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?”
We probably should start with this declaration: I love football. I've watched it from the time I can remember anything at all. I've written about it for more than 50 years. Football has brought me great joy.
• 1, as in No. 1 in the nation, and that would be Alabama. The Crimson Tide is scary good – so fast, so strong, so talented, so deep. They may have the best stable of running backs in football, including the NFL. Bama looked better than ever in a 24-7 demolition of No. 3 Florida State.