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North Sports Report - August 21, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Contemplating Week 0: This is Week Zero 

[youtube=] “These go to eleven” –Nigel Tufnel

The TSSAA has dubbed the first week of football season - Week Zero. Former Spinal Tap guitarist and visionary Nigel Tufnel explains the week numbering system in a rare interview with the North Sports Report:

Nigel: It’s finally Week Zero.

NSR: Don’t most seasons start with Week One?

Nigel: Exactly.

NSR:   So, does that mean it’s earlier. Is it any earlier?

Nigel: Well, it’s one earlier, isn’t it? It’s not one.  You see, most folks start playing at week one and it’s not the beginning, they missed the beginning. What happened at the beginning, before one? What were they doing?

NSR: I don’t know.

Nigel: Exactly.  What we do is make sure we don’t miss anything.  When we’re at week one and we need to see what happened a week earlier, you know what we do?

NSR: Look at the box score for week zero?

Nigel: Zero. Exactly. One earlier.

NSR: Why don’t you make week one a little earlier, make that the first week and make it a little earlier?

Nigel: [pauses]  This is Week Zero.

Week Zero it is …aka Football Time!

Fall Season Preview

The Tennessean published its season previews for Cross-Country, Volleyball and Girls Soccer earlier this week.  Cane Ridge Cross-Country sensation Bailee Dean was recognized as one of Tennessee’s best, and MLK’s Girls Cross-Country and Boys Cross-Country teams were mentioned as state contenders.  Hume-Fogg’s Girls Cross-Country, Volleyball, and Soccer teams were all three recognized as state contenders.  It is going to be a great Fall Season!


The North Sports Report had a blast last week with three straight nights of high school football action at Pearl-Cohn, Overton, and McGavock.  It was just a dress rehearsal, and now it’s time to kickoff a great season.

Games of the Week - Friday August 23

The North Sports Report is in a bind this week.  NSR tries to name one MNPS home game each week as the game of the week.  For Week 0, two games stand out.

The season starts with two of the biggest rivalry games in the state, and NSR can only attend one.  When these rivals meet, you can throw out the records…wait, it’s the first game; everyone is 0-0, so you don’t have to throw out the records. Anyway, let’s name both of these games as The Game of the Week!

The Southeast Showdown – Antioch Bears at Cane Ridge Ravens: The Ravens look to defend the 12AAA championship with a talented and focused group of super athletes across the board against the Bears’ power running game that features returning All-City running back Moses Cornelius and option Quarterback Raekwon Hosey.  These schools are so close to each other, they can hear each others’ pep rallies. If familiarity breeds contempt, it will be a rambunctious showdown as these two powerhouses look to grab the high ground in the 12AAA standings.

The Dickerson Road Buffalo Bowl – Hunters Lane Warriors at Maplewood Panthers:  Another neighborhood rivalry built on years of respect, pride and competition between two storied football programs.  This year, the Dickerson Road Merchants Association is sponsoring the traditional rivalry game that will feature a Buffalo Trophy to the winning team.  You know how some college games have the Governor’s Cup, the Golden Egg Trophy, Paul Bunyan’s Axe, an Iron Skillet, some sort of Jug, a Wagon Wheel, etc… After years of competition, Maplewood and Hunters Lane finally have a trophy to mark the victor of this epic rivalry and provide bragging rights for the entire year.

All these games will be great too!

  • East Nashville Eagles travel to Hillwood Hilltoppers;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds host Glencliff Colts;
  • Hillsboro Burros head out of town to Rossview;
  • McGavock Raiders start the season at home against Tullahoma;
  • Overton Bobcats host Father Ryan in another longstanding Nashville classic rivalry;
  • Stratford Spartans head up to Sumner County to face JPII; and
  • Whites Creek Cobras kickoff the season at home against Sycamore.

The MNPS home games are at Cane Ridge; Maplewood; Hillwood; Pearl-Cohn; McGavock; Overton; and Whites Creek.  Go to a game Friday Night!


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