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Vic’s Picks: New columnist, same unpredictability

By • Aug 28th, 2015 • Category: Column, Football, News

My favorite example of a failed sports prediction came on the eve of the 2010 National League Championship Series. The San Francisco Giants were taking on the Philadelphia Phillies, and nearly every baseball expert predicted Phillies in five, Phillies in six or Phillies in seven. And who could blame them? The Phillies won 97 games [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: The state championships

By • Nov 21st, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

Take a bow Bingham County, you’ve done it again. Year after year you own high school football championship weekend in Idaho. Despite a population of just over 45,000 and five football schools (Blackfoot, Shelley, Snake River, Firth, Aberdeen), you continually put multiple teams into the finals. And you don’t just get there … you win. [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: The semifinals

By • Nov 14th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

Sean Miller couldn’t help himself. Snake River High School’s junior quarterback slipped into coach-speak last week when asked about a rematch against Shelley. Miller’s team had just dispatched South Fremont, earning a semifinal matchup against a Russets team the Panthers beat 19-0 earlier in the season. A team that ended Snake River’s season in the [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: Look to the past for these picks

By • Nov 6th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

Scroll through the scores of Gooding High School’s 2014 football games and it’s impossible not to be impressed. Check out these point totals: 72, 61, 42, 49, 54, 69, 54, 62 and 64. Huh? This isn’t eight-man football we’re talking about here. This is 11 on 11, where scoring 40 points is putting on a [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: Playoff time is here

By • Oct 30th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

It’s been quite a month-long ride for Madison and Skyline, eastern Idaho’s representatives in the high school football 5A state tournament. Skyline was left for dead after imploding against Hillcrest and getting overwhelmed against Highland, and then falling three scores behind Madison before rallying for an improbable win that kept its season alive. The Grizzlies [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: Emotion Bowl steals the spotlight this week

By • Oct 24th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football

Our weekly foray into prognostication will have to start at the finish this week. Sure, there are big games tonight, highlighted by the 4A showdown between Blackfoot and Rigby and the 5A battle between Hillcrest and Madison. Both of those games carry playoff implications, with Rigby and Blackfoot playing for a district title and Madison [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: Up next for Shelley? A district title

By • Oct 17th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

Shelley High School football coach Travis Hobson knows he has a good thing, even when things aren’t going so good. The Russets are the gold standard of 3A football, winners of the past two state championships and six titles since 2003. Young kids in Shelley grow up dreaming of being Russets, and the current Russets [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: Games of the Week? We’ve got ‘em

By • Oct 3rd, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

You want Games of the Week? We’ve got Games of the Week. Three of them. Two carry plenty of bragging rights but no playoff implications. The other will go a long way in determining who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. On top of it all, the weather is supposed to be perfect. What more [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: The Buck stops here (at least for one of ‘em)

By • Sep 26th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

The two most improved teams in eastern Idaho will meet Friday. They’re both physical up front, both feature dynamic play-makers and both led by coaches named Buck. Stan’s Broncos salvaged a lousy start to 2013 by winning their final three games to just miss out on the playoffs. They’ve carried that momentum into 2014, winning [...]

Pinkham’s Picks Column: Weekly picks don’t come from the heart

By • Sep 12th, 2014 • Category: Column, Football, News

One of my colleagues stumbled across a Twitter discussion last week centered on why the Post Register sports department didn’t like Skyline. One Tweeter was convinced we had an axe to grind with the Grizzlies and the argument was simple: the PR sports staff “never” picked Skyline. Hence, we must not “like” them. It had [...]