We knew it was too good to be true.
We also know there are certain things you don’t talk about in sports if you want them to actually happen.
If a pitcher in baseball or softball has a perfect game or no-hitter, no one mentions it. It’s bad luck.
As a football season progresses and a team’s kicker is perfect in PATs or field goals or both, their radio announcers aren’t supposed to mention it.
As soon as someone on that person’s team inside the stadium mentions it, the streak ends. The chances of a perfect game are gone with a hit batter. The no-hitter is gone with a bloop single up the right-field line just out of the first baseman’s reach and too far in for the right-fielder to get.
There’s another jinx you’re not supposed to mention: No weather delays. If a baseball season is going as scheduled with no rain-outs, one will happen within a week if someone is foolish enough to mention it.
I want to know who’s done it in West Tennessee. Everything was rolling along. The only basketball games that had been moved back were those involving schools whose football teams lasted a long time in the playoffs.
Teams weren’t scrambling to get district games in the final week of the regular season.
We actually had a relatively slow week covering games that week because a lot of districts told teams to leave those days open in case some district games needed to be made up.
It was nice. We knew what was going on. Michael Odom wasn’t spending time calling and texting coaches finding out when games would be played.
Then this week happened. Children, teachers and school administrators have probably enjoyed the doubly-long weekend, but basketball coaches and tournament directors haven’t for the most part.
And if you think the latter part of this week will be tough, next week should be a good test for those teams who are built for a tournament run.
The region tournament schedule as mandated by the TSSAA after the weather got so cold/icy/frozen/impassible Monday morning stipulated girls’ region quarterfinals on Monday, boys’ on Tuesday, both genders’ semifinals on Wednesday (four games at one place in one afternoon/night) and both championships on Thursday. Those need to be done by then so girls’ teams aren’t waiting until late Friday night to find out where they’re playing sectional matchups on Saturday.
But the girls’ teams that advance that far will play four games in six days. The boys’ teams will play three games in three days, take three days off, play their sectional the following Monday then wait nine days before the state tournament starts in Murfreesboro.
The good thing about the mandate is no region teams will have the advantage of rest or disadvantage of a longer layoff over any other region.
But no matter which teams win championships or what region of the state they’re from, those championship teams – particularly on the girls’ side – will have certainly earned that title.
Brandon Shields is the sports editor of The Jackson Sun. Contact him at 425-9751 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon and on Instagram at jacksonsunsports.