The joy or grandpa-hood and Little League

The joy of grandpa-hood has been the best part of my life. And today it gets even better. Soccer was fun. Basketball was cool. But nothing on this earth is better than kid baseball. And at 5:45 p.m. today, little Nicholas will play his first Little League game. Move over, A-Rod. Make room for N-Rod.…

Finally, a blue dot on TRN’s op-ed page

Welcome to the TRN, Roberta Sund. You are truly a breath of fresh air to an op-ed page that has been dominated by right wing radicals for way too long. Having Larry Petrash and Mark Levy — as our two community columnists for the last 300 or so years has turned us into Fox News…

Area 2010 Quarterbacks

Although it’s a little early, I though it would be a great time to look at the quarterback situation for next year’s area teams. A lot of good quarterbacks are graduating this spring. In fact, I think the 2009 class might have been the area’s deepest since I have been around. But there are some…

Everything is happening except basketball

We left Wichita Falls 75 hours ago. It seems like 75 years. Obama got his health care bill. Randy Neugebauer made an ass out of himself on the floor of Congress. Jerry Lueck is dead. Lots has happened, but no MSU basketball. And that is why I am here. But finally, now we are just…

Soup or salad? You won’t get it here

My boss said an “old-timer” called to complain that I had not been reporting on what the MSU players were doing and eating on their trip to the Elite Eight. Eating? Do you really care what these guys have for supper? Channel 6 does. The sports reporter for that station reportedly did an “exclusive” on…

Jacksboro's Brown headed to Clifton

Jacksboro coach Brandon Brown will become the new coach at Clifton if he gets accepted by that school district’s board in a meeting, which is set for Tuesday night. It was originally scheduled for tonight. Brown has been with the Tigers for three seasons — it was his first coaching job — and he went…

Here I am in Enfield, Connecticut, wherever that is

Greetings from Enfield, Connecticut. Never been here before. Never even heard of the place. But here I am. Traveling is not glamorous in the world of Division II basketball. I came here with the MSU basketball team on Sunday. The day started at 4 a.m. behind D.L. Ligon Coliseum. To get here, I rode two…

MSU’s past and present will meet today

The present meets the past today. For the first time, current Midwestern State basketball coach Grant McCasland and former MSU coach Gerald Stockton will get together. And I get to be there to see it. These are the only two coaches to have 31-win seasons at Midwestern. Stockton did it in 1975 when he took…

Filled out my NCAA bracket and didn't get a Vasectomy

So, don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, is one of the most popular times of the year for the dude to get his stuff snipped, his goods tangled, his tubes redirected. Or in more professional terms, to get a vasectomy. Something about it is a perfect time…

Whoa Nelly, MSU

Last night, with the Midwestern State Mustangs playing Central Missouri for a spot in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, might have been the most exciting basketball game I’ve seen live. Sure, I’ve seen some big names play basketball, including his Airness, Michael Jordan, but when the UCM player missed a point blank shot from…

Madonna, Elton John my Super Bowl halftime choices

Most people didn’t like The Who’s halftime performance, but old guys like me kinda liked it. Yeah, a deaf 64-year-old Pete Townshend is not the same 24-year-old Pete Townshend who performed 24 songs on Day 2 of Woodstock, but I still admire him for trying. My question now is who will perform at halftime of…

Daddy was wrong; Basketball is a great sport

Pardon my absence the past week or so. I have been busy covering this amazing MSU basketball team. My daddy is responsible for giving me a love of sports. But daddy hated basketball. He never came to my games. He never took me to any games. Daddy said “anything your mama can play is not…

Sorry I left y'all hanging

Been meaning to post about the job that could have opened up last week but without getting into specifics, I was not able to. After a couple people sent me emails wondering what was going on, I was able to do it today. The job I mentioned, which will remain nameless, will not be opening.…