Traveling with the Stagners
First of all, to sort of paraphrase former columnist Monty Stagner, thanks to all of the wonderful, loyal, intelligent, good looking readers of this column for your insightful feedback. Speaking of Monty, his family and mine were in Destin, Fla. recently for a quick fall break getaway. Monty is definitely one of a kind. While most tourists flock to the big expensive seafood restaurants in Destin, Monty has his own routine. You see, Monty Stagner is not a complicated man when it comes to eating. As a matter of fact, he had dinner – or supper as we call it in the country – at his five favorite restaurants while in Destin. Those restaurants are: No. 1, Callahans; No. 2, Waffle House East; No. 3, Callahans; No. 4, Waffle House West; and No. 5, Callahans. Callahans is a great family restaurant which specializes in their pot roast. Monty and Robin even have the same waiter every time they go to Callahans. His name is Tibor and he hails from the eastern European country of Romania. I could do months worth of entertaining columns on vacationing with Monty. In all seriousness, however, it is hard to beat traveling with Monty and Robin.
Wouldn’t you know it? I got a call the other night from avid Georgia Bulldog football fan Jason Strickland. He asked if he could come over and watch Georgia on my TV. You see, he didn’t get the Fox Sports South channel that the game was on. Normally, his presence would not be a problem. This particular night, however, Georgia was playing Kentucky. I made the best of the evening as Kentucky got off to a good start, only to see the inevitable happen. Georgia, as most folks expected, came back to win at the end. It seemed as if I could here Jason quietly humming the Georgia fight song under his breath every time they scored. To make matters worse, he was decked out in Georgia Bulldog clothing form head to toe. The entire matter provoked a couple of quotes form me. No. 1: Watching UK football is like having surgery without the anesthesia. The second quote resulted from UK falling behind two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. No. 2: The chances of UK scoring twice on Georgia in the fourth quarter is about the same as having two solar eclipses in the same day.
More Time for Joker
While many are clamoring for UK Coach Joker Phillips’ job, I say give him more time. He has a roster full of young players and the injury bug has hit them hard. Besides, how many times have we watched the “revolving door of coaches” theory at UK not work? I have found some allies in my cause to support Joker. Among those are college football enthusiast Charles Williams and local sports personality Scott Brown. I know there are others out there that are with us.
Simple Pleasures of Life
Be careful if you are traveling east on U.S. 68. When you get about 6 or 7 miles from Cadiz, you will pass R and B Farms tobacco barns on the right side of the road. You may see a red Chevy Avalanche going super slow in the right hand lane. Don’t rear-end it, please. It is just me with the windows down enjoying the aroma of Matt Rogers crew fire-curing their dark tobacco. It is one of my simple pleasures in life.
I wonder how many youth were awake Monday when the Giants finally finished off the Cardinals late into the night for the National League pennant. Baseball playoff games are over much too late for most of the youth of America to stay up and watch. As I watched the game drag on into the late hours, my mind traveled back to a simpler time when playoff games were actually held in the day. There were always one or two teachers back then that would find a way to get the game on TV at the high school. I still have visions etched into my mind of watching Brooks Robinson on a black and white television set playing in the World Series for the Baltimore Orioles.
I hope to come to you next week with a tribute to the late Jim Perrin. See you then.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.