The Son of Swami is learning that the world of high school athletics is not immune from the judicial system.
The loser of a state semifinal game in Illinois went to court after officials threw a penalty flag on a fourth-down heave out of bounds, seemingly ending the game. The officials called intentional grounding and gave the other team an untimed down. It used the play to kick a field goal to force overtime and won in overtime.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, that intentional grounding and an untimed down deal is what happened when Central Michigan defeated Oklahoma State this season.
In this case, attorneys for the losing team filed a 41-page lawsuit asking the judge to issue a temporary restraining order to end the game when the clock expired. But Wednesday the judge refused and the team that benefited from the officials’ mistake moves on to the finals.
Undaunted by the ruling, SOS has filed suit, seeking a change of venue. SOS wants the football finals moved from Ford Field to Troy Athens.
The reason is simple. Athens has by far the best concession stand in the western hemisphere, featuring the world renowned “Bobby D Burger,” a cheese burger topped with pulled pork and coleslaw. Better yet, the hamburger bun is adorned with the likeness of Athens’ sensational athletic director Bob Dowd.
The “Bobby D Burger” is a mere $5, which SOS was happy to pay last week, and the bonus of bonuses is that the pop dispenser features both Cherry Coke and Diet Coke, which when mixed is amazing.
Whether the finals are at Athens or Ford Field, SOS will arrive with his best playoff of prognostication ever. SOS was 13-3 in the semifinals, raising his playoff record to 199-41 (83%).
Here are the All-Knowing One’s picks for this weekend’s finals, which will, in a likelihood, be played at Ford Field.
Novi Detroit Catholic Central (13-0) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (13-0), 1, Saturday. This is déjà vu all over again for Cass Tech. The No. 1 Technicians have played No. 2 Catholic Central in the finals both times they won state titles. This CC team is much better than those teams, but when the Shamrocks lost their talented starting quarterback . . . Momma Cass 24, Drew Sharp High 17.
Walled Lake Western (12-1) vs. Detroit King (11-2), 1, Friday. Last year the D-2 championship game featured a terrific receiver – King’s Donnie Corley – making a stupendous catch to win the title. This year we have another outstanding receiver – Cody White – but he is on Western’s roster. Western’s varied offense will test the King defense. Wild Luck Western 28, King of Wishful Thinking 20.
Muskegon (12-1) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (9-4), 7:30, Saturday. Threes are wild in this game and we’re not talking jump shots. St. Mary’s is going for its third straight state championship and the Big Reds are trying to end their three-game losing streak in state championship games. Muskegon has been ranked No. 1 all season, but is SOS seriously idiotic enough to pick against Josh Ross and St. Mary’s? Musket Loaders 32, St. Mary’s by the Lake 26, OT.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-1) vs. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (13-0), 7:30, Friday. Didn’t the people at CC get the memo? No. 2 Country Day won the state championship last week when it beat No. 1 River Rouge. Evidently the people at CC feel otherwise. Country Dog 35, Catholics in Grand Rapids? 31.
Menominee (12-1) vs. Grand Rapids West Catholic (11-2), 4:30, Saturday. If the D-1 title game is déjà vu, this game is Groundhog Day for Menominee. The Maroons have had their last six seasons end with a loss to West Catholic – twice in the regionals, three times in the semifinals and once in the final. West Catholic gets its fourth-straight title. Catholics West of Grand Rapids 33, Mini Me 25.
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Maple City Glen Lake (11-2) vs. Jackson Lumen Christi (11-2), 4:30, Friday. Stopping Millington was one thing, but the Lumen Christi defense will have to deal with the passing of Cade Peterson and the running of Nick Apsey. Glen Lake has to contend with Bo Bell and, as we all know, Bo knows ball. Aluminum Foil 31, Maple Syrup 29.
Pewamo-Westphalia (13-0) vs. Detroit Loyola (11-2), 10 a.m., Saturday. The weather will be a bit better than the conditions last year when P-W beat Loyola in the semifinals in the snow. Snow or no snow, Loyola still has to figure a way to slow down P-W’s Jared Smith, the second-most productive back in state history. But then, P-W needs to deal with Loyola’s lethal speed. Loyalty 27, Pewamo Will Fail You 23.
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Muskegon Catholic Central (13-0) vs. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (13-0), 10 a.m., Friday. Going for its fourth-straight title, MCC is averaging 44.4 points a game and has ended its last nine games – including all four playoff games – with a running clock. Whiteford is in its first title game and is averaging 45 points a game. MCC may want to keep an eye on Jesse Kiefer, who has 76 career touchdowns. MCC-ABE 44, A White Ford 31.
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