MALVERN, AR – Malvern hasn’t seen a football player like this for a long time.
“He is going to score almost every time he touches the ball,” said Wilson Intermediate School Principal Terri Bryant.
At the young age of 11-years-old, Demias Jimerson reminds a lot of people of Razorback great Madre Hill.
“If you were looking at them you would say they were very much similar,” said Darryl Baker, who coached Hill and now referees Jimerson’s games. “I mean they both run really fast, good kids, run with the same style.”
Like Jimerson, Hill attended Wilson Intermediate School and dominated the football field so thoroughly, the league invoked what came to be known as the Madre Hill Rule. Once Hill scored three touchdowns, if his team had a 14-point lead, officials banned him from scoring any more touchdowns. Now, for the first time since, the Wilson Intermediate Football League is using the Madre Hill rule again — to tackle Demias Jimerson.
“I got, kinda got shocked because I didn’t know that was gonna happen, but it did,” said Jimerson. Adding, “I’m ok with it.”
Principal Bryant, the defacto commissioner of the Wilson Intermediate Football League, says the rule isn’t meant to punish Jimerson. It’s there to help the other fifth and sixth graders on the field develop as football players too.
“The other players on both teams, 21 are just left sort of, this is all Demias,” she said. “So that’s why the Madre Hill Rule has been implemented.”
But the Madre Hill rule is only for fifth and sixth grades. Next year, Jimerson goes to seventh grade.
“I’m gonna run hard and bring our team to victory,” said Jimerson. Then he added, “but God always comes first, before anything, and grades second.”
God, grades, then touchdowns — Madre Hill Rule or not.
Jimerson played a couple of games this season before the Wilson League invoked the Madre Hill Rule. In one of those games, he scored seven touchdowns. Jimerson’s team is undefeated.
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MALVERN, AR – The namesake for the Madre Hill rule was in Malvern Tuesday night to see Demias Jimerson hit the football field.
Jimerson gained notoriety because his youth football league invoked the “Madre Hill” rule, which limits how many rushing touchdowns he can score. The rule is in place so other 5th and 6th graders will have an opportunity to develop as well as Jimerson.
“I try to fight through it hard, let other people score, not just me. My whole team is doing the same thing,” said Jimerson.
Jimerson plays in Malvern, at the same school Razorback great Madre Hill did. Hill came back to his old stomping grounds to watch Demias, and of course, to give him some advice too.
“He said keep on working hard, but make sure God always comes first,” Jimerson said of Hill.
Twenty-four years after the Wilson Intermediate Football League limited Hill’s touchdowns, he calls it a good idea, saying it did not limit his development as a football player.
“Looking back on my career, it was a learning experience that was great,” said Hill
Hill expects another young football player on this field to get the “Madre Hill” treatment in about two years. That player is his nine year old son.
“My Mom and Dad are still here and I truly believe my mom wouldn’t want to see him in any other uniform but a Leopard,” said Hill.
BRISTOL, Conn. – Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams Jr. isn’t anymore.
The country singer and ESPN each took credit for the decision Thursday morning to ax his classic intro to “Monday Night Football.”
The network had pulled the song from the game earlier this week after Williams made an analogy to Adolf Hitler while discussing President Barack Obama on Fox News on Monday morning.
“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” Williams said in a statement to The Associated Press. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”
But ESPN’s statement said: “We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”
Spokesman Kirt Webster said Williams made the decision Wednesday night, while the network said it informed Williams of the move Thursday morning.
Regardless of whose call it was, one of sports’ and entertainment’s most visible partnerships is over. The song had been a “Monday Night Football” staple since 1989 and survived the game’s switch of networks from ABC to cable a few years ago.
The song is based on Williams’ hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” The lyrics were changed each week to reflect the night’s game.
ESPN will no longer have access to the music or words because Williams owns the publishing rights, the master recordings and the song. Williams, the son of country music icon Hank Williams, is known for his bombastic manner and easy opinions.
Williams’ statement on “Fox & Friends” comparing a golf game between Obama and Republican Rep. John Boehner to an outing featuring Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went viral after ESPN announced it would pull the intro late that afternoon.
“It’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” Williams said during the satellite interview.
Asked to clarify, Williams said, “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Anchor Gretchen Carlson later said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.” Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I’m telling you like it is.”
Williams issued a statement Monday night insisting his remarks were misunderstood, then apologized Tuesday.
Williams got plenty of support, even from some unlikely places.
Among his defenders were Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of “The View,” who have a very different political viewpoint from the conservative Williams, but often are called out for their own comments.
“Those among us who are without sin, cast the first stone,” Goldberg said.
IRVING — In answering six questions about rookie right tackle Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck invoked Larry Allen’s name three times. There are worse comparisons.
Allen will go into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor later this season, and he is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Smith has played four NFL games, but already Houck is seeing greatness in the rookie.
“I thought he was going to be a good player. We all thought that,” Houck said Tuesday. “Obviously, you looked at him and knew he had good talent. But a lot of things you don’t know about a guy: Does he get wide-eyed when he comes in here? ‘Oh, this guy is rushing me. He’s a great player. I’ve read about him in the newspaper.’
“This is not too big for him. Even though we heard a lot of good things about his work ethic, we didn’t know just how good it was until we got him in here. Because of that, he’ll come along quickly.”
Another thing Smith has in common with Allen is he is a man of few words. He needed only four minutes to answer 22 questions at his locker Tuesday.
It was 22 more questions than he answered after the Cowboys’ 34-30 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
“I didn’t want to say nothing to nobody. I just didn’t want to talk,” Smith said. “…I’m upset every time we lose.”
Smith had a nearly perfect day against the Lions, according to Pro Football Focus. He graded out the best among the Cowboys’ offensive players, according to the website, which said, “…Smith should be proud of his day when he watches the film.”
But Smith was upset by the sack he allowed to Lions defensive end Willie Young, who got Smith off balance and then got to Tony Romo with 35 seconds remaining after Smith fell onto his back.
“It was just bad technique,” Smith said.
It was the first full sack Smith has allowed this season. He has been called for two false starts and given up 1.5 sacks, according to STATS, Inc.
“He wants to be perfect in what he does,” Houck said. “He never shies away from work. He’s a really good practice player. He’s a heck of a guy who listens. We’re really pleased with him.
“And he’s playing well. He gave up a sack last week that he’s very upset about. But you learn. Larry Allen had some sacks early in his career as well.”
Smith, 20, was selected ninth overall by the Cowboys. He is the first offensive lineman Dallas has selected in the first round since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989.
Smith might be an early candidate for offensive rookie of the year if not for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick, whose 1,386 passing yards rank third in the NFL.
“He’s done a great job,” center Phil Costa said of Smith. “He came in and picked the offense up really quick. He got a lot of work in training camp, a lot of work in preseason. He’s just done a phenomenal job there.”
Allen started his career at left tackle before eventually switching to guard, where he became one of the top players at that position in NFL history. Like Allen, Smith could change positions, too.
Smith played right tackle in college at USC, but Houck said Smith has the ability to play left tackle against the league’s pass rushers. Smith and Doug Free could one day switch sides because Free has the ability to play either side as well.
“He can play any position. He could play any position,” Houck said of Smith. “In the future, we might do that. In the future. Right now we’re pretty set on what we’re doing.”
Theismann, now an NFL Network analyst, explained his frustrations with the quarterback on NFL.com’s “Dave Dameshek Football Program”, calling Romo “average” and saying the Dallas Cowboys need to actively seek a replacement.
“Tony Romo continues to do things to hurt his football team,” Theismann said on the podcast, which was released Thursday. “He doesn’t understand how to play the quarterback position. Somebody had to say it, and I just said it. Tony, you have to start proving to everyone you understand football. You’re doing things that Pop Warner kids would get benched for.”
Romo has been a frequent target of NFL analysts this season, with criticisms peaking after he threw three second-half interceptions to allow the Detroit Lions to rally for a 34-30 victory last week. Former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders, also an NFL Network analyst, said Romo isn’t the right quarterback in Dallas.
Theismann echoed that sentiment, saying the Cowboys need to start looking for someone other than Romo and 39-year-old backup Jon Kitna to guide the offense.
“I think the Cowboys seriously have to start looking to the future,” Theismann said. “We’ve seen Romo do a lot of different things, and he was very courageous with the ribs (which were broken in Week 2), but this game was unforgivable, at this level or even on a college level.”
Theismann also took aim at New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, calling him a “middle-of-the-road guy,” but he was effusive in his praise for Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers, whom he called “the best pure passer in the history of football.”
“We’ve never seen all of the elements that go into the greatness of throwing the football in one individual like you see in Aaron Rodgers,” Theismann said. “And he’s got a cockiness about him that I absolutely love. When you walk out there, you have to think you’re the baddest man in the valley. Aaron Rodgers does that, and the team believes in him.”