Crunch Time

By Bruce Edwards
Updated: October 25, 2004

Grant Hill

LEXINGTON, KY—Congrats to Sylvester Croom and Mississippi State. The SEC’s first ever African-American head football coach got his first conference win against 20th ranked Florida…If you know anything about the state of Mississippi and Southeastern Conference football, you’ll know this is huge…huge.

I can’t remember a time when the NFL featured so many awesome running backs and receivers the same year. These boys are making “big plays” every Sunday like it’s all right….Nor can I remember a time when tackling was so terrible…Stripping the ball and going for the big hit is fine but aren’t you supposed to bring the man down?

The October Slam Dunk Contests held across America better known as Midnight Madness, showcased a large number of NBA hopefuls many of whom are masquerading as college students at the request of the school. Coaches nervously thinking of which players will be academically eligible, Athletic Directors count the money, TV cameras roll, and Presidents smile hoping no one asks them about graduation rates.

Hey Bruce Edwards…What you have to say now? The Yankees choked like a kid eating fish bones. You’ve been calling the Red Sox losers the whole season, now look at them; champions in historic fashion by proving to be tougher and more determined than the Evil Empire. You look like a chump. You’ve dogged the Rex Sox into the ground, wouldn’t even spell their name completely. So keep on writing because you won’t be talking for a long time while you get that size 11 out your mouth.

Harrumph, harrumph, err, ah…Give the devil his due. If you can win four straight big ones with the last two in Yankee Stadium…go on to the World Series then.

When you hear NBA stars talk about how they work hard everyday in training camp, don’t bet the rims on that…The only people working hard in NBA training camps everyday are players trying to get on the roster and get paid. …OK maybe the marketing people trying to get fans to buy regular season tickets.

Grant Hill has been in the league 10 years and fans are still waiting for his break-out “super star” season … Nice guys don’t always finish last each season, but it sure would be nice if this one could just finish a season.

Bruce H. Edwards

© 2004