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Another first for NFL referee Sarah Thomas: She’s headed to the Super Bowl.

Posted on: January 20,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Mississippian Sarah Thomas on Sunday, Feb. 7, will become the first woman to officiate the Super Bowl. She will serve as the down judge, a position she has held in the NFL since 2015, when she became pro football’s first female official. You […]

Furr’s magical U.S. Am week dead-ends, shows that golf often really isn’t fair

Posted on: August 14,2020

BY RICK CLEVELAND, SPORTS COLUMNIST  Not long after sunrise Thursday, Wilson Furr plays his second shot at the first hole at the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Jack Nicklaus, the most accomplished champion in golf history, said it best: “Golf is not, and never has been, a fair game.” Early Thursday afternoon, […]

Jake Mangum’s rest of the story: From walk-on to paltry signing bonus – Rick Cleveland – Mississippi Today

Posted on: June 25,2020

So, you probably heard or read about Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum, saying good-bye to college baseball at the College World Series with a plea to the NCAA to do something about the inequities in his sport. Specifically, Mangum made a strong case for increasing paid assistant coaches to three (from two) and for significantly upping the limit […]

This Mississippi All-Time, All-Pro team will mess with Texas or any state, for that matter – By Rick Cleveland – Mississippi Today

Posted on: June 18,2020

Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (34) runs upfield during an NFL game against the Washington Redskins in Chicago, on Sept. 29, 1985. Our task today? We’re going to put together Team Mississippi, an All-Time, All-Pro football team of native Mississippians. We are going kick rear ends and take names. We’ll mess […]

RIP: Gentle Ben Williams, who broke football color line at Ole Miss, became ‘Colonel Rebel’ – Rick Cleveland – Mississippi Today

Posted on: June 18,2020

They called him Gentle Ben. But Jim Carmody, who coached history-making, trail-blazing Ben Williams at both Ole Miss and then the Buffalo Bills, would like to expound on that nickname. “When Ben Williams was on the football field and the game was on, there was not one thing gentle about him,” Carmody said. “He annihilated […]

Dale’s Sideline View 2-17-20

Posted on: February 17,2020

College baseball is back in Mississippi. The big three guys of Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi all had impressive starts to the college baseball year. Mississippi State, who has played in Omaha the last two years, swept Wright State in Starkville while USM did the same in Hattiesburg to Murray State. Ole Miss […]