Were you among the millions who watched the Belmont Stakes? I was. I watched the race, and then I watched the winning jockey interviewed at length while he was still on his horse and waving triumphantly to the crowd. He acted as if he had done all the work.
Wert Spiva Jr., perhaps the busiest man in all of Mississippi sports, died this past weekend, apparently of a heart attack. He was the basketball coach and so much more at Coldwater High School. He was 44 years old and much too young to leave us.
This would have been March 1974. Mississippi Coliseum was so packed the fire marshalls had locked the doors. If Jackson State defeated Alcorn State, the Tigers were going to the NIT, which was a huge deal 41 years ago.