In some small bites, here’s serving a fresh batch of “David’s Appetizers,” assorted musings and observations on the sports scene:
SOUTHLAND PROGRESS: Sam Houston State’s second-round victory at Montana State on Friday night plus the way the University of Central Arkansas playing fifth-seeded Georgia Southern evenly during their NCAA FCS playoff game is progress for the Southland Conference.
To get better seeding and possibly get home games in the playoffs, Southland teams need to show they can play with teams in the so-called higher rated leagues such as the Big Sky (Montana State) and the SoCon (Georgia Southern).
Jockeying for position is a quest for respect.
NO SHOW WITH CAUSE: Conway High folks happily excused Steve Daniels, the school district’s athletic director, from the final round of the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational. His daughter, Kayla (a former CHS athlete), was married Saturday night.
STILL IMPRESSIVE: Even though the game is not on every college football fan’s must-see list, a most moving sight is watching the Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen march into the stadium at the Army-Navy game.
At the end of the game, players from each team rush to the other’s side and sing their alma maters.
As someone wrote, it’s the only football game in America in which all the players on the field are willing to put their lives on the line for all the others on the field and every spectator in the stadium.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)