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Random thoughts from a sports guy

By Jeffery Armstrong

Henry County breaks its losing streak: Man, am I glad the Henry County High Warhawks football team finally broke their long losing streak this season. And they did it without a couple of players I thought were key for them. It had to be a terrible feeling to lose every single game for more than a year. What's funny is that the Warhawks now have as many wins as the Atlanta Falcons. Now the longest losing streaks in Henry and Clayton counties belong to the Stockbridge Tigers (10 games) and the Morrow Mustangs and Forest Park Panthers (5 games). Either Stockbridge or Morrow will end their losing streak this season as both teams are scheduled to face each other Nov. 1.

The Yankees face the Red Sox in the ALCS: In years past, the Red Sox-Yankees in the American League Championship Series would get my blood racing and I'd be super hyped for each game. This year, I'm indifferent. Now, don't get me wrong – there's nothing I'd like better than seeing "the Curse of the Bambino" extended another year for the Red Sox. But since I'm not into baseball anymore and since the Yankees have won four World Series titles recently, it doesn't matter to me if the hated Red Sox reverse the curse. I've lived through the terrible stretch from 1981 to 1995 when the Yanks went to the playoffs only twice and lost both times (in 1981 and 1995). I've been able to see four Yankees world champions as an adult, so I'm straight. Still, it would be nice to see the curse last until the year 2020, which would be exactly 100 years since the Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yanks. The Sox haven't won a world title since trading Ruth.

College football bananza this weekend: This weekend will be great for college football fans everywhere.

Check out some of the games on tap: Florida State vs. Miami, Florida vs. LSU, Oklahoma vs. Texas, Georgia vs. Tennessee and Michigan vs. Minnesota.

Wow! The only way I'd leave the house or the sports bar this weekend is if Halle Berry, along with Vanessa Williams and Britney Spears, drove up in a limo and offered me a ride – anywhere.

The Braves lose another one: Once again, the Atlanta Braves lost another baseball playoff series to a team they should've beaten. This one doesn't top the 2000 flop against the St. Louis Cardinals, but it was still disappointing for those who actually care about Braves baseball or baseball in general.

One of my co-workers made an interesting point the other day. He said the Braves are the only winning franchise that people think will lose a playoffs series. And he was right.

When winning teams like the Los Angeles Lakers or the Detroit Red Wings make it to the playoffs, they are almost always picked to win their particular series, either by the casual fans or by the media. Not so with the Braves.

Jeffery Armstrong is a sports writer for the News Daily and Daily Herald and his column appears on Thursdays. He can be reached at jarmstrong@henryherald.com