Greetings everyone and this is going to be a very busy Saturday for me. I start with a Wounded Warrior 5K event at the Quarry Country Club in Naples at 8am. After that little jaunt I’ll be off to North Carolina with stops in Lenoir at the American Legion Post 29 and a rally at the Burke County GOP headquarters in Morganton, NC. I’m looking forward to seeing you folks up there in the Tar Heel State to support Rep. Mark Meadows and Speaker of the House Tom Tillis in his U.S. Senate run.From there it’s off to lovely Panama City, Florida to support my former colleague Rep. Steve Southerland. And I’ll get a chance to enjoy church services at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning — quite sure some chucklehead from the Freedom from Religion Foundation will try to fly down and be there.
After the little Gulf of Mexico, stop I’ll head to my home state of Georgia and hometown area of Atlanta, namely Roswell (Cobb County), for a Faith and Freedom Coalition event at the Roswell Street Baptist Church — y’all come on out! Then we’re back on the plane heading down to where my wife Angela went to high school while her dad was stationed at Ft. Gordon, in Augusta.
My first cousin on my dad’s side, Priscialla, lives there along with her daughter Katrina. We’ll have a good ol’ time at a Get Out The Vote BBQ rally for Congressional candidate Rick Allen (GA-12).
Then finally I’ll get back home.But, regardless of the travel, there are some awesome college football games going on Saturday. Y’all know that last week I was up on Rocky Top and watched my beloved Vols take on the Crimson Tide of Alabama — doggone rough first quarter but the team comported itself very well. Today they’re in Columbia, South Carolina where the Gamecocks and the ol’ ball Coach Steve Spurrier are smarting from the loss last week at Auburn — and Spurrier has not forgotten the upset loss to Tennessee last year. Expect a tough game, but the Vols just may be able to pull it out. Kansas State tops the Big 12, but takes on Oklahoma State who always plays the Wildcats tough. We don’t need a let down and I believe K-State takes care of business and remains undefeated in the Big 12.
There is another showdown in that conference when number seven TCU travels to Morgantown, West Virginia to take in the number 20 ranked Mountaineers — who just weeks ago pulled off a stunning upset on then number four Baylor. This will be a tougher test for TCU who took Texas Tech to the woodshed last week 82-27 — that ain’t happening up in West “By God” Virginia. Could be another upset.
Of course, the game most folks in Georgia and Florida will be watching is the “Worlds Largest Cocktail Party” — the annual Georgia-Florida game from Jacksonville. The Gators are having a rough season and an upset win over the ‘Dawgs could help out Coach Will Muschamp — but the ‘Dawgs seem rather strong, even without star RB Todd Gurley — advantage silver britches.And the big game for Saturday is without a doubt number four Ole Miss going down to the plains to face number 3 Auburn. The Rebels are smarting from their loss to LSU and have to go back on the road in another tough venue — Jordan-Hare Stadium where last week War Eagle just could not be stopped. The land sharks are tough and Auburn’s defense looked a little suspect from last week against South Carolina — close game, but I think home field advantage does it for Auburn.
Last but not least, our service academies have feature games today: Army goes out to Colorado to face Air Force — Go Army team! And the Naval Academy travels to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Navy always plays the Irish tough.Well, I’ll be busy traveling lots on Saturday, but will wrap things up in Panama City in time to enjoy some football. Hope you enjoy the day, folks!