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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bonus Bytes - Random Thoughts

Word on the street is that former all-state Andover point guard Cameron Bell will be joining current Seaholm all-state swingman Richaud Pack at Florida International next season to play for Detroit hoops legend Isaiah Thomas. Pack just signed with FIU last week. Bell, a high scoring playmaker and the best hoopster in Barons history, played last season at Lake Superior State and is down in South Florida right now working out with the team and will suit up next year when Pack gets there to join him. If Zeek keeps up this trend of plucking some of the best the OC has to offer, this area could end up being a pipeline to Miami, in the same way city of Detroit was to the Missouri Tigers program back in the 1980's. Interesting stuff!
I've noticed although this blog is getting a lot of traffic, not a lot of you readers post comments. I encourage everyone who enjoys or doesn't enjoy but still reads Burney's brand of prep eye candy to tell me what you think about the issues I write about by posting any and all of your feelings, feedback, comments, questions, or constructive criticisms. If you think I'm full it, tell me and why. If you want to me discuss a certain topic that is not being covered, let me know! Basically, I just want to have more open communication with my reading audience. And remember you can always email me at and I will promptly respond.
Clarkston senior quarterback Tyler Scarlett is so money, he should die his hair green for the Wolves showdown with SH Stevenson and its superior signal caller, Jason Fracassa, this Saturday in the D1 Final Four. Wouldn't that be cool? I think it would be the ultimate Jim McMahon moment and spark C-Town into the state finals, alas Jimmy Mac's head gear leading the Bears to the Super Bowl in '85. Maybe TS could wear a Jimmy Mac style head Adidas head band in honor of the punky QB of yesteryear. At the very least, their games are similar enough to warrant it.  Come on Tyler, do it for Burney!
I'm thrilled that the Ferndale boys basketball program made the right choice and hired former Eagles' hardwood legend and UofM star, Tom Staton, Sr., as its new head coach last spring. Staton's presence will give the program a much needed fresh perspective and renewed work ethic. Coming off a number of mediocre years, the Eagles and their fans deserve a boys basketball team that lives up to the standards of their rich school hoops tradition. Back in the 60's, Ferndale won multiple state titles under legendary head coach, Roy Burkhart and then throughout 80's with future MSU Spartan Dwayne Stephens and in the 90's with his brother Jarrett (Penn State) and Rashad Phillips (UofD-Mercy), the Eagles were Oakland County powerhouses. I know Staton – whose Tom, Jr. played at Clarkston and is currently hooping at Gardner-Webb University – will do his alma mater proud. Good Luck, Tom, Sr.!


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