George Smith: ‘Boss Hogg’ and a story or two ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


“BOSS HOGG” and a memory ...

It is in the late 1950s and Star Sports Editor Paul Cox has sent me to the Alexandria at Sylacauga football game.

It is a close game and sometime in the second half I watch a rangy kid line up to attempt a field goal for Alexandria. He makes the kick –  first field goal I ever saw – and it is the difference in the game.

The kid’s name was Richard Braden and he was also one heck of a basketball player. Over the years, he also became my one of my best friends.

We played a lot of golf together during the years he was giving much of himself to the Saks community. He also became an avid race fan, a charter member of the White Flag Club, and for years ran the press box at the Talladega Super Speedway.

We lost Richard last week and it is more than fitting that memorial services for “Boss Hogg” will be held this afternoon in the press box where he was, indeed, the “boss” on race weekends.

Take care “Boss” ... and maybe someday we’ll play another round or two.


IT WAS an Auburn Weekend in the toyshop for sure.

Saturday the beloved football team of War Eagles everywhere went into College Station and knocked Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel, ranked seventh in the country, all the way down to 14th.

Then Sunday at Alabama International Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray, the longest shot since Jimmy Carter won the presidency, took the checkered flag with a big AU crest on the hood of his car.

Both were underdogs to say the least.

At this time last year Auburn was in the process of getting Gene Chizik fired and McMurray was so far back in the NASCAR rankings he couldn’t get to the top with a  ladder.

One other thing.

No later than Friday, I told at least two people I would not be surprised if Auburn beat A&M (I have proof). On McMurray? Hey, this is football season in Alabama ... and Auburn.

My son and heir, who played on two national championship teams at Alabama (1978-79) will probably never forgive me, but . . .



BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 22 – Gwen Parker and Gwen Amerson; Oct. 23 – Mary Wills and Leroy Gaines; Oct. 25 – Jane Sheets Anderson and Sherry Sheets Cushen; Oct. 27 – Lynn Sheets.


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Katherine Elizabeth Cline, a senior at Jacksonville High School where she is pursuing an advanced college preparatory diploma.

A member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, Katie has nailed academic honors each year since 2008.

Young Miss Cline has been a member of the JHS marching and concert bands and is clarinet section leader this year.

Katie also takes the stage and does good things. She is senior director of the JHS Drama Department and has acted in 10 plays during her years at Jax High.

A member of the Girl Scouts of America since 2001, she holds a Bronze Star Award (2008) and the America Silver Award (2009).

Katie is an exceptional young woman,” says senior counselor Marsha Stallings. “She has a strong sense of community and of wanting to help others. Katie is insightful and inquisitive and expects the very best from herself and those around her.”

Proud parents are George and Brenda Cline of Jacksonville.

Take a bow, young lady ...


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:


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