Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time to fix watch
A longtime family friend was in town a couple of weeks ago for some basketball scrimmage games.
Her dad (our minister when we lived in Aberdeen) may be the biggest Alabama fan I’ve ever known.
In our conversation, the time of day came up, and I mentioned that “I did not know what time it was” because I broke the band on my Crimson Tide watch.
We were talking about the highly-anticipated LSU game, which then had not happened.
Being the superstitious person she is, she told Pam not to buy me a new watch band right now, since I had been without it all season, and Alabama was unbeaten at the time and ranked second in the country.
Sunday, she sent Pam a message via Facebook, saying it was OK to get it fixed now.
She, of course, was referring to Alabama’s 9-6 loss to the Tigers Saturday night in what was termed the “game of the century.”
Like gobs of people, I watched it on TV. And yes, I was disappointed, but like I said in another recent column, “It’s just football.”
I saw a young Alabama fan that appeared to be crying in the stands on national TV. That’s taking it a bit too seriously.
Alabama deserved to lose the game – too many mistakes.
The sun still came up Sunday, and it was a beautiful day.
My son, who regularly goes to Ole Miss football games, made his first trip to Starkville Saturday for Mississippi State’s homecoming.
He enjoyed it, but my high school senior is still hinting around about possibly going to Ole Miss at some point in his college career.
Alabama visits Mississippi State this weekend. It should be a good game – the Bulldogs are catching a banged-up Crimson Tide squad at just the right time.
While on the topic of football, I want to change gears to high school.
Marshall County teams have made their mark this season – with a couple continuing to play in the state playoffs this Friday.
When I moved to the county just over 10 years ago, basketball was king. I guess it still is, but football is going strong with all five high schools in the county now playing football on Friday nights.
This year three of the five advanced to the playoffs.
Another, playing an independent schedule, went 7-4.
And the other just missed the post-season by one win.
There was at least one week I recall during the season when all five teams won on the same Friday night. That was a first.
The South Reporter crew covering the games has tried to keep fans updated each Friday night with scores from all schools via the newspaper’s Facebook page.
We have a small staff, and sometimes we don’t make every game, and others have pitched in to help – from teachers, to coaches, to administrators, to parents.
It has gone well.
Last Friday night we had several people “like” our updates and many commented, too, on the games and scores. That has been the case throughout the season.
Most of all, I want to thank the head coaches at H.W. Byers, Potts Camp, Byhalia, Holly Springs and Marshall Academy. Claude Vinson or I always bug them on weekends for comments and such, and they’re great to work with.
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