Sunday, October 5, 2008

Where the Friday Night Lights shine brightest

Over the past decade or so, there's been a lot of talk that Florida has overtaken Texas - and California - as the nation's leading producer of blue-chip football players and quality programs.

Good to see that Katy, a longtime Houston-area power and defending big-school state champ, quieted some of that noise Saturday in an emphatic way. And Katy had been pretty mediocre so far this season.

Not to mention, with the recent descent of college programs like Florida State and Miami and the ascent of Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and LSU (the latter two schools rely heavily on Lone Star recruits), one could reasonably argue that Texas has reclaimed its No. 1 spot.

Of course, I'm really, really biased here. And you don't want to read too much into one game between a pair of high schools. Still, I'll take my talking points where I can get them.

UPDATE: Now seems like a good time to mention that Katy's vanquished foe, Cypress Bay High in Weston, FL, was host of "The Paper," MTV's reality series about a high school newspaper. Maybe I should be ashamed but The First Lady and I were semi-regular viewers of this show. It reminded us, only a little, of our days on high school and college newspaper staffs. We'd definitely like to think we didn't act so geeky and self-important back then. Meh ...

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