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Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Lattimore's knee, A horse and a crying QB

Posted November 4, 2012

This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ...

The crying QB

It was really nice to see Alabama QB AJ McCarron crying after his game winning drive Saturday against LSU. We usually don't root for tears, but it showed how much he truly cared about the win and how emotional it was. It's easy to relate to someone who has put their heart into something and achieves it. It also showed he doesn't take winning for granted. I know he's going to take a lot of grief from opposing fans, but when he wins the National Championship, I don't think he's going to care all that much.

Know a good Horse?

Texas Tech is looking for a new horse to be the mount for Tech's masked rider. "Midnight Matador" has been the Tech horse since 2002. His job is to gallop around the field when the team scores. "Midnight Matador" has an injured leg, so he is going to retire after Saturday's final home game. Texas Tech is planning to honor the horse during the game. School officials are currently looking for a replacement. The Texas Tech horse has been in the news before. You may remember in the early 90s when the rider fell off and the horse ran directly into the brick stadium wall and died. Lets all be thankful for the lack of cell phone video of this incident.

Oh 'chute

Kevin Harvick's day got off to a very bad start during Sunday's NASCAR race in Texas. His car was hit by a parachuter during the pre-race festivities. His crew had the tough task of fixing a huge dent less than an hour before the green flag dropped. Harvick had a sense of humor about the incident. He even posted a picture of the dent on his twitter account. The parachuter was not hurt in the collision.

Lattimore's knee

It is awesome to watch the support South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is getting after his devastating knee injury last week. LSU's Sam Montgomery plans to wear #21 on his arm the rest of the season. Steve Spurrier called Lattimore "probably the most popular guy to ever play at South Carolina". I had the pleasure of covering Lattimore's freshman season in Columbia. He is truly the real deal. I, like so many others, hated to see that happen to such a nice young man. Here's hoping he can overcome this injury and get back on the field someday. Football needs more guys like him.

Mission Accomplished

I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. last week. It was my first marathon and was truly an experience of a lifetime. There were two moments that really hit me during this race. The first is when a woman, about 27 years old, passed me. She was wearing a shirt that said "I'm running with my husband Juan-Killed in Iraq 2010". The next was when I was passed by a man who had one arm and one leg. He was a wounded soldier and he was kicking my tail with two limbs. It's really great to achieve a life-long goal and it was made even better by the inspiration around me. Quite the humbling experience.


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  • ncstateforever Nov 4, 8:51 p.m.

    Congrats on accomplishing your goal of finishing the marathon. I'm sure all of us on here were pulling for you to finish.
    I saw the Lattimore injury and I got that sick feeling in my stomach. I remember when I saw Strickland go down and I felt the same way. I just hope he can recover and continue his goals.

  • Hokies94 Nov 4, 7:42 p.m.

    Congratulations Mandy on your 1st Marathon. It has to be a great feeling. Glad to see you back at WRAL.

    I really hated to see Lattimore go down. What a super player.

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