Leading off today:
I wasn't planning on blogging this weekend other than to recap some of the championship action around the state as the fall season winds down, but there's been too much compelling reporting taking place these past couple of days, so here we go ...
Tim Green diagnosed with ALS: Former Syracuse and NFL defensive lineman Tim Green revealed in a Facebook post Wednesday night that he has been diagnosed with a slowly progressing case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, widely known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Green, 54, said he's been coping with "neurological problems" in his hands for five years, with doctors initially attributing the difficulties to damage his arms received as a star player at Liverpool, Syracuse University and in the NFL.
Green will tell his story on "60 Minutes" on Sunday night.
Greene was selected large schools co-player of the year by the New York State Sportswriters Association in 1981. His decision to attend SU has often been cited as a turning point in the rebuilding of the school's football program.
A labor of love: The Press & Sun-Bulletin wrote a nice feature Friday on Mike Connell, the man behind the Section4Football.com website and a longtime helper of the NYSSWA.
Connell, 63, has encyclopedic knowledge of high school football but is also well-versed in other sports, not to mention pop culture. He frequently turns up news and trivia that find their way into our blog entries.
The best thing about his website is that there is no advertising and no subscription fee. He's well into his second decade of operating Section4football.com out of love of sport and technology.
"I'm my own boss; I can do what I want," he said. "If I have ads and I'm charging somebody, I don't want them to be able to ask for something. I just feel like I can quit at any time. Plus, it doesn't really cost me that much."
Fighting her family and the NCAA: Emily Scheck was a soccer player at Webster Schroeder as well as a distance runner good enough to compete in the state indoor track meet as a freshman in 2014. She's now a sophomore at Canisius College, where she has a partial athletic scholarship -- and a personal life that has been turned on its head.
The Buffalo News reported that Scheck, 19, has for all practical purposes been disowned by her parents, quite possibly for no reason other than they learned that she is a lesbian. (Her parents dispute the contention, but the evidence certainly points in that direction.)
Scheck suddenly found herself cut off emotionally and financially this fall, creating a hardship.
"I couldn't even get groceries, initially," she said. "I was just really relying on my roommates and my girlfriend."
One of those friends told Scheck's story on GoFundMe.com on Nov. 7 and set out to raise $5,000 to help her make it through the school year. By Saturday morning, more than $37,000 had been raised before the story had been widely reported by most mainstream media.