Tidbits - September 8, 2016

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TIDIBTS by RALPH SHEALY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YA NEVER KNOW...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  This early in the football season you never know what is going to happen.

 

 

 

  Take the Saluda - Mid-Carolina game, for instance.

 

 

 

  When I saw the Tiger schedule, this is a game I thought Saluda would win, but, like many, I saw that Chapin had to come from behind using an onside kick to go on to beat Mid-Carolina 35-32 in the dying seconds last week.

 

 

 

  Chapin, a 3-A school like the Rebels, won ten games a year ago. Saluda beat Mid-Carolina 35-2 last season, but.....

 

 

 

  Then there is the Saturday morning factor.

 

 

 

  Saluda’s "first ever" Saturday morning game against Strom Thurmond three weeks ago did not turn out too well. Here comes Hurricane Hermine, and Saluda has its "second ever" Saturday morning game in three weeks.

 

 

 

  I put "first ever" in parenthesis, because I’m not positive it is Saluda High’s first ever Saturday morning game. I should have put "modern history," when I wrote the game story two weeks ago. It is possible that before lights were installed on the field, games were played on Saturday morning. I don’t really know for sure.

 

 

 

  Back to the Mid-Carolina game. Saluda did not play well against Strom Thurmond that first Saturday morning. Would the Tigers play any better against Mid-Carolina?

 

 

 

  The answer is "half way." The first half ended in a 7-7 tie. The second half went to the Tigers 35-0. Saluda can definitely play well on Saturday morning. (Or was that afternoon?)

 

 

 

  Chapin, by the way, beat 5-A Irmo Saturday, so judging from Saluda’s 42-7 win over Mid-Carolina, can Saluda beat Chapin and Irmo, too?

 

 

 

  Interestingly, when I was in high school, Irmo was in Saluda’s conference. Chapin was in Saluda’s league for many years, as was Mid-Carolina.

 

 

 

  In the Tigers’ last two games, a 49-13 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta and the 42-7 victory over Mid-Carolina, Coach Stewart Young and staff have had the opportunity of playing practically every player on the team. That bodes well for the days ahead.

 

 

 

  Thursday I avoided watching the Carolina-Vanderbilt game like the plague. I recorded it and binge watched something on Netflix. I watched four episodes of "Stranger Things." No football game should last four episodes, especially one that starts at 8 p.m.

 

 

 

  As I always do, I kept up on my phone through notifications. Even when the Gamecocks were down 10-0 at the half, I still had confidence Carolina would win.

 

 

 

  I got the notification that Carolina had tied the score 10-10 and suddenly noticed my VCR had stopped recording. I quickly rewound the tape to the "zero’ and began recording again.

 

 

 

  Finally, I got the notification that Elliott Frye had kicked a field goal with 35 seconds to give the Gamecocks a 13-10 lead. Those 35 seconds seemed to last forever, before I got the word Carolina had won.

 

 

 

  It was only when I rewound the tape did I see Frye’s field goal was 55-yards!

 

 

 

  As I said last week, for Carolina to have any kind of success this year, the Gamecocks had to beat Vanderbilt. Vandy was in the same boat, and it may have sailed, along with the job of Coach Derek Mason.

 

 

 

  I rewound the tape and watched the last few minutes of the game. I fell asleep with the TV on, and when I woke up during the night, the game was on and I watched it again.

 

 

 

  I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t have enough tape to record the whole game, so I rewound to discover my recording of "Sharknado 4." I’m so embarrassed.

 

 

 

  With Clemson playing at 9 p.m. Saturday, I knew there was no way I would make it to the end of that one.

 

 

 

  I didn’t think the game would be close, but Auburn surprised me, playing the Tigers close at 19-13.

 

 

 

  Carolina and Clemson both won ugly on the road. The key phrase there is "won."

 

 

 

  One thing I gathered by watching the first week of college football is there are a great many teams with not so good quarterbacks, and that includes Vanderbilt, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, etc.

 

 

 

  Another team with a question mark at quarterback was Alabama. Not anymore. If anyone questioned Alabama’s number one pre-season ranking, they are not questioning it now.

 

 

 

  All the Tide did was beat Southern Cal 52-6. They did not crush a Division II school. They beat one if the most vaunted schools in NCAA football history.

 

 

 

  When will the Tide quit rolling?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THROUGH THE WHAT?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I went to the baby reveal party for Jacob and Tamara Bowdler at the lake last weekend.

 

 

 

  When I got directions over the internet, I was told to take 378, then take the second road on the "round about."

 

 

 

  What?

 

 

 

  Thank goodness by watching the BBC comedy "Keeping Up Appearances," I know a "round about" is a traffic circle!

 

 

 

  It sounds sophisticated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

  "I’m going to run get a drink at the round about."

 

 

 

  Well, I don’t know.

 

 

 

  "The Night They Bombed The Saluda Round About" doesn’t sound as exciting, does it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT CONTINUES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The sadness around here continues.

 

 

 

  Sophronia "Fronie" Jennings turned 100 in August and died a few weeks later.

 

 

 

  It reminded me of Bob Hope and Strom Thurmond, who both died soon after their 100th birthdays.

 

 

 

  Fronie was in remarkable health through most of her 90s.

 

 

 

  I’d see her at the Post Office, or she’d come by our office to get a paper. (She drove to both places.)

 

 

 

  I’d ask her how she was doing.

 

 

 

  "I’m fine, except my knee is bothering me."

 

 

 

  "Aren’t you 98?" I’d ask. "That’s pretty good."

 

 

 

  I had more aches that she did.

 

 

 

  We were step-cousins. Her mother, Jessie, married my great-uncle Wallace Padgett. I’ve said many times this was the funniest couple I have ever known.

 

 

 

  Doshia Smith was one of our "Sentinel Mothers." Every year she would come into our office and renew the papers of all five of her children.

 

 

 

  Her son Jon was my high school friend. He is a well known artist in Florida now, but in high school he created several campaign posters for me when I ran for the president of the Saluda High student body. I wish I had saved him.

 

 

 

  Jody was the oldest son and I didn’t know him as well, but Jon, Jimmy, Jan and Jene were close in age to my siblings and me, so we were all good friends.

 

 

 

  She was a wonderful lady, whose smile would light up a room.

 

 

 

  I was stunned to hear of the passing of Glenn Corley. I knew Glenn had been rushed to the hospital a few weeks ago, but I assumed he was getting better.

 

 

 

  Glenn was a member of 1962 and 1963 SHS state championship teams I worshipped as a youth. I’m pretty sure he was the only player on either of those teams that weighed over 200-lbs.

 

 

 

  When I made it to the high school building as an eighth grader in 1964-65, Glenn was the president of the student body.

 

 

 

  He was a good friend of my first cousins and his classmates, Russell Shealy and Larry Thompson.

 

 

 

  In recent years, Glenn and his wife Cindy, who was also a member of the Class of 1965, have entertained young people by taking their pet donkey to events all over the county.

 

 

 

  His father Birma Corley ran a auction house on his farm when I was a teenager, and I bought my first TV for my bedroom there. It was a Philco, weighed a ton, and cost $25. It worked well!

 

 

 

  Thanks Fronie, Mrs. Doshia and Glenn for all the memories. You all will be surely missed.