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...

Class of 2014: Steve McNair, his Airness

  This is the fourth of a series on the MSHOF's Class of 2014... ••• The first time I saw Steve McNair play football he was a 16-year-old junior at Mount Olive High making the State 1A Championship Game his personal playground. He kicked off through the end zone to start the game. He never came out, playing quarterback on offense, safety on defense, punting and returning kicks. He threw, he ran, he tackled, he made interceptions. Basically, he did whatever he pleased and led Mount Olive to victory over...

Moncrief monstrous in Rebs' Egg Bowl win

OXFORD — Hugh Freeze was the winning coach, the man of the hour, but Dan Mullen was the coach on the Ole Miss jumbotron as the final seconds ticked down. What goes round, comes round. And, boy, this came around and came around and came around again. "We will never lose to this team again," Mullen was telling his players in a clip from two years ago, and the Ole Miss jumbotron folks replayed it multiple times. Final score this night: Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24, and it was...

So many Eggs, so many memories

(Writer’s note: Happy Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for family and also thankful newspapers paid me for more than 40 years to go cover games like the Egg Bowl. I am also thankful to help preserve the legends of Egg Bowls past in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. What follows is a piece I wrote on Egg Bowl history back in 2003 for The Clarion-Ledger. It was the 100th anniversary of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry.)   THEY'VE clashed in snow, in a flood, in bitter cold...