On the Links, On Tap

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• Had a story this morning on LSU running back Charles Scott, who entered the Heisman discussion after his big game against Auburn.

• Today in The Advocate (Baton Rouge), there was a story on the Tigers’ punter, Brady Dalfrey, and the reason behind him and LSU’s other punter both wearing No. 30 last week. Also from The Advocate, a couple of stories on MSU: coach Sylvester Croom saying how much progress the program’s made, and a notebook.

Today is writing day for me. I’ll have a story on MSU’s offensive line in tomorrow’s paper. I spoke with line coach J.B. Grimes as well as linemen Derek Sherrod and J.C. Brignone. Gotta finish up my GameDay stuff, too, because I’m leaving Friday after lunch for Red Stick.

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5 Responses to “On the Links, On Tap”

  1. buzzardroostus Says:

    I’ve not logged on in some time. But now that I’ve had some time to think, I’m gonna vent here with restless abandon.

    The Offensive line is a topic that I’m glad you’re addressing Brad. It seems all of blame so far is aimed at coaching and poor decision making by quarterbacks. However, it’s easy to forget we are starting a Red shirt freshman and 2 sophmores on the offensive line. How big are those stupid mistakes made by Michael Brown and other important players during the off season that got them rightly kicked off the team?

    How is it that LSU, always is able to run the ball and protect the QB? Maybe it’s because they have rebuilding years like this year where they start 2 Seniors, 2 Juniors, & 1 Sophmore on the Offensive line weighing 325, 375, 315, 289, & 278. I could play QB and RB behind those hogs.

    I’m just as tired of excuses as anyone else for why our offense can’t get into the end zone. We can blame coaches and bad play calling. We can wonder why Mississippi State is always able to turn a slow draining sink into a septic tank that’s overflowing into my bedroom. I’ve been a STATE fan from birth. And if we never win another game the rest of my life I’ll still be a STATE fan. We always know how to throw games away better than any other team in the SEC. Our fans are the best at leaving the game early and booing their own team and coaches. Our players have never, in the history of Mississippi State football, known how to handle success. No one knows how to overcome these issues, especially Croom. He’s only been a part of winning programs. It’s very interesting to see how he’s dealing with trying to turn a historically loosing program around with a very negative fan base.

    The simple fact is, we’ve just sold more season tickets this year than I can remember and most of those people only bought tickets because we had a very unexpected winning season last year. Welcome back to the real world of Mississippi State Football. I hope you all savored last years success. Remember it. Cherish it. It may not happen again. But, if it does or doesn’t I’ll still be there to enjoy every victory wrapped in maroon and white and every frustrating loss to the bitter, BITTER end. My love goes to all those fans that love the maroons enough to sit in the stands till the final horn, no matter how frustrating it gets.

  2. bigdraws Says:

    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
    2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

    6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

    9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

    14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

    20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

    24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

    26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

  3. buzzardroostus Says:

    Check out this quote from Coach Croom on December 23, 2007 in an interview with Greg last year:

    DJ: Was there ever a point in your first three years you thought your plan wouldn’t work at Mississippi State?
    SC: It never was a question if what we’re doing was going to work. The question was, could we do it here. For a couple of reasons. Could we change the mentality of our fans to be patient enough to do what we had to do. Or were they so into having a quick fix that they wouldn’t be patient enough for us to build our program. To me, those were the biggest questions. The administration supported us, and we got the facilities we needed. But would our fans keep coming to the games, because I know the real deal. The administration may be behind you, but if the fans aren’t sitting in those seats, you’re going to get fired. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been there and done that. As soon as they quit buying those tickets, you’re going to get fired. That’s the reality of it. That was my big concern. Not if what we were doing was going to be the right thing and work. I knew that.

    What are your thoughts on this?

  4. dawgintheswamp Says:

    buzzardroostus says:

    “What are your thoughts on this?”

    You need a hobby

  5. bantyrooster1 Says:

    You know how I feel about this.

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