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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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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


Smith: A fresh start

A new season is rolling in, and that means a fresh start as our fall sports end and our winter sports begin.

November 19, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

Usually at the halfway point of the football season, teams start to settle into their identities and you can truly tell who the contenders and the pretenders are.

October 05, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

My first writing job didn't come at a newspaper, but it did involve sports.

September 28, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


A weekend of firsts in Georgia

I knew when I moved from North Carolina that I would have a lot of "firsts" in Georgia.

September 21, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


Patience is sports' true virtue

If you've spent any amount of time outside this week, you know that the nice, cool summer we experienced earlier this season is no more.

September 14, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


The game of the century-of September

Diehard sports fans have circled Saturday, Sept. 14 on their calendars for months. Fall's most anticipated game awaits. You guessed it: Saturday marks just three more weeks until the NBA preseason tips off in Istanbul, Turkey, when the Oklahoma City Thunder plays the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.

September 12, 2013 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


From the Cheap Seats

While I was in Rockdale County last night watching the Bulldogs earn their first Conyers Cup since 2008, something else was brewing in Newton County.

September 07, 2013 | Matt Smith | Sports Columnists


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