Category: Rick’s Writings

A Strange Weekend by Bill Blackwell

Posted on: September 26,2016

I don’t know about anyone else, but this weekend was filled with many differing emotions for me.  There were highs and lows during the two days meant for most of us to get a break from the work week.  Saturday saw Jackson State win their first game of the Tony Hughes era and Ole Miss, […]

Hall of Famer Weatherspoon joins USM coaching staff

Posted on: August 23,2016

  The greatest player in Southern Miss basketball history is returning to Hattiesburg as a member of the Golden Eagle basketball staff. Now then, Clarence Weatherspoon needs to help Doc Sadler recruit players and coach them to play with the same passion and ability that he always displayed himself. That will be no easy chore. […]

In Mississippi, there's always a next: Clinton's Cam Akers

Posted on: August 19,2016

Writer’s note: One thing I’ve learned in 50 years of covering Mississippi sports and especially in four and a half years at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame: In Mississippi, there’s always a “next.” What I mean is a next superstar, no matter the sport. Cam Akers of Clinton High is one of those… This […]

Cleveland Joining Mississippi Today

Posted on: August 18,2016

  By Bill Blackwell I am sure most of you are aware by now that Rick Cleveland, our former Executive Director is going back to the profession he loves, journalism. Rick started writing professionally at the tender age of 13 and has been gracing us with his wit and wisdom ever sense. Almost 5 years […]

After 50 years, coming full circle…MSHOF is in good hands

Posted on: August 18,2016

Fifty years ago next month, I covered my first football game for the Hattiesburg American. Brooklyn, now Forrest County AHS, played Lucedale, now George County. Some days I can’t remember my phone number, but I can remember that score: Lucedale 12, Brooklyn 0. And I vividly remember the circumstances. At 13, I had no driver’s […]

Pete Finney made New Orleans, press boxes better places

Posted on: August 13,2016

  When I was a kid in Hattiesburg, we took both New Orleans newspapers at our home. Peter Finney, who died this morning at 88, wrote columns for the afternoon States Item. I could not wait to read his work. He was informative, he was funny. He was conversational. Reading him was almost like sitting […]

Mossy Oak Golf Club, a golf masterpiece in the making…

Posted on: August 10,2016

WEST POINT — In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto’s expedition passed through or near here, moving westward through what became known as the Black Prairie in search of gold and silver. He found the Mississippi River instead. DeSoto crossed the nearby Tombigbee River, which scarcely prepared him for the mighty Mississippi a few weeks […]

Here, we knew Favre first, before we could spell his name

Posted on: August 03,2016

In Mississippi, we knew Brett Favre long before he started an NFL record 321 consecutive games, long before he threw 508 NFL touchdowns, and long before he threw for nearly 72,000 yards. We knew No. 4 before became a three-time NFL MVP, before he was an 11-time Pro Bowler, before he played through injuries that […]