Tonight my alma mater will play for its 9th NCAA men’s basketball championship (Go Cats!), but last week I learned of an even more important championship: my hometown beat Savannah, Georgia in the finals of the Garden and Guns magazine Greatest Southern Towns bracket. We’re #1! We’re #1!
I have to say, I think we benefitted from coming out of a weak region. Until the semifinals against a strong but undersized Hot Springs, Arkansas, our competition consisted of towns in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama, which is sort of like saying we had no competition at all. I mean, while other towns were going up against Charleston, Asheville, and Roanoke, we were facing Fairhope, Oxford (home of the University of Mississippi and racism), and Florence, which doesn’t seem quite fair. Still, we had to get past Savannah, a beautiful, old Southern town where people apparently don’t read Garden and Guns, so we earned it!