By Mark Maxwell
In typical form, David Kaplan took to the AT&T U-Verse lounge to deliver his "Best and Worst of the Week."
The Best: The Washington Panthers (12-0) will lace up their cleats this Saturday to represent their hometown - a town devastated by tornadoes last Sunday.
Neighborhood homes and buildings were leveled by the F4 tornado, including ten homes that belonged to varsity Panthers players. Now six days later, the Panthers carry the town colors into the 5A state semifinals against the undefeated Sacred Heart-Griffin (12-0) squad.
No gridiron opponent could be more intimidating than the powerful foe that visited Washington last weekend. Regardless of the game’s outcome, the people of Washington will likely remember this game for years to come. Live television coverage will be aired on Comcast SportsNet at 1:00pm.
Although the town of Washington carries the overwhelming burden of loss, they are also supported by a tremendous outpouring of love and support.
Neighbors and friends across the state and country have given a significant amount of funds and resources to the grief-stricken town. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised by the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other local organizations. The Chicago Bears pitched in too, deciding to wear Panthers football T-shirts on Sunday to raise funds and awareness for the people of Washington.
The Worst: The loss and pain experienced in Washington, Illinois, on Sunday is by far the worst thing that happened this week. All of the support and funds cannot replace the memories, personal belongings and the lives that were lost in the terrible storms.
The Worst, Take Two: Alex Rodriguez. If these two words didn't summon instantaneous resentment in your baseball gullet, it is highly probable that you haven't watched baseball since 2003. In his own attempt at disaster recovery, Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing, upset that commissioner Bud Selig wasn’t giving personal testimony at the hearing.