Monday, December 15, 2008

Lunch with Bill Meade's Pigskin Panel of Prognosticators


STANLEY,VA- We had a great deal of fun this season with our participation in the Page News & Courier's Pigskin Picks and today we celebrated the year with a small banquet. The gathering took place down at the HAWKSBILL DINER which is located in the suburbs of Downtown Stanley.
Randy Arrington is the Editor of the PN & C and hosted the event along with Sports Editor Bill Meade. The two hours were very enjoyable and all that attended would agree that is was a nice way to wrap up the 15 week contest.
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During the 15 weeks we posted the games on our site and encouraged folks to play along at home. I wanted to say thank you to Generals Sign Guy Mike for having fun with us by sending in his picks each week and to others that sent them in from time to time. Now that the contest is over we can talk about the competition end for the first time.
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The panel consisted of 7 slots made up from people here in Page County, Virginia. There were 6 regular slots and Bill would track down a "Guest" each week to round out the group. The man on the streets if you will. The fun battle to keep up with is the one between Randy & Bill and that one did not disappoint this year.
Randy finished tied for second with 103 points while Bill finished fourth with 102.
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The highlight of the afternoon came in the form of getting to visit with Mrs. Nerissa Viafora of Page County High School. Nerissa and her family are a huge part of the Panther family both on the playing fields and the coaches box. Husband Ralph Viafora (Girls Basketball, Softball) is one of the coaches at PCHS and the most recent daughter to graduate was Megan (Class of 2008).
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Megan was 1ST team All-Shenandoah District from 2005-2008 and made All-Region B as a senior while playing on the Panthers softball diamond under the guidence of her father & Alan Knight. While I have picked games opposite Nerissa all season, Monday afternoon was my first opportunity to meet this special lady.
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Bill tells me that Nerissa will be the one keeping the score book at the Strasburg - Page County Girls Varsity Basketball game tomorrow night and that there is one more Viafora daughter yet the wear the colors of the Panthers. So if you are in the gym down in Shenandoah for the game you will know one more kind Face in the Crowd.
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I should also note that Nerissa led the distingushed panel for the first six weeks and held her own throughout the event. One more note - the individual that captured 1ST place donated the $10,000.00 prize back to the PN & C Sports budget! This made Bill Meade smile and at the end of the day isn't that what is all about?
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Thanks to Randy for the Hospitality, Thanks to Bill for the invite to join the panel & Thanks to the pair for the chance to have lunch with another Home Town Hero...
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The picture above is a snap shot from the pages of the PN & C. The weekly newspaper hits the streets every Wednesday morning!

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