Dale McKee Column 8/12/18

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The National Football League quarterback draft class of 1983 is still considered the best ever.  Three future hall of famers in John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino came out of that class. This past April’s NFL draft class has given us hope for the future since the 2004 class of Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers are nearing the end of their stellar careers. This past weekend the NFL preseason began, and No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns gave their fans hope. The former OU...

Dale McKee Column 8/6/18

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Football season began last week as Mississippi State, Ole Miss and USM opened their fall camps. Mississippi State football made history this week as they were ranked No. 18 in the coaches Top 25 preseason football rankings. It is the highest preseason ranking since 1981 and the first time since 2011 (No. 20) that MSU will enter the season ranked. New Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead is not shying away from the preseason hype. “We look at the preseason polls and what people say about our team because we have...

Dale’s Sideline View

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“This is not a one-year wonder. We have built this team to last. I think you are going to see a team that continues to get better and better,” stated Atlanta Braves minor league scout Rod Gilbreath. The Atlanta Braves are in year four of rebuilding that started with their last playoff appearance in 2014, and Gilbreath has high hopes for this year and the future. Gilbreath was a three-sport star athlete at then R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel. He signed a football scholarship with the Ole Miss Rebels...

At Trustmark Park, there’ll be a new but familiar face in the coaches’ box

This article first appeared at MississippiToday.org. It was written by former museum Executive Director & Historian, Rick Cleveland.  Jackson native Chris Maloney, new manager of the Mississippi Braves, spent 28 years employed by the St. Louis Cardinals. He managed championship minor league teams at three different levels. He coached first base and third base for the Major League Cards. Management thought so much of him, they interviewed him for the Cardinals manager’s job when Tony LaRussa left. Then, after all that, the Cardinals fired him. That was last June. The Cardinals were...

As the Hugh Freeze era shatters at Ole Miss, no winners to be found

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As first seen on MississippiToday.com, by Rick Cleveland Hugh Freeze made $5 million a year to coach Ole Miss football. He was a rock star. He took Ole Miss to its first Sugar Bowl in 46 years and won it by four touchdowns. He beat juggernaut Alabama two straight games and almost a third. He won recruiting battles against national powerhouses. He was a master motivator, who quoted Bible verses to his more than 190,000 followers on Twitter. His official Twitter page reads: “Husband to a wonderful wife, Dad of...

C Spire Gillom and C Spire Howell Notes

Ole Miss’ Saiz, State’s Vivians take home trophies BY RICK CLEVELAND MARCH 6, 2017 SHARETWEET EMAILPRINTMORE Rick Clevleand Sebastian Saiz (center), poses with Bailey Howell and Andy Kennedy (right), after winning the C Spire Howell Trophy.   Notes, quotes and an opinion or three from the C Spire Howell and Gillom Awards luncheon Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum: • First thing first: They got the winners right. Sebastian Saiz won the Bailey Howell Trophy after averaging a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) for the season....

Good Competition for C Spire Howell/Gillom Awards

There is still a while to go before the end of the regular basketball season for Mississippi colleges but voters are starting to look for their favorites to win the C Spire Howell Trophy and the C Spire Gillom Trophy.  Each year a panel of state- wide media select the finalists for this coveted honor, then a combination of their votes and the popular vote sponsored by C Spire determine the Outstanding Women's and Men's players. For the past two years we have presented the hardware to the same two...

Baseball Hall Makes Good Selections

The Baseball Hall of Fame selection committee made three good choices on Wednesday afternoon. The Hall announced that joining John Schuerholtz, and Bud Selig will be Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines and my favorite Jeff Bagwell. Rodriguez is possibly the best defender to ever play the catcher position. He stopped his opponents running game almost single handedly. He also was a pretty good hitter over a long career that saw him make 14 All-Star teams and win 13 Gold Gloves. He threw out 46 per cent of those trying to steal...

The Museum Debuts New Entrance Film

By Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has a new introductory film in its newly named Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Theatre. The new, 15-minute presentation was produced through a generous grant from the Jackson-based Gertrude C. Ford Foundation. The museum, which turned 20 last July, still showed the original theatre presentation until recently. Said the museum’s executive director Bill Blackwell, “Our original theatre presentation was outstanding and served us well, but so much has happened in the last 20 years where Mississippi sports is...

Brantley, Powell, others to recall World Series experiences at Tuesday night viewing party

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jeff Brantley remembers dreaming of pitching in the World Series as early as when he was a child of six or seven. “I dreamed of it, worked toward it, busted my tail for a lot of years …” Brantley says. And then, in 1989, at age 26, he helped the San Francisco Giants make it to the World Series in his rookie season. And his lasting memory, all these 27 years later? “The earthquake, of course,” Brantley says. “That’s it, really. I tell people all...