Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Poor Mo

Poor Maurice Clarett.

He’s getting the short end of the stick. Just kidding. In reality, he’s getting everything he deserves.

We have this conversation in the newsroom every once in awhile. We ponder the many reasons why there are some people that have everything fame, fortune and wealth just, excuse my French, piss it all away.
I mean Mo had it all. Star player on the NCAA championship team as a freshman and future as bright as anyone could imagine. His potential seemed limitless. One bad decision, the decision to try and play in the NFL and bucking the league’s rules that allowed for only juniors to enter the NFL draft, I think was his downfall.

From that one decision, I think everything began to spiral out of control.

He was never the same football player when he was finally drafted by the Denver broncos. If he would have stayed in school maybe things could have turned out different, He would have furthered his education and improved his stock in the NFL draft instead of being labeled a rabble rouser or troublemaker.

Then again, he could have brought the entire OSU football program down. He could have been the same distraction in Columbus that Terrell Owens became in Philadelphia before the Eagles cut him loose.

His latest episode is truly sad, especially if you read between the lines. He had many of his possessions in his car, he was wearing a protective vest , had loaded weapons in the vehicle and called several people to thank them for various things they did for him. Sounds to me like a troubled man thinking about suicide.

Many Buckeye fans have turned their back on the former OSU star. He’s got a lot of problems, all created by his own actions, but I can’t help but feel sorry for him.


AREA PREP GOLF: Right now if I HAD to put money down on a team to win the Blanchard Valley Conference it would be Liberty-Benton. They played very, very well in their own invitational. Van Buren is pretty good too and deeper than L-B but coach Eric Heitkamp will have a job figuring out his starting lineup with a 10 pretty doggone good golfers.
I’d wager Leipsic (who has one of the area’s top individuals in 2004 state qualifier Jason Crow) and McComb to battle for third place with Arcadia, Arlington and Cory-Rawson coming next although not necessarily in that order.

A new face led the FHS golf team this week in their opener for rookie head coach Scott Grant. Sophomore Ethan Snook led the Trojans in their opener, a lackluster 14th place finish at the Pickerington North Invitational. They’ll certainly get better as the year progresses and win another Greater Buckeye Conference crown. Hopefully Grant can keep a little tighter rein on his players’ social activities than his predecessor.

Bluffton is a pretty solid team when they are playing well. They’ll need to put it all together at the district to qualify for state but the Pirates could do it. Other than that there isn’t another area team that will be much of a factor in the postseason. Other than Crow, other individuals to watch appear to be Fostoria St. Wendelin’s Jake Williams and Carey’s Adam Schmitz. We’ll know a little more in 5 weeks when teams tee it up for their league tournaments.

Coming tomorrow…a look at area football openers.


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