The Dribbler: Primary decision -- Who wins?

January 13, 2012 12:00 am

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He already has a white house, with an oval office in which he pores over statistics, and he has been to Washington a zillion times -- to watch the Little Prexies. But in what may or may not be a capital idea, The Dribbler is thinking of joining the Republican presidential field.

Why not? It seems that everyone else is.

"Ask not what your prognosticator can do for you, but what you can do for your prognosticator," he said, employing the twisted logic that could make him a viable candidate in any political race.

Though he believes RuPaul would be a tougher challenger than Ron Paul, The Dribbler has reservations -- and not just in flea-bag hotels. He ran for office about 20 years ago, won, then had to run again from irate villagers carrying torches.

He certainly has been hot with his predictions over the past week, compiling a 12-2 record heading into play Thursday night. His season mark to that point was 21-5.

Here is his take on top games scheduled in the next week:

Top boys matchups

Plum at Gateway, today, 7:30 p.m. -- The Mustangs have the horses, led by a thoroughbred, Nolan Cressler, to prevail against their Section 2-AAAA rival. But the defending WPIAL champions may be on the verge of an extended run. Winner: Gateway.

New Castle at Blackhawk, today, 8 p.m, -- Oh, how Todd Graham would have loved the Red Hurricane ... if he had stayed around here, of course. Theirs is a true high-octane offense, without the phony bluster. The Section 2-AAA leader remains on top. Winner: New Castle.

Lincoln Park at Cornell, today, 7:30 p.m. -- This is more than a Section 1 showdown. These are two of the best teams in WPIAL Class A. The visitors take this one. Winner: Lincoln Park.

Montour at South Fayette, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. -- As they did in football, the Spartans appear to be building momentum. They take the first showdown between these Section 5-AAA front-runners. Winner: Montour.

Other top boys games

(Home team in all CAPS) Today, 4 p.m.: Carrick over OBAMA ACADEMY; Today, 7:30 p.m.: HAMPTON over Valley, GREENSBURG SALEM over Indiana, Shady Side Academy over Riverview; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: JEANNETTE over Greensburg Central Catholic.

Top girls matchups

Allderdice at Westinghouse, today, 5:30 p.m. -- City League prominence will be on the line in Homewood. The Bulldogs yield points grudgingly, but the Dragons will score a sufficient number. Winner: Allderdice.

Monessen at Gateway, Saturday, 7:15 p.m. -- This is one of four games in the one-day Hoops Classic at Gateway. It also is an interesting matchup featuring powers from a Class AAAA school (the Gators) and Class A (Monessen). The Greyhounds will be in the running, but the bigger school will prevail. Winner: Gateway.

Bishop Canevin at Seton-LaSalle, Monday, 7:30 p.m. -- The Crusaders and Rebels are among the Class AA -- and diocesan -- elite, adding to the intrigue of this Section 5-AA contest. It will be interesting, and end with a Rebel yell. Winner: Seton-LaSalle.

North Catholic vs. Vincentian, at La Roche College, Wednesday, 8 p.m. -- Different night, but another showdown of section rivals from the diocese. The Trojanettes will take this 2-A encounter. Winner: North Catholic.

First Published 2012-02-09 19:33:54
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