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On State’s manhandling of LSU, Day, etc


Notes, quotes and an opinion or two… My take on State-LSU: Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson have received mountains of praise for their performances, as well they should. But this should not be lost on anyone: State body-slammed LSU in the manner LSU and Alabama have done to State and Ole Miss so many times […]

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30 years later: Alcorn-Valley unforgotten


Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State will play a football game at Itta Bena Saturday. That’s what was supposed to happen 30 years ago next month. It did not. What happened was something else entirely, something so grand, so magnificent that 30 years later people still talk about it. As the public address announcer said […]

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The picks: State is due against LSU


The picks, not the fix, are in. We’re coming off our worst week of the season, 11-4, which puts us at 29-8 on the season. That’s 78.4 percent, which isn’t bad, unless you play in the SEC West and then it’s not nearly good enough. Let’s try again, starting with an interesting game tonight… Auburn […]

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Holy Toledo, this week's picks are in…


My upset pick of the week last week was Toledo over Missouri. It was an upset all right. It really upset me, but not as much as the other game I missed: Atlanta’s victory over the Saints. That one sickened me. Still 10 and 2 isn’t all bad. Neither is 18-4 on the season. Let’s […]

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Cristil & Art Davis, a friendship for the ages


  Art Davis scored the first Mississippi State touchdown Jack Cristil ever called, and we’ll get to that, but first… Davis, who will turn 80 in November, lives in retirement in Wilsonville, Ore., a suburb of Portland. Last night, Davis went to sleep thinking about Cristil, his long-time friend and fellow Mississippi Sports Hall of […]

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RIP: Jack Cristil, the voice of the Bulldogs


  Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jacob Sanford “Jack” Cristil, the beloved former sports broadcaster of six decades of Mississippi State University athletics, died Sunday [Sept. 7] at the age of 88 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo of complications of kidney disease and cancer. What follows is a column I wrote on the 50th […]

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Juniors will play for Mike Taylor Trophy


The Randy Watkins/Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Junior Golf Championship will be held at Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison Saturday and Sunday. The overall winner will be awarded the first Mike Taylor Trophy, named for Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Mike Taylor, widely considered Mississippi’s most accomplished amateur golfer and a 10-time winner of […]

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You want winners; I've got you some (maybe)


Welcome to your weekly football forecast. We got the season off to an 8-2 start last weekend. But, boy, when I missed, I really missed. I had South Carolina over Texas A & M and Vanderbilt over Temple. Neither was close. Let’s try again… Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 14: I am torn on this one. […]

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Butch John, former CL wordsmith, dead at 61


Butch John, as is the case with most superb writers, cared deeply about words. He chose his words carefully. So, once upon a time Butch wrote a story for The Clarion-Ledger about then-Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra. In it, he referred to Dykstra’s “tony, northeast Jackson home.” A copy editor, who was having a […]

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Week One: What we learned (I think)


What we learned — I think — from the first week of college football… • The gap between Southern Miss and the SEC teams with which it once competed has widened considerably. Mississippi State, which walloped USM 49-0 Saturday night, could have won with its 2s and 3s. Dan Mullen says he believes Todd Monken […]

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