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Fish are feeling same shock from cold weather

Posted 12/20/2010 in Local Columns

Everyone I have talked to lately is in shock over the cold weather we have been experiencing in our area. Guess what? The fish are feeling the same shock.


Bulldogs bemoan mistakes again at home

Posted 12/11/2010 in Local Columns

It's a familiar refrain: No margin for error. A year ago, the variation Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury used referred to the lack of front-court depth his Bulldogs had in support of Jarvis Varnado and the dearth of backcourt contributors off the bench.

Watching Wave beautiful thing

Posted 12/6/2010 in Local Columns

The Green Wave roll confidence, execution, and talent into one big wave and challenge you to stay afloat for 48 minutes.


Choosing a lure easier now than most times

Posted 12/6/2010 in Local Columns

Lure selection this time of year is probably easier now than most anytime of the year. As long as it resembles a shad, the chances are good that it will produce some fish in the livewell. The most fun I have had this year has recently been on a lipless crankbait.


Bulldogs get their swagger back

Posted 11/28/2010 in Local Columns

On this night, redshirt freshman LaDarius Perkins was a one-man wrecking crew, sprinting for 319 all-purpose yards. The total, which included two touchdown passes from Chris Relf, is the second-highest single-game mark in school history.


Economy has forced changes in nation's fishing industry

Posted 11/8/2010 in Local Columns

Ever since I was a young guy fishing in a flat-bottom boat in ponds and backwater areas of the river, I dreamed of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic.



Serious boating accidents can be avoided with training

Posted 10/18/2010 in Local Columns

During the Bass Fishing League regional competition last weekend, there was a boating accident that claimed the life of one of the anglers. There were several different tournaments being held on the same weekend one of the boats from one of the other tournaments collided with a BFL contestant's boat.


Mississippi State's Tyler Russell unfazed by coaches' choice of Relf

Posted 9/29/2010 in Local Columns

After featuring in Mississippi State's first three football games, backup quarterback Tyler Russell found himself in an unfamiliar position last Saturday.


Fall fishing will bring out the shad, so be ready

Posted 9/27/2010 in Local Columns

Fall bass fishing is here. This is the time for all of you anglers that aren't getting ready for hunting season to start paying attention to the signs. The shad are beginning to school and water temperatures have begun dropping.



KEVIN FORRESTER: So when is the right time to use a crankbait?

Posted 9/23/2010 in Local Columns

With last week's article concerning crankbaits, there are questions on when to use certain crankbaits.


Bulldogs unable to grab what was in their grasp

Posted 9/10/2010 in Local Columns

All the Mississippi State football team had to do was grab it. The Bulldogs had every opportunity Thursday night to back up all of their excited talk after a lopsided victory against the University of Memphis. Instead, faced with an opportunity to beat a ranked team at home in their Southeastern Conference opener, MSU struggled to find someone -- anyone -- to make a game-changing play. As a result, No. 21 Auburn escaped with a 17-14 victory in front of a crowd of 54,806 at Davis Wade Stadium.

Bulldogs win to establish building block

Posted 9/5/2010 in Local Columns

The appetizer was delicious. Now bring on the main course. In five days, Dan Mullen's Mississippi State football team will get to show another ESPN audience if his team is up to the challenge. On Saturday, the Bulldogs delivered a building block -- 49-7 victory against the University of Memphis at Davis Wade Stadium -- that at least makes you stop and go hmmm.

Timing right for renewal of Columbus-New Hope rivalry

Posted 8/23/2010 in Local Columns

The timing was perfect. On Thursday, Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Mike Halford was at New Hope High School to catch some of the action between the Columbus and New Hope High School slow-pitch softball teams. Softball is one of the few sports that the two Lowndes County schools compete against each other. In the past few years, the schools haven't played each other in football and boys basketball due to problems that fans attending the matchups might have created.

Fans should be positve supporting their teams

Posted 8/2/2010 in Local Columns

Expectations can be difficult for student-athletes and parents to handle. As another high school sports scene begins its first official full week today, all teams still have an optimistic glow about them. Most Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fast-pitch softball teams began their seasons Friday and Saturday, while some MAIS football teams -- including Starkville Academy -- will scrimmages later this week.

Nutt should say no thanks to Masoli

Posted 7/27/2010 in Local Columns

The University of Mississippi has the papers. Is Houston Nutt thinking clearly enough to say no? That question could be answered very soon, as the Ole Miss football coach decides what to do about former University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

New set of expectations for Nutt, Ole Miss

Posted 7/24/2010 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- Expectations did their best to crush the University of Mississippi football team's season in 2009. Imagine coach Houston Nutt's horror last year when he was asked if his team could have a successful season if it didn't go to Atlanta, the site of the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

Different styles appear set to produce similar results

Posted 7/22/2010 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- It's all about the swagger for Nick Saban and Dan Mullen. The methods used at the University of Alabama and at Mississippi State to instill that mind-set are as different as the coaches who lead the young men.

Throng will have plenty to discuss at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/21/2010 in Local Columns

There's always something at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. Whether it's the aura of Tim Tebow -- and the awkward question about his virginity -- or former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer getting served a subpoena in a libel suit, the event is an extravaganza of like no other.


Hype begins Wednesday for eager football fans

Posted 7/20/2010 in Local Columns

Let the hype begin. The recruiting season is nice, as are spring games. But college football officially gears up Wednesday when the Southeastern Conference holds its annual football media days.


Time to make decision, move on

Posted 7/8/2010 in Local Columns

"The Decision" will come today. That's what ESPN is calling the latest made-for-TV event. We'll have to see if Jay-Z will provide the music that will accompany LeBron James' announcement of which NBA team he will play for in the 2010-11 season.


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