Cleveland On How Twitter Portrays the Sports Landscape

Let’s try another opinions column in the old Twitter-style, 140 characters at a time…

  • Just go ahead and give Alvin Kamara NFL Rookie of the Year. Guy is insanely terrific. #somuchfuntowatch
  • Initially I has mixed emotions moving the MHSAA title games out of Jackson. Not now. Amazing success.
  • I cast my Heisman ballot for Lamar Jackson, because I think he’s the best college player in the country.
  • So yes, State’s defense has its hands full and then some in the Taxslayer Bowl.
  • Louisiana Lafayette is looking for new coach. They’re crazy if they don’t call Steve Campbell at Central Arkansas.
  • C Spire Conerly voting was tough. AJ Brown and NickFitz were terrific. I voted for the senior, Ito Smith.
  • Fact: Ito Smith is one of the 10 most productive running backs in NCAA FBS history.
  • Thanks to the Ole Miss sports info crew who handled MHSAA press box operation. First class all the way.
  • If I was oddsmaker: FSU by 10 over USM; Louisville by 6 over MSU in bowl games.
  • Can’t understand why nobody has offered East Central’s Tony Brown. Kid can play.
  • Committee got it right: 1. Clemson, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Georgia, 4. Alabama. Still, eight teams would be better.
  • There may be a bigger mess than Tennessee’s coach search. I haven’t seen it. #Orangemuck
  • Glad Tiger Woods is back. Golf is more fun when he’s playing.
  • Gut feeling: Tiger’s oft-injured body won’t hold up to the torque of his swing. #matter of time.
  • Ben Howland may have something going at State. Lot of talent, guys who can score.
  • Queen Victoria Vivians has raised the level of her game at least a notch. #Whatacareer!
  • Not nearly ready to say these MSU Lady Bulldogs are better than last year’s. Not close. Not now.
  • Is Drew Brees ageless? No, but he is a mighty young 38. Playing as well as ever. #SaintDrew.
  • After another year of bowl ban, Ole Miss hiring of Matt Luke looks especially good. #Playersdighim.
  • Miss. Sportsperson of the Year? My vote goes to Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry, state’s best ever.
  • My favorite weekend of the year? The high school football championships weekend. #6passionplays.
  • Clemson beats Bama. Georgia beats Oklahoma. Clemson beats Georgia. #youreaditherefirst.
  • Philadelphia Eagles are NFL’s best team currently.
  • Current Vegas odds on 2019 Masters: Spieth 7 to 1, Tiger 28 to 1.
  • I’d make 5A champ West Point a 3-point pick over 6A champ Pearl. #Twodynamiteteams.
  • FSU’s Cam Akers of Clinton will need 70 yards against USM to go over 1,000 for season.
  • State’s new coach Joe Moorhead is a former sports writer. Should be good in 2-minute drill. #deadlines.
  • Former NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo is a doofus. Never should have been hired. #PeterPrinciplewinsagain.
  • Eli Manning started 210 straight games for the NY Giants. Think about it.
  • 2 Super Bowl MVPs aside, most impressive about Eli: How he has handled NY media zoo for 14 seasons.
  • William Carey puts MS Sports Hall of Famer Steve Knight’s name on basketball court. He deserves it.
  • JMO, Twitter should have stayed at 140 words. #Brevityalwaysbest.
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Rick Cleveland ( is a Jackson based syndicated columnist.


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