St. Ignatius is favored by two points over Pickerington Central in Saturday night’s Division 1 state championship football game. It’s a new role for the Wildcats who were underdogs the last three weeks. Here are the rest of the betting lines, for information purposes only.
D1 – St. Ignatius … 2 … (36) … Pickerington
D2 – Trotwood Madison … 11 1/2 … (62) … Avon
D3 – Cardinal Mooney … 13 … (61) … Springfield Shawnee
D4 – Kenton … 16 1/2 … (76) … Creston Norwayne
D5 – Kirtland … 3 … (40) … Coldwater
D6 – Maria Stein … 27 … (52) … Buckeye Central
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Now, to other issues. I’ve got a busy weekend of book signings. Friday night I’ll sign at Shelly Hoffman’s Wall of Fame at Signature of Solon. Saturday morning 10 a.m. till noon at the Wahoo Club Christmas Party at Landerhaven. Saturday evening 5-7 p.m. at Sokolowski’s University Inn in Tremont. Sunday evening 6-8 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Lorain Road in North Olmsted.
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One other thing: Ryan Pontbriand enjoyed a remarkable career, almost nine seasons in the NFL as the Browns’ long snapper. The fans knew who he was, but they never knew him. When he was drafted in the fifth round, Pontbriand was the most surprised guy in the world. He never expected to play pro football. In college, he was just a long snapper. He figured it would end there.
But he turned into Mister Automatic. Year after year, he rifled perfect snaps for field goals, extra points and punts. He was so steady, people forgot about him. I never read feature stories about him in the papers. He was never interviewed on television or radio. He was never in the news because he never screwed up. There was never any controversy about him. Pontbriand was Mister Anonymous.
When he went into what he called a “slump,” poof, the Browns released him. He is leaving as quietly as he arrived.
That’s all for now.