$0.02: A week to forget for Croom, MSU
You think your weekend was bad, Broncos fans? At least you’re not Sylvester Croom. Croom, if you’ll recall, became the first black head coach in SEC football history earlier this year when he was hired to lead the Mississippi State Bulldogs back to respectability on the gridiron. The move raised plenty an eyebrow in a region where blacks – although far and away the majority race on the field – have had to fight hard to gain respectability in the higher-up positions. Suffice it to say, Saturday was not a step in the right direction for Croom. The Bulldogs lost to visiting Div. 1-AA Maine – basically akin to Sylvester catching and eating Tweety. The 9-7 victory came in Maine’s first game against a D-1 opponent since 1991, and left Croom feeling “awful” the morning after the loss …
Sticking with college football, could this be the year we finally see a non-BCS conference team make one of the big-money bowls? Don’t count it out, not with Utah (No. 14, 3-0), Fresno State (No. 17, 3-0) and Boise State (No. 21, 3-0) playing the brand of football that they’ve been playing. Of the three, Utah has the easiest route, but only because Fresno State and Boise State play each other Oct. 23 … Two things of considerable note took place in major league baseball over the past week. The first: Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers, who was 18-0 in his last 18 decisions in Oakland and had not been beaten in 35 appearances there since 1994, lost to the A’s 5-4 on Thursday to end the streak.
The second (and even more incredible): The Boston Red Sox’ team foundation has donated $25,000 to a public library located 15 miles west of Yankee Stadium and the Bronx to help renovate the building’s children’s wing. You’ve got to love the reasoning Boston president and CEO Larry Lucchino gave to the Bergen County (N.J.) Record. He said they made the donation to “do something tangible to promote reading in a part of the country where children don’t always hear the Red Sox described in completely complimentary terms.” Poor Boston – that curse must really be gnawing at them.
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