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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


Round of 16: Who will survive?

In the 2014 World Cup, we have seen great scoring, thrilling comebacks, last-second-goals, joyous celebrations and painful defeats. Dramatic matches, and their accompanying Maalox moments, have been numerous. We have even seen a player go cannibal and bite one of his competitors. Now we are out of the group phase of play and we begin the "win or go home" portion of the tournament. Half of the tournament field has been culled. We are now left with the best 16 teams in the World Cup.

June 28, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Best World Cup ever?

At the halfway point of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it certainly has that kind of potential. For the most part, the world's biggest soccer stars are living up to their potential. We have had some unbelievable moments of individual brilliance.

June 24, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


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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


Thanks Jeff for leaving your mark

Anyone who has ever been given an opportunity to do what they love knows how valuable that can be. Going to work knowing you're getting paid to do something you'd probably do for free is something we all strive for.

March 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Sometimes righting a wrong takes longer than it should

In 1964, Covington residents embraced Ron Bradley and his freshly crowned state champion Newton County basketball team. Droves of Newton County residents poured out to honor him and the team on the square downtown. The team was showered with love and Bradley was presented with a brand new Plymouth station wagon. He and the Rams were on top of the world.

February 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Time to learn the lost art of trash talk

So high school basketball has officially had its fundamental roots replaced with street ball - at least in Georgia. Great. I guess it's been happening for quite a while and maybe I'm just some old guy who doesn't get it. But after watching the Rockdale-Newton game Saturday, I can't help to wonder what basketball will look like in 20 years.

February 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Teens: High risk, high rewards

In the latest episode of what the heck is going on with society, Mason Holland of DeSoto County High School in Florida managed to turn a high school basketball game into an episode of WWE Smackdown. If you don't know what I'm talking about, type his name in an Internet search and check out the disturbing video.

December 17, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Sometimes we need to think before we write

By now, you have probably read the column I wrote on deer hunting as a sport last week. It sparked a lot of debate. And while that was its sole intention, it went beyond the casual discussion I had hoped it would generate. That's my fault, and I apologize.

When I wrote it, it was intended to question the practice of hunting itself, not the need. It was mindless banter when thought was required. To all of you, know that what I was doing was merely writing for entertainment purposes. I ask all of you to take it as ...

October 26, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's time to get a clue about deer hunting

Sports Editor Josh Briggs ignited a firestorm on Wednesday with his column on deer hunting. In case you missed it, Briggs questioned the need and the motivations of hunting deer as a sport.

October 25, 2010 | By Matt Fry sports@covnews.com | Sports Columnists


What if the hunted was the hunter?

Imagine if you were sitting in your car in the drive thru at McDonald's and all of a sudden, you get shot in the neck. How bad would that suck? With about 15-30 seconds of life left in your body, you manage to look over to your right and see a whitetail deer holding a rifle.

October 19, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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