The ink was not even dry on last week's column about the firing of coaches when a press release from Texas A & M University came down the line. The Aggies fired baseball coach Mark Johnson after 20 years in the position. His record? Johnson had 876 wins and 433 losses. His teams made 13 NCAA playoff appearances and two trips to the College World Series. The 2005 season record that apparently got him axed was 30-25.
My column focused on high school coaches but the message from College Station, Tex., is the same. What have you done for me lately? Coach Johnson's comment about his firing was, "it's disappointing but not surprising and we'll move on."
Editor Jason has informed me that my column about lacrosse on May 5 generated quite a bit of hate mail to his office. It seems that most of it came from up North. The worldwide web allows folks from all over to read about our fair community, minus lacrosse. I told Jason that if he made it almost two years before getting substantial hate mail about me he should consider himself lucky. Besides, that's why they pay him the big bucks.
I also received an e-mail following my April 7 column from a gentleman in Atlanta. That column was about the 1970 Class A State Championship game played in The Brickyard. The gentleman played for Roswell High School in their 28-12 victory over Warren County that night. He told me that Roswell High was having a banquet that very week celebrating 50 years of football and he was using my column in his scrapbook for the banquet. Everybody reads The Mirror!
I was shocked when Wesley walked out of the house last Wednesday afternoon telling me that he was headed to the Braves game in Atlanta. Wesley loves watching football and can hang with a basketball game but he does not have the patience of Job. Baseball moves way too slow for him to keep his attention riveted on the "action" for three hours.
It seems that by earning the honor of Salutatorian of the THS Class of 2005 that Billy Brunson received an allotment of discounted Braves tickets. Billy was nice enough to gather up a group of classmates and friends to travel to Turner Field. They brought the Braves luck as they beat the Mets that night 3-0. Maybe Bobby Cox should invite Billy and his group back.
I will admit to watching the Braves on television. I don't make it a point to stay at home to watch a full game but if there's nothing else to do, why not? I think I may have more peers in this department than will speak up and say so. My in-laws never miss watching a game and are Bobby Cox's number one critics.
Speaking of Atlanta, only a group of mega-zillionaires like the NFL owners would deny a Super Bowl to a city in the south in fear of an ice storm, especially a city that has a domed stadium. Especially when the 2006 Super Bowl will be played in Detroit, Mich. I guess they forgot about the hurricanes that ripped Florida apart this past fall. What if the same were to happen to Tampa in the fall of 2008, just before the Super Bowl? The fear of ice in Atlanta prevailing over the fear of a hurricane on Florida's gulf coast is classic paranoia.
As we settle into the hot, hazy days of summer let me be the first to remind you. There are only 64 days until the Thomson Bulldogs scrimmage Lincoln County in the Brickyard, 78 days until they open the regular season at Elbert County and 90 days until college football kicks off.
No hate mail material there!