We haven’t talked about sports much lately. I know that doesn’t bother a lot of you, and it doesn’t bother me particularly. I think it’s worth mention, though, that in these parts it’s a big football weekend: No. 1 Florida will play No. 2 Alabama for the Southeastern Conference championship and the right to play probably Texas in January for the farcical national championship. For an Auburn graduate, I’ll be in the belly of the beast during the game Saturday: I’ll be just a few miles south of Tuscaloosa in Demopolis, for Christmas on the River. This will be my first time to see this annual festival on the banks of the Tombigbee River, and I’m looking forward to it. It might even snow in Demopolis that day. I kid you not.