Posted: 10:28 am Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Local football stars on TV next 3 days 

By Jason Lieser

I don’t know how anyone could get bored with the college bowl season. Personally, I was glued to the TV for Wanny’s 3-0 loss to Oregon State. Pitt punted 10 times in that game, so Dave was probably pretty pleased.

Anyway, if that doesn’t thrill you can check out four of the best players from this area on TV over the next three days.

The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is first. The game is Friday, 5 p.m. on Fox College Sports. Okeechobee running back Lonnie Pryor, an FSU commit, will play for the East team.

As a pre-cursor to its NFL broadcasts Saturday, NBC will carry the U.S. Army All-American Bowl from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. That game begins at 1 p.m. and leads right into Falcons-Cardinals. Cardinal Newman kick Brendan Gibbons and Palm Beach Central linebacker Jon Bostic will play for the East.

ESPN is covering the Under Armour All-America Game Sunday at 8 p.m. The game is at the Citrus Bowl, and I believe it is actually taking place much earlier in the day and then airing on tape delay at night. Pahokee multi-purpose athlete Nu’Keese Richardson will play in that game before heading up to join the Gators.

Bostic, the top-rated college prospect in the county, plans to announce his verbal commitment during the broadcast. He originally planned to have this squared away in early December, but it has been a slow process. He is down to Florida, Florida State, Miami, Clemson and LSU. There is a growing consensus that Bostic will pick the Gators, but he has been extremely tight-lipped.

This is one of the most interesting recruiting situations this area has seen over the last few years because Bostic said he is graduating early so he can enroll in time for spring practices. Most players taking that path make their commitments much earlier. The three Pahokee players who went that route — Richardson, Brandin Hawthorne and Vincent Smith — announced their choices before the start of the regular season.

If you’re wondering why you read “All-American” in some places and “All-America” in others, here’s a grammar/style note for any nerds out there.

People frequently misuse the terms. Typically, “All-America” is correct. The only time you would use the other term is if you are talking about a person, i.e., “Jon Bostic is an All-American.” Otherwise, you would say, “Jon Bostic is an All-America linebacker.” If you’re talking about a team or a game, proper usage is “the All-America team” or the “All-America game.”

The U.S. Army and the Offense-Defense bowls use “All-American” incorrectly, but since they use it as a proper noun in the titles of their games, we have to use it as well. We can’t change the name of something just because it has a grammatical error.

This might be the most boring thing I’ve ever written.