CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- TODAY'S TRIVIA question: Who has a better conference record so far, Marshall or Central Florida? No peeking.
While you consider that, a few wide-ranging items:
A big thanks to both teams, who were allowed to play on a day when, in an overkill of caution, school was closed up and down the valley. Except at Charleston Catholic.
You see that school often on the school closings? Shoot, you almost forget that place exists when the snow flies.
Buffalo is situated in Putnam County, which has the good sense to base decisions on whether to have extracurricular activities independently from the morning's decision to close schools. As I have stated before, no school/no play policies are asinine to the double-nth degree.
In case you need reasoning, it's twofold: First, conditions usually improve as the day wears on with road treatment, warmer weather and traffic. Second, the dozens of rescheduled games will kill us all in February.
As public-school students try to catch up on their studies with the all-consuming goal to ace the WESTEST, basketball players are going to face four or five games in certain weeks.
Funny, a few other states seem to get along fine without no school/no play, notably the great state of Kentucky. That stands to reason - first, some of those districts close school over a single patch of ice and second, you're not canceling basketball in the Bluegrass State. Christmas is less sacrosanct there.
Shoot, when South Charleston played Knott County Central, Ky., in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout in Williamson, the Patriots entered with 16 games under their belt. That's the way that state rolls.
Here's another novel idea: Quit canceling school so much.
Yes, we are raising (another) generation that thinks the world shall stop when you get an inch of snow and the temperature falls to zero. Kanawha County, which can't afford snow days after "Watergate," should have had school last Wednesday, as well as Tuesday, the 7th. (I do praise the powers that be for opening schools this past Friday.)
Regardless, the county should let schools play their games no matter what, and ease the burden when the weather gets better.
Simes is one of the newest commitments out of Georgia, while Bee cast his lot with the Thundering Herd last summer and Thompson jumped in near Christmas.
The first order of business will be seeing just how tall these guys are, and believe me, we do that. Let's put it this way: I had better be looking up at these guys.
We've had our share of height exaggerations. For example, was Devon "Moo Moo" Smith really 5-7? Uh, no. Was quarterback Chris Smith, a Mark Snyder recruit, 6-3? Not close. Was QB Brian Sullivan 6-2? Stop it, you're killing me!