Mixed Bag Monday

It’s a Monday and the perfect day to catch up on some news. Also, the life of the author has been a bit hectic this weekend. For the whole stories just click the links and it will take you there. Great MSU baseball recaps from the ForWhomTheCowbellTolls.com crew. Some disturbing news from my Dolphins about a possible move. Does it get any better than AJ McCarron getting to drive the pace car at Talladega? Time to add to the tattoo AJ. Also, a great piece on MSU’s football program and the fanbase by MaroonAndWhiteNation.com. Happy Monday y’all.

Dolphins’ future in Miami uncertain

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee suggested Sunday the Dolphins may have to relocate at some point as a result of Friday’s decision by the Florida legislature to reject hearing a referendum that would have provided public renovations to the Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium.

Dee had said last month owner Stephen Ross would not renovate the stadium without a public-private partnership. Ross reiterated that there will be no renovation in an interview with CBS4 in Miami, saying it would be “difficult” to do the renovations on a more limited basis.
Regarding the team’s future in Miami, Dee said, “I wouldn’t want to prognosticate what the future holds, but it’s clearly bleak.”

Although Dee said Ross won’t move the team, Dee said the next owner could move the team, possibly to Los Angeles. Ross has said he won’t sell the team in his lifetime, but Dee didn’t rule out a sale during Ross’s lifetime.

“The Dolphins are one of the only franchises in the NFL that don’t have a long-term lease with their community,” Dee said, according to The Palm Beach Post. “At some point, somebody’s going to buy the franchise from (Ross), and clearly the stadium is the first thing they would need to address.”

AJ McCarron drives the pace car at NASCAR’s Talladega race

TALLADEGA, Ala. – AJ McCarron arrived at Talladega Superspeedway wearing a hoodie that looked like a 4-year-old’s art project. And he pulled it off, because this is Alabama and this is AJ McCarron. If this were a video game, he’d be in God Mode.
McCarron, the two-time national championship-winning Crimson Tide quarterback, is at Talladega to drive the pace car at the Aaron’s 499, which is about as Alabama as you can possibly get. He drove a special crimson Ford Mustang GT, which is probably not a violation but surely some Auburn fans will look for one.
Before the race, McCarron spoke to the media, and let the world in on the advice coach Nick Saban gave him: “Whatever you do, don’t wreck the car.” Which is probably the same advice Saban gave McCarron before the national championship games, too…

Dawgs Sweep Doubleheader vs. Bama

Game 1 – MSU 10, Alabama 6

MSU broke the 200,000 attendance mark for the season for just the seventh time in school history. With another weekend remaining, MSU has the opportunity to break the all-time record of 233,015 set in 2003.

Alabama pitcher and Madison, Miss., native, Spencer Turnbull, came into the ball game with a 4-0 record and 1.00 ERA in SEC play. The Bulldogs absolutely smashed the Tide ace to the tune of 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits. His earned run average went from 2.26 to 3.28 on the season…

Maroon > Crimson, 7-6 in 11

Despite ominous clouds all day and some light rain, Sunday’s game three with Alabama was never delayed, and actually went into extra innings before the Dawgs broke through victorious for the sweep.

Jacob Lindgren started out pretty well but got into trouble in the 3rd which lead to an unearned run, and in the 4th he got into a major jam allowing one run and leaving the bases loaded and no out for Ross Mitchell. Good ole Ross did his magic and escaped the 4th inning without any more runs scoring. His magic ran out in the 5th, however, as he gave up a 3-run homer that gave Bama a 5-2 lead. That was the first home run of the year given up by the lefty – it raised his ERA to 1.32 which is now 2nd in the league behind nemesis Bobby Wahl…

MSU Football Fans are Currently Wandering the Desert

After what happened in the last six games of the 2012 season, it seems like Mississippi State football fans have a collective “meh” feeling. I guess five losses by an average of 21 points including a loss to Ole Miss and the bowl game will do that to you.

Look at the spring game attendance: 21,000 showed up for the maroon and white game. The SEC average was 40,733 – but looking at some recent spring games it shows the level of disinterest. 2012′s game – one in which you had to pay for – drew more: 22,604. In 2011: 36,357. In 2010: 34,127.

It was a beautiful Saturday. The baseball team got 14,562 in Dudy Noble Field for the 2nd largest crowd in NCAA baseball history. The free football scrimmage could only muster 6,500 more?…

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