Sideline View by Dale McKee

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• If you had told me that New England quarterback Tom Brady would not throw a touchdown but the Patriots would still win Super LIII, I would have thought you were off your rocker. This year’s Super Bowl was fun to watch because I was a little tired of all the high scoring regular season games. This was old school football at its best. I still love defensive units that can stop these modern high power offensive units of the National Football League. The Las Vegas experts were even surprised as they set an over-and-under at 56 points for this game, and in the end only 16 points were scored. The Patriots now join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only six-time Super Bowl champions, and Tom Brady will go down in history as one of the greatest quarterbacks.

Still plums to sign

Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss will add talented football players to their football teams this week. High school seniors who did not sign in December will choose their college destinations. A trio of linemen in Byron Young of West Jones, Nathan Pickering of Seminary and Charles Moore of Louisville are big catches. Jarrion Ealy of Jackson Prep, John Rhys Plumlee of Oak Grove and Jonathan Mingo of Brandon are the great skill players that are still being hounded by the big time college programs.

MSU turns the tables on Ole Miss

Mississippi State’s head basketball coach Ben Howland turned the tables on Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis this past weekend. Howland turned to freshman Reggie Perry, and the youngster from Thomasville, Georgia, produced. Perry had a double-double as he scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the No. 22 Bulldogs won in Oxford, 81-75. Three weeks ago, Ole Miss (14-7, 4-4) used the talents of freshman Blake Hinson to stun the Bulldogs (15-6, 4-4) in Starkville, 81-77. Hinson scored 26 points. Perry’s father, Al Perry, played for MSU from 1975-1978 and is the third all-time assist leader in Bulldog history. MSU will battle a talented LSU team and Ole Miss hosts Texas A&M on Wednesday. The USM Eagles (14-9, 6-5) have won three straight and will host a three-game home stand that begins with Louisiana Tech this Saturday afternoon.

Lady Bulldogs

MSU Lady Bulldogs are ranked sixth in the nation as they won twice last week to improve to 21-1 and 9-0 in SEC play. They have an open date before facing Tennessee this coming Sunday. USM Lady Golden Eagles (13-9, 5-6) have won four straight and five of six but will undertake a three-game road trip that begins in Ruston. Ole Miss (8-15, 2-7) has lost their last four contests.

Boys of spring

College baseball season began last week. William Carey split four games while Mississippi College and Delta State both swept three-game series to open the year. DSU and MC are ranked one and two, respectively, in the Gulf South pre-season rankings. This weekend Millsaps and Belhaven begin their diamond year.

Odds & Ends

Brian Dozier and Scott Copeland were teammates on the USM Golden Eagles 2009 College World Series team. This year they begin the season on the roster of the Washington Nationals.

The MHSAA will add video games, bass fishing and chess to their extra-curricular offerings.

The Pearl River Wildcats are 17-0 and ranked ninth in the country. The Jones Lady Bobcats are 16-1 and ranked sixth in the nation’s basketball rankings. The William Carey Crusaders are ranked No. 18 in the nation. The Crusaders are 12-1 in SSAC play.

Contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com