Sports Throwback Thursday: SMU’s Pony Excess

It’s Thursday! You know what that means…SPORTS THROWBACK THURSDAY! Today’s article will be about SMU’s Pony Excess and the scandal that shook up the program. 

From 1981-1984, a small private school in Dallas owned the best record in college football. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson shared carries with Craig James and Charles Waggoner, all three blue-chip recruits in 1979. Waggoner was hurt returning a kickoff their freshman season, leaving Dickerson and James to lead SMU’s running attack, called the Pony Express. 

The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University (SMU) were riding high on the backs of the vaunted “Pony Express” backfield. 

In January 1976, Meyer was hired as the head coach at Southern Methodist University, where he led the Mustangs for six seasons. This tenure included winning the Southwest Conference championship in 1981. While at SMU, Meyer was the losing coach in the famous “Miracle Bowl” in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, where SMU held a 45–25 lead against BYU with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, only to lose 46–45 thanks to three touchdown passes from Cougar quarterback Jim McMahon.

Meyer moved to the pros in 1982, where he coached the New England Patriots for three seasons.

On February 25, 1987, the school and the sport were rocked as the NCAA meted “the death penalty” on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. SMU would be without football for two years. 

As for SMU’s best player, Eric Dickerson has a superb career. During his NFL career, he rushed for over 13,000 yards. He holds the NFL’s single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards, set in 1984. Dickerson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He is one of the greatest running backs of all time

The Game-Eminem Silly Drama

Rapper The Game can’t seem to get Eminem off his mind. It’s getting ridiculous, and it’s no fun saying that because we love Game and what he has accomplished in Hip Hop. Now, we have other people getting involved. It’s Eminem’s daughter who decided to speak out against The Game. 

Hailie Jade, the daughter of Eminem, came to her father’s defense on Twitter, Friday night after The Game released a diss track aimed at the legendary rapper titled “The Black Slim Shady.” In a pair of posts, Jade labeled The Game, “obsessed.”

“If you have to make a song 10mins long about someone you ‘dislike,’ it’s giving obsessed,” Jade wrote in a tweet before adding, “My dad is so legendary that people have to diss him in their songs just to attract an audience because they know they would flunk without the attention.”

There’s something that needs to be said, whether we like hearing it. Still, we need to stop saying “white man this, white man that” because if a white man answers anything in return for an African American, it will turn into significant chaos. It’s a double standard. 

Music beef is overrated, and it’s not worth it. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Ronald Acuña Jr homered on the first pitch of the game. Matt Olson hit his 24th home run, and the Braves beat the Marlins 6-2 to sweep a doubleheader in Miami. 

Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson was drafted in the 7th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. In his first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he threw for 218 yards passing and a touchdown. Dolphins won 26-24 after a missed goal by the Bucs kicker. 

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he is retiring from boxing on his 34th birthday on Friday, having previously performed several U-turns over his future in the sport.

Zack Wilson Suffered Knee Injury

New York Jets quarterback Zack Wilson suffered the knee injury in the first quarter of the Jets’ preseason win over the Eagles on Friday night. The second-year QB came up limping after making an awkward cut to end a 7-yard run. 

Zack Wilson was diagnosed with a bone bruise and a meniscus tear in his knee. There is no additional ligament damage to Wilson’s knee.

Wilson will undergo arthroscopic surgery, but there is no firm date yet for the procedure. Wilson’s status for Week 1 is in question because of the knee injury.

Wilson is looking to have a breakout season with the Jets. A lot is riding on the line for him. We hope he can be 100% to go by at least Week 2.

Dreams Came True for Wynton Bernard

The 31-year old Wynton Bernard debuted with the Rockies in their 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks, and let’s just circle back to game in a second. 

Wynton Bernard was drafted by the Padres in the 35th round in 2012. Though he was drafted out of Niagara (New York) University, he was born and raised in San Diego. 

Bernard never gave up on his dreams. He hung around in the minors for 10 years. In 10 minor league seasons, he hit .286 with 50 homers and 226 stolen bases. His first stolen base in the majors had a big impact.

The phone call he made to his mother about making it to the big leagues is quite emotional.

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

It’s time for Miguel’s Friday Thoughts. We have two topics for you today: Irv Gotti faces backlash after his interview on Drink Champs, and Neve Campbell opens up about why she didn’t return to the ‘Scream’ franchise. 

Hip Hop mogul Irv Gotti made some headlines after his interview on Drink Champs, accompanied by rapper Ja Rule. Fat Joe called Gotti a sucker for going after Ashanti during the discussion on Drink Champs. Joe also called out Ja Rule for not defending Ashanti. Ja Rule and Fat Joe are very good friends with Ashanti. Joe is coming to Ashanti’a aid. Ja Rule responded and said that he told Gotti to stop using the word “bitch” because Gotti referred to Ashanti during the interview. I agree with Ja Rule on this one. I saw that part during the interview. 

Irv Gotti also responded to Fat Joe’s comments. He said that he thought Fat Joe was his friend. Fat Joe IS his friend. Why? Friends tell you the truth no matter what. I applaud Joe for standing up for Ashanti. Some people would think that Joe should’ve done this behind closed doors, but Gotti was badmouthing Ashanti in public through the masses. Irv Gotti was disrespectful. Why would you continue to bring something up that happened twenty years ago? Gotti is a legend in hip hop. He’s a magnificent producer. He signed big names like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, etc. Byt the issue with him is that he’s too loud and way too honest to the point it can get him in trouble. Also, he overuses the N-word a lot, which is cringe-worthy. Don’t ruin your legacy over silly and petty things. 

As for Fat Joe and Irv Gotti, they should talk things out privately and work it out. They’ve been friends for so long, and Gotti shouldn’t get too sentimental over constructive criticism from his friend. 

Actress Neve Campbell opened up about her exit from ‘The scream’ franchise. She felt she didn’t get paid for what she put her heart and soul into the franchise for 25 years. She felt undervalued. There are mixed feelings about this.

In one way, the studio should’ve given her the amount of money she wanted. She IS the franchise at this point. On the other hand, you can’t be greedy. Regular people are struggling for $700.00 a week just to get by. It’s better to land different roles than stick to the same materials or character. The franchise wasn’t the same after director Wes Craven passed away. So we can’t expect anything significant going forward. 

The Home of Earl Thomas in Flames

NFL star Earl Thomas’ is fortunate to be a lucky man still standing today. His home in the South Texas city of Orange near the Louisiana border was caught on fire Thursday evening. The cause of the fire is unknown at this moment. There were no injuries.

The 33-year-old safety is not playing for any NFL team right now. He hasn’t played in the league since 2019.

Thomas played for nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He made six Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams, and won a Super Bowl as one of the critical members of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” elite defenders. 

Sports Throwback Thursday: First Subway Series Game

It’s Part 2 of Sports Throwback Thursday! We’ll take it back to 1997—the First Subway Series Game between the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

There were 56,178 fans in attendance on June 16, 1997, to watch up close the first subway series game. Gary Thorne, Tim McCarver, and Ralph Kiner were the broadcasting team for this game. The trio was magnificent working together. Dave Mlicki took on Andy Pettitte.

Dave Mlicki was the star of this game. He had the fun of his life. He pitched his first career complete game shutout against the defending champions.

The offense gave him support. First baseman John Olerud was an underrated player. He drove in three runs. Left fielder Bernard Gilkey went 2 for 3, designated hitter Butch Huskey and third baseman Matt Franco combined for four hits. Mets won 6-0.

The subway series is not as entertaining as it used to be. From 1998 through 2001, the Mets and Yankees had some battles, but the one that stood out the most was the game-winning hit by Matt Franco against Mariano Rivera in 1999. 

Sports Throwback Thursday: Murcer’s Tribute to Munson

Welcome to Sports Throwback Thursday! We have a good one today because this will be Part 1 of two different classic stories to write about for Sports Throwback Thursday. Stay tuned for my next article. As for this one, we will take it back to 1979: Bobby Murcer’s tribute to Thurman Munson.

The Yankees returned to the field on August 6th, 1979. Four days prior, captain catcher Thurman Munson died in an airplane crash. The atmosphere in the stadium was cloudy. Fans and players were heartbroken over the death of their captain. It is one of the saddest moments in baseball history. 

Bobby Murcer, a close friend of Munson, gave a eulogy at his funeral. On this same night, he found the strength to perform and uplift his team. It became his signature game as a Yankee. He single-handled won the game for the Yankees. They were trailing 4-0 against the Baltimore Orioles. Murcer drove in all five runs. Hit a 3-run homer in the 7th and a walk-off 2-run single in the 9th inning. He is a true inspiration and a great homage to his friend and teammate.

Bobby Murcer passed away in 2008, but god bless the man for the eulogy and for performing the way he did during a challenging and emotional time. 

It’s been 43 years since Munson’s passing, and the Yankee community will never forget this day and his impact as a pinstripe.