On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is findin' football with my friends
- Willie Nelson (mostly)
The 2008 high school and college football seasons have kicked off and that means one thing: road trips.
It's not that I don't like going from stadium to stadium in Georgia and South Carolina. Really, it's a thrill. I get to watch great football, do a little bit of tailgating here and there and catch up with some of out area's former high school players.
But, admittedly, it's a little draining. This season, Billy Hobbs and I will be dropping in on seven different college games in 10 weeks, starting with Saturday's showdown between Georgia and Georgia Southern (and Thomson's Justin Callaway). Also on the agenda for the upcoming season are:
- Albany State, where former Thomson Bulldog Montrell Neal anchors the offensive line and "Baby" Johnson is running over people.
- South Carolina, where Jasper Brinkley looks to terrorize the SEC again,
- Georgia Military College, where "Disco" Reese from Warren County is playing at running back.
Of course, you can find us on Friday nights at stadiums around McDuffie and Warren counties. (And, don't forget, if you can't make it to the stadium, you can always listen to the games on our website at www.mcduffiemirror.com.)
Speaking of football, sometimes it takes a flowchart to track the careers of some former Bulldogs.
As of late Tuesday, here's what I've got:
- Danny Verdun Wheeler is back in a Washington Redskins uniform. He was resigned by the team on Tuesday, just a few weeks after they released him. In the interim, he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts, who waived him last week.
- Also on the Redskins' roster is Durant Brooks, who is battling for an NFL staring job as a rookie.
- Casper Brinkley is no longer a Carolina Panther. As the team cut to their 75-man roster earlier this week, they decided they were just too deep at defensive end and the former Carolina Gamecock became a pre-season casualty.
- Willie Williams, meanwhile, is fighting for a spot on the St. Louis Rams' line.
Remember, though, the start of the pro season is a week or so away, and everything can change in just an hour.
Still, if you bump into one of these guys - or any of our area athletes playing any sport at the high school, college or pro level, pat them on the back and let them know their community is behind them 100 percent, no matter what.