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Spring Playoffs arrive; Talladega thoughts

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Spring Playoffs are here for High School Sports and we have some pretty solid teams that are vying for a state title.

Wednesday was the first round, but these teams could host second round games on Saturday (5.13.17).

East Rutherford Girls Soccer (11-5-3), Thomas Jefferson Girls Soccer (15-4), R-S Central Softball (18-2), R-S Central Baseball (20-4) and East Rutherford baseball (17-6). The third round of baseball and softball would be 5.16.17 with soccer on 5.17.17.

R-S Central soccer (12-6-1), East Rutherford softball (8-11), Chase softball (9-11) will likely make the playoffs as well, but not be at home.

The biggest news of that whole picture is that R-S Central's baseball team waited until the last week to claim the SMAC title. The Hilltoppers beat East 7-1 to really push themselves into the lead for good. R-S Central softball already claimed the SMAC title two weeks ago.


I go back to the days of what Brad Keselowski called Kyle Busch a few years ago at Bristol. Maybe Keselowski has a point and you can revert to youtube for those who don't know what I am talking about.

It's been a frustrating year for Busch by having at least three possible wins slip by. What's more frustrating is that he has just one win at Talladega, nearly 10 years ago. Busch has never won the Daytona 500 and has just 15 top tens in 48 starts between the two restrictor plate tracks.

Sunday, Busch referred to Talladega as not being a real race track and Kansas is more so just that. Welcome back Kyle Busch! Welcome back! I'm not agreeing with what he is saying, but at least the old KB has really taken to form this year. He's fought earlier in the year with Joey Logano, made Busch-like comments all season and gets frustrated like the Busch's used to show.

So far, Kyle has received some backlash about Talladega not being a real race track. It's not the track, it's the style of racing that they are being forced to run by NASCAR. He is right that it takes luck to win at 'Dega, but if he would have been standing in victory lane on Sunday, Busch would have never said a word.

Instead, it was one of Busch's nemesis, Jimmie Johnson pushing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. onto victory for the first Cup win in his career. Yes, Danica's boyfriend has a Cup win now. Let's not get too crazy here, but Stenhouse has been running better this season.

Five top 10's in 10 races is great start to 2017 for Stenhouse.

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