OMAHA—This is written from the College World Series where a packed house of more than 22,000 fans pays to watch each game at sparkling TD Ameritrade Park.
You want answers to Mississippi’s myriad problems of poverty, hunger and overall quality of life?
Education, education and education.
Mississippi State's irrepressible Jake Mangum was hitting for a .401 average coming into this week. He had stolen 20 bases. As a centerfielder, he uses sprinter's speed to catch balls others can't reach. He turns triples into outs. He is the heart and soul of a team that has won 42 games while losing 10.
This past weekend brought a drive through the Delta on a road not traveled in recent years. We were headed north on U.S. 49 East on a sunny spring Sunday, just passing the community of Sidon, when I saw the sign: “Willye B. White Memorial Highway.”
The plan seemed a sound one to this wizened sports writer. Mississippi State's Jake Mangum had pulled to within four hits of the all-time Southeastern Conference hits record. The Bulldogs had a three-game weekend series coming up with Georgia.
Pickings will be slim where the New Orleans Saints are concerned in the NFL Draft that begins with the first round Thursday in Nashville.
So many things I never expected to see, hear or write when I started writing about sports more than half a century ago. Here is just a sampling:
Limping Chloe Bibby was in Oregon last weekend, supporting her Mississippi State teammates, while continuing the rehab process on her injured knee.
Yes, she said, the knee is coming along fine and will be stronger than ever by next season.
Yes, she said, she can't wait to play again.
Someone asked the other day: Who coined the term March Madness? Where did it come from?