Thursday, November 3, 2005

Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson

SEC race

One could say that things got a bit rocky last week for many members of the different sports venues around the area and beyond. The most momentous news would have to be the manner in which the Chicago White Sox took care of business in the World Series with the Houston Astros.

There has to be admiration for both teams. Since yours truly had not foreseen either of the participants making it that far, there won’t be any attempt to take any of their rightfully earned glory.

The Astros finally got their chance to go for it all and the White Sox were afforded the chance to redeem themselves. Whether the Sox completely expiated themselves from the scandal of almost nine decades ago remains to be seen, but they can say that, thus far, this win has not been tainted. Sort of like the man who fell from the 10-story building – as he descended past each floor, he was overheard to say, “So far, so good!”

Anyway, a championship is a championship. And most of the collegiate teams are thinking in that direction at this point. Some are looking mighty bright and others sort of dark. Probably one of the gloomiest right now is that of SWAC entry Jackson State University.

The capital Tigers have lost their fourth consecutive game and the natives are restless.

Actually, that is an understatement. Head coach James Bell is finishing three seasons and has an unenviable record of 8-23. JSU lost its homecoming two weeks ago and was stuffed in a burlap sack by Arkansas-Pine Bluff in their last home game. Word on the street is that the 64-36 thumping was more than the true-blue Jacksonians can stand. The talk is now is it time for the bell to toll for Bell?

If you listen closely you may hear all kinds of bells ringing in Tide land and the Swamp these days. The SEC race (which the whole country watches, let’s face it. We are good!), is really heating up. The LSU Tigers and the Tide are on a collision course in the Western Division and the Gators and the ’Dogs have sparred in the East. You can just about take your pick as to who will end up as the top dog, but just don’t rule out Auburn.

As much as it hurts, one has to give ole what’s his name his due. He knows how to win.

Let me say “thanks” to you all for the encouraging comments about this column. It is both humbling and gratifying to be able to serve such a discerning readership.


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