Note: This column originally appeared in the Aug. 19, 2012 edition of the Richmond Register.
With the high school football playoffs set to begin today all across the state, it only seems fitting to run it again in this edition of the Register.
The offer still stands.
It’s been four years since any of the three high school football teams from Madison County has won a playoff game.
Sad, but true.
As a journalist, I’m not really supposed to be a fan of the teams that I cover. I guess that’s a little unprofessional.
In reality, it’s hard not to pull for these kids. I’ve lived here in Madison County for almost 10 years and I really want to see all of our young men and women succeed.
So, it’s been pretty difficult the past few years to watch as Madison Central, Madison Southern and Berea Community have been unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
I think that will change this season.
And that would be something very, very special for the people of this county.
I think all three teams have the talent and I know the players and coaches have the desire and drive to make this happen.
But, I thought it might be fun to gave these teams a little extra motivation.
Check this out.
This summer, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Marty Brennaman had his head shaved after making a bet that the Cincinnati Reds wouldn’t win 10 games in a row.
Well Marty, I’m going to borrow this idea from you.
I hope you don’t mind.
So, here’s the deal.
If any of three local high school football teams wins a playoff game tonight, I will shave my head.
No kidding. No joke.
I am serious.
If any of the local teams wins a playoff game, I will allow the coaches and or players of that team to shave my head after the win.
And if the circumstances arises that two or even three teams win a playoff game, then each squad will get an appropriate portion of my head to shave.
Once again, I am serious about this.
This isn’t a gimmick.
So, that’s my offer. Win and you get the chance to humiliate the sports editor of the local paper.
I will even put a picture of myself getting shaved on the front page of an upcoming issue of the sports page.
So, that’s what I’ve got to offer.
And trust me, I would gladly trade my hair for some postseason success here in Madison County.
So, let’s make this happen.
It’s all up to you Pirates, Indians and Eagles!!!!