Since we run rankings in the newspaper every Monday, selecting the favorites isn't very hard. I'm just happy to watch the players determine things on the field.
I thought the White Sox would be back in the World Series last month and that the Dolphins game was just a pit stop for the Bears on their way to the Meadowlands.
As the high school football playoffs reach the quarterfinals, seven of the eight teams remaining in Class 8A are the schools that are supposed to be here.
The biggest surprise to me is how well the Western Sun's tri-champions Batavia, Geneva and Kaneland have performed. Those three are 27-0 against everyone except each other so far.
This week will get tougher. In Class 6A Batavia is hosting unbeaten Cary-Grove, which played for in the 7A state title game in 2004 and Geneva traveling to Oswego, the 7A champion in 2003.
In 5A, Kaneland and quarterback Boone Thorgeson, who has put up eye-popping stats, hosts Sterling.
Driscoll's quest for state title No. 6 in a row returns to Addison as the Highlanders host Harvard. The most amazing thing is that Driscoll has won 27 state playoff games in a row — and they were all against teams with winning records. The last time Driscoll lost a playoff game was back in 2000 to Oregon. The current Highlander freshmen were in third grade. Overall, Driscoll is 46-9 in state playoff games for seven coaches.
One last thought. I covered the Morgan Park overtime win against Plainfield South on Saturday. A number of Plainfield fans were very critical of the officiating, but the cracks I received via e-mail about hometown refs ??? The members of the officiating crew at that game that I know ALL live in the suburbs and they all live closer to Plainfield South than Morgan Park.