Team Europe looking up

For those of us with the random overseas sporting bent, it has been a summer — really, several years — of interesting developments in Europe. First, the Spanish: Alberto Contador, two victories in the Tour de France, although it’s hard to say how many he still has. Fernando Gonzalez, two World Driving Championships in Formula 1. Tennis? Fifteen of the world’s top 100 men’s players at one stage, 11 major championships by 2008 Olympic champ Rafael Nadal, including this year’s French. Jose Maria Olazabal captains Europe’s Ryder Cup team in...

Peyton, RGIII have folks smiling

This we think we know (or, at least, suspect): Mike Shanahan’s happier than at any time since he coached John Elway. John Elway’s pretty darn happy, too. And Archie. Bo Wallace put a smile on Ole Miss fans’ faces, but the defense will give them the kind of digestive problems over-the-counter drugs were never meant to address. That halftime score, 21-0, could have been waaaay different. Best thing about Tyler Russell through two games? How relaxed he seemed to be. Can’t make good decisions when you’re dry-heaving indecision. Even if...

Breathe it deeply today

This, friends, is what we’ve been waiting for, the best day since spring, blogging away on the patio under perfect blue skies, a refreshing breeze, the Sunday New York Times in hand, warmed by fresh coffee and the glow of Saturday’s victories by Mississippi State and Ole Miss, anxious for the noon kickoff of the Saints’ season. Can’t get much better than this. Not to be intellectually provincial, but it’s the kind of day when I feel a bit sorry for those who face their days with no stake in...

The Horns are here! Lots of 'em

Longhorn Nation has invaded Oxford and you couldn’t get a restaurant reservation on The Square with a fistful of $100 bills. Just about every young Ole Miss grad that I know of — a couple who are blood kin — is heading up this afternoon to get a load of the burnt orange on sacred Rebel soil. There are all kinds of Texas-Mississippi connections through the years, though most involve Mississippi State. Before he became a demigod at Texas, the great Darrell Royal put in a couple of years at...

Our TV overfloweth

We’re rich!   It’s only Friday afternoon, Day 1 post Isaac, and our plate overflows with goodies:   Ryan Harrison, our American tennis Bryce Harper (long on talent and crazy pissed off temper), takes the third set against 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentine forehand maestro. Gonna lose, sure, but still.   Chelsea’s getting crunched 4-0 early in the second half of the UEFA Supercup against Atletico Madrid. Chelsea stinks. For all right thinking people, this is good. Announcers just said the Blues miss ex-England captain John...

Remember those who tried

If you love sports — and, of course, you do — this has been a most invigorating summer — Olympic Games, U.S. Open and PGA Championship in golf, Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis, Euro 2012 in soccer, on and on.   And now pennant races in baseball, the big European soccer leagues kicking off, the Ryder Cup later on, and tonight the opening of big boy tackle football, South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m., ESPN, be there or be square. I would bet the Ol’ Ball Coach ain’t too thrilled...