The Weekend in Sports

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Like a lot of folks, my weekends are consumed with sports, especially this time of year.  This weekend seemed especially jammed with them, forcing me to spend a lot of time on my couch.

Friday night we kicked things off with the Charlevoix-Suttons Bay football game.  The game was a disappointment on a few levels.  After scoring on the first play of the game, the Rayders struggled for most of the night and were blown out, 48-19.  From a selfish standpoint, those kind of games make it tough for us to stay positive on the radio broadcast and don’t give us much to talk about.  We also don’t see any players on the post-game show.

I also hate to see so many of my baseball guys have another tough loss.  These football players put in so much time and it’d be so great to see it pay off with a W.  Lastly, though I saw my son Will on the sidelines being attended to for his shoulder.  Initially he got it wrapped and then went back into the game, but then later he came out again and when I saw first the helmet, then the pads come off, I figured it must not be good.

After the game we heard that he’s got instability in his right shoulder – not good for a catcher.  He’ll start physical therapy this week, will miss this week’s game at Kalkaska and hopefully can build up the strength and avoid surgery.

Not an auspicious start to the weekend.

Saturday morning I watched my Manchester United host West Ham.  The Reds are suffering with injuries and had to bring up two players from their youth academy just to cover the backfield, including Paddy McNair.  I had never heard of this youngster before, but what a pure soccer name.

Anyway I digress.  Man U jumped up early, as they had last week before they collapsed, and then slowly let the Hammers back in the game.  Wayne Rooney was sent off with a stupid red card with 30 minutes left in the game and MUFC clinging to a 2-1 lead and it didn’t look good.  But the boys came together and closed it out for a win – just in time for me to switch channels and watch MSU-Wyoming.

Not much of a game there.  Wyoming was supposed to give the Spartans a bit of a test, but if they did, MSU passed and then some.  It was 42-7 at the half and 56-14 at the end.  The Spartans “only” played three QBs this week – as opposed to the five they got in last week, including two walk-ons.

Nice way to create momentum going into a game against unbeaten Nebraska next Saturday night.  Anyone have any extra tickets?

Then after the Spartans’ game, I got word that U of M was losing to Minnesota so of course I had to watch some of that.  I turned it on in time to see their QB knocked woozy but no one on the sidelines seemed to notice.  When they finally did come to their senses – or so I thought – and pulled him from the game, he had to go in a few plays later when neither of their other two QBs had a helmet.  The QB in the game had his knocked off which required him to leave the game and their 3rd stringer apparently never thought to keep his near by.

I could only watch so much disappointment in the Big House so I moved on.

Yesterday we had what is becoming the Telgenhof family ritual.  We traded Judy for Ty and the Telgenhof men spent Sunday afternoon monitoring the Lions, NFL Red Zone and our fantasy football teams.  Though the other guys seemingly weren’t interested, I snuck off to watch some Tiger baseball.  David Price threw a gem, backed up (finally) by Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan (!?!?) and they clinched the AL Central for the 4th straight year.

All of that sets up, what else, another great sports weekend next week.  I’m hoping to get Will in the booth for the Kalkaska game, and with the Spartans in primetime, Tigers opening the playoffs and hopefully my fantasy football teams bouncing back, it should be another fun one.

Did I mention I bought Rooney for my Ultimate Team in FIFA 15?  No?  Well, maybe another time.

About Allen Telgenhof

Allen Telgenhof is the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney; beginning his 14th year of coaching high school baseball, now as varsity coach at Boyne Falls Public Schools. Graduated from Clio High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Father of four great children, ages 27, 25, 20 and 19.
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