On the Good Friday Links

It’s Good Friday, which means two things: 1) We’re reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice; 2) classes are out. The latter is a by-product of the former, and a by-product of the latter is Mississippi State’s football team practicing at 1:30 p.m. today instead of the usual 3:30 start time. It’s practice No. 10 of the spring, and the Bulldogs will also go Saturday at 10 a.m.

They’re down another player, as you know. Montario “Tojo” Patterson – yes, his nickname comes from the old wrestler – has left the team for undisclosed reasons (link). I spoke yesterday with his high school, Biggersville’s Ronnie Lawson, and he had not heard the news and thus knew not why Patterson left or would want to leave. He last spoke with Patterson last Thursday, and everything seemed OK, except for Patterson’s ankle. He broke it his senior year (link), and it has been bothering him this spring.

To the baseball diamond. MSU is at Tennessee this weekend to take on the SEC’s last-place team (link). The Volunteers (13-11, 1-11 SEC) are also last in the league in batting (.285) and ERA (5.96). They’re on pace to record their worst season since 1989, and what’s to blame for that? Maybe that APR thing (link). MSU (18-15, 4-8) could sure use a sweep.