The plan seemed a sound one to this wizened sports writer. Mississippi State's Jake Mangum had pulled to within four hits of the all-time Southeastern Conference hits record. The Bulldogs had a three-game weekend series coming up with Georgia.
Pickings will be slim where the New Orleans Saints are concerned in the NFL Draft that begins with the first round Thursday in Nashville.
That's because the Saints have traded away many of their early picks to try to win a Super Bowl while 40-year-old quarterback Drew Brees can still play.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club this past weekend announced the four finalists for the Naismith Trophy that annually goes to the player selected as the most outstanding women's college basketball player in America.
None of those finalists was named Teaira McCowan.
It was my good fortune to know what I wanted to do for a living from the age of 12, about the time I learned I could not touch a curve ball.
If I couldn't play it, I could write about it. My dad was a sports writer and most of friends were either sports writers or coaches.
Vic Schaefer's Mississippi State Bulldogs lost four starters from last season's SEC championship team.
They lost their leading scorer, first team All-American Victoria Vivians. They lost 90 percent of their 3-point shooting. Seven weeks ago, they lost their best 3-point shooter this season, Chloe Bibby.
Over this past weekend – one filled with outstanding college baseball play – one Mississippi observer tweeted: “Can we just put a baseball on our state flag and be done with it?”
He was joking, I think.
But we do play college baseball a whole lot better than we choose sides in a civil war.
From the back of the bar, a voice bellowed: “Take the three, Sean Payton, don't be stupid, take the three!”
NFL MVP, who you got?
You ask me it comes down to New Orleans Saint Drew Brees, who will turn 40 next month, and 23-year-old marvel Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Keep in mind, because of early holiday deadlines, this is written before the last weekend of the season.)
The Answer Man returns with answers to many questions readers have asked in recent days...
Q. Is Lebron James the best basketball player you've ever seen?
A. Presently, he is playing the best basketball I've ever seen played.