Usually at the halfway point of the football season, teams start to settle into their identities and you can truly tell who the contenders and the pretenders are.
My first writing job didn't come at a newspaper, but it did involve sports.
I knew when I moved from North Carolina that I would have a lot of "firsts" in Georgia.
If you've spent any amount of time outside this week, you know that the nice, cool summer we experienced earlier this season is no more.
Diehard sports fans have circled Saturday, Sept. 14 on their calendars for months. Fall's most anticipated game awaits. You guessed it: Saturday marks just three more weeks until the NBA preseason tips off in Istanbul, Turkey, when the Oklahoma City Thunder plays the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.
While I was in Rockdale County last night watching the Bulldogs earn their first Conyers Cup since 2008, something else was brewing in Newton County.
It's finally here. The return of weekly rituals and traditions we hold near and dear. We're passionate about it. We socialize around it. We prepare elaborate meals for it. We argue about it. It permeates our lives throughout the fall. Finally, the new season of "The Bachelor" kicks off this week.
Another reality show with a flair for the dramatic kicks off this Thursday night as well: SEC football. Never before have I looked forward to watching a Vanderbilt game, but I honestly can't wait for Steve Spurrier's Sakerlina squad to face the Vanderbilt Fightin' Franklins ...
As I've spent the last five days immersed in all things Dixie Boys baseball, several things have jumped out to me as Newton County has played host to the 2012 World Series.
The BCS Championship Game finally -- finally -- takes place this Monday night in the City That Care Forgot. Non-SEC fans may forget to care about this all-SEC affair as No. 1-ranked LSU faces No. 2-ranked Alabama, again, this time for the crystal ball trophy.
If you left the Alcovy-Newton game early Saturday, shame on you. You missed what will likely go down as the greatest rivalry game the county will ever see. Perhaps it's understandable if you were one of those who decided to spend the rest of your evening doing something other than falling asleep in the stands after a painfully boring first half. That's why they play two halves though.
You have a vote and you determine which team is No. 2 in the BCS standings and will play clear No. 1 LSU in the BCS title game. You have to choose between Team A and Team B.
For the third time in nine years, LSU and Georgia meet in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. The Tigers dominated the Dogs back in 2003 and Georgia returned the favor in 2005. What will happen in 2011, with LSU looking to cap its dominant run to the BCS title game and Georgia notching 10 wins in a row?
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.
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.
30 against the Tigers. The question then would be, could LSU score 31 against Oregon?