Jump, jive, the Bees have arrived

SAVANNAH, GA.—Just deposited the daughter in her dorm room at Savannah College of Art and Design and despite the fact that she lives on the third floor, I escaped hernia free.

We also narrowly escaped cornmeal poisoning at both Paula Deen’s and Miss Wilkes despite the efforts of these two fine southern belles to kill us with kindness—and grease, butter and cream.

If these aren’t the two best places I have ever eaten, I don’t know where that would be.

Both are similar and I couldn’t choose between the two. The fried chicken at both places was heavenly.

Obviously if you have perused this space before, you know that whenever the ex-cheerleader and I travel, I always like to report on the places to eat, just to steer you in the right direction in case you happen to visit that particular city.

(By the way, after spending 34 hours in a car together and traveling through seven states, if the wife and I didn’t know each other before, we do now).

And because my business is sports, I also like to survey the local sports scene.

Of course the Falcons, Braves and University of Georgia are big news all over the state.

Now, while Savannah has a certain image as a parasol wielding, petticoat wearing, mimosa drinking tourist town, it actually has a thriving sports community.

It actually has a double-A baseball team with one of the greatest mascots in sports history—the Savannah Sand Gnats.

The Gnats—a farm team of the New York Mets—have a gorgeous stadium right in the heart of the plantation style homes here.

The Gnats lost in the South Atlantic League semifinals Saturday in their first postseason playoff game in 14 years.

At the high school level, the Savannah High School football program is on a downswing, having lost 26 games in a row, falling to Brunswick 50-8 Friday night.

Then there’s Savannah State, which is a Division II NCAA school.

The hive

While SCAD has an image of a specialty school where only artistically gifted kids can get ahead, the school actually has one of the best NAIA sports programs in the country.

Visiting with Sports Information Director Michael MacEachern at freshman orientation, he told me that the Bees have been to national championships in 10 sports.

“I think people would be a little surprised by that,” he said. “We do very well in every sport and a lot of talented athletes come here to excel in both fields.”

We even went by the SCAD Equestrian Center, which is located in South Carolina, on our way to Hilton Head.

The ranked Bee soccer team is dominating opponents and is 7-0 on the season.

One thing that is much different from Texas is that Georgia and most of the states in this part of the country are in the heart of softball season.

So if you see a couple of people walking around town in a SCAD DAD shirt and a Savannah top, it’s just us pulling for the Bees—or at least one little bee who left the hive.

The 5ive

In honor of the cheerleader being separated from her baby girl, here are the five saddest songs ever recorded:

1. Alone Again—Gilbert O’Sullivan.

2. Patches—Clarence Carter.

3. Sad Eyes—Bruce Springsteen.

4. Teddy Bear—Red Sovine 5. Tears In Heaven—Eric Clapton

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