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Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter:

On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

August 23, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Friday night football fever

I have never been so excited for high school football in my life. Albeit, when I went to high school, way back from '06 to 2010, my high school (Central High School, Macon, Georgia) was terrible at football.

August 12, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


Free Stephen A. Smith

Free Stephen A. Smith and your mind while you're at it.

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


Not 'til he dies

Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame? No.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | Sports Columnists


Let. Him. In.

It's been 25 years since Pete Rose's lifetime ban came down from Major League Baseball. Now is the time to lift Rose's ban and let him into the Hall of Fame.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


For Lebron, home is where the heart is

The entire sports world waited for a week to hear those magic words from the best basketball player in the world, and on Friday those words were uttered and the vast majority of NBA fans were satisfied. LeBron James told the world in a handwritten letter to Sports Illustrated that he was returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

July 12, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


Newton support is tremendous

Saturday's epic contest was one of the best game's I've ever seen live, and I'm not talking about Argentina vs. Belgium.

July 08, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


New beasts of the East

I've honestly never been a fan of the Hawks. To me they've always been one of those teams that I hope does well – if only because I'm from Georgia – but in the back of my mind (or the front – wherever common sense is located) I knew they wouldn't.

July 05, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


What’s next for U.S. soccer?

What an epic game between the U.S. and Belgium.

July 03, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


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College football rivalries are personal

College football rivalries aren't so much defined by the results as they are feelings toward the rival. They're something obviously not everyone gets. Based on how some of the series have played out over the course of the rivalry, it's hard to imagine how fans can get up for games they know they probably have no shot at winning.

November 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Bold predictions for big SEC weekend

Serious Southeastern Conference football fans have had Saturday, Nov. 19 circled on their calendars. Like many of you, I've looked forward to this Saturday for weeks and can't believe it's finally here. We're in for a real treat with premier, big-time matchups, intense conference rivalries, and several non-conference battles filled with intrigue. It is without doubt the biggest weekend of SEC football all year.

November 16, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Hindsight is always 20/20 for fans and the media

30 against the Tigers. The question then would be, could LSU score 31 against Oregon?

November 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Provost: Ready for your SEC pop quiz?

OK class, it's time for an SEC pop quiz. Follow the directions closely. Using your Scantron form and a #2 pencil, fill in the bubble that corresponds with your answer. Be sure to press firmly and fill in the bubbles completely.

November 10, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Briggs: College football is becoming comical

I'm not going to take up much of your time today. What I have to say won't take long. Let's talk about college football for just a minute.

November 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Briggs: What a crazy night

Friday night was supposed to be a historic night for Newton County football. It was historic all right. History all three programs would like to erase from our memory banks.

November 05, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Will LSU-'Bama live up to the hype?

It's tough to live up to great expectations. Just ask the current occupant of the White House. Rarely are our greatest expectations met, which makes it all the more special when it actually happens.

November 03, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


It's not always easy playing out the string

There's nothing worse in sports than playing without a chance to win. In Newton's case, the Rams are playing the rest of their games without a chance to make the playoffs. It's for this reason I can't get into college football. One loss and you're school is looking forward to next year.

October 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Deep thoughts around the SEC

With six weeks left in the regular season, it's time to reflect on the teams of the finest conference in all of college football. A just-past-midseason assessment is appropriate given that most SEC teams are off this week - or they might as well be. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi State are off. Alabama has the equivalent of an off week against Tennessee, as does Arkansas against the menacing Ole Miss Black Bears.

October 20, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


There's arrogance then there's insanity

To be good at anything, you need a certain amount confidence. Of course you need talent - whether you're an athlete, a writer or whatever. Without confidence though, you can have all the talent in the world and it won't matter. To be great, you need a certain amount of arrogance.

October 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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


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