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Big Syd enjoys new ways to get his points across

November 09, 2011|By BIG SYDNEY

The art of communication has come a long way.

I’m not going to say that I’ve been doing this for a long time, but I remember when I used to use Morse Code to send my picks to the masses before I got this newspaper gig.

But now, it is as easy as pressing a button. Computers, cell phones, texts, Facebook, Twitter have all made sending information so immediate. It’s to the point you know what I pick before I do … and that is just the lunch special at the Hungry Heifer.

The communication in a football game is much different.

In the real old days, the quarterback would just call the play in the huddle. That just made it all too simple.

Colleges have made it a little more fun now. Someone came up with the idea of holding up boards featuring four different pictures to call the play. I guess when they show a brick wall, half a cream-filled donut, a train going into a tunnel and a shot of Frankie Muniz, it means run up the middle.

I thought what a great idea. I can just use a flash card to display my thoughts and ideas during a game.

For example, if I put up a mad Indian chief, a snake popping out of a tin can, a leather hole puncher and a group of guys working in an orange grove, I’m saying Warriors surprise awl pickers.

Or a growling feline, a piggy bank, a special edition newspaper and can of cat food, I’m saying Wildcats earn extra Nine Lives.

If I got mad at one of my receivers, I could flash a card with a fish on a hook, the letter “T” with a fedora, knitting needles with yarn and a VIP ticket. It would save my blood pressure from yelling “Catch that darn pass.”

How about one with the Fearless Forecasters grid, a tin can covered with a red circle with a line through it, a prospecting tool and Monopoly which tells the world something it has known a long time … The Herald-Mail sports staff can’t pick games.

But then I got one back from those guys to put me in my place. It had a padlock, the letters URI, a light switch pointing up and a photo of Dan Kauffman.

They were telling me to “Keep your eye on bald.”

I give up.

On with the predictions. Last week 13-4 (.765); Season 148-56 (.725).

HIGH SCHOOLS

Middletown 44, Williamsport 14

Mountain Ridge 31, Boonsboro 27

Martinsburg 51, Woodrow Wilson 13

Morgantown 38, Musselman 21

Daniel Boone 27, Chambersburg 14

Greencastle-Antrim 33, Shippensburg 24

COLLEGES

Notre Dame 41, Maryland 20

Nebraska 34, Penn State 17

West Virginia 28, Cincinnati 18

Shepherd 37, Fairmont 24

PROS

Dolphins 16, Redskins 10

Steelers 20, Bengals 13

Ravens 27, Seahawks 7

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