As Southeastern Conference schools went down to defeat, or won sloppily, at the opening of the 2016 football season, one of the few teams that showed the sort of grit for which past SEC teams have been famous was the University of Alabama in its victory over the University of Southern California.
The youngest of seven boys, he left his Cullman home in 1949 to fight in Korea, that complex war in which our troops “answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met,” as the Korean War Memorial in Washington reads.
RIVERSIDE – Jerrie Sparks handed me a menu I really didn’t need. Like I’ve been here before and I’m going to get the same as always, two-piece with an extra order of hushpuppies.
“I think you can have a field day with this one,” my Kentucky friend wrote when he sent me the link to an article that called attention to “The Rise of Marriage for One.” It’s an increasingly popular practice in which a woman marries herself. These brides call themselves “Sologamists.”
SEVERAL WEEKS back I told you a bit about an inmate serving time at the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo, Miss. His grandmother had sent him a copy of my book, “Ties That Bind,”and he wrote to tell me how much he had enjoyed reading it.
In April, one of the greatest sportswriters of his generation died at age 96. For decades, Blackie Sherrod entertained Texas newspaper readers. On Sundays, he offered a “Scattershooting” column that was a collection of quick observations. Think of a Twitter account in print form.
There are billboards all over Baton Rouge with the words “Louisiana Strong” written inside a map of the state, and “Recovering Together” in even larger letters.
Over the last 30 years, Anniston’s public schools have been analyzed, debated, reorganized, under-funded, over-funded, praised, criticized and defended. Short of City Hall itself, nothing else can claim such scrutiny.
The blood was still churning in the water and the bikini-clad, blonde damsel had just barely escaped the jaws of the man-eating (or, in this case, woman-eating) great white shark when my 8-year-old daughter used a handful of buttered popcorn to steal my attention away from the movie screen.