Here are some facts for you to keep up with this Friday. They can range from sports to things you could care less about. Here we go:
- This is the third straight year Oxford Boys Basketball reached the Regional Championship game and then lost.
- This is the second time in three years Oxford Boys swept West Point in the regular season, but lost to them in the 2-5A Tournament Championship.
- Shelby McEwen against Center Hill posted a 1st Half double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He ended with 18 & 14 respectively.
- Oxford Girls Basketball held leads in the 2nd Half in both games against New Hope (held 24-12 halftime lead) and Clarksdale (held 39-35 4th quarter lead). Oxford lost both of those games by 8 & 10 points.
- Oxford Baseball as a team hit 2 Home Runs in the 2nd Game of the Jamboree against Amory (Jack McClure and Preston Perkins each hit one). Oxford as a team last season hit just 7 Home Runs.
- Only two players return from last season that started all 34 games defensively for Oxford: Pittman Phillips and Hunter Roth. Additionally, Roth is the only player from last year's team - returning or not - that started all 34 games on the starting lineup and defensively.
- On this date in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is Incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America to offer commercial transportation for the people and freight.
- On this date in 1940, Basketball is televised for the first time - Fordham vs. Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden.
- On this date in 1954, Colored TV Sets are offered for sale for the first time to the general public.
On this date in 1983, the final episode of M*A*S*H is aired. It is the most watched non-Super Bowl show aired in television history.
- On this date in 1997, GRB 970228 - a gamma ray - strikes the Earth for 80 seconds. The gamma ray was struck from 8.1 Billion Light Years away, providing evidence that gamma ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way Galaxy. It is possible that a Supernova created the strike.
- On this date in 2013 - last year -, Pope Benedict XVI resigned as Pope of the Catholic Church, the first to do so since 1415.
Today is Rare Disease Day.
Today is National Tooth Fairy Day.
Today is Public Sleeping Day.
- Today is the birthdays of Hall of Fame and former Iowa College Football Coach Hayden Fry (85), Hall of Fame and former North Carolina College Basketball Coach Dean Smith (83), Actor best known for his Sales Manager role in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati Frank Bonner (72), Actress best known for her role as Emily Gilmore in the sitcom Gilmore Girls Kelly Bishop (70), FOX Game Analyst and former NFL Super Bowl-winning coach (won SB XXXV) for the Baltimore Ravens Brian Billick (60), Author of the Judy Moody Children's Book Series Megan McDonald (55), and SF for the Memphis Grizzlies Tayshaun Prince (34).