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COLUMN: Good things keep happening

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Good things keep happening this week in the sports world. Big Mac finally released what we all already knew, that he really wasn't just downing can after can of whey protein, Matt Holliday is once again a Cardinal and Lane Kiffin is no longer the head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

For starters, Mark McGwire probably could've slept better for the past few years if he would've just admitted some wrong-doings when confronted -- in front of congress. His reputation could've been salvaged to some degree if he would've shut-out the jibber-jabber from his lawyers and spoken the truth on national television. Instead, he squirmed around in his seat and made everybody, including me, just flat uncomfortable.

At least the cat is out of the bag now, and it's cleared up for the most part, before the season begins. Even though Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones says that any publicity is good publicity, I'm not sure I agree when it comes to the MLB, especially after the past decade has been dubbed the 'Steroid Era.'

As for Holliday, well, he's getting paid. Good grief that's a lot of money. Hopefully he can play the outfield a little better than his last few games and it'll be interesting to see how his offensive numbers add up in a full season with the Cardinals.

On to Kiffin, one of 'the greatest recruiters' in the game today. Ha ha. This is coming from the USC athletic director, following Kiffin's return to the University of Southern California. Good riddance Kiffin, thanks for the mockery you created at UT during your brief stay.

I admit, I had high hopes for Lane and his squadron, but after repeated scandals and violations, well, and robberies, you had to wonder when it was going to end. The Vols have a lot of issues now, starting with head coach. Recruits are picking their destination and I'm not sure a wide receivers coach, acting as head coach, is going to sway a lot of votes from high school kids and their parents.

Farewell though, to Kiffin. USC is obviously involved in a ton of drama themselves and it will be interesting to see how this move pays off for Lane. Hopefully the next head coach at UT will bring some flair and back it up at the same time with the squad he fields week after week.

On the local front, there are several big things going on in high school sports. Dexter is set to open a new gymnasium this week with the girls getting things started by welcoming in Caruthersville. Win No. 1 comes Thursday night. The boys will get their shot against Bernie on Friday.

Sikeston continues their solid play, but will see a pretty tough test on Saturday afternoon when Henry County, Tenn., comes to town.

The game of the week however, may end up being a battle of Central High Schools, as NMCC brings to town Cape Central on Friday night. The Eagles are nearing full health and are making a case for themselves as one of the top teams in the area.

The last game to watch out for this week includes two of the top players in the entire area, squaring off against the Charleston Bluejays. Scott Central will visit Charleston on Friday night and if you haven't seen the Braves yet this season, do so, you'll be impressed to say the least.

There's plenty to choose from, now get out and enjoy it.