“I remember Grant (Lynch, track chairman) and I were talking and we weren’t in favor of it. ‘Talladega Nights.’ What does that mean?” said Rick Humphrey, the general manager at Talladega Superspeedway when Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay conjured the notion of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

As much as we adults remember and know about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, what about our kids? What do you tell them? How can this be explained? Think about this: Anybody younger than a high school sophomore was born after the 9/11 attacks.

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and it got me to thinking about one of my favorite stories about a mother and an outfielder and a baseball record and the lesson we all need to remember. So, if  you’ll indulge me this after-Mother’s-Day story to tell:

It’s led to still another embarrassing chapter in Alabama history. As one of the talk-show pundits noted, we have a governor accused of adultery, a majority leader under indictment leading the charge against him and the case to be heard by a judge who defied the Constitution by posting the Ten Commandments on a monument in the state judicial building.