The Highlanders have caught a spell of bad luck the past few days as Coach has been stuck out in the woods with a troop of Boy Scouts who are apparently testing out their knot-tying skills on Coach's ankles as he has managed just 6 miles in the past 3 days.
This has left Shortcut to battle K-Law more-or-less on his own, which has proven to be a problematic match-up for Apple Hill as South Side won a super-narrow one on Day #5 (12.3 to 12), again on Day #6 (10 to 5.5) and yet again on Day #7 (10 to zero!). Throw in a Scrapper win for Day #4 and you've got a 4-day winning streak for South Side...
South Side: 6
Apple Hill: 1
There's now a sense of unease stirring among the Apple Hill faithful as they were expecting a much tighter battle than this for the first week. And the fact that K-Law is prepping for a presumably mileage-stuffed week while camping in southern Maine next week (no Boy Scouts involved) is certainly not easing Highlander nerves.
But famous Apple Hill archivist, Seamus Macleod, points out that the Highlanders have a history of starting off painfully slow and then surging near the middle and end of the month, which usually results in a (very) narrow win.
So the Apple Hill fans are left to helplessly wait for that "Highlander surge".
And the statisticians are left scratching their heads, trying to figure out how South Side can possibly be MORE competitive WITHOUT Shocker!
The Scrappers' "magic number" stands at 10...