One of my all-time favorite balladeers was the late-great Roger Miller. For those of you who can't remember the music scene back in the day when peace symbols and bell bottoms were the rage, Roger was one of radio's best story tellers with such hits as '"Chug-a-Lug", "Dang Me", and "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd". His signature release, however, remains the classic 1965 #1 crossover hit-"King of the Road."

Fall practice is underway on the campus of Bradford High School as the smell of fresh cut grass and the shrill shrieks of a coaches whistle permeate the air once again. If the Tornadoes are to get off to a good start in 2012 under new Head Coach Steve Reynolds, they will need to draw inspiration from Roger Miller. 3 of the first 4 contests will involve a seat on the proverbial "yellow dog." Yes, if Bradford can become Kings of the Road before the month of September closes, the season just may set up to be special.

The regular season curtain rises August 31 at a venue that has proven to be a site of heartbreak for many teams who have dared to venture in throughout history. Palatka has a new Coach with new swag, and they would relish the chance to be inhospitable hosts. Old rivals. the Panthers and Tornadoes have strapped it on many times in seasons past in epic battles. The winner in 2012 gets their new Coach and new season off to a great start.

Following a home game against Hawthorne, Bradford will travel to Hamilton County on September 14th. An open date awaits on the 21st before another road tilt at Umatilla in the District opener.

While I haven't validated the theory, I suspect that Ol' Roger was correct in opining that you can't roller skate in a buffalo herd. It is also true that if the Bradford High Tornadoes are to navigate their way to a successful year, they will need to skate through a tough road slate the in the early part of the schedule. Just like being in the middle of a buffalo herd, we will discover if the Tornadoes can be counted on when the chips are down in hostile territory.

As always, Rick and I will be there every step of the way to bring you all of the action on Eagle Country 106.3 as I begin my 27th year as the "Voice of Tornado Football.' Like Roger Miller- I just keep 'Chug-a'Luggin" along!