banner
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.


2 Comments

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • 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.

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
3rd
TOR 79
NYK 67
 
2nd
CLE 28
MEM 23
 
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
 
2nd
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
2nd
SCAR 60
COKR 40
 
2nd
HAMP 38
NARZ 27
 
2nd
SDU 53
SDCHR 31
 
2nd
BC 48
USC 49
 
Half
NICST 32
TROY 25
 
Half
BRAD 27
UCI 22
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
2nd
STL 3
NYG 20
 
2nd
OAK 7
BUF 7
 
2nd
DAL 21
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA