It’s official, there’s too many bowls


Notes, quotes and a thought or two….

There is no loss of football on television this holiday season but is that a good thing?

I’m officially on the record now as saying there are too many bowl games. Some of these games are not very competitive at all. And honestly, the who really wants to watch these games except for the fans who root for those schools. As much as I love football, there is only so much of Baylor and Vanderbilt I can watch. Yes, I will miss it in about two months but I’m not a big fan or two teams running up and down the field. But if you want to really understand how important these games are, just check the stands.

I know all of the arguments. It’s a reward for a good season but is 6-6 or 7-5 really a good season. It’s big for your freshmen as most teams spend the extra time working with their young players. My answer to that is they should find more time to work with them in the regular season.

And the other thing that really bothers me is when the top-tier players decide to skip the bowl game to “prepare” for the NFL draft. If I was an NFL scout, that would be an automatic strike on a player for me. If you can’t join your teammates and help finish out your season and am only worried about yourself, what are you going to do on the field when it really matters. I was proud to see that several of Mississippi State’s NFL quality players like Jeffrey Simmons and Montez Sweat said they were playing in their bowl game this season.

Since we last wrote

Since we last visited you, the Newton Lady Tigers suffered their first loss on the basketball court, falling to Choctaw Central, who was coming off a win over the No. 1 team in the state.

Like former Newton coach Crandal Porter told me once upon a time, you rarely learn anything from winning. Learning generally comes in the losses. I suspect that will be the case for the Lady Tigers, who had been involved in a couple of close calls prior to the Choctaw loss.

This is an experienced group of young ladies and I suspect they will bounce back with such vigor and spirit.

New year, new me

Some of you may see me around during the coming months as basketball heats up and spring sports get kicked off.

On Aug. 1, I learned that I was diabetic and needed to lose some weight. Since then, I have shed more than 50 pounds and started exercising again. I’m still a big boy but and looking to lose another 50 or so in the next year. I would also like to run a 5K, 10K and possibly a half marathon this year. I’ve already got a couple of races picked out for those but we will see how it goes.

For those of you who want to lose weight, here’s my advice. You have to have a goal. Set out with something in mind. My goal was to be 225 by Aug. 1 and eventually get back to 200. Five months ago, those goals seemed to be far fetched. Now they seem within my reach. Secondly, be patient. You didn’t gain the weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight. The first week back at the gym is rough. You will wake up sore for several days. Keep pushing and take it slow, you will evenly get past the soreness and you can start building. And there are plenty of smart devices to help you with your steps and workout programs. Thirdly, be balanced. You can’t do it with diet or exercise alone. Yes we can call cut out the bad things out of our diet but that will only take you so far.

It’s a process but at the end of the day, I feel better when I exercise and have felt better overall since losing the weight. And I will make you this promise, if I can do it, anyone can do it. So here’s to a new year and new me.

Robbie Robertson is sports editor for The Newton County Appeal. You can email him at