Analyst seeks to avoid icy season

It was during my favorite episode of “The Simpsons” marathon — Homer had just devoured the hot peppers grown in a Guatemalan insane asylum at the Springfield Chili Cook-Off — when the notification popped up on my phone.

Eric tagged me in a video.

I had a feeling he gave me the ice bucket challenge. My suspicions were confirmed when I clicked on the post and saw Eric wearing a Speedo while Skeet stood on a ladder and dumped some sort of green liquid on his head.

Personally, I thought the ice bucket challenge had gone out of style like Antoine Dodson, the Harlem Shake and honey badger not giving a poop. Guess not.

When I was a sophomore, I wrote a paper for biology class about Los Gatos (Calif.) High football coach Charlie Wedemeyer, which taught me all about ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. And since I spent this summer working as a lifeguard at one of the local water parks, I clearly don’t have an aversion to wasting water.

So, I made my donation and completed the challenge, because that’s what you’re supposed to do, not just pour cold liquid on your head like Johnny Knoxville.

In case the video doesn’t get uploaded to my @FielderNVP account on Twitter, I am challenging:

■ The fog machine and giant, inflatable helmet operator(s) at Bishop Gorman.

■ My Spanish teacher.

■ All the football umpires from the Southern Nevada Officials Association. Let’s not have any 4-yard walk-offs for a false-start penalty this season, fellas.

I did pretty well with my picks last season, and I’m looking to do better this year. Who knows, maybe I’ll even start off with an undefeated week. Don’t forget to check out for a few more picks from the opening week.

■ Eldorado at Chaparral — This is the first game for Cowboys coach Paul Nihipali, and it comes at home against his team’s biggest rival in “The Cleat Game.” That’s like taking over at Southern California and debuting against Notre Dame. Not really, but you get the drift.

The Sundevils haven’t defeated Chaparral since 2011, but coach Vernon Brown returns 15 starters and is optimistic heading into Week 1. The Cowboys also welcome back a bevy of skill players, though, which means Merlin Olsen’s footwear is staying put. … Chaparral by 3.

■ Palo Verde at Centennial — It’s nice to see an early-season showdown between two contenders in the Sunset Region. It’s that type of rugged scheduling that will prepare these teams to lose to Bishop Gorman in the playoffs.

C’mon, lighten up. We all know it’s true.

The Panthers defeated Centennial twice last season, including one game staged during a Category 5 hurricane. Both teams were hit hard by graduation, but the Bulldogs were hit harder. … Palo Verde by 4.

■ Liberty at Basic — The former Southeast League foes just couldn’t stay apart for long. The Patriots are big favorites in the Sunrise Region again and figure to return to their smashmouth roots now that quarterback Tyler Newman is gone.

That doesn’t bode well for the Wolves, who have only one starter back from last season’s defense that allowed 50 or more points four times. … Liberty by 27.

■ Bishop Gorman at Servite (Calif.) — There were a few snickers from the California media when USA Today named the Gaels the No. 1 team in the nation. This is the first chance for Gorman to quiet those Golden State naysayers, who clearly forgot about the Gaels’ 41-17 victory over Servite last year.

The Friars, ranked No. 19 in USA Today’s preseason poll, feature Oregon commit Travis Waller at quarterback and my favorite name this season: Equanimeous St. Brown. … Gorman by 7.

Last week: 0-0, 0-0 (with points)

Season: 0-0, 0-0 (with points)

Contact Fielder at Fielder@nevadapreps. com. Follow @FielderNVP on Twitter.

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