COLUMN: My family was invited to a friend’s house for supper one night. She told us that poppy seed chicken was on the menu. A few minutes later she called back and asked if we had any butter. The phone rang again and she asked if we had any poppy seeds. I laughed and told her I believed all she had was some chicken and an idea. It’s funny how something seems like a good idea before you consider the necessary preparations. (more…) (April 1, 2011, Page 8A)
COLUMN: I may have been in high school, grad school, or perhaps a coach’s clinic the first time I heard the principle Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS). After hearing the KISS principle many times, I realized that it is a great concept but keeping it simple is hard to do for some people. When I would hear the acronym used, I remember thinking, “I got this. I was raised by Chester B. Drewrey from Denmark.” (more…) (March 17, 2011, Page 7)
COLUMN: Jerry Holt and I were coaching together at Water Valley and he invited me to go crappie fishing with him. He was an experienced jig fisherman. I had crappie fished before but never with a jig pole. (more…) (March 3, 2011, Page 7)
The Crosstown Classic: What a great week for the players, fans and coaches of both schools. It’s a time for everyone who has ever attended Lafayette or Oxford to reflect on their memories of this most important game of the year.
I can certainly remember my senior year of football at Lafayette in 1977 and all the emotions that the week entailed leading up to the game. I remember a very descriptive letter supposedly from the Oxford players strategically placed on the wall in the field house that detailed how they were going to have a lot more fun on Friday night than we were. I must say that even at 17, I was less intimidated than amused. I can remember smiling, wondering which coach was responsible for engineering such a motivating tactic. (September 2, 2010, Page 6)
I am passionate about football. The August heat reminds me of long, hot two-a-day practices. There is nothing like the smell of the field after it has been mowed and freshly painted before the first game. I have always enjoyed the excitement within the community as everyone counts down the days to the first ballgame.
Since I am no longer coaching, I have been able to shift my enthusiasm to Ole Miss football. Needless to say, I have been very interested in all of the media attention surrounding the transfer of the new quarterback. I am never surprised by what commentators, sportswriters and fans say and rarely surprised at what their motivation is
A fan of another SEC school probably thinks Jeremiah Masoli shouldn’t be allowed to walk on at Ole Miss. It might be said that Kirk Herbstreit’s love for Ohio State keeps him from being able to say anything positive about the SEC. A sportswriter may decide that the way to sell an article is to be critical of Houston Nutt and his decision. (August 5, 2010, Page 6)
As you get older, your circle of friends becomes smaller for different reasons. Some reasons might include death, distance, or disappointment because maybe they weren’t worthy of being there in the first place. (June 1, 2010, Page 1B)
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK — I have a good friend, Kenny Stack, in South Dakota whose family farm adjoined my grandfather’s farm. We hunt every October and November together. He knows that each time I leave Mississippi to drive a thousand miles to Letcher, South Dakota, my goal is to kill every pheasant there. (May 4, 2010, Page 9)
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK — Gail Arrington, long time and much beloved secretary at Lafayette High School, once asked my mother how she was able to raise eight children and spoil each one of them. She did spoil us, but she was not afraid to discipline us. My mother was not the type to use the discipline tactic, “Wait until your father gets home,” because she felt quite capable of handling the task at hand. Even though my mother handled a discipline situation when my father wasn’t at home, there was never any doubt who the boss was at Route 6, Box 9. When my father spoke, he commanded attention throughout our home as well as the entire community of Denmark. (April 16, 2010, Page 9a)
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK COLUMN — The biggest fishing news I have to share with you is that my youngest daughter Alivia caught her first fish last Saturday with her grandfather at Grenada spillway. She called and excitedly said,” Daddy, Daddy, now you have something to write about in your article!” I can promise you she was no more excited than I was that day. After I got off the phone, I started thinking about how simple the whole concept of catching a fish was to her, and I was reminded how we as adults complicate everything. (April 1, 2010, Page 6)
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK — Ive had several interesting comments and suggestions about my fishing report. My favorite of those came from a friend of mine, Phil Ferguson, the former head football coach at Bruce and Tupelo. He suggested that we rename the article “Following Phil’s Boat,” and I admit there is a lot of truth in that. (March 17, 2010, Page 8A)