Getting lined up for football

COLOR-3-col FB-Preview CCline2 Chicago Christian players line up recently for a play in preparation for the 2013 high school football season. The Reporter and Regional News are getting lined up as well. Be sure to check out next Thursday’s paper in which we preview all of the area high schools and national powerhouse St. Xavier University in a special section. The paper will also debut its football predictions in which sports editor Ken Karsson, Reporter editor Jeff Vorva and sportswriter Anthony Nasella square off against readers.



NFL says mama needs a brand-new bag

  Among the inherent differences that distinguish males from females is the latter’s strong need to accessorize.

  Take shopping for instance. When women purchase a new outfit, that isn’t where the buying ends.
  After all, what good is the garment without some shoes and jewelry to go with it? And, hey, doesn’t that new scent of perfume smell nice?
  Oh, and we almost forgot about the handbag, although rest assured the ladies won’t.
  This is foreign territory to men, whose attire generally consists of whatever piece of clothing their hand touches first upon waking up that morning. That is somewhat problematic when the item is a bathrobe, but guys are pretty adaptable when it comes to getting dressed in no more than 45 seconds.

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SXU’s Ladd chosen as CFA Preseason All-American

  St. Xavier University senior offensive lineman Tim Ladd was chosen last week as an NAIA Preseason All-American for 2013 by the national publication, College Football America.
  Ladd, who’ll be starting for the fourth consecutive season, was named to the Mid-States Football Association All-Mideast second team as a junior.
  “Tim has been a rock for our program on the offensive line the past three years, and it’s hard to believe that he will be a senior this fall,” Cougars coach Mike Feminis said. “He’s not only a great football player, but a great person as well and definitely deserving of whatever accolades he receives. I know he is very excited about his senior season and will do whatever it takes to help get this team ready to compete for a national championship.”

Where are the football experts?

Last week, we asked for nine football experts, and there are spots still open.

With the high school football season approaching, we looked around the office and noticed that youngsters Ken Karrson, Jeff Vorva and Anthony Nasella have more than 75 years’ worth of sportswriting experience between them.
So we figured that with all of that knowledge, we would pick area high school and college football games starting with the Aug. 29 edition of the Sport Southwest section.
You can try to get in on the fun as well. For the nine weeks of the high school football season, we invite one reader per week to try to out-pick the so-called experts.
The first nine people to respond via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will have the opportunity to take on our guys. Put “Football Picks” in the subject line and give us your name, hometown, phone number, a little background on yourself (What you do for a living. Did you play football? Do you just love the sport?, etc.) and a spiffy jpeg photo of yourself.
There are no prizes except for bragging rights, which are priceless.
So who wants to prove they are smarter than our guys?



Too good to be true? Luckily, no

 Rooting for a juggernaut is no fun.

That’s especially true when the entity is consistently at or near the top of its profession. Sure, there are always bandwagon-jumpers who constantly want to bask in reflected glory, but believe it or not, winning can get old, particularly when it’s not you or your favorite enterprise doing it.

Think I’m kidding? How many outside of South Beach were thrilled to see the Miami Heat buy their way to another championship this spring?