9/21/2021 1 Comment
Football season stirs up memories
Labor Day weekend is always a fun time for me.
It's the opening of college football season. Returning to the state of Alabama, I get to follow the Crimson Tide exclusively.
Between 1992 and 2017, when I worked at The Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, it was not as enjoyable as it is now. Co-workers were either alumni of Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, a Georgia and Florida one here and there.
Whenever Alabama was on TV and I watched and from their reaction, you'd thought I was an alien from Mars or Saturn.
One person who worked in another department and a former Ole Miss football player used to walk in the newsroom made one of the dumbest remarks I ever heard.
"I'm always rooting against Alabama because Governor George Wallace wouldn't let that sister go to class," the person said.
While others exploded into laughter. I stared deeply into the person's beady eyes and shook my head. The ignoramus played at Ole Miss, where the school constantly waves the Rebel flag. Guess the person never saw the movie Mississippi Burning.
We all remember the Civil Rights Movement began in Selma, where I currently work. The Magnolia state played its role in cross burning and treating black people like shit.
I worked under a person who was a diehard Mississippi State fan. If it didn't involve cowbells, the person wasn't interested. (Not even for a future Pro Football Hall of Fame QB named Brett Favre). The other MSU person who had a temper hotter than a summer day in Alabama was not much better.
A former co-worker once said LSU fans and Mississippi State are the most misinformed group ever and I couldn't agree more.
LSU fans put out the dumbest rumors about Nick Saban leaving there to coach the Miami Dolphins: "He caught cheating and his wife told to leave LSU or she divorce him."
Once Saban got to Alabama, the LSU fans obsession went overboard.
I did a sample test question at a LSU Gulf Coast alumni meeting for 20.
Question: If Nick Saban was still the coach at Alabama, how many would still love him?
Answer: All 20 raised their hands.
Question: The six trophies at Alabama under Saban, how many of you think they should be in Baton Rouge?
Answer: All 20 raised their hands.
It's not my fault these teams can't beat Alabama.
Facebook brings back those memories, which is why I don't log in on Saturdays. Thank God that fans don't run these teams.
At least where I am now is between Alabama and Auburn, although the Crimson Tide enjoys a comfortable margin.
Former Auburn coach Pat Dye said it best: "Auburn could win four straight national titles, Alabama will always be the dominant program."
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JK Jones' writing career began as a junior at Holt High in 1986 as as Sports Editor of the Purple Reign, the school's newspaper until graduating in 1988. It opened the door to a long and successful sports writing career. As an author, several of Jones' E-books were best sellers. Jones has shown promise during the early stages of screenwriting. Jones' short screenplay, Instant Replay, was accepted by the Cannes Latitude Film Festival in 2016. Jones' most recent screenplay, False Start, was selected to the Chihuahua International Film Festival in November, 2019. For more information, visit https://www.scriptrevolution.com/profiles/jk-jones.
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