Welcome to Steve's Hardware, an imagined establishment where fictitious Columbia County residents meet to talk sports and ask real questions.
The coffee is poured and the morning paper is spread out across the counter.
It's too early for anyone to be jumpy, right?
ERNEST, FROM EVANS: I read that most of the Knights football stars have signed, which is great. I love seeing those boys recognized for a great season. But what's the Golston kid going to do?
STEVE: Trey Golston was expected to sign Friday with Butler Community College in Kansas. All three players who made up that vaunted Evans defensive front have now signed. Tim Tillman to Alabama A&M, Mychel Green to Morehouse College, and now Golston.
MIKE, FROM MARTINEZ: This is the last time we let Dave make the coffee. This stuff tastes like it was lit on fire and doused with a bucket of dirty car wash suds. Anyway, what happened to Augusta Christian's boys basketball team?
STEVE: Marty Griffin's team made a little run. By "little," I mean it lost to Pinewood Prep, 75-59, in the second round of the SCISA Class AAA playoffs. Pinewood, obviously, was the better team, with Ryan Bogdan and Ryan Steed combining for 47 points.
So if the Lions were playing the Ryans, they would have won -- but only by 12.
Unfortunately for Griffin, the SCISA format is five-on-five. And the Lions scored two points during the first quarter.
BOB, FROM BURKE COUNTY: I see you were there for Greenbrier's home opener. What'd you think? Did they fire up the grill? How about that Belcher kid, huh? How tall is he anyway?
STEVE: Whoa, Bob. Easy on the bad coffee. When I looked for Belcher after the game, someone pointed me to "the shortest guy on the field." He may need a boost stepping on the mound, but he does just fine on his own after that.
He's as advertised.
I think Rodney Holder wanted to see more from his other pitchers. Because, as someone said the other day, the Wolfpack can't win another state title with only Belcher. I think I might disagree with that guy, though.
I was offered some ribs from the grill and accepted. They were delicious.
ANONYMOUS ANDY: What's with the green hue to the newspaper today? I see you've been wearing your green-tinted shades. Might as well name this rag the Greenbrier Gazette. I think you let those ribs affect your judgment.
STEVE: I noticed the same thing. The schedules and news just fell this way.
I've been offered subs at Evans and cake at Harlem. I've been in Lakeside's cafeteria at lunchtime. Free food is a staple of the sports writer's diet.
HARRY, IN HARLEM: Don't forget about us.
STEVE: I was out there Thursday. Stop in Wednesday and read about Harlem-Lakeside baseball.
We'll talk next week.
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