Committee got it right

Let’s try another opinions column in the old Twitter-style, 140 characters at a time...

• Just go ahead and give Alvin Kamara NFL Rookie of the Year. Guy is insanely terrific. #somuchfuntowatch

• Initially I had mixed emotions moving the MHSAA title games out of Jackson. Not now. Amazing success.

• I cast my Heisman ballot for Lamar Jackson, because I think he’s the best college player in the country.

• So yes, State’s defense has its hands full and then some in the Taxslayer Bowl.

• Louisiana Lafayette is looking for new coach. They’re crazy if they don’t call Steve Campbell at Central Arkansas.

• C Spire Conerly voting was tough. AJ Brown and Nick Fitzgerald were terrific. I voted for the senior, Ito Smith.

• Fact: Ito Smith is one of the 10 most productive running backs in NCAA FBS history.

• Thanks to the Ole Miss sports info crew who handled MHSAA press box operation. First class all the way.

• If I were oddsmaker: FSU by 10 over USM; Louisville by 6 over MSU in bowl games.

• Can’t understand why nobody has offered East Central’s Tony Brown. Kid can play.

• Committee got it right: 1. Clemson, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Georgia, 4. Alabama. Still, eight teams would be better.

• There may be a bigger mess than Tennessee’s coach search. I haven’t seen it. #Orangemuck

• Glad Tiger Woods is back. Golf is more fun when he’s playing.

• Gut feeling: Tiger’s oft-injured body won’t hold up to the torque of his swing. #matter of time.

• Ben Howland may have something going at State. Lot of talent, guys who can score.

• Queen Victoria Vivians has raised the level of her game at least a notch. #Whatacareer!

• Not nearly ready to say these MSU Lady Bulldogs are better than last year’s. Not close. Not now.

• Is Drew Brees ageless? No, but he is a mighty young 38. Playing as well as ever. #SaintDrew.

• After another year of bowl ban, Ole Miss hiring of Matt Luke looks especially good. #Playersdighim.

• Miss. Sportsperson of the Year? My vote goes to Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry, state’s best ever.

• My favorite weekend of the year? The high school football championships weekend. #6passionplays

• Clemson beats Bama. Georgia beats Oklahoma. Clemson beats Georgia. #youreaditherefirst

• Philadelphia Eagles are NFL’s best team currently.

• Current Vegas odds on 2019 Masters: Spieth 7 to 1, Tiger 28 to 1.

• I’d make 5A champ West Point a 3-point pick over 6A champ Pearl. #twodynamiteteams.

• FSU’s Cam Akers of Clinton will need 70 yards against USM to go over 1,000 for season.

• State’s new coach Joe Moorhead is a former sports writer. Should be good in two-minute drill. #deadlines

• Eli Manning started 210 straight games for the NY Giants. Think about it.

• Two Super Bowl MVPs aside, most impressive about Eli: How he has handled NY media zoo for 14 seasons.

• William Carey puts MS Sports Hall of Famer Steve Knight’s name on basketball court. He deserves it.

• JMO, Twitter should have stayed at 140 words. #brevityalwaysbest

Rick Cleveland is a Jackson-based syndicated columnist. His email address is

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