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Runnin' the table

Newton High football, under current third-year head coach Terrance Banks, has pretty much been known as a passing team. But this year the Rams are ...

October 04, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


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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 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

Final Stand

Seldom does real life have a Hollywood ending. Not in sunny California. Not in Atlanta. The Braves' 3-2 loss in Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series Monday could have set one up, had it gone the other way. Instead it was yet another painful playoff series loss. But for baseball fans, this one hurts more.

October 12, 2010 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

From one Final Four to another; it's time to fire up the NCAA

Fresh off his team's Final Four run in the Class 5A state tournament, Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen offers his take on the next three weeks of March Madness.

March 17, 2010 | Rick Rasmussen | Sports Columnists

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