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cheap designer watches These 10 things have happened since Ole Miss' last College World Series game, 42 years ago today
In case you missed it, Ole Miss clinched a long-awaited berth in the College World Series on Monday night with a over Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Rebels meet Virginia at 7 p.m. Sunday in their 2014 CWS opener. It will be Ole Miss' first trip to Omaha since 1972.
So it's been a long time since Ole Miss played in the College World Series ... a looooooooooong time.
Let us count the ways.
Here are 10 notable events that have taken place since Ole Miss was eliminated from the College World Series with a 9-8 loss to Texas on June 10, 1972 (42 years ago today):
The Watergate break-in happened: On June 17, 1972 (exactly a week after the Rebels were eliminated in Omaha), there was a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein eventually tied the incident and resulting cover-up to the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA and the White House, resulting in the greatest political scandal in American history and the resignation of president Richard Nixon two years later.
Waylon Jennings recorded and released the song "Omaha": The famed "outlaw" country singer dropped his signature album, Honky Tonk Heroes, in July 1973. One of the lesser-known tracks is entitled "Omaha." Though it has nothing to do with baseball, some of the lyrics are nevertheless poignant. "Omaha you've been weighin' heavy on my mind/Guess I never really left at all/I'm turnin' all those roads I walked around the other way/Coming back to you Omaha."
Archie Manning became patriarch of football's "royal" family: Manning began his second season with the New Orleans Saints in 1972 (and first full year as a starter). The former Ole Miss star would go on to become the face of the franchise in his 11 years in black and gold, eventually making his home in the Crescent City. Sons Cooper (born 1974), Peyton (born 1976) and Eli (born 1981) eventually came along, with the latter two winning Super Bowls as NFL quarterbacks.
John Vaught came out of retirement, then retired again: The legendary Ole Miss coach retired in 1970 after suffering a mid-season heart attack, but returned to the sidelines in 1973 after successor Billy Kinard was fired. Vaught coached the Rebels to a 5-3 record the rest of the way, then retired again with a school-record 190 victories and six SEC championships. Vaught died in 2006 at age 96.
Ole Miss integrated its football program: Ben Williams and James Reed joined the Rebels football program in the fall of 1972, the first African-Americans to do so. Williams played as a true freshman, and was an All-SEC defensive lineman the next three years and an All-American as a senior in 1975. He later played 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Reed, a running back, played on the freshman team that first fall, joining the varsity in 1973 and was a three-year contributor.
Mississippi State and LSU have been Omaha regulars: The Rebels' two biggest rivals have made a combined 25 trips to the College World Series since Ole Miss was last there. LSU has been 16 times, winning national championships in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2009. Mississippi State has been to Omaha nine times in the last 42 years, finishing tied for third in 1985 and as national runner-up last year.
Elvis Presley recorded Aloha Live from Hawaii: History's most famous Mississippian had his last great hurrah on Jan. 14, 1973, recording a live concert film at the Honolulu International Center. The concert film was aired live via satellite in more than 40 countries (but not in the U.S. until April 4) and was purportedly seen by one billion viewers. The "soundtrack" album hit No. 1 in the U.S. in May 1973, between Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy.
A man has walked on the moon: The final Apollo mission (Apollo 17) launched in December 1972. On Dec. 14, Eugene Cernan (who is now 80 years old, incidentally) became the most recent person to set foot on the lunar surface. Apollo 17 was also the last time humans have traveled outside Earth's low orbit.
The following celebrities were still alive: Jackie Robinson (died Oct. 24, 1972), Harry Truman (Dec. 26, 1972), Roberto Clemente (Dec. 31, 1972), Lyndon Baines Johnson (Jan. 22, 1973), Bull Connor (March 10, 1973), Pablo Picasso (April 8, 1973)
The following celebrities had not yet been born (OK, one's not a celebrity): Ben Affleck (born Aug. 15, 1972), Gwyneth Paltrow (Sept. 27, 1972), Eminem (Oct. 17, 1972), (Aug. 12, 1973), Seth Macfarlane (Oct. 26, 1973), Terrell Owens (Dec. 7, 1973)Sports Opinion Scarbinsky: Gus Malzahn s massive new buyout shows Auburn hasn t learned from past mistakes
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