The Fumbler: PIAA Championship picks

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It's inevitable that the question will be popped dozens of times this weekend.

After all, it always does.

As The Fumbler hangs out at Hersheypark Stadium taking in the four PIAA championship games today and Saturday, just about every familiar face he runs into will ask him the same thing:

"What do you do once the season is over?"

The Fumbler usually shoots back lines like, "Spending a few months getting all this chocolate off my shirt" or "Resting my writing hand."

The thing is, The Fumbler never gives anyone a truthful answer.

Until now.

The Fumbler would love to say he has plane tickets to the Bahamas or Hawaii in hand, or that he'll be heading to Florida for a few fun-filled months of playing golf. But the fact is, with a modest salary, he just can't afford that.

Instead, The Fumbler will read the paper and have a cup of coffee each morning, cook Mrs. Fumbler breakfast and see her off to work, run errands and do some household chores throughout the day, and sit back on the couch each night with a cold beverage watching a movie or big game.

Essentially, it's exactly what The Fumbler does during the season, minus high school football.

The Fumbler might seem like a larger-than-life figure, but he's really just a regular guy.

Ideas on some other things The Fumbler can do with a small budget over the next eight months? Email him at thefumbler@post-gazette.com.

The Fumbler went 6-2 in his semifinal picks, moving him to 539-122 (.815) for the season.

Here are his thoughts on this weekend's PIAA championship games.

Class AAAA

Central Catholic (15-0) vs. St. Joseph's Prep (11-3), 6 p.m. Saturday -- Just when you thought the Central Catholic defense wouldn't get any tougher, it did in a 45-0 semifinal win. If you didn't see it, all you need to know is that the Vikings had more points than Lower Dauphin had yards. St. Joseph's Prep, a perennial power from Philadelphia, is next in line. The team's colors are crimson and gray. By the end of the night, they'll be black and blue. Winner: Central Catholic.

Class AAA

Bishop McDevitt (14-1) vs. Archbishop Wood (12-2), 7 tonight -- The Fumbler has a cousin who is a McDevitt grad and longtime fan of former Crusaders running backs LeSean McCoy and Ricky Watters. The team has another good one this year in Andre Robinson. But as terrific as Robinson and the Crusaders are, The Fumbler believes Wood is a bit better. Sorry cousin. Winner: Archbishop Wood.

Class AA

South Fayette (15-0) vs. Imhotep Charter (13-1), Noon Saturday -- Imhotep Charter has had a lot of success in PIAA championship games the past few years, but those came on the basketball court, where the Panthers have won three titles in the past five seasons. South Fayette, led by Brett Brumbaugh and Justin Watson, has a lot of excellent playmakers. Imhotep Charter, which features Arizona State defensive back recruit Deandre Scott, simply has more. Winner: Imhotep Charter.

Class A

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (15-0) vs. Old Forge (14-1), 1 p.m. today -- This championship lineup is fascinating, isn't it? It begins with a Saint and is followed by a Catholic Church-like hierarchy: Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal. The Fumbler feels like he should go to confession this morning. He could be there for a while, however, and he doesn't want to miss what should be a good one. Winner: Old Forge.


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