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McCollum's Column: Phil Mickelson, high-tech ball, Harvey Updyke and Clunker Cars

Posted: August 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Presenting a preseason batch of “David Citations” for the interesting weird and just plain zany in sports:

PROVOST AND GOLF, DEJA VU

The recently named University of Central Arkansas golf coach is Steve Runge. If that sounds familiar, the UCA provost is Steve Runge.

BIG TENT GOLF, DEJA VU

In the Barclays Classic, Phil Mickelson hit from the carpet of a hospitality tent on hole No. 5 on two straight days. He declined drinks offered by fans.

BEST EXPLANATION OF WHY YOU NEED DEPTH AT DEEP SNAPPER

At Monday’s Bearbacker luncheon, UCA football coach Steve Campbell noted the Bears are four-deep at deep snapper. Why? Campbell said several years ago he had three deep snappers on one of his football teams and felt good about it. The No. 1 snapper was injured in an automobile accident the Tuesday of game week. Campbell said he then lost the No. 3 snapper, a tight end, to an injury in the first quarter. In the third quarter the No. 2 guy, the only snapper left, left with a sprained ankle. “All of a sudden, we’re on the sideline asking, ‘Did anybody snap in high school?’” Campbell said. “You never know, but I don’t want to get to the point we have to ask who snapped in high school.”

IT’S A BREAK FROM WATCHING THAT RED FIELD

During Saturday’s telecast of the Sam Houston State-Eastern Washington game to open the college season, announcers highlighted the scenery at Cheney, Wash. One shot was a pasture with bailed hay. Another featured cows grazing.

HOTTEST COLDEST WAY TO GET THE MONEY FLOWING

At latest count, the Ice Bucket Challenge to help ALS research had reached almost $75 million in almost three weeks. Last year at this time, the fund was $1.7 million.

THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SPECIAL INGREDIENTS IN THE PIE

Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who poisoned the trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner, was asked to either go into a dunking booth for a donation to charity or take a pie in the face during an event in Alabama. His appearance was cancelled because of various threats.

COVER GIRL FASTBALL

Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old female pitcher from Philadelphia, made the cover of Sports Illustrated for her heroics in the Little League World Series. She has a 70 mile-per-hour fastball, which, taking into account the distance from the mound to the plate in Little League, is the equivalent of a 90 mph Major League fastball.

AGAINST ALL ODDS

A spunky team from inner-city Chicago reached the Little League championship game by rallying past a team from Las Vegas, which was rated by many as one of the most powerful American teams in a long time. The team from the Jackie Robinson League lost to South Korea.

BEAR HAVEN AND GEEK HEAVEN

Baylor’s new McLane Stadium is the highest-tech in college football. Every fan in the 45,000-seat stadium can download an app on a smart phone or tablet and listen to the game broadcast and updated stats. Plus ... every fan will have access to six replays on every play on his computer device. When a play is reviewed, they might could take a vote.

BY LAND AND SEA

As a special bonus to midget wrestling Saturday night, the Arkansas Travelers had a second Clunker Car Night, featuring vehicles that no one picked up Thursday. And, there was a truck-boat clunker combo, which featured a watercraft (in the loosest term of the word) that was not claimed on Clunker Boat Night.

MAYBE THEY WERE MEASURING BY THE MAYAN CALENDAR

Recently I received a renewal notice from Sports Illustrated. It said I had been a subscriber since January, 1950. Problem No. 1: That was before I was born. Problem No. 2 or really No. 1: Sports Illustrated did not come into existence until 1954.

(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 5010-505-1235 or david.mccollum@thecabin.net. Follow him on Twitter @dmaclcd)

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