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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:45 pm

Has everything been said about the Super Bowl yet?

As a veteran of the last Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans, I’ll start this with a couple of thoughts.

This Super Bowl seems a bit like Super Bowl XXXVI in a number of ways.

For starters, the AFC team won both times.

In Super Bowl XXXVI, the St. Louis Rams rallied late to tie the game before New England won late.

While San Francisco never caught up, they did make a strong run in the second half.

St. Louis outgained New England by a considerable margin (427-267, 160 yards), a bit more than Baltimore outgained San Francisco (468-367, 101 yards).

In each of the Super Bowls, the MVP was an unknown or underrated quarterback from the winning team. Tom Brady had taken the starting position after Drew Bledsoe suffered a season-ending injury early in the season.

Has Joe Flacco ever been considered a top NFL quarterback? At least he has a Super Bowl ring, something most of the big-time pass slingers never have come close to getting.

It’s nice to see the Super Bowl back in New Orleans. That’s a town that was made for hosting something like the Super Bowl. It’s not taking place during hurricane season (although there always are plenty of places on Bourbon Street to find hurricanes). And Super Bowl celebrations always lead into Mardi Gras.

Of course, there will have to be things to be handled. The blackout situation wasn’t great. You can’t blame that one on President George W. Bush! (nor can you blame that one on Borgia, Marty Tiefenbrunn!) but those are things which can be fixed and improved before the Super Bowl makes its next return to the Big Easy.


On a more local front, we’ve got district wrestling coming up with the first three rounds of each district taking place Friday.

We’ve got a lot of candidates to do well not only at the district meets, but also in Columbia next week. This could be the year we have another team actually challenge for a trophy.

Washington, Pacific and Union are solid, but they’re all in the same district along with some other very solid programs, so it’s going to be a challenge just to make it past Farmington.

I think we’ve got some solid contenders to potentially be wrestling on Saturday night in the state title bouts as long as they keep working. There are a lot of good, solid, technically sound wrestlers out there, so the wrestlers need to remember that they’re only as good as their last move.

And while it might not have anyone heading to state and only has a few wrestlers remaining this season, any rumors of Borgia ending its wrestling experiment are just that.

My sources at the regional high school have told me that the school intends to continue trying to build the team in the future..


As far as our other winter sport goes, basketball, we’re through all of the in-season tournaments now and headed toward the completion of conference play and the homestretch to the district tournaments.

Remember that Classes 1-3 will be heading to the playoffs first this season, a reversal of recent years. I don’t know if MSHSAA did the best job of getting that word out because a lot of larger schools already had schedules completed by the time the changes were announced, so that last week will be pretty barren for some.

There seem to be some pretty good district showdowns setting up.

In Class 3 District 9, the top three boys seeds have a combined record of 58-4.

Fatima (19-1) is the top seed. Fatima’s loss was to Hickman, 78-48.

The St. James boys are 20-1 and are second. St. James lost to Cuba (19-2, the third seed), 68-66.

It’s shaping up so that any of the top three seeds could win this one.

The Class 4 District 9 girls basketball tournament might even be deeper than that. Any of the six seeds have a good shot at winning the tournament and five have impressive recent victories. Of course, most “experts” have already awarded the state trophy to Incarnate Word Academy, but the district tournament certainly will be entertaining stuff.

Yes, it should be an exciting postseason!


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games