As we approached the end of 2020, most of us were way more than happy to start 2021. We often look at a new year as a new fresh start, a second chance, and because 2020 was the year that it was, many of us were more anxious than ever for January 1.

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Upcoming months bring opportunities for fishermen

Today, Dec. 25 is by far the most anticipated day of the year as families and friends gather to make lifelong memories. This probably won’t come as a shock to those who know me and the seven people who read my column but some of my fondest Christmas Day memories are sports-related.

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Every year about this time, Christmas decorations start popping up in people’s yards and homes and Christmas movies start popping up all around us, and it’s OK to get into the Christmas spirit and all but let’s not look past today’s holiday.

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It’s usually in November when my inbox gets flooded with emails reminding me to vote, but truthfully those emails are doing no good whatsoever because I’ve already made up my mind – I’m not voting.

There is excitement in the air for fishermen and hunters as fall begins activities for all who enjoy the great outdoors.

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I didn’t want to hire George Whitley five years ago. I sat across the table from him during the interview, looked him straight in the eyes and told him I didn’t think he could do the job.

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I have a habit of starting to read books and never finishing them. It’s easy to use time and a busy schedule as an excuse, but this summer I decided to finally finish reading a book that I had picked up many times but had never finished it – “Twelve Mighty Orphans” by Jim Dent.

I get asked quite often whether or not I think there will be a football season and as we get closer to Aug. 28, I believe we will have at least a portion of a season.

Before I get into the fishing business at hand, I want to congratulate a very special person, regional publisher Mr. Jerry Pye with our own Marshall News Messenger, for his years of service that has led to his retirement.

It’s been a strange start to the baseball season and questions have risen as to whether or not we’ll even get through the 60 games as scheduled, but more on that in a little bit.

A question I’ve been asked a lot lately is whether or not I think there will be a football season this year. I usually tell them I think we’ll have football in some sort of form or fashion, but what that will look like, I have no idea.

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager, along with the rest of the team’s front office are saying the right things when it comes to the future of their quarterback.

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 Editor’s note: Scott Ford is the athletic director and head football coach at Elysian Fields ISD and a graduate of Marshall High School. He wrote this guest column to share some of his thoughts and lessons learned with the readers of the Marshall News Messenger.

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The avid fishermen and women had time to sit down under a good shade tree with plenty of ice-cold lemonade and catch their breath after another fast-action spawning season for bass, perch and bream during the month of June, when the fish themselves relax after their busy spawning activities.

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What are some of your earliest memories of watching sports? Who did you watch? Who won? Who was with you?

Throughout the years, sports have offered so many significant moments that have changed the course of history, moments that gave entire cities, states and countries a glimmer of hope fans never thought existed.

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Prior to this pandemic, I had big plans that included adding a couple new baseballs to my collection.

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It was nine years ago today that we saw Dirk Nowitzki hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy, leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA championship in franchise history.

There are a lot of lines in sports – the line of scrimmage, the goal line, every yard line, the free-throw line, the three-point line, the out of bounds line, hockey’s line of forwards and several others. Sometimes these lines are blurred and it’s not always easy to tell when someone crosses…

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Before we get our hooks in the water, just a word of congratulation to a member of one of the pioneer families on the Marion County side of Caddo Lake in the person of David McKnight, who is retiring as Marion County sheriff.

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Please don’t pump in artificial crowd noise. In my opinion, it waters it down and makes the game somewhat artificial if stadiums are empty.

This past weekend, I was catching up with a friend who shared my sentiments about lack of sports. He brought up “The Last Dance” and that sparked an interesting debate about who we would each take in an all-time starting five NBA team.

After writing about a series of columns about the Top 10 Dallas Cowboys recently, I was thinking about how great it would be to watch a game of with a roster full of an all-time squad.

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As I’ve mentioned before, during this time of quarantine, I’ve watched a lot of classic games, some of which I remember watching and others that happened before my time.

With all the talk about what’s going to happen when it comes to the future of sports, when they return, when they return to full capacity and what that will look like – well I have no idea but all I do know is that I, along with you and many Americans, want sports back ASAP.

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After ‘The Last Dance’ aired, there was a lot of discussion about what sports stories would make for a great documentary series and there’s one that really comes to my mind – The Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s.