The New Year: Looking forward to 2018. Here’s hoping you are as well.
Jan Barker: The legendary retired Amarillo High volleyball coach is so deserving of her Woman of the Year award. Stay tuned. More awards are on the way. Congrats, Jan.
College football: I tip my cap to those two national semifinal games on Monday. The Georgia double overtime win over Oklahoma is as good a football game as one could ever ask for. Alabama and coach Nick Saban simply looked and played mad in beating Clemson. Go with Georgia to beat Alabama for the national title.
Sherwin Cox: His last day as Ross Rogers Golf Complex pro was four days ago. He’s already missed. I tip my Titliest cap to 40-plus years of service to golfers in the Amarillo-area. Well done, Sherwin.
Trae Young: The freshman guard at Oklahoma is the best thing to watch these days in Division I college basketball. He can shoot it, pass it and his dribbling skills are simply amazing. If you don’t know, and I’m sure you do, he is the son of Pampa High basketball legend Rayford Young.
Tech’s firing of Candi Whitaker: I’m not a fan of Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt firing Lady raiders women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker in the middle of the season like he did on Monday. Whitaker has struggled at 54-81 and the recent two Big 12 blowout losses aren’t what Tech fans deserve. But there has to be consistency in the Tech athletic program in handling coaches. Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury is 31-33 and played in front of a half empty stadium of home fans the last three games. I don’t see much difference in the two (except, of course, the $6 million-plus buyout in Kingbury’s contract). Tech coaches deserve consistency out of their leadership.
College football playoff: With Central Florida going 13-0 after beating Auburn it’s time “Cinderella” is invited to the big dance. In other words, it’s time for one or two less regular season games and an eight-team playoff in Division I.
Denver Broncos management: I see where the Broncos are firing like six assistant coaches but keeping head coach Vance Joseph. Oh, I’m sure that running back coach had a whole lot to do with Denver’s 5-11 season. That’s ridiculous to blame a bad season on assistant coaches.