Book relives the legend of MSHoF’s Dobie Holden

By Chuck Abadie               POPLARVILLE – In reading “The Spirit of the Pearl: The Life, Legend and Legacy of T.D. ‘Dobie’ Holden,” one finds that it is possible for a football coach to win the respect of his players and lead them to eight state championships and one national championship without compromising faith and family.             An excerpt: “Dobie Holden knew that the winning spirit went far beyond the athletic field to the field of life, and that success in the former could help promote success in the latter. He...

The day Alan Nunnelee ‘found’ the Golden Egg

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(Editor's note: Rep. Alan Nunnelee died at age 56 this past week after a protracted and courageous battle with brain cancer. Nunnelee was highly regarded as a kind and caring man across the aisles both in Mississippi and in Washington D.C. He was unabashedly a Mississippi State Bulldog. Here, Checky Herrington, a good friend of Nunnelee's since their days as students at State, recalls the time the Golden Egg was "lost." Says Herrington, "Alan was a good friend and as nice then as he was later in life — a...

Remembering the Hinds champions of 1989

Author's note: This story is one of many about the record-setting, history-making Hinds Community College baseball team of 1989 and is an excerpt from Diary of a Mad Baseball Coach by Rick Clarke, the head baseball coach at Hinds from 1983-2005. The 1989 season marked the merger of the predominately white Raymond campus and the all-black Utica campus. teams of Hinds Community College. Merging these two baseball programs, each successful on their own, was not a simple task. But the ’89 team did things that no other Mississippi Community College...

Swayze Waters’ take on UAB situation

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Jackson Prep grad Swayze Waters was recently named the most valuable special teams player in the Canadian Football League where he led the league in punting and kick scoring. He took up two places on the All-CFL team: punter and placekicker. Joy and pride over those accomplishments have been diminished by the recent news that UAB, his alma mater, is shutting down its football program. What follows are his thoughts on the matter. In 2005 I joined the UAB family. I signed a letter of intent on National Signing Day...

RIP: USM football great Bobby Holmes

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Every university needs fans such as Ken Shearer. Ken, a former football manager at Southern Miss, has become the school's unofficial sports historian. Today, he writes about the death of Bobby Holmes, one of USM's all-time football greats. By Ken Shearer Robert Harold “Bobby” Holmes, age 85, died Sunday, April 6, in Biloxi.  Bobby Holmes was one of the great quarterbacks and indeed great football players in Southern Miss football history.  He was also an outstanding high school coach in Mississippi for many years. Originally from Tallassee, Ala., Bobby came...

An open letter from Annandale Golf Club…

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The following is an open letter to Mississippi golf fans from Annandale Golf Club. To The Supporters of the Sanderson Farms Championship: On April 1, 2014, the Board of Century Club Charities voted to change the venue of the Sanderson Farms Championship from Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi, to the Country Club of Jackson, effective in 2014. Annandale Golf Club has been the host course for this PGA TOUR event for approximately 20 years. Annandale and its members wish to publicly thank its staff, management, the thousands of volunteers,...

A thank-you note to Hall of Famer Ray Guy

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By Darrell Manning I have a quick story about Mr. Ray Guy that has nothing to do with his athletic ability. Eight years ago, my wife's father, Bob Pike, was told he had terminal lung and brain cancer. He was 67 at the time. He was a well-known restaurant owner in the Clarksdale area. He loved the Ole Miss Rebels and the New Orleans Saints, so I was very surprised when he told me years back that Ray Guy was his all-time favorite football player. He would just gush about...

Joe Rogers: A war of words on the Saints

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(From Rick Cleveland: My ol' pal Joe Rogers, formerly columnist for The Clarion-Ledger and now an editor at the New York TImes, recently challenged me to duel of words about the New Orleans Saints for the column he writes for the Ledger's website. Naturally, I took him up on it. What follows is Joe's column.) In today's column I argue why the New Orleans Saints are undeserving of fan loyalty or affection. Rick Cleveland, sports columnist and executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, appears in...

There is something magical in that Delta soil

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Tim Kalich, editor of The Greenwood Commonwealth, attended the Tribute to Kent Hull Banquet last month and recently wrote this piece for Leflore Illustrated. Kalich graciously allows msfame.com to reprint it. By Tim Kalich Leflore Illustrated Rick Cleveland says there must be “something magical” in the soil to explain why four of the greatest gentlemen he’s ever met are products of the Delta. Cleveland has been covering athletics in Mississippi for nearly half a century, mostly as a Jackson sports editor and columnist but most recently as executive director of...

Buffalo columnist: Hull's death hit hard

You know how much we appreciate and love Kent Hull here in Mississippi. In Buffalo, they love him every bit as much. Thank-you to The Buffalo News for allowing us to reprint my friend Jerry Sullivan's column from the day after Kent passed away in October, 2011.   "I told my wife this: If they called me right now and told me that I had been released, I'd go over there and shake every one of those hands and truly get down on my knees and thank them for this...