Jayson Larson

Jayson Larson

ARLINGTON — You gotta love a place where the preferred music to get fans fired up is Johnny Cash and “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

And as much as I love that, I hope all those bandwagon Boston Red Sox fans with Texas accents hated it just as much as they watched the Rangers open their defense of the American League pennant with a three-game sweep.

But since they spent a lot of their time (at least in my section) chanting, “Yankees suck,” I figured they weren’t too much into the game anyway.


Speaking of Saturday’s game, would you believe none other than Athens’ own Blaine Gideon appeared on the humongo-board above right field to play one of the between-innings games?

Gideon, the son of Anthony and Carol Gideon of Athens, didn’t end up winning, but it had to be pretty cool to be on the high-def scoreboard in front of a sell-out crowd of 48,356 people at Rangers Ballpark.

Maybe Rangers fans will get a chance to see Blaine again somewhere down the line, but on the field. After all, he was a member of the Machine Pitch state champion Athens Senators last summer.


Speaking of athletic talent, the Internet blew up again this weekend with talk of Athens junior Kendall Sanders and his choice of college.

Sanders, who helped the Hornet football team to the regional finals this past season and is the No. 1 listed recruit at cornerback in all of Texas, has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State. But he was invited, and attended, the University of Texas spring game this past weekend in Austin, according to orangebloods.com.

When Kendall gave his oral, non-binding commitment to Oklahoma State, he said he was hoping the early decision would quiet some of the incessant chatter regarding his recruitment — which has included scholarship offers from Michigan, Arkansas, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

Attending UT’s spring game has turned the volume back up.

But here’s one way to look at it, Kendall. Coming out of high school, I had offers from Navarro College and TVCC. Neither were to play sports, though, and they both wanted me to pay for my education.

In other words, yours is an experience of which most only dream. Even though I’m sure the recruiting wars are tough, I would have traded places with you in a second.

And speaking of that, if the ’Horns are looking for a 33-year-old offensive guard, put in a good word for me. I’ve still got plenty of eligibility left.

E-mail Jayson Larson at sportseditor@athensreview.com.

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