Okay, last week I was in a bit of a sour mood after my Raiders had lost (yet again). But what a difference a week makes. This past weekend, my teams won on all three (high school, college & Pro) levels. Something that doesn't seem to happen that often since all of my teams have not had great teams lately, but maybe that's about to change. On the high school front, Friday night Starkville High dominated Horn Lake 49-19, for their 4th win in a row. After a rough 1-2 start they are now 5-2 and ranked in the Mississippi Top Ten at number 10. Go Yellowjackets! On Saturday, my MSU Bulldogs dominated the U. of Houston Cougars 47-24 to run their record to 4-2 on the year. Unfortunately, we have to go to the Swamp next Saturday and play what are sure to be a bunch of mad Gators after they had a last second lost to LSU. I read that this is the first time since 2000 that they have lost 2 in a row (They got beat down by Alabama, week before last). UF is an 8 point favorite over my Dogs, but (unfortunately) I don't think it will be that close. Then, yesterday, my Raiders played the San Diego Chargers. A team that they had lost 13 in a row to. I was not optomistic (since we went in 1-3) but the Raiders surprised me. Two early blocked punts for scores (safety & touchdown) helped the Raiders out to a 12-0 lead. The Chargers did come back, take the lead before the half and lead late into the fourth quarter- but the Raiders pulled it out and won 35-27. They are now 2-3 on the year and play @ 0-5 San Francisco on Sunday in a very winnable game to pull to .500 on the year. GO RAIDERS! Since they are in the AFC West, they are currently tied for 2nd in the division with Denver and San Diego, and 3-1 KC is in first. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the passing this week of one of my all-time favorite Raider players. George Blanda, former Raider QB and Kicker, passed away this week. For me, George ranks up there with Kenny Stabler, Fred Bilitnekoff, Jim Otto, Howie Long and Dave "Ghost to the Post" Casper as my all-time fave Raiders. R-I-P George!
Since Ole Miss kicked Colonel Reb to the curb 3 years ago, they have been without a mascot on the sidelines. According the news reports, the new mascot has been reduced to 3 choices and they are (in order of sucky-ness) "Hotty Toddy", "Rebel Black Bear" and "Rebel LandShark". In my opinion, UM missed the boat when they passed on "Stallions". I think it would be kind of cool to have a big, grey stud horse roaming the sidelines named "Rebel". But then again, this is Ole Miss we are talking about. Nobody ever accused them with being MIT-smart.
Everyone have a great day!