Dale’s Sideline View 10/15/18

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day, You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special," said Jim Valvano, former basketball coach at North Carolina State, as he was accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first televised ESPY Awards in 1993. Valvano was in his final stages of a battle with bone cancer.   It has been 25 years since Valvano echoed those words, and it has been 50 years since one...

Dale’s Sideline View

Many questions are being asked about how Kentucky upset Mississippi State. Were they looking ahead to this week’s game?  How did Kentucky dominate Mississippi State? One thing I can say is that Mississippi State was vastly exposed Saturday night. Entering the game, MSU was ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense and defense. They did not play up to their rankings. The Bulldogs managed only 201 yards of offense in the game and only 51 yards in the final 30 minutes. They also allowed Benny Snell Jr. to rush...

Dale’s Sideline View 9/17

Week three of the college football season is in the books. What did we learn? Mississippi State has a very good football team, and Ole Miss has lots of work to do. Mississippi State improved to 3-0, and with their lopsided win over Louisiana-Lafayette the Bulldogs moved up to #14 in the latest Associated Press college football rankings. Senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald accounted for six touchdowns as he ran for four scores and passed for a couple others. MSU racked up 607 yards of offense as they scored on their...

Dales’s Sideline View

It's finally here! College football 2018 begins this Thursday in Mississippi.  The key match-up Thursday will be the “Battle of the Sword” between Millsaps and Belhaven. Mississippi College will also be at home as they host Clark Atlanta in Clinton. Delta State will head to Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday morning for their Thursday game against Tarleton State. Mississippi Valley will make the longest journey as they head to the black hills of North Dakota. Alcorn State will begin their season in Atlanta Saturday morning against Georgia Tech in a game that will be televised...

Dale McKee Column 8/12/18

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

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...

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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...

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...

Baseball Fans Delight

Mississippi baseball fans will have a unique opportunity to meet and talk with some of your favorite players on October 25th at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  For just $50 you will receive a delicious barbecue dinner and reception beginning at 5:30 pm.  At 6:30 a panel discussion with a list of Mississippi based players and coaches will be held and fans may ask questions of their favorites.  At game time, we invite everyone to mingle with the players and watch game #1 of the World Series...

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done By Bill Blackwell I am sure that many USM fans are worried about their football program after the announcement over this past weekend that Head Coach Todd Monken had taken an NFL position as the Offensive Coordinator for Tampa Bay. While the timing could hardly be worse with National Signing Day just around the corner, Golden Eagle fans should take heart from the strong foundation that Monken built in just three years on the job. Inheriting a team that had been winless and working tirelessly to...