• John Macon Gillespie

Editor's Mailbag Presented by G's Place: Week 4

Welcome back to the Editor's Mailbag presented by G's Place Deli in Vardaman, Mississippi.

As I write this on a Friday morning, I'm running on about two hours of sleep, so this should be interesting. As always, I appreciate your involvement in this weekly endeavor. This piece has become a huge success, and if you've never asked me a question on my weekly mailbag tweet, you definitely should. While this is a high school football website, I'm open to any and all questions in my mentions and will do my best to answer them in a strong manner.

So without further ado, let's dive in.

I figure this is a good place to start.

With the Crosstown Classic being this week in Oxford, I think it's hard not to mention that one. Brandon and Pearl always get pretty rowdy and go back a long way. There's also the increasingly-interesting West Point-Starkville matchup each year and the Little Egg Bowl between Oxford and Starkville.

I think it's hard to pick just one rivalry in this state, but these are good starting points.

Call me biased, but the first school that comes to my mind is Vardaman.

The Rams had undefeated regular seasons in both 2000 and 2006 but fell short of a state championship berth. They also had 22-straight playoff appearances from 1991-2012. Vardaman had some really, really good teams under Mark Bray in the 1990s and 2000s, and I have trouble thinking of a more dominant 1A program to never win a title.

Oxford also has a legit case. The Chargers have made the state title game multiple times but failed to secure a win, including the infamous "Jack was/wasn't in" game in 2015. Oxford has had some golden seasons fall just short of a golden ball, and that's a curse they're still trying to remedy.

Oxford. I think the Chargers are absolutely loaded, and while the game will probably be close, I like Pegues & Co. to pull it out.

I'm on the record as saying I don't enjoy the NFL as much as I do the college game, but it's still a really good product and marketed very well, and I do have a few reactions from Week 1.

First, I think my Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the NFC East. I know people are high on Philadelphia, and for good reason, but the Dallas offense paired with a salty defense will be tough to stop this year. Kellen Moore appears to have a good offense for Dat Prescott, and that will go a long way.

Secondly, the Cardinals aren't good, but they are improved. The way Kyler Murray found a rhythm in the second half to lead his team to a tie in Week 1 after an atrocious first half shows that to me. I definitely don't think they're a playoff team, but they'll be better than last season.

Third and finally, the Browns appear to still be the Browns. They got absolutely rolled by the Titans on Sunday, and while I'm still a believer in Baker Mayfield, it's definitely not a good showing to start the season.

Laurel. A game "Between the Bricks" is an experience like no other, and every football fan in the state should experience it at least once in their life.

I'm not entirely convinced that people eat stuffing. Dressing, on the other hand, is one of the greatest foods of all time.

If we're talking about mashed potatoes and stuffing, however, I'll have to say potatoes.

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