Wednesday, September 1, 2021 | 5:25 p.m.
Last week: 8-3 (72.7%)
NOTince schools are open again, the Birdie has visited local cafeterias.
“Crates of milk,” he said. “I borrow them by the dozen. I load them into the Chevette, bring them home and stack them high up in my garden.
“There’s this milk crate challenge thing going on, and you know how I’m with the challenges,” Birdie said. “Bring it on. Mike Tomlin told me my week zero performance“ wasn’t ready for college ”after grossly underestimating Franklin Regional and Albert Gallatin, so I’m motivated.
Following what has become a sometimes disturbing and eerily captivating part of go-viral culture, the Birdie has already taken on many challenges – and failed at them.
“I had a concussion during the ice bucket challenge when someone replaced the water with stones,” he said. “The modeling challenge was fun until I realized I was in my underwear – just my underwear – and in the supermarket, to boot. I was there, frozen among the frozen foods.
Let’s go back to those mic boxes… and the chaos they created.
“It’s all about balance and coordination,” he said. “I stacked them 10 high and about 10 wide. I reached the fourth box, then the fifth. It was like the medal stand when I was doing track and field in high school. Only, I never reached the top either. (Crash).
“I only have to wear this scarf for 6 to 8 weeks. Challenge accepted.”
Now let’s move on to week 1 choices of your favorite feather, one step at a time.
• Hempfield (1-0) at Penn-Trafford (1-0): The host Warriors love to play at home and will show the Spartans why. Penn Trafford, 38-14
• Latrobe (1-0) at Norwin (0-1): The Birdie loves these all-local clashes, just as linemen love donuts for Saturday morning movie shows. Latrobe, 23-20
• Connellsville (0-1) at Greensburg Salem (0-1): During his summer walks on the Five Star Trail, the Birdie often passed by Offut Field and wondered when the Golden Lions would add to their total of 700 wins. When he took a look at the schedule, he thought this game would give them a good chance. Greensburg Salem, 24-13
• Franklin Regional (1-0) at Kiski Area (1-0): Franklin Regional has a new coach, but the Panthers still play with that familiar edge. Franklin Regional, 28-14
• Belle Vernon (0-0) at Chartiers Valley (1-0): Look for Belle Vernon to score in different ways. Belle Vernon, 42-6
• Mt. Pleasant (1-0) at Derry (0-1): Mt. Pleasant has a quietly solid offense and Derry’s defense has a bit of youth. Mount Pleasant, 36-3
• Young (0-1) at Ringgold (0-1): Yough has made improvements on both sides of the ball, and there is more potential to be found in this offense. But the Cougars are not there yet. Gold ring, 22-12
• Vallée du Ligonier (1-0) vs. Elizabeth Forward (1-0): The Birdie believe Ligonier Valley is going to have a solid season, but having to go to Elizabeth Forward is not favored by schedule officials. Elizabeth before, 14-13
• Laurel Highlands (1-0) at Southmoreland (1-0): Southmoreland has a double threat quarterback, but so does Laurel Highlands, and he’s a good one. Laurel Highlands, 36-26
• Seton LaSalle (0-0) at Greensburg Central Catholic (1-0): There was a time when it would be a big game, but Seton La Salle has had a hard time and is looking to rebuild himself. Greensburg CC, 21-7
• Sto-Rox (1-0) to Jeannette (0-1): Sto-Rox has a powerful offense and won’t be afraid to use him in the Jayhawks’ home opener. Sto-Rox, 56-6
• Imani Christian (0-0) at Monessen (0-1): The Birdie rarely turns to the coin flip, but he can’t decide who will win this one. Monessen, 15-14
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