ShareThis Page

Rivals get The Birdie chirping

| Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Birdie is hearing a buzz coming from Armstrong County. It's Kittanning-Ford City week and the big rivalry game has him telling tales about his friendly foes in the prognosticating business.

“Yes, even I, the keeper of the crystal ball, have rivals,” Birdie said. “They want to pigeon-walk like me, go out on a limb like I do and pick winners like me. Yet so many of the so-called experts just line up and fail.”

The Birdie has plenty of stories, some true, others too outlandish to even attempt to fact-check.

Like Burrell and Valley, Kittanning and Ford City have been known to pull pranks on one another. The Birdie is no stranger to that noise. Once the class clown in high school, he later become known as a press-box prankster.

“One time, I pulled the plug on HS Picks' laptop during a game and then hid,” he said. “And, I had the announcer call out the Leader's license plate and say his car was towed. It wasn't. Tee hee hee.”

The Birdie wants Kittanning and Ford City to keep it clean because, “Before you know it, that merger will happen and you'll have to be best friends. Still don't know what a Riverhawk is, and I'm a bird.”

This week's game shall be known at the Riverhawk Bowl.

And a quick update: The Birdie's award for top football student section went to ... Kiski Area. He also considered Valley and Kittanning.


Apollo-Ridge (3-2, 2-2) at Springdale (2-3, 2-2)

Springdale has a playoff streak to think about, but Apollo-Ridge is trying to gets its own streak going again.

Apollo-Ridge, 28-7

Burrell (2-3, 1-3) at Freeport (1-4, 1-4)

Far from the draw it was last year, this one goes to Burrell.

Burrell, 21-12

Summit Academy (2-3, 2-2) at Deer Lakes (0-5, 0-4)

Deer Lakes has a chance at home, but will have to slow down the Knights.

Summit Academy, 28-20

Kittanning (5-0, 4-0) at Ford City (2-3, 1-3)

One of the top rivalries in the state will come down to defense — and an upset. Birdie is calling fair catch so be nice Kittanning.

Ford City, 14-13

North Hills (3-2, 2-1) at Fox Chapel (1-4, 1-3)

North Hills will deny the Foxes two in a row.

North Hills, 24-13

Highlands (4-1, 4-1) at Derry (0-5, 0-4)

The Golden Rams will rekindle that rushing attack.

Highlands, 26-7

Kiski Area (2-3, 2-2) at Norwin (1-4, 1-4)

If playoffs are in Kiski Area's future, it has to take care of business.

Kiski Area, 20-13

Knoch (3-2, 2-2) at Franklin Regional (4-1, 3-1)

Knoch's running game has been strong, but the Panthers can move the ball, too.

Franklin Regional, 28-20

Leechburg (0-5, 0-4) at Northgate (1-4, 1-3)

Leechburg will snap its 16-game road losing streak.

Leechburg, 15-8

Plum (0-5, 0-5) at Peters Township (2-3, 1-3)

Plum will put up a fight early.

Peters Township, 19-9

Riverview (1-4) at Shenango (1-4)

Birdie calls Shenango-ins.

Shenango, 22-15

Yough (2-3) at Valley (4-1)

Yough has shown some offensive punch, but Valley has been good at home.

Valley, 28-14

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.