They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)
The 20 Best Small Towns in America from Smithsonianmag.com | #20: Oxford, MS
“Named in honor of the British university, Oxford prides itself on being an intellectual oasis, home of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). William Faulkner, who grew up in Oxford and modeled his fictional Yoknapatawpha County on his home, is everywhere. His family house, Rowan Oak, offers tours and showcases Faulkner’s liquor cabinet, including his metal mint julep cup. J.E. Neilson’s department store on the town square has a framed note from the cantankerous author responding to an overdue bill statement. The literary legacy has led to a renaissance of independent bookstores, including the Mississippi landmark Square Books, which showcases the state’s most famous writers, including Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams and John Grisham. Two annual conferences, the spring Oxford Conference for the Book and July’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, bring even more writers to town. The other arts are far from neglected; the Oxford Film and Music Festivals in February, plus the town’s proximity to Memphis and Nashville, keep Oxford on the circuit for popular and cutting-edge productions and performers. — AS”
I love/miss Oxford. I will be heading back soon for the Annual Double Decker Arts & Music Festival.
The first thing you gotta learn about this game, Doc, is it ain't about hitting a little white ball into some yonder hole. It's about inner demons and self-doubt and human frailty and overcoming all that crap.