I finally have to admit it, things are tight all over.
That’s a tough thing to admit when you are a big & tall — OK just big — guy like me.
Everywhere you look, we are trying to cut corners.
Take an inch here, an ounce there and all of sudden nothing is the same.
Half gallon of ice cream? Now just 56.8 ounces.
That would be Turkey Hill minus 7.2 in Las Vegas.
I lost weight in the offseason, but it’s still tough for me to fit my svelte size 54 frame in those sleek 42-inch waisted coaching shorts.
Now, though, I look like a shiitake instead of a portabello mushroom in them.
It even spills over to our local Washington County football teams.
Boy, Smithsburg looks kind of small in that team picture. They are so little, it only takes five spots to cover those Leopards.
And at Clear Spring and Hancock, the roster looks like they will need to make duplicates on a copy machine to field teams.
Yes, you can say they might be forced to clone around.
I’m not going to say it got bad here at The Herald-Mail. Hey, there is an ad for bridge at the bottom of this sports page.
They haven’t told me straight out, but those guys are hinting that they want me to write more economical columns this year.
There isn’t anything specific, but they have replaced the mayonaise jar I used to submit my column in with a relish bottle.
Few words. Less space. And smaller commentary.
So, as I run out of space, I will go out on the limb and say the best team in the county will be ......
On with the predictions.
South Hagerstown 34, Century 21
Williamsport 24, Liberty 20
Walkersville 37, Boonsboro 17
Northern Garrett 18, Smithsburg 12
New Oxford 27, James Buchanan 6
Washington 41, Spring Mills 12
Martinsburg 44, Sherando 20
Jefferson 35, Mountain Ridge 30
Millbrook 40, Hedgesville 13
Oak Hill 21, Musselman 16
Greencastle 17, Boiling Springs 14
Chambersburg 55, Waynesboro 6
Keyser 49, Berkeley Springs 14
North Hagerstown 24, Milford Mill 13
Saint James 32, Clear Spring 21
Hancock 27, Serra Catholic 22
Maryland 45, Old Dominion 17
Oklahoma 51, West Virginia 21
Penn State 37, Eastern Michigan 10
Shippensburg 31, Shepherd 28
Ravens 23, Broncos 21
Steelers 20, Titans 10
Redskins 27, Eagles 17