Big Sydney: Hashing out the history of a family business

October 03, 2012|By BIG SYDNEY
  • Herald-Mail football prognosticator Big Sydney
Herald-Mail football prognosticator Big Sydney

It seems that my fans are in awe of me.

Just the other day, someone told me that I was an institution. … Or was it that I belonged in one?

Another adoring minion said that I was a dynasty. Hmmm, maybe he said dinosaur.

That doesn’t matter. But the truth is prognosticating games is really a family business … a tradition that has been carried on for as long as there has been communication.

My family got in on the ground floor of it.

Of course, we had to adapt along the way to spread the word.

It all started back in the day when my great, great, great grandfather started to communicate his picks by beating war drums and using smoke signals.

So, we started with a bang and were en fuego right from the start.

Another relative came over with the pilgrims. He delivered his picks on the Mayflower. It wasn’t popular then, just like it wasn’t in Baltimore way back when.

My great, great grandfather was picking during the Revolutionary War. He’d stand in a tower and go One if by hand(off) and Two if by tee. (And, of course, it was Three if by field goal).

My great grandfather tried the Pony Express but was arrested for playing the horses.

My grandfather used Morse Code on the telegraph.

He’d sent out - .- -.- . / .----. ... -.- .. -. ... / .-- .. - .... / .--. --- .. -. - .-.-.-

Which meant, “Take ‘Skins with points.”

My dad was lazy. He just used billboards.

But I have a little pride. I took the family business into the 21st century.

I’ve conquered Twitter.

I don’t know what took me so long. All I had to do is master the use of #.

Of course, it’s all how you use it. And any one who knows me, I’m about as standard as spiked coaching sandals.

The way I look at it, it’s all matter of how you use # and how it is placed.

If I want to talk about Kordell Stewart, check on Twitter at Sl#.

Or if I want to cross over and head into the NBA to talk about the Lakers’ new point guard, look for N#.

If you want to find out where I put my extra ham sandwiches in the press box, read St#.

I have a special post on football on Halloween that is under Monster M#.

And if you want to know what happens to me when I starch my coaching shorts, check out R#.

When I Rock the Casbah, it’s all on Cl#.

And don’t be fooled, I really tell why I do this on C#.

Right now, though, I’m signing off. It’s time for lunch and I’m going to a deli.

If you found out what I had to eat, see me later on Corn Beef #.

On with the predictions. Last week 15-6 (.714). Season 75-31 (.708).


North Hagerstown 48, Williamsport 20

South Hagerstown 33, Smithsburg 14

Boonsboro 38, Catoctin 27

Brunswick 44, Clear Spring 22

Northern Garrett 21, Hancock 12

State College 31, Chambersburg 28

Shippensburg 35, Waynesboro 13

James Buchanan 27, Big Spring 24

Martinsburg 61, Washington 21

Musselman 43, Hedgesville 20

Greencastle 26, West Perry 23

Keyser 41, Berkeley Springs 13

Sidwell Friends 38, Saint James 21

Mercersburg Academy 20, Lawrenceville 12


Maryland 27, Wake Forest 21

Penn State 34, Northwestern 24

Texas 31, West Virginia 30

Shepherd 40, W.Va. Wesleyan 13


Ravens 23, Chiefs 13

Redskins 30, Falcons 27

Eagles 21, Steelers 17

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