We call it March Madness. For a couple weeks, the NCAA Tournament takes over our TVs, our sports sections and our office talk.
My first paying job in life came early. I was 6 years old. Reed Green, the athletic director at then-Mississippi Southern College, paid me to chase down foul balls at baseball games at the old ballpark, now a football practice field.
Mississippi State’s remarkable women’s basketball team has made statement after statement in rolling to a 17-0 record and a No. 4 national ranking.
You are the New Orleans Saints. You have had three straight seasons with seven victories vs. nine defeats. You are under contract to pay your head coach, Sean Payton, $45 million over the next five seasons.
This old curmudgeon grew up in a time when there were the four major college football games: the Rose, the Sugar, the Cotton and the Orange Bowls. All were played on New Year’s Day.
The late, immeasurably great Boo Ferriss could have become a Major League manager had he chosen that path. With his people skills and his baseball acumen, he surely would have been a splendid one.
What to make of this Mississippi college football season? And I know what many fans, especially those of Ole Miss and Mississippi State, would answer: “Trash it. Let’s start over and do it again.”
Can’t do that.