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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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Has a 3rd Finals loss tainted Lebron’s legacy?

In the world of sports there are always special superstars who come around once every generation who dazzle fans around the globe with their ability to dominate their sport. In the '80s there was Joe Montana, Magic Jonson and Larry Bird. In the '90s there was Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Michael Jordan. And in today's generation there is current NBA superstar, Lebron James.

June 21, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


Mauran: I believe that we will win

So at this year's World Cup, the United States is in the dreaded "group of death." We will play Ghana, who has knocked the U.S. out of the last two World Cups, Portugal, who is ranked fourth in the world and Germany, who is ranked second in the world.

June 17, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


FIFA World Cup by the numbers

With the World Cup underway, I have been thinking about the best way to get folks to identify with the most popular sporting event in the world. While soccer is growing in popularity in the United States, it is still a sport that is a bit alien to some.

June 14, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


FIFA World Cup: Beginners only

The FIFA World Cup is finally here! 207 countries have competed in qualifiers since June of 2011 to be here with the 32 best national teams on the planet. All eyes will be focused on Brazil as they host the most popular sporting event in the world.

June 14, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists


Did the 49ers overpay Kaepernick?

On Wednesday the San Francisco 49ers decided to place star quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the elite club by paying him an elite contract extension of six years worth up to $126 million with $61 million guaranteed, which now makes him one of the highest paid players in the NFL and netting him the most guaranteed money in NFL history.

June 05, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


The Born Ready Ultimatum:

Initially I planned on writing a preview of what the NBA Finals would look like for the 1980's Boston Celtics of our generation - or as you know them the Miami Heat - but that narrative has been written or will be by plenty of other people.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


Why I agree with Mark Cuban

Before we all get our pitchforks, make a fire and burn Mark Cuban on a stake, actually think about what he said.

May 24, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

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


From the Cheap Seats

One of the most sacred streaks, in my own little sports universe, continued Sunday night.

January 30, 2014 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

One of the first lessons my parents preached to me was that life is not always fair.

January 09, 2014 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


Sayonara, Tony Gonzalez

Last Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons played their last game of a very miserable 2013 season, but this was also the last game of Tony Gonzalez's illustrious Hall of Fame career.

January 04, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

For the second time this season, the Atlanta Falcons will be featured on "Monday Night Football" tomorrow night against San Francisco.

December 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

Now football fans, the season we have been waiting for is finally here - bowl season.

December 10, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


It's not about the food, it's all about the football

As I sit at my desk, waiting for Thanksgiving to arrive, I'm just thinking about how the holiday cannot get here quickly enough.

November 28, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


Tackling turkeys

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

November 28, 2013 | Xavier McKnight | Sports Columnists


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