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Vocations need a little more work

Published 3:16am Thursday, September 19, 2013

I wuz talkin’ with the Rev. Steve Harvey the other day — (okay, I really wusn’t talkin’ to him, but I likes draggin’ Steve into these kind of situations since he would never be involved with something like this) — and he wuz lamentin’ how some of the new, younger ministers were havin’ trouble adjustin’ to the commitments of their vocation.

Seems there were these four young ministers on a train headin’ fer a retreat of new ministers and they began to talk. The first minister said, “We all went to ministry school together and we don’t know much about each other. I suggest we each tell the others one of our sins.”

All four grew a little nervous. The first young minister said, “I brought it up so I will go first. Once a year I take off my collar and go out to another town and drink myself blind in a bar. I get it out of my system.”

The others look nervously at each other but nodded. The second one says, “With me, it’s gambling. Once a year I take money from the poor box and go to the races. I spend it all and get it out of my system.”

The third minister looked real nervous and reluctantly says, “This is difficult. My sin is worse. I take off my collar and go to the red light district and pick up women. I get it out of my system.”

They all looked at the fourth minister and he didn’t say anything for a few moments. Finally, he says, “Well, I’m an habitual gossip and I can’t wait to get off this train.”

Sounds like they needs to study under the guidance of Rev. Harvey.

Ennywho, last week I picked up the pace and went 16-2 fer the week. That helped quite a bit as I recover from the mediocre first week of predictions. The season record is now 44-14 fer a .759 percentage.

However, things gits a little tougher this week so I has my fingers crossed.

Ironton at Ashland: I knows Ironton has had its troubles at Putnam Stadium the past two trips, but Putnam Stadium has its own problems with ‘bout 900 condemned seats. Git there early. Ironton 21, Ashland 20.

Raceland at Coal Grove: Welp, Raceland may be Ram tough, but the Hornets still got some sting in their stinger. Coal Grove 24, Raceland 21.

Portsmouth West at Rock Hill: Someone is gonna git their first win. If the Redmen kin limit the turnovers, they has a chance. Portsmouth West 18, Rock Hill 13.

Chesapeake at Lucasville Valley: The Indians played an OVC team last week and then play one this week and another next week. They seem to like the OVC teams. Lucasville Valley 28, Chesapeake 8.

South Point at Lincoln County: The Pointers have opened the season 3-0. Look fer them to make that 4-0. South Point 28, Lincoln County 19.

Fisher Catholic at Symmes Valley: The biggest challenge fer the Vikings is avoidin’ a letdown. Symmes Valley 26, Fisher Catholic 17.

Fairland at Wheelersburg: Woody Hayes disdained the forward pass. You kin bet if he wuz still alive he wouldn’t be buyin’ a ticket to this one. Wheelersburg 42, Fairland 33.

Green at Dayton Jefferson: Not the best way to spend your Saturday night. Dayton Jefferson 28, Green 22.

OTHERS: Russell over Boyd County; Oak Hill over Wellston; Waverly over Alexander; Portsmouth Notre Dame over Northwest; Sciotoville East over Manchester; Athens over Jackson; Minford over Portsmouth; Col. St. Charles over Bishop Hartley; Gallipolis over Marietta; Loudonville over Logan; Amanda Clearcreek over Liberty Union.


Gridiron Goober is a self-proclaimed high school football expert who shares his vast knowledge and picks each week, all while offering a hmorous take on the world of sports.

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