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Prevost:Nighttime is the right time for SEC football

What time does your SEC team kickoff on Saturday?

October 13, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prevost: SEC fans prone to drastic behavior

We have five weeks of college football under our belts. That's five weeks of tailgating at stadiums across the SEC, game parties at stately southern homes and road trips from Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between.

October 06, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prevost: The disciple takes on the mentor

It's already Week 5 of the college football season and Saturday's games take place on the first day of my favorite month, October. Comfortably cooling temperatures, clear blue skies, and five October weekends of big-time SEC match-ups, including Saturday night's clash of conference titans, Alabama and Florida.

September 29, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Thursday SEC games pointless

The nation's finest conference kicked off week three of the college football last night with the LSU vs. Mississippi State game. How you you feel about SEC football on a Thursday night? Sure, it breaks up the work week and whets the appetite for a full Saturday of college football. But the Thursday night game is usually a casual affair, almost an afterthought - at least for SEC fans.

September 16, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prep QBs shelve criticism, warrant praise

As most of you who read my rubbish regularly know, I've always been tough on high school athletes. When I say tough, I mean I write about their performances as if they are college and pro athletes. I would do the same if I covered college and professional sports. But hey, I cover high school sports so those are the athletes who come under my critical eye. Now, don't confuse tough with unfair. If an athlete stinks up the joint, I'm going to write about it. That might be tough, but it's fair. Of course there ...

September 14, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Early Conference Clashes to Test SEC Teams

As summer slowly slips away in the South, the second week of college football season brings cooler temperatures and a few high-profile conference clashes. From my perch here in Atlanta - the unofficial capital of the SEC - I can almost hear the echoes of emotions from week one. The jubilant cheers in Baton Rouge, anxious deep breaths in Auburn, and the uproar from Georgia fans about the state of their beloved football program.

September 09, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prevost: SEC teams will pass early tests

The college football season officially kicks off this weekend and two SEC programs play in marquee, prime time matchups. Georgia faces Boise State in the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, and LSU squares off against Oregon in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. Two golden opportunities to showcase the SEC's continued dominance of the college football landscape. I think.

September 01, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Briggs: Tigers must throw the ball

One game does not make a season. That's why writing off a team after watching them play once is unfair. But watching Alcovy play against Eastside Friday, I saw some disturbing trends that lead me to believe it could be another long year if the Tigers don't make some changes beginning Friday.

August 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Who is the best in the SEC?

Have you missed it as much as I have? From hot boudin and gumbo down on the bayou, to silver britches between the hedges, to elaborate tailgates complete with candelabras in the Grove (among other eye-catching sights in Oxford), to the Volunteer Navy on the banks of the Tennessee River, it's almost fall and with it comes the welcome return of a uniquely Southern tradition: Southeastern Conference football.

August 26, 2011 | Ben Prevost Columnist | Sports Columnists


The mind of an athlete is a terrible thing to overlook

The brain is often one of the most overlooked parts of an athlete's body. For whatever reason, scouts, front office personnel, even the media fail to recognize the importance of what's between an athlete's ears. That is of course until an athlete suffers a meltdown on a national stage.

August 16, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Taking the road less traveled

With the PGA Championship set to start tomorrow - here in Atlanta, I have to talk about golf at least one more time this year. I promise, I'll switch to football after this week. Actually, I don't really care about the golf this week. Instead I'll use the Steve Williams/Tiger Woods/Adam Scott love/hate triangle as an invitation to discuss the art of taking the high road.

August 09, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


New school year offers fresh start for athletes

I'm going to let everyone in on a little secret. No athlete currently enrolled in any of the three high schools is going to make any money playing sports. This is just the reality. Parents, you know this. If you didn't, you do now. And now that you have faced reality, what are you going to do about it?

August 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Miracle League facility should be our priority

Baseball is America's pastime. You’ve probably heard the old adage, so-in-so is American as baseball and apple pie. Kids play it while growing up and many of us are loyal to the Braves (and in my case, the Giants) for life. Simply put, Americans love their baseball. But for many children with disabilities, baseball is only a dream.

July 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's no fun to play outside in this heat

When I joined the Army in the early '90s and I found out that I would be going to Ft. Benning in Columbus, my recruiter tried to warn me about the heat. He told me how just walking from a building to your car would make you sweat like you had just run a mile.

July 23, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Get off the couch and go ride a bicycle

The streets of downtown Covington and surrounding area in Newton County will be very busy this weekend. No, it's not because of road construction. Instead the streets will be full of bicycles.

July 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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