The Dribbler: February just drives him crazy

February 10, 2012 12:00 am

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February may be the shortest month, but to The Dribbler, it's long on the inexplicable.

Take the groundhog. Please. How do you know whether it sees its shadow? If it does, why six more WEEKS of winter? This year, it should have been six more hours?

Then there's Valentine's Day. We'd be better off if it were Bobby Valentine's Day, the PG prognosticator contends. "This is the consummate Hallmark holiday, and the biggest day of the year for Russell Stover," he groused. "If you love anyone or anything as much as I love hoops, you express that all the time, not one day in the middle of February."

His rant concluded -- finally -- with Leap Year, in which February expands to 29 days every four years, including this one. The explanation is a full year actually is 365 days plus six hours, meaning the equivalent of a day is added over a four-year stretch. But what about someone born on Feb, 29, 1996? Will he/she turn 16 or 4 this year?

The Dribbler can count on one good thing every February: the WPIAL playoffs and there isn't anything more compelling to him. They will begin Friday.

Smelling, not compelling, describes his predictions from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, as he went 7-8. He has rebounded in the past week, though, compiling a 12-2 mark through Wednesday. His season record going into games Thursday night was 61-27 (.693).

His take on intriguing matchups during the final days of the regular season:

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South Fayette at Montour, today, 7:30 p.m. -- This joust not only may determine the Section 5 champion, it could be a preview of a later-round Class AAA tournament matchup. South Fayette is a quality team, but the Spartans won the first one by seven, have built up momentum and have the home court. Winner: Montour.

Serra Catholic at Clairton, today, 7:30 p.m. -- As usual, the Eagles-Bears matchup is pivotal, with the Section 4-A title at stake. Serra took the first game by two, but the Bears avoid a sweep and forge a co-championship.

First Published 2012-02-11 02:00:31
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