Thursday, October 6, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Thanks to Deputy Cook
If there is one thing which I hate more than hearing that Ole Miss’ football team has lost to a non-SEC team, it is changing or fixing a flat on my POV. This is not new for me; it goes back to owning my first bike. I so hated repairing the flats on my bike that I would push it down Buchannan’s Hill to Linwood Frazier’s house. Linwood owned a sort of bicycle repair shop. He would not only fix your flat for a small fee, heck, he would even sell you another bike.
Anyway, while returning from Germantown Tuesday morning of last week, I had a flat at the intersection of Hwy. 311 and E.L. Smith Bypass. Just as I had resigned myself to begin the dreaded ordeal of plying jack and “doughnut,” one of Marshall County’s finest pulled up. Sheriff’s deputy David Cook asked if he could be of assistance. He suggested that he should go to the office, get the portable air tank and see if the offending tire could be re-inflated. After a few minutes he returned and we soon discovered that the tire was beyond redemption, so Deputy Cook proceeded to change the tire over my protestations that he would soil his neat uniform. He did this very quickly, all the while keeping up a dialogue of high school (especially Potts Camp) and SEC football.
Thank you, Officer Cook, for making having a flat a most memorable occasion. It will not soon be forgotten.
Luckily, later in the week, there was no need to endure another distasteful occasion. Ole Miss took a long trip west and out of the SEC to contest Fresno State. The F.S. Bulldogs have never beaten an SEC team and happily it didn’t happen with the Rebels.
The Ole Miss 38-28 victory saw the emergence of some new starts for the Rebels like Randall Mackey (quarterback) and Brandon Bolden. This win gave Ole Miss its first seasonal victory over a FBS team, after losing to BYU, Vanderbilt and Georgia in that order. Whether this will cool off the seat which coach Houston Nutt sits on has not been clearly determined yet.
While the expanding of conferences still seems to dominate the news, one item remains constant – the SEC’s strength. The latest AP has LSU and Alabama listed as 1-2. Joining the Tigers and the Tide in the top 25 are the Razorbacks (10), Auburn Tigers (return at 15), Gators (17) and Gamecocks (18). The Aggies (Texas A&M, the new hopefuls) are still present at 24.
The SEC is fast becoming a magnet. There was another team this past week which was seeking entry.
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