McCollum’s Column: Prophecies, weird stats and a strange play

Prophetic developments and strange stuff highlight this batch of “David Citations,” for the interesting, weird and downright zany in sports:

 

As good as Notradamus: For a 2014 cover, Sports Illustrated had a photo of Corey Springer with the prediction of the Houston Astros as the 2017 World Series champs. That not only hit it on the head but Springer, the cover person in 2014, was the MVP of the 2017 Series. SI has adjusted its latest cover to note the Astros as the 2017 World Series champs with a similar photo of Springer on the cover. A frame version of both covers is available.

The wild West: Alma, Greenbrier, Harrison and Morrilton added ended in a four way tie for the 5A-West football championship with 5-2 records, an almost unprecedented development that sent football observers and coaches to pen and pad and calculator to figure out tiebreaking, sometimes conflicting scenarios for playoff seeding. In applying its procedures, the Arkansas Activities Association gave Alma a No. 1 seed and Greenbrier No. 2, just as the evening started.

Good time to lose: Nettleton lost, 27-0, to Wynne but still earned the No. 1 seed from 5A-East on the tiebreaker rules from a three-way tie in that conference.

But it resulted in a victory: The University of Arkansas football team led for four seconds in October.

What do you say?: McNeese coach Lance Guidry s was asked to describe UCA’s 47-17 victory: “Do I have to?” he said. “When it started to spiral, we couldn’t stop it “

Best treatment for alumni: UCA has won 15 straight homecomings.

Pick-6 specialists: Five times in NCAA history in all divisiions have teams returned four interceptions for touchdowns in a game. Three were by SLC teams Nicholls, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana (by four different players).

Miles to go before he slept: UCA track coach Richard Martin stayed up on homecoming night until 3 a.m. visiting with buddies. He took potential recruits to the Little Rock airport at 4:45 a.m. He said, I shook their hands, got home, laid down on the couch for a bit, taught Sunday School at 9:30. Got home and slept till morning.”

Double whammy: Last weeks D3.com football play of the week marked a weird sibling connection. A broken-up pass by Trinity landed on the back of Hendrix defensive back Cory McGonigal. Chad McGonical, his twin brother, scooped the ball off his brother’s back for the interception.

 

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