The summer of 2009 was a special college football time for West Virginians. The 2009 College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in South Bend, Indiana, featured a strong Mountain State flavor.
This has been a tough week for baseball fans in the Kanawha Valley. For many of us, it is hard to imagine a baseball world without Cal Bailey, who died last week at age 77.
Life has not been much fun for the last month. What can I say? I am a sports guy and I miss baseball, spring football, the NBA and satellite sports talk radio. I love the old westerns, but I have seen enough of “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “Gunsmoke” and “Laramie.”
Those of us who love sports and athletics are going a little stir crazy. I worked in college athletics and sports media for over 40 years, so I’m used to a frenetic and frenzied pace.
There will be no high school boys basketball state tournament basketball in Charleston this week. That means no crowded food court at the Town Center and no gathering of coaches in the lobbies of the Marriott and Embassy Suites.
The Kanawha Valley lost one of its more memorable athletes this week with the death of former Charleston High athlete Paul Daugherty.
Families often get together at this time of year, and for many families the holidays are a time to play board games and card games.
Historically, southern West Virginia has always been passionate about basketball. Towns such as Beckley, Mullens, Oceana, Logan, Williamson, Welch, Northfork and Princeton used to dominate basketball in our state.
This past Thursday, Nov. 14, Marshall University stopped to remember the 75 people who were killed in the football team’s plane crash on that day in 1970.
West Virginia is not a big NBA state. Since we don’t have an NBA team, we focus our attention on college basketball in the winter months.