Laura Bartusiak
Woodlands Academy

First, Diddy’s son Justin Combs gets recruited to play football at UCLA, and now Snoop Lion’s son is being recruited.

Cordell Broadus has been sought by the Bruins, as well as Florida State and Duke, to play football. UCLA and Duke offered scholarships.

Oh, yeah, did I mention that he’s just a sophomore at Diamond Bar High School in California? Already, colleges want to get their hands on him before anyone else can.

Players such as Combs and Broadus get a lot of criticism from those who say they’re more popular because of their famous fathers, but I personally think it’s wonderful they’re getting so much attention. It’s better than using dad’s name to try to make a living as a rapper.

I’m proud that Broauds is making his own name for himself. Way to go, Cordell!

Game of the Week
Class 8A football: Glenbard North at Maine South
1 p.m. saturday
Maine South has been on fire this season with an 11-0 record. In a second-round playoff game, the Hawks beat Conant 27-13. Maine South coach David Inserra told the Tribune, “We’ll take whoever we’re playing.” The Hawks’ quarterfinal game against 10-1 Glenbard North will be a good one to watch whether you’re a fan of either team.

Other football games to watch
Class 4A:
Brooks at Evergreen Park, 6 p.m. Saturday

Class 8A: Palatine at Loyola, noon Saturday

Play of the Week
Richmond Spiders field hockey player Rebecca Barry made an awesome play during a 4-1 win against the Temple Owls on Oct. 21. In less than a minute she scored two goals, the second one by bouncing the ball on her stick to avoid defenders, and then shooting. The shot even made “Top 10 Plays” on “SportsCenter.” Search “Rebecca Barry goal” on YouTube.

Strange celebrations
In the little town of Edenbridge in southeast England, residents burn effigies of celebrities that they are unhappy with or who have recently come to shame. On Monday, they chose to burn a 30-foot wooden cutout of Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist who had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. This ritual takes place every Nov. 5 to honor the day Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. I’m going to make sure not to get onto this town’s bad list!

Just saying …
The Bulls just aren’t as fun to watch without Derrick Rose. Sure, they’re still a good team, but Rose brings that extra pizzazz to a game to make it exciting. … There is no doubt that some clueless baseball team is going to hire Ozzie Guillen as their coach. He won a World Series in 2005 so he must be able to do it again.

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