Thursday, September 5, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Thanks for your concern
First, let me thank all of you who noticed that yours truly was not at the historical and inaugural Mayor’s Cup game between Holly High and Byhalia August 23.
A medical procedure, which had me sidelined, had been scheduled well in advance of the game and I had no idea it would impact my on-site coverage. It is a well known fact that Barry Burleson, the editor and publisher, and I have never subscribed to the philosophy of covering football games from the press box/booth. We have to be down on the field so that we can study the countenances of the coaches and players.
Barry did yeoman’s service that Friday night and did an outstanding job. He can handle it; after all, he is 52 years young.
Anyway, thanks for your concern (one friend [?] asked if I had been in Lakeside).
There was a lot of concern going into the first week of the long-awaited collegiate season of football. I might be missing something, but I was surprised that the Clemson-Georgia game was attracting so much attention. It had all but swept the Johnny Manziel story into the closet (more on that a little bit later). So I endeavored to see what all the hoopla was about although Gawgia is an SEC team and ranked number five.
Well, I got an eyeful. That Tajh Boyd, signal- caller for number eight Clemson, orchestrated a 38-35 win that left the Dawgs scratching for fleas and answers. The word out now is that the Tigers could be a contender this season. Their resumé now includes consecutive wins over SEC opponents (LSU in last season’s bowl game).
As was to be expected, the SEC led the parade in games to watch this week. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt got things off to a bang-up start. Barry, Chuck Farris and Ronnie Day had to fill me in on all the salient parts. The Knights of Columbus were staffing the Garden Café last Thursday evening. All concluded that it was a great game to watch. I’ll have to pull it up.
Another game which had the interest of local fans was the matchup between the 13th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys and the MSU Bulldogs. The Bullies and Cowboys had met four times previously and had an even split. MSU just couldn’t get the genie out of the bottle this season and went down 21-3.
I don’t think anyone had any doubt that the number one Crimson Tide would have problems with Virginia Tech. However, the Tide is fortunate to have Christion Jones carrying its banner. The return specialist scored two on run-backs and one receiving which helped Alabama get the 25-point (35-10) victory. I believe someone told me that the spread was 21. No, it wasn’t a bookie.
Now back to the Texas A&M game for closeout. I think the Aggies had a 21-point spread also. They won 52-31 and Johnny Football, who had to sit out the first half, came in and showed why he was last year’s Heisman recipient. He drew the ire of just about everybody with his taunting of an Owl.
I agree with all anti-taunting rules but I can’t agree with the prohibition of selling autographs. College players are not compensated and what one does with his own John Hancock should be a personal thing, not the NCAA’s.
As a former coach, I have to take exception to the manner in which he ignored his coach, who was trying to talk to him after the flag. In the indomitable words of Jed Clampett, “I would have to have a long talk with that boy!”
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