Board booth, a coin-flipping kiosk and a dart diagram area to show how the big boys pick games.

What's a festival without food. We'll have the usual tailgate fare, of course, of hot dogs, fries and nachos along with some chili. Then there will be a couple of my favorites like Scrapple funnel cakes and Pit Spam sandwiches.

And I went far and wide to get a diverse selection of entertainment.

On one day, we have a gator-pull contest.

I've signed Three Syd Mafia and BuSyd Rhimes for a rap show. And then on the country front, we'll have a SHeDAISYD and Jo Dee MeSydna show.

I got the pop fans covered with Sydkira and the PusSydcat Dolls.

And the rock fans will excited to see Sydknot and Guns N' RoSyds.

And what would a festival be without a headliner. I got my good friend. A great guitarist. A longtime chartmaker. He's hip. He's popular. His style will keep people with his Latin beat.

I'm speaking of none other than ..... Sydtana.

We'll have games and rides too.

It is everything a football (and Syd) fan would like to do on a pleasant afternoon.

And the best thing.

It will be held on Tuesday through Thursday, when it can't get in the way of any football games.

On with the predictions. Last week: 17-4 (.810); Season: 106-34 (.757).

HIGH SCHOOLS

St. James 21, Bishop Walsh 18: Walsh hasn't reached Sainthood yet.

Northern Garrett 31, Hancock 14: There's only a slim chance the Huskies will lose.

Friday

Catoctin 49, Clear Spring 12: Cougars can see through Clear Spring's game plan.

North Hagerstown 23, Boonsboro 17: When Hubs receivers block, they don't resort to the Hasan chop.

South Hagerstown 33, Williamsport 14: I promise I wasn't on a Bender when I made this pick.

Berkeley Springs 41, Beall 27: The Codys help buffalo Beall.

Jefferson 25, Hedgesville 13: When the Cougars get physical, do they leave any Hash marks?

Martinsburg 20, Fort Hill 14: Bulldogs leave Sentinels in guarded condition.

Hampshire 27, Musselman 24: Musselman fans are called Apple Siders.

Chambersburg 30, Big Spring 16: Amazingly, Trojan runners bounce off Big Spring's defense.

Greencastle 21, Shippensburg 12: Blue Devils tell Greyhounds, "Leave the driving to us."

Steel-High 38, James Buchanan 13: Steel-High gets psyched for games by playing Metallica CDs.

Boiling Springs 29, Waynesboro 15: Indians can't burst the Bubblers for a third straight win.

Saturday

Smithsburg 27, Brunswick 20: Leopards find out what Brown can do for them.

Calvert Hall 21, Mercersburg Academy 13: Cardinals rule over Storm.

COLLEGES

Friday

West Virginia 38, Connecticut 10: Mountaineers dis Connecticut off the line.

Saturday

N.C. State 24, Maryland 14: With a loss, Terps remain in the back of the 'Pack.

Penn State 34, Illinois 16: When Penn State receivers run circle routes, they're known as Pattern-Os.

Shepherd 27, Concord 13: Concord gripes so much, when the Rams stomp it, it'll whine.

PROS

Sunday

Steelers 20, Falcons 16: When Atlanta's quarterback sets to pass with a tickle in his throat, is that a Vick's Cough Drop?

Colts 31, Redskins 20: 'Skins pass on playing any man-to-Manning defense at Peyton's Place.

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