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October 01, 2015

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Week 7

PHERSY: The Pigskin Podcast returns today. Once again we're talking Vikings, Gophers and high school football. We name our players of the week and make our weekly high school football picks. Feldy has fallen way behind after a dismal effort last week. I'm now four games up in the standings ... Feldy is pressing this week!

Enjoy the show!

 

September 17, 2015

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Our QBs stink, Tyrod does not

PHERSY: Phersy and Feldy are back with another edition of the Pigskin Podcast.

Hey, if you like it, watch it. If not, let us know ... we are still debating if we want to do this as just a podcast or as a video segment. 

We had way more "listens" on the podcast than we did "views" of the video last week. So if you like it, watch, share, let us know. We will make a decision after this week regarding how to move forward.

Thanks all. Enjoy!

 

September 03, 2015

Pigskin Podcast No. 2

PHERSY: The second edition of the Pigskin Podcast is back! We are still looking for a permanent name for the podcast, along with a few sponsors (naming rights baby!) and hopefully that stuff will come in the near future.

For now, enjoy this week's podcast. Once again, we talk high school football, Vikings football and Gophers football. At the end of the podcast, we give our weekly HS football picks, and we both name our HS football players of the week.

Enjoy!

PIGSKIN PODCAST NO. 2 LINK

http://www.spreaker.com/user/8323349/pigskin-podcast-no-2

August 28, 2015

NEW FOOTBALL PODCAST, featuring Feldy and Phersy

UPDATE: The blog software's MP3 wasn't working properly ... so there's a new link below to listen to the podcast on Spreaker. It should be good to go now, just clink the link.

NEW LINK, CLICK HERE

PHERSY: Well, here it is ... our new football podcast.

Hang with us while we tweak the audio and get it to sound more professional ... we're both new to using this podcast equipment. Hopefully by Week 3 we'll be experts.

At any rate, the podcast is where we'll be doing the HS football picks each week this season. Unfortunately for you, you must listen to the whole thing this week to get our picks! 

We hope you enjoy. Please, tweet at us and let us know what you think.

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October 24, 2014

High School Football Picks | Section semifinals edition

PHERSY: :-) ... that's all I need to say to Mr. Feldman.

Last week, I went 6-1, improving my record to 41-15 for the season. Not too shabby. Meanwhile, Feldy went 4-3, and he now sits at ........ 41-15. That lead he's held all season? Not.

Now we're down to the best of the best, though. Every game will be brutal from here on out. Let's get it going Feldy!

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall (5-4) at No. 1 Faribault (6-2)

No. 3 Owatonna (7-2) at No. 2 Mayo (5-3)

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 3 Byron (4-5) at No. 2 Kasson-Mantorville (4-4)

SECTION 1AAA

No. 3 Plainview-Elgin-MIllville (6-3) at No. 2 Tri-City United (7-2)

SECTION 2AA

No. 3 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (7-2) at No. 2 Pine Island (8-1)

SECTION 1AA

No. 3 Lewiston-Altura (6-3) at No. 2 Triton (8-1)

SECTION 1A

No. 3 Goodhue (7-2) at No. 2 Blooming Prairie (9-0)

 * * * * * 

FELDY: I guess it's time to get serious, or have my promising season crash like the '98 Vikes. Thank you, Phersy, for not including a 9-man game. If you eliminated 9-man games from our records, I'd probably have a 10-game lead on Phersy!

SECTION 1AAAAA

John Marshall 27, Faribault 25: No team in this section is playing better than JM right now.

Mayo 36, Owatonna 26: I thought Mayo was the best team in this section at the start of the season. It'll get its chance to prove it next week.

SECTION 1AAAA

Kasson-Mantorville 28, Byron 20: The KoMets have had 10 days to stew on a big loss to P-E-M. They'll be ready, but Byron won't make it easy.

SECTION 1AAA

Tri-City United 23, P-E-M 20: P-E-M's struggles with La Crescent on Tuesday concern me. I'll go with TCU by the home-field advantage.

SECTION 2AA

W-E-M 30, Pine Island 25: Take heart, Panthers fans, I don't think I've picked your team's games correctly at all this season. P.I.'s struggles against Dover-Eyota and LeSueur-Henderson -- teams with 4 combined victories -- the past two weeks are why I'm going with W-E-M. 

SECTION 1AA

Triton 43, L-A 30: I don't think I've picked a Triton game correctly, either, this year. I guess it's taken an eight-game Cobras winning streak (where no opponent has come closer than 14 points) to make a believer. 

SECTION 1A

Blooming Prairie 37, Goodhue 24: I just think BP's passing attack is too much for the Wildcats. 

* * * * *

PHERSY: It's almost game time. Here we go...

SECTION 1AAAAA

Faribault 21, John Marshall 20: Game of the week. Rockets are red-hot, but Faribault is rested and has its QB back. It'll come down to the final play.

Mayo 69, Owatonna 6: :)

SECTION 1AAAA

Kasson-Mantorville 21, Byron 7: The KoMets needed the week off. They'll look much better moving forward.

SECTION 1AAA

P-E-M 20, Tri-City United 15: P-E-M struggled last week, but the Bulldogs have faced tougher competition all year. They'll win a close one in Montgomery.

SECTION 2AA

Pine Island 28, W-E-M 27: Pine Island limped to this point, but it's a team that plays to its level of competition. The Panthers win on their home field.

SECTION 1AA

Triton 28, L-A 14: The Cobras are the best team in the section, but L-A will give them a push here.

SECTION 1A

Blooming Prairie 28, Goodhue 20: Goodhue's defense is good, but it hasn't faced a passing team like this. Still, the Wildcats keep it close and have a chance at the end, but BP will survive.

October 21, 2014

High School Football picks | Section quarterfinal edition

FELDY: Phersy gained another game on me last week. I'm pretty sure he cheated, but I'll take my lumps and move on. It should come as no shock that the 9-man games did me in. Phersy knew that would happen, which is why he made me pick three of them. I'm contemplating not putting any 9-man games on the list this week. We'll see. We'll see. 

I went 5-2 last week and am 37-12 this season. Phersy went 6-1 to improve to 35-14. We're down to just a couple weeks left, so he needs to gain some ground. Let's see if he can do it in the section quarterfinals. I say no, he won't.

This round's games to pick, lots of 4s vs. 5s:

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall (4-4) at No. 4 Century (4-4)

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 5 Winona (1-7) at No. 4 Red Wing (2-6)

SECTION 1AAA

No. 5 Jordan (5-3) at No. 4 Lake City (4-4)

SECTION 1AA

No. 5 Dover-Eyota (3-5) at No. 4 Chatfield (4-4)

SECTION 2AA

No. 5 G-F-W (2-6) at No. 4 Zumbrota-Mazeppa (3-5)

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland (5-3) at No. 4 Faribault B.A. (6-2)

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 5 Houston (3-5) at No. 4 Lanesboro (4-4)

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PHERSY: Feldy might not say it, but he's worried. This would be the choke of all chokes. He's very frightened for this week's picks, as he should be. It won't be long until Team Phersy charges into the lead...

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall 34, No. 4 Century 27: Rockets riding high after huge win over West. If they let up, they'll lose. But my guess is they're getting hot at the right time.

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 4 Red Wing 21, No. 5 Winona 0: You know it's a brutal section when the Wingers are hosting a first-

SECTION 1AAA

No. 4 Lake City 14, No. 5 Jordan 7: The Tigers' defense will carry them to a win. Jordan hasn't played the same competition, and that'll pay off at home for LC.

SECTION 1AA

No. 4 Chatfield 21, No. 5 Dover-Eyota 14: It's not going to be easy for Chatfield, and the Gophers aren't playing great. But it's playoff time...they'll dig deep and move on.

SECTION 2AA

No. 4 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12, No. 5 G-F-W 0: These teams struggled to score points all season. Cougars faced tougher competition and they're on their home field...

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland 21, No. 4 Faribault B.A. 20: Upset central? Sure. FBA lost big when it faced good opponents, beat up on lesser foes. Rebels enter with confidence and pull the upset.

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 4 Lanesboro 35, No. 5 Houston 14: This was a shutout win for Lanesboro the first time around. Houston scores, but I don't see an upset happening.

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FELDY: I'll admit it. I'm worried. Worried about Phersy breaking down and bawling in the office when I win this thing for -- what? -- like the third year in a row. Let's get on with the picks.

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 4 Century 27, No. 5 JM 25: This is more about what I saw from Century last week than it is a knock on JM. The Rockets are (obviously) playing quite well and coming off an emotional high. But Century moved the ball effectively against Mayo last week, but shot itself in the foot with turnovers and penalties. The Panthers need to clean those things up, or they won't move on. I trust they'll clean that stuff up tonight.

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 4 Red Wing 18, No. 5 Winona 6: Won't be pretty, but the Wingers advance to play Stewartville on Saturday.

SECTION 1AAA

No. 5 Jordan 24, No. 4 Lake City 20: Lake City had played very well in a loss to Stewartville and a victory against Kasson-Mantorville. Then the Tigers lost by 29 to Lourdes (no shame in that; it's happened to most everyone this year) and lost to Cannon Falls last Wednesday. The Tigers will play better tonight, but I'll take the Hubmen on a late score.

SECTION 1AA

No. 4 Chatfield 20, No. 5 Dover-Eyota 13: I agree with Phersy. Chatfield isn't playing well, but it has some veteran players who know what it takes to win in the postseason. D-E will put up a good fight, but the Gophs win on their home turf.

SECTION 2AA

No. 4 Z-M 14, No. 5 G-F-W 11: Cougars get the home-field advantage and move on to the section semis.

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland 28, No. 4 Faribault B.A. 18: COME ON, PHERSY! This was gonna be my (mild) upset special! Southland's three losses came to Caledonia, Goodhue and Rushford-Peterson. If you're gonna lose three games, there's no shame in those losses. The Rebels are riding high after knocking off defending Class AA state champ Chatfield.

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 4 Lanesboro 63, No. 5 Houston 48: I can't pick 9-man games, so why not expect a fan-pleasing shootout? Gimme the Burros by a bunch. Eeeee-awwww! (Sorry, I really do think the Burros need that sound effect at their home games, to play after they get first downs. That'd be awesome. Someone get me a video if they do that?)

October 14, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 8

PHERSY: For the first time since Week One, Phersy gained ground in the standings! Feldy, don't look now ... objects in your rear-view mirror...

So last week I went 5-2, and Feldy was 3-4. That leaves me at 29-13, while Feldy is 32-10. Still lots of ground to make up, and a comeback is unlikely, but I'll go for broke this week, I'm sure.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (3-4) at Mankato East (3-4).

Century (4-3) at Mayo (4-3)

SFA BLUE

Caledonia (7-0) at Goodhue (6-1)

SFA RED

Kasson-Mantorville (4-3) at Plainview-Elgin-Millville (4-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Randolph (6-1) at Spring Grove (6-1)

Lyle/Pacelli (1-6) at LeRoy-Ostrander (1-6)

Lanesboro (4-3) at Mabel-Canton (4-3)

• • • • •

FELDY: After a putrid week last week, no more shooting for upsets this week. I'll take Phersy's approach from last week. Not much for comments, just get down to business. Also, I'm calling Shenanigans about having to pick three 9-man games. You know I can't get those right to save my life...

BIG NINE

Mankato East 35, Austin 27: East is playing well and actually has a .500 season in its sights.

Mayo 28, Century 24: Mayo needs to put last week's game against Mankato West behind it as quickly as possible.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 30, Goodhue 20: Goodhue is playing very well, but Caledonia is, well ... Caledonia.

SFA RED

P-E-M 26, K-M 23: This is a toss-up to me. Take the 'Dogs at home.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 37, Randolph 20: Lions want some momentum heading into the playoffs. They'll get it with a good win in the regular season finale.

LeRoy-Ostrander 16, Lyle/Pacelli 13: Gimme the Cards at home, picking up W No. 2 of this season.

Lanesboro 32, Mabel-Canton 24: Taking the Burros with a late score to win on the road. Eeeee-awww! (Is that the sound a Burro makes? I'd like to think so. That would be a cool sound effect at Burros games.)

• • • • •

PHERSY: Let's see if I can make up some more ground and pass Feldy in the playoffs...

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 35, Mankato East 28: Brandon Edgar needs less than 100 yards to reach 1,000. While East is playing very well lately, Edgar is going to lead this team to a huge win.

Mayo 21, Century 19: I'd be stunned if this game wasn't close. We'll know a lot about both teams after this tilt. Michalak with another big game to carry the Spartans, though.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 27, Goodhue 18: Great game, and the Wildcats proved they're for real last week. But Caledonia is on its way to another state title. Heck, maybe Goodhue is too.

SFA RED

Kasson-Mantorville 21, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 14: The KoMets finish the season on a high note. They're getting healthy and that makes them dangerous.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 41, Randolph 21: Won't be as close as some may think.

LeRoy-Ostrander 59, Lyle/Pacelli 40: Bunne power. Plus the L-O offensive coordinator is a genius.

Mabel-Canton 40, Lanesboro 35: This is a great game. A true toss-up. I'll go with the home team.

October 10, 2014

High School Football picks | Week 7

FELDY: After last week, I think Phesy is waving the white flag. He is French, after all (he's not, and no offense meant to our readers in France). Let's get going with Week 7 games. I went 6-1 last week to improve to 35-7. Phersy went 4-3, in his defense, trying to make up some ground, but now sits at 28-14. Maybe he better go all 7 different than me over the next couple weeks.

This week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester John Marshall (3-3) at Owatonna (4-2)
* Northfield (5-1) at Rochester Century (4-2)

SFA RED DIVISION

* Lourdes (6-0) at Lake City (4-2)

SFA WHITE DIVISION

* Triton (5-1) at Lewiston-Altura (4-2)
* Dover-Eyota (2-4) at Zumbrota-Mazeppa (2-4)

SFA BLUE DIVISION

* Goodhue (5-1) at Chatfield (4-2)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove (5-1) at Lanesboro (4-2)

* * * * *

PHERSY: I stink anyway, so no research, no wise thoughts, just picks...

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester John Marshall 21, Owatonna 14: Rockets need this win badly.
* Northfield 37, Rochester Century 21: Northfield is the second-best team in the conference.

SFA RED DIVISION

* Lourdes 35, Lake City 34: Closer than most think, but Eagles still win a big one on the road.

SFA WHITE DIVISION

* Triton 27, Lewiston-Altura 20: Good game, Cobras steal a road W.
* Dover-Eyota 20, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12: Sticking with the road theme.

SFA BLUE DIVISION

* Chatfield 29, Goodhue 2: I don't usually bet against the Wildcats, but when I do, it's against a good wrestling school.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove 41, Lanesboro 34: Nine-man ... who knows.

* * * * * * * 

FELDY: This can never be easy, so I'm sure I'll lose 3-4 games this week, even if I pick the same as Phersy.

BIG NINE

* JM 31, Owatonna 20: JM's a better team than its 3-3 record shows. Think about it: This team is 4 points away from being 5-1, if it flips 1-point losses to Mayo and Northfield.

* Century 33, Northfield 31: Call it an upset if you want. Northfield is a good football team, but so is Century, and Century has flown under the radar all year, even after beating JM. Time for the Panthers to stand up and be recognized.

SFA RED

* Lourdes 38, Lake City 28: I agree with Phersy, Lake City will keep this one close and it'll be one of the best 4-3 teams in the state afterward.

SFA WHITE

* L-A 24, Triton 20: The Cards are ticked after their first division loss last week and they bounce back with a quality victory against the snakes.

* D-E 24, Z-M 10: The Cougars have really struggled to score this year. That continues this week, and D-E gets its third win of the season.

SFA BLUE

* Chatfield 28, Goodhue 17: What a brutal way for Goodhue to end its season: at Chatfield, then home for Caledonia. Chatfield has lost twice this year and won't let it happen again in the regular season

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove 63, Lanesboro 56: As Phersy said, we have no clue how to pick 9-man games. That's a credit to those teams in a balanced SEC, who believe they can win on any given week. Spring Grove put up 98 last week against G-E, so I'll take them to win this week in a defensive battle.

October 03, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 6

PHERSY: Feldy took advantage of me last week ... not like that! Get your minds out of the gutter! No, I put my picks in before learning K-W was ravaged by injuries. Feldy pounced and lengthened his lead. It's getting embarrassing now. I guess I will continue to press ... you know, if you're not first, you're last!

Standings: Feldy 29-6; Phersy 24-11.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (1-4) at Red Wing (1-4)

Mayo (3-2) at Owatonna (4-1)

SFA RED

Lourdes (5-0) at Stewartville (5-0)

Lake City (3-2) at Kasson-Mantorville (3-2)

SFA WHITE

Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1-4) at Kenyon-Wanamingo (1-4)

Lewiston-Altura (4-1) at Pine Island (4-1)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Randolph (5-0) at Grand Meadow (5-0)

* * * * * 

FELDY: So many good games this week. Could probably flip a coin on all of 'em. What football fan wouldn't want to be in Stewartville tonight? It's 12:27 as I write this and I'm guessing you probably needed to get there about six hours ago to get a decent seat. Here we go, I'm guessing me and Phersy will have lots of opposite selections this week:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 30, Red Wing 22: The Packers have to bounce back at some point, right? Right?

Mayo 34, Owatonna 31: I think Mayo figured out at the end of last week's game that it has to throw the ball to win, and it has to protect QB Jay Alston in order to throw the ball. The Spartans are in a tough stretch of schedule and they need a 'W' to get back on track after two losses. This is where senior leadership becomes very valuable, and the Spartans have a lot of it.

SFA RED

Lourdes 33, Stewartville 30 (OT): I've gone back and forth on this one about three dozen times. I'll take the Eagles' offense to slightly outscore the Tigers.

Lake City 27, Kasson-Mantorville 20: Lake City stayed within one score of a powerful Stewartville team last week. Its only other loss was to state-ranked P-E-M.

SFA WHITE

Zumbrota-Mazeppa 19, Kenyon-Wanamingo 16: Both teams have struggled to score points in recent weeks, and something has to give here. I'll take the Cougars on the road.

Lewiston-Altura 35, Pine Island 27: No team has come within 19 of L-A since its season-opening loss to Lourdes, but P.I. is the toughest opponent L-A has faced since Week 1.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 26, Randolph 21: Can't go against the No. 1 team in the state on its home field, even against the No. 2 team in the state. The Larks haven't allowed more than 18 points in a game all season, and have given up a total of 24 over the past three weeks. 

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PHERSY: As much as I wanted to pick every game differently this week, Feldy made that impossible for me ... he's a clown:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 21, Red Wing 13: Austin was better last week, though still far from good. I like Brandon Edgar to get 20-plus carries and that'll be enough to win in my old stomping grounds.

Owatonna 29, Mayo 19: This weather favors Owatonna, IMO.

SFA RED

Lourdes 21, Stewartville 7: I wanted to take the Tigers, but this weather is terrible for a passing team. Not to mention, I'd be run out of town if I picked against the Eagles again.

Kasson-Mantorville 20, Lake City 13: K-M back on track? Must play well to beat a solid Lake City team.

SFA WHITE

Kenyon-Wanamingo 7, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6: Big rivalry ... I'll take the Knights at home.

Pine Island 18, Lewiston-Altura 13: Great game. PI controls game with its running and wins a tight one.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 46, Randolph 12: Not going to be close...Jacobson will top 200 yards and four tuddies.

September 26, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football picks | Week 5

FELDY: Last week wasn't a very shining moment for either of us, Phersy, but especially you. We both were way off the mark on Austin against Faribault and we both thought JM would win a competitive game against Century. Turns out, Century had no inkling of letting it be close. I went 5-2 and am 23-5; Phersy went 3-4 and is now 20-8. Let's put last week in the past and move on to this week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester Mayo (3-1) at Faribault (2-2)

SFA RED

* Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-1) at Rochester Lourdes (4-0)

* Stewartville (4-0) at Lake City (3-1)

SFA BLUE

* Caledonia (5-0) at Chatfield (3-1)

SFA WHITE

* Kenyon-Wanamingo (1-3) at Dover-Eyota (1-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Grand Meadow (4-0) at Lanesboro (3-1)

* Spring Grove (3-1) at Mabel-Canton (3-2)

**********

PHERSY: Feldy, after another awful week, I need to try something new. So I'm gonna rip through these picks, no research, just first team that comes to mind...I have to break this slump!

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester Mayo 28, Faribault 14: Spartans get back on track.

SFA RED

* Plainview-Elgin-Millville 27, Rochester Lourdes 26: Going with road warriors this week?

* Stewartville 47, Lake City 22: Lake City is solid, but Stewartville is elite.

SFA BLUE

* Caledonia 24, Chatfield 7: Caledonia is balanced and the Warriors will be back on top again this year.

SFA WHITE

* Kenyon-Wanamingo 25, Dover-Eyota 21: All road teams, all night long.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Grand Meadow 33, Lanesboro 21: Best team in the state takes this one.

* Spring Grove 35, Mabel-Canton 28: This should be a good one!

* * * * *

FELDY: Let's see if I can put some more separation between me and Phersy...

BIG NINE

Mayo 33, Faribault 21: If the Spartans are the team they expected to be at the start of the season, and the team they still believe they can be, they come out and take it to the Falcons in Faribault.

SFA RED

Lourdes 28, PEM 24: I like Phersy's pick here, but coach Kesler won't let Lourdes relax with its No. 1 ranking. The Eagles will have a big bullseye on their backs (as if they already didn't) the rest of the way.

Stewartville 38, Lake City 21: No one has been able to slow Stewie's offense yet. As well as Lake City has played, Stewartville is as tough a test as they'll face all year.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 34, Chatfield 19: Caledonia has had this game marked on its calendar for almost a year. 

SFA WHITE

Dover-Eyota 20, Kenyon-Wanamingo 17: I don't think I've picked a K-W game correctly all season. Maybe I'll start this week.

SOUTHEAST

Grand Meadow 36, Lanesboro 23: Sticking with the defending state champion Larks.

Spring Grove 22, Mabel-Canton 20: I'll take the Lions with a late score to win on the road.