The Fumbler: Making an entrance rates high on his to-do list

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With Lil Wayne rapping beside him and Justin Bieber just steps behind, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather made his entrance to the ring last Saturday night for a fight that could earn him in excess of $100 million.

Only in Vegas.

The Fumbler is a big Mayweather supporter and was obviously thrilled to see his favorite boxer improve to 45-0. The Fumbler is also a fan of Mayweather's elaborate ring entrances, so much so that he has always dreamed about doing something similar.

Does the slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" always have to hold true?

An idea in mind, The Fumbler spoke to his manager earlier this week in hopes of coming up with a plan to walk into a WPIAL football game with all the glitz and glamor of a championship fight.

What they came up with was Pittsburgh-themed. The Fumbler, dressed in a fur coat, Aviator sunglasses and a Pirates baseball hat, will walk past the ticket taker with Donnie Iris singing next to him and Darelle Revis on the other side, with Mark Cuban and Dan Rooney following behind.

The Fumbler still has to iron out some particulars and run it past WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. But later this season, the dream entrance could become reality.

"Top that, Floyd!" said The Fumbler.

It's doubtful any WPIAL prognosticator has come close to topping The Fumbler this season. He went 53-12 (.815) last week, which upped his season record to 158-42 (.790).

Should The Fumbler include anyone else in his entourage? Do you want to be a part of it? Let him know by sending him an email at thefumbler@post-gazette.com.

Here are his thoughts on this weekend's top games:

Penn-Trafford (2-1, 2-0) at McKeesport (3-0, 2-0), 7 tonight -- One of the few things more frustrating than waiting in a long line at Walmart is trying to stop Mc-Keesport's flexbone offense. Not many teams run it anymore, meaning just about all of McKeesport's opponents spend less than a week preparing for it. Coach George Smith, who won his 200th career game last week, keeps defenses on their heels at all times. Smith may be the king of the program, but a Queen -- quarterback David Queen -- is the orchestrator of the offense. The flexbone will once again be connected to the "win bone." Winner: Mc-Keesport.

Upper St. Clair (3-0, 3-0) at Penn Hills (3-0, 3-0), 7:30 tonight -- It's no surprise top-ranked Upper St. Clair is 3-0, but not many figured Penn Hills would get off to such a strong start. One of the breakout stars this season has been Penn Hills quarterback Billy Kisner (568 yards), who is fourth in the WPIAL in rushing. If Kisner puts up big numbers and Penn Hills beats Upper St. Clair, Kisner's stardom could reach another level. The problem is, Kisner and his Penn Hills teammates have not faced a defense nearly this good. Winner: Upper St. Clair.

Mars (2-1, 2-1) at Highlands (3-0, 3-0), 7 tonight -- What's gotten into Highlands? After beginning last season 0-4, the Golden Rams find themselves 3-0 and all alone in first place in the Class AAA Greater Allegheny. Last week, they shut out Franklin Regional, which topped Mars in the season opener. The Planets will definitely want to avoid being backed up deep in their own territory, as Highlands (obscure stat alert!) has forced three safeties thus far. This is far from a safe game for Mars. In fact, the Golden Rams will exit the game 4-0. Winner: Highlands.

New Brighton (3-0, 2-0) at Aliquippa (3-0, 1-0), 7 tonight -- The Fumbler was a little bummed when he went to the Pitt/Florida State game. Not because the Panthers lost, but because Florida State mascot Chief Osceloa did not attend (he doesn't do road games). The chief is known for riding his horse onto the field and driving a flaming spear into the ground. Luckily for The Fumbler, he can see the tradition take place at The Pit in Aliquippa. New Brighton owns the most potent offense in the WPIAL (52.7 points per game), but scoring anything close to that against Aliquippa won't happen. Winner: Aliquippa.

And the rest (home teams in capital letters):

Tonight

CITY LEAGUE -- Allderdice over WESTINGHOUSE; PERRY over Carrick.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA -- (Foothills Conference) Gateway over ALTOONA; Hempfield over KISKI AREA; LATROBE over Norwin. (Northern Eight) CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Fox Chapel; North Hills over BUTLER; NORTH ALLEGHENY over Pine-Richland. (Southeastern) MT. LEBANON over Baldwin; Bethel Park over CANON-McMILLAN; WOODLAND HILLS over Plum.

WPIAL CLASS AAA -- (Big Nine) WEST MIFFLIN over Albert Gallatin; ELIZABETH FORWARD over Belle Vernon; THOMAS JEFFERSON over Trinity; RINGGOLD over Uniontown. (Greater Allegheny) INDIANA over Derry; Franklin Regional over GREENSBURG SALEM; Knoch over HOLLIDAYSBURG. (Parkway) MOON over Ambridge; CENTRAL VALLEY over Blackhawk; New Castle over MONTOUR; West Allegheny over HOPEWELL.

WPIAL CLASS AA -- (Allegheny) SHADY SIDE ACADEMY over Burrell; EAST ALLEGHENY over Deer Lakes; KITTANNING over Summit Academy; Valley over FREEPORT. (Century) SOUTH FAYETTE over Burgettstown; QUAKER VALLEY over Keystone Oaks; SOUTH ALLEGHENY over South Park; SETON-LaSALLE over Steel Valley. (Interstate) JEANNETTE over Brownsville; MOUNT PLEASANT over Charleroi; GREENSBURG CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Waynesburg; WASHINGTON over Yough. (Midwestern) BEAVER FALLS over Beaver; Mohawk over RIVERSIDE.

WPIAL CLASS A -- (Big Seven) Rochester over SOUTH SIDE BEAVER; NESHANNOCK over Shenango; Sto-Rox over OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART. (Black Hills) FORT CHERRY over Brentwood; BISHOP CANEVIN over California; CLAIRTON over Monessen; CARLYNTON over Serra Catholic. (Eastern) Avonworth over WEST SHAMOKIN; APOLLO-RIDGE over Leechburg; NORTH CATHOLIC over Riverview. (Tri-County South) JEFFERSON-MORGAN over Avella; BETH-CENTER over Bentworth; FRAZIER over West Greene.

NON-CONFERENCE -- CHARTIERS-HOUSTON over Conemaugh Township; CHARTIERS VALLEY over Ellwood City; Hampton over LAUREL HIGHLANDS; McGuffey over FREEDOM; Seneca Valley over CONNELLSVILLE; PETERS TOWNSHIP over Shaler; FORD CITY over Southmoreland; LAUREL over Springdale; CARMICHAELS over Vincentian.

Saturday afternoon

WPIAL CLASS A -- (Big Seven) Union over WESTERN BEAVER. (Eastern) WILKINSBURG over Northgate.

NON-CONFERENCE -- BALTIMORE BOYS LATIN (MD.) over Kiski School.

Saturday night

WPIAL CLASS A -- (Tri-County South) Mapletown over GEIBEL CATHOLIC.

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