Hey, it's 80 degrees in October. I'm still wearing Sperrys and have been tempted to put on the AC.
I could take this weather for another month, but I can also keep taking easy picks that the poll has generated for the past two weeks.
Not much will change this week, but there is a big game in the MVC, that has power point ramifications all over it.
So, go lay on your hammock and find your own beach as you read this week's top-10.
1. Parkland (5-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans look cemented here for awhile.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Freedom 13
In their 42-0 blanking against Bangor, Catasauqua has its lowest offensive point total from its first-team offense.
Yet, head coach Tom Falzone isn't overly concerned. Instead, he was more impressed with their first defensive shutout of the season. It did alleviate some unrest about the defense that is recent weeks has allowed a larger than usual amount of yardage.
To commemorate and recognize National Hunting and Fishing Day (Oct. 28), which, unfortunately, is not on many calendars, Harold Luther, Retail Manager at Cabela's Hamburg, invited 20 kids who are enrolled in Camp Compass Academy in Allentown, to a European-type tower hunt at Clover Hollow Farms in Slatington.
The 20 children had 20 mentors accompanying them, some with trained field dogs who retrieved downed birds for the young hunters.
Catasauqua's field hockey program took a collective sigh when they clinched their second consecutive District 11 Class 2A playoff berth.
Now, the Roughies hope they can enter the postseason with some momentum. In order to gain their ticket to the playoffs, Catty recently shutout Bangor, 1-0, and also downed Palmerton, 5-1.
"It does feel nice to finally get it done," said head coach Carrie Saul, who has guided the team to two berths in her first two years at the helm of the program. "We had a good few weeks, but we want to win our final two games.
With an imminent and distant future ahead, Derrick Bond understands what a commitment in sports and life is about.
Head football coach Tom Falzone refers to Bond as the team's "jack-of-all-trades" as he been the squad utility man this fall, being able to replace or temporarily fill-in spots along the way.
Bond has played both tight end and wide receiver for the Roughies and has been on the line and in the linebacking corps on defense.
Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the latest news regarding the newly formatted District 11 3A and 2A team tournaments.
With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.
Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.
As Saturday, Oct. 5, is the start of the antlered archery deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, bowhunters have two major concerns during the opener.
The first concern is tree stand safety. Every year a few bowhunters fall from their tree stands and incur serious bodily injury either because they didn't wear a safety harness or their tree stand became defective. And despite popular belief, it's not older hunters who fall.
Tyler Trobetsky soon won't forget his last birthday.
It was late last fall when Trobetsky was among the Roughies who clinched their first Colonial League football title since 1996. Trobetsky couldn't have asked for a better celebration.
"Sometimes I forget what happened on my birthday," stated the senior lineman. "But that one will always be special. It was such a great feeling winning the (Colonial) league title and then having a medal placed around my neck.
"My goal is to celebrate the same way for this birthday coming up."
Heading into the season, Kyle Rusnock figured to face some challenges as a first-year mentor of the Roughies' cross country program.
Former veteran head coach Charlie Post retired from teaching and decided to spend some of his spare time as an assistant track coach as well as an assistant coach for the Allentown Central Catholic girls' basketball program.
Despite having an unblemished slate through five games, Catasauqua head coach Tom Falzone isn't totally satisfied.
In fact, he is a little worried.
The Roughies' latest whiplashing over an opponent – a 56-34 win over Saucon Valley last week – provided Falzone and his troops with a problem to fix and an incentive toward a deep postseason run.