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Question: What do Iceland, Tunisia, Senegal, Croatia, Costa Rica, Panama and Nigeria all have in common?
Answer: All those countries qualified for – and are playing in – the World Cup, the world championship of soccer.
Here's the kicker: The United States is not. We. Did. Not. Qualify.
As we all know, Jake Mangum wasn't selected in last week's Major League Draft until the 32nd round – a fact that became all the more puzzling after Mangum spurred Mississippi State to a memorable NCAA Super Regional victory over Vanderbilt last weekend.
Billy Cannon, who died at age 80 over the weekend, remains the answer to a most interesting trivia question:
What native Mississippian scored perhaps the most famous touchdown in college football history, one that still gets replayed countless times nearly 60 years after the deed was performed.
Ricky Donegan, who threw some of the prettiest passes these eyes ever saw, died of cancer April 17 at age 68 in his adopted hometown of Tupelo. And I know what some of you older readers are thinking: “Ricky Donegan, where have I heard that name before?”
So, the question was put to me, via Twitter, just minutes after Arike Ogunboewale's miraculous shot put a dagger right through the hearts of all who bleed Mississippi State's maroon and white.
The question concerned State's senior All American Victoria Vivians and it went like this:
When it comes to tournament basketball – or baseball, or football, for that matter – it's all about peaking at the right time if you are going to win championships. It's about playing your best when it counts most. In a way, it's about saving your best for last.
You may love him. Millions of golf fans do adore Tiger Woods, the most gifted if not the most accomplished golfer in history. (Jack Nicklaus, 18 majors to Tiger's 14, remains the most accomplished in my mind.)
You may pull against Tiger. Many do, mostly because of his well-publicized character issues.