“You are not going out with that boy unless his parents are driving and that's that. I'm not just Spitting Grits here, young lady!”

. . . My father, John Thomas Cravey, USAF, to me in 1956.

Numbers Games

Today, on 1/1/11, numbers just jump to the forefront. Prime. Primal.

Another set of numbers: The Alabama Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1 last year and No. 15 this year, just beat the Michigan State Spartans, ranked No. 7 this year, 497, a huge margin. Nobody predicted a score like this. We believe, here in the southeast, that the SEC is always underrated. Miss. State also beat Michigan handily.

When Alabama’s #42, Eddie Lacy, made his second touchdown, the camera cut to Coach Nick Saban who mouthed something like, “Oh, come on.” He apparently never meant to run up a score like this. But the fourth-string players deserve to score; they practice too.

My prediction: Watch Eddie Lacy next year. My other prediction – and this will do it – says that Auburn – and I’m choking – will beat Oregon on 1/9/11.

Eleven football players are on the field at one time.

Eleven. A strange number, it seems. Google “eleven” and you’ll discover a bunch of stuff: It’s the first three-syllable number. World War I ended the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The first Lunar landing was the Apollo 11 mission, which gave us memorable words and images, like “The Eagle has landed” and “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

A “hendecagon” is an 11-sided polygon. It looks like this:


And it’s the inside rim of the American Susan B. Anthony circular dollar coin. It looks like this:


This coin, the first coin with the image of a real woman, was “unpopular.” How can a coin be popular or unpopular? Some say it is “collectible.”

A total eclipse of the sun was observed all over Europe on 11 August (my birthday) 1999 at 11:11 a.m.

And, of course, there is 9/11.

Anyway, I will make one last prediction: 2011 will be an interesting year.

Happy New Year from Spittin’ Grits, and please come back.


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