I often refer to my athletic family which dates back to my grandfather, George Lackey (and his siblings in Lauderdale County, MS), including my mom and her sister, our many cousins, my brother, my four sisters, my own sports involvement, my son and even with my husband (former competitor, soccer/track coach). Now, the tradition continues with my nieces and nephews. I’m the oldest of my … Continue reading Losing is a (Good) Life Lesson
I’m not sure where you live, but I’m in the FL panhandle and the weather is super HOT right now – beginning of October and I saw 100 degrees in the car this weekend. Regardless of where you are and what your weather is like, I want to know if you’re a TRUE FAN or a FAIR WEATHER fan?! I’ve been blown away lately at … Continue reading TRUE Fan or FAIR Weather?
In the weeks preceding the College Football Playoff rankings all we have is the AP Top 25. For what seems like FOREVER NOW, guess who’s sitting at the top position?! Yep, Alabama. Saban Nation. Crimson Tide. Bear’s Boys. Recruiting Phenoms. Five Star Player Overload. Facilities out the ying-yang. National Championship Mega Trophy Case. I could go on and on, but I won’t! I have many … Continue reading Current Rankings Don’t Matter – Who’s Gonna Beat Bama?!
Remember the sports headlines from 1986? If not, let me refresh your memory and enlighten those that have no recollection of it whatsoever because they weren’t even born yet. The year was 1986. The NCAA college football national champ was Penn State, the Mets won the world series, Boston Celtics were the NBA champs, and Becker and Navratilova took Wimbledon by storm. Ronald Reagan was … Continue reading It was 1986
Finally, after months, all the college football fans got their fix a few days ago during kickoff weekend with Week 1 (post Week Zero) of NCAA College Football. If you’re not a true fan you won’t understand, but for those of you who do, you can relate to the feeling I experienced leading up to that day…. chill bumps, hair standing up on my arms and … Continue reading Not Panicking with Hurricane Season – Mild Gusts from Week 1
I’ve been waiting (very impatiently) for College Football to start and now it’s upon us… THANK GOODNESS! While it’s hard to fathom December weather at this point, with current Florida temps in the upper 90’s and 100% humidity, the fact of the matter is… it’s Officially FOOTBALL SEASON! ~ THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ~ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. … Continue reading ‘TIS THE SEASON – FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Speaking as a Mississippi State University fan (and alum), I’ve seen my share of last place finishes, not only in the SEC West, but in the SEC as a whole. It is what it is, but my never wavering support of a college that historically has NOT been at the top of the SEC football food chain is exactly what defines me as a true State … Continue reading If You Ain’t 1st, You’re Last (or FIRED) in the SEC
PLAYER TO PLAY-CALLING… Back on His Home Turf How many kids play the game of football, and later as an adult, get to coach others in the same sport? Actually, a lot of coaches were former players in their youth, but few have the opportunity to circle back around to lead athletes at their alma mater. After 28 years of coaching elsewhere, Loren Tillman, 1989 … Continue reading HOME TURF
Last year a determined athlete tried out for football at Mowat Middle School in Lynn Haven, FL, but didn’t make the team. Some of the older players expressed criticism about this sixth grader who was trying out for the football team. They said, “What’s she doing out here?” Yes, SHE. Allison Boyer, now a seventh grader, remembered those remarks and it motivated her to work even harder … Continue reading Just One of the Guys!
Obviously, ‘fan’ is short for FANATICAL and sports seem to drive people to do fanatical things. There are too many instances to mention, but one recent fan brought victory celebration to the national forefront. Last weekend University of Georgia fan, Michael DiNardo, literally jumped through a glass window after the Bulldogs came back to score against the Missouri Tigers to win the game. He wound up … Continue reading What Makes a Sports Fan… FANATICAL?