Tidbits - July 8, 2021

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY


TO THE LIGHT
  It took me two or three times watching the video of the building collapse in Florida to notice something very disturbing.
  When one section fell, I noticed for the first time lights being turned on in the other part, and within seconds, that part of the building collapsed.
  You hear a noise, turn on the lights, and then you’re gone. It’s heartbreaking.
  I think of that gospel song from years ago, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.”
  How many of us have stayed in many storied towers at the beach?
  All beach goers will not take anything for granted on vacation this year.
  I join all of America in praying for the victims and their families.


WOLFPACK SHATTERED
  N.C. State’s baseball team was the most impressive team in the College World Series.
  The Wolfpack defeated top ranked Arkansas in the Super Regional and was unbeaten in Omaha.
  Then the word came that half of the Wolfpack team had tested positively for COVID-19. N.C. State played Vanderbilt with only 13 players, their top pitcher was forced to play first base, and they still only lost 3-1.
  Early in the morning, after the loss, the NCAA ruled N.C. State would have to forfeit and drop out of the tournament.
  We’ll never know if the Wolfpack would have won the National Championship, just as we don’t know if last year’s Number One Ranked USC women’s team would have won the title. The Gamecocks didn’t even get a chance to play in the tournament.
  The Wolfpack are just one of hundreds of college and high schools teams that fell victim to this disease. How many would be champions never got a  chance to hoist a trophy?
  By the way, when Mississippi State won the World Series, it broke a dry spell for the university dating back to its founding. Prior to the World Series, Mississippi State was one of only three teams from Power Five conferences who had never won a national championship in any sport. The two remaining are Kansas State and Virginia Tech.

TOUGHEST
  I saw a meme that ranked the five toughest college football schedules for 2021.
  Arkansas had the toughest, Nebraska was second, Georgia Tech third, Purdue fourth, and Carolina fifth.
  Georgia Tech? You can play in the ACC and have a pretty easy schedule if you don’t have to play many of the good league teams. It looks like Georgia tech has ALL of the good teams, plus arch-rival Georgia.
  Along with Clemson, the Yellow Jackets also play Virginia Tech, Virginia, Miami, UNC and Notre Dame. Yes, that is a tough schedule!


FACILITIES
  Here’s another meme, ranking things to do with college football. This one ranks the Top Ten facilities.
  Number One is Clemson and Carolina is Number Six.
  The others are, Oregon - 2, Texas A&M - 3, Alabama - 4, Ohio State - 5, Oklahoma - 7, Tennessee - 8, LSU - 9 and Texas - 10.


RANKINGS
  Here’s a meme that defies explanation.
  NBC sports has released it Top 25 for the 2021 football season.
  Alabama is ranked #1, Clemson #4, Georgia #8, and get this, Carolina is ranked #20!
  Most prognosticators have the Gamecocks winning four or five games.


WE REMEMBER
  I was saddened at the passing of Jason Yarbrough. I’ve known Jason since he was a little boy, and  I’m glad I got a chance to talk to him when I took papers to The Circle not too long ago.
  I have fond memories of  Norma Able in a paper related issue too. Many years ago, when I delivered papers to the Shirt Plant office, I got to talk Mrs. Norma, June Mack and Ruth Goff every week, and enjoyed the visit.
  Mrs. Norma and my mother were both members of the Saluda High Class of 1949 and for many years they were in the same bridge club.
  My fondest memory of when the ladies played at our house was hearing the laughter, and they laughed a lot.
  Jason and Mrs. Norma will be missed.