Thoughts after watching eight high school football games--and assorted other college and professional events--in two days while feasting on hot turkey sandwiches and other Thanksgiving Day leftovers:
* Anyone who argues that Maine South's Matt Perez wasn't the Player of the Year wasn't paying attention.
* Critics of the Illinois High School Association's television production of the state finals are reminded that the folks who provided the play-by-play and color commentary--Jim Spencer, Steve Moews, Lee Hall, Greg Bradshaw, Tom Stocker, Jim Covert, Dave Bernhard, Jack McInerney--do a very competent job and are so much better than the alternative. You want professonals? Remember Norm Van Lier? Better production? It looked very good from where I was sitting and, remember Heidi, ESPN, the commercial networks and the cable stations fumble the ball, too, with much larger budgets.