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I believe that Newton will win

For a year now, Lowndes has had this game circled on its calendar because last year Newton went down there and beat them, and this year they're gonna do it again.

September 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter: Early schedule shakes up conference teams

It's mid-September. Still hot in these parts despite summer's rumored departure, as autumn's crisp air has yet to appear.

September 18, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter:

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 11, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Ray Rice and the desensitization of violence in America

Before I start let me say that there are many fumbles in regard to the Ray Rice situation (such as Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens' handling of it), but I want to focus on Monday's overreaction to the Ray Rice incident and how it reflects poorly on us as people.

September 10, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


Leaving church early

Finally. The Rock has come back - I mean football has come back to my Sunday afternoon programming (plus Sunday evening/night and Monday night).

September 06, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


SEC Banter:

Week 1 of Southeastern Conference football is in the books. I'm not sure what actual books Week 1 is in, but I'm confident that the games played last week are, in fact, in some books somewhere. If you find the books, please let me know. I'd like to take a gander at them.

September 04, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


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


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Ponder this

The NBA is the one league where one player -- one out-for-this-world player can make all the difference. The Atlanta Hawks saw that first hand in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers/LeBron James dispatched the Hawks with ease in four games with the clincher coming Monday -- an 84-74 loss at home.

May 12, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


A day on the green

AUGUSTA - I have figured out a way to get our country back on track. Let the folks who put on the Masters Tournament run it.

April 10, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


There's nothing wrong with a little madness

Ah, it's finally here. March Madness. If you are a true basketball purest, this is what you've been waiting for all season long. It's young people with their whole lives in front of them pouring their hearts out, doing something they love, not for money, but for love of the game. As CBS says of our beloved Master's, the NCAA tournament is "A tradition unlike any other."

March 21, 2009 | Rick Rasmussen Guest Columnist | Sports Columnists


Stewart's run indicative of former champ's grit

Let's be honest for a moment. How many NASCAR fans thought Tony Stewart would be sitting 113 points behind Jeff Gordon and sixth in Sprint Cup points at this point in the season? Hands, anyone?

March 10, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Tiger on the prowl again...sort of

Have you seen the new Nike "The Good Life" TV spot yet? If you haven't, check it out. It depicts Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard and Anthony Kim living la vida loca in Tiger Woods' absence from the PGA tour. Woods walks in on the group chatting it up in a men's clubhouse and the proverbial air in their balloons goes screaming quicker than hurry up. It's quite apropos really.

February 28, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


No more Smoltz, no more ties to the beginning

Word came down the pipeline that Braves' icon John Smoltz is packing up his gear and heading to Beantown. Normally, I would love to write about how I feel about such a defining moment in Braves' baseball history. After all, I arrived in town in 1995 and have witnessed the evolution of a perennial doormat into, well, the Atlanta Braves. But I decided I wasn't the best person to write such a piece.

January 10, 2009 | Tyler Smith | Sports Columnists


Playoffs? Are you kiddin me? Playoffs?

I haven't beat down a dead horse for a while so forgive me. But college football's bowl season makes it too damn hard to resist.

January 04, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Smoke's final run is here, but what a run it's been

Sunday's NASCAR race at Homestead marks the end of an era. Jimmie Johnson will win his third straight championship – that's the big story. But perhaps as equally significant, Tony Stewart will crank the engine of No. 20 The Home Depot car for Joe Gibbs Racing for the last time.

November 24, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Life in the fast lane; Newman lived life at full throttle

It's not often you remember something that happened to you 23 years ago as if were yesterday. Then again, it's not often you meet someone like Paul Newman.

October 12, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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