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If the start to the free-agent signing period is any indication, then Atlanta Falcons' fan should be pleased with the ripple their team made last week.

March 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


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Hurst makes good first hire

Rick Hurst has made an impact on Eastside's football program since arriving in 2005. He's turned the Eagles into perennial players in the state playoffs and among the elite teams in Class AAA. After being named athletic director last month, it appears he's ready to make an impact on the entire sports program.

July 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It'd be nice if we could all just play together

While deep in REM sleep the other night, I had a crazy dream.

July 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


NHS' Henry a rare breed of student athlete

There's no question our society is in a time of misdirection. Consider this year's graduating class at Alcovy shrunk by roughly 20 percent in four years. In other words, 20 percent of the freshman in that class never graduated. And high school sports stars continue to fall victim to societal laziness and succumb the inherent character flaws that we see in our politicians. Let's face it, whenever you turn around, a politician or celebrity is cheating on his wife, Kanye West is spouting off about Lord only knows what or LeBron James is crying about something his ...

June 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


The national media can be clueless too

It's all quiet on the local front and the world didn't end Saturday so I've decided to go after a national juggernaut and give the Newton County School System a break.

May 24, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Maybe an eye for an eye isn't such a bad idea

It's been a while since I poured some gasoline on the old bonfire so I thought I'd break out my flame-retardant suit and grab a gas can. I want to talk about the Auburn tree incident that happened a couple of months ago, in the wake of the Tigers winning the national football championship.

May 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's time to forget about school size

Attention Georgia High School Association executive committee, I have a solution for your reclassification problem. It's called the Briggs Plan. Just make regions based strictly on school location.

May 17, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Shadiness continues to plague the NCAA

In our sister paper The Rockdale News, we reported the latest on former Rockdale star Kevin Ware's recruiting saga. If you haven't heard or are in the dark with what I'm talking about, you can read the story at rockdalenews.com. I'll sum it up for you.

May 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Social media in sports is great if used correctly

Facebook. Twitter. To a lesser extent, Myspace. Dubbed social media, these are the newest methods of news assimilation. News organizations use them to break information. Businesses use them to attract potential customers. Here at The News, we use Facebook exstensively to interact with our readers. It's a great way to get personal. With social media, pretty much anyone can become a quasi-reporter through the Internet, even athletes. And while social media is fast becoming a great way for professional athletes to touch base with fans, too many are using these outlets the wrong way.

May 05, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Hendricks a Ram to the end

Last Monday, the Georgia coaching fraternity and Newton High lost one of its many legendary boys' basketball coaches in Billy Hendricks, who finally succumbed to the devastating effects of Parkinson's Disease after fighting it like the true competitor that he was for the last 16 years of his life. Although his retirement was spent slowly losing his ability to talk, to walk and eventually even to eat, his valiant spirit, sense of humor and love for his friends and family never wavered. At his funeral Thursday afternoon in his hometown of Commerce, fellow coaches and close friends spoke of ...

April 30, 2011 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists


School cuts will affect some sports teams

It's been hectic throughout the county the past week or so as the spring sports season, and the 2010-11 sports year nears the end.

April 29, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


No call for bad calls in sports

How many times have you heard a coach address a question in a press conference about a blown call that cost his or her team dearly by simply stating, 'it's part of the game'? It's what coaches say to avoid getting fined or at the very least reprimanded. It doesn't have to be that way. Not with the technology available to us.

April 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


A perfect game makes the perfect story

Every sports writer who covers a team or a beat has a certain responsibility like any journalist to report accurately and without bias. Unfortunately, journalists are human and bias is an inherent trait. At a small paper like ours, we can get away with that because for the most part, we cover high school sports. That's why we tend to lob softball questions at coaches and shy away from reporting anything negative if we can help it. It's spin control.

April 16, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Steroids in MLB matter more than the financial mess

Consider this column an open letter to all our readers. Most of you are smarter than me anyway. Maybe you can shed some light on something I can't seem to wrap my brain around. With as much trouble our country is in financially, why is our government spending so much time and money on steroids in baseball?

April 14, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


What a memorable 2011 Masters taught us

The Masters is gone for another year and I'm already sad. This year's tournament may go down as the best one yet. If you missed it, shame on you. You missed something special. And after the dust settled from that amazing final round, we (and hopefully Rory McIlory) learned a lot. Here are five things to take out of the 2011 Masters.

April 12, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's time to dance once again

It's that time of year again, March Madness. The brackets are set and the bubbles have been burst. The NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament starts tomorrow. The No. 1 seeds were really no surprise, as No. 1 ranked Ohio State (East Region), last year's national champs Duke (West), powerhouse Kansas (Southwest), and Big East power Pittsburgh (Southeast) are the teams to beat. However, there was plenty of controversy on selection Sunday, which I must address before we get into my picks.

March 16, 2011 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists


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