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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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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


Not every Tom, Dick and Harry should be an official

Editor's note: Bumpkin Stew is twisted look at the truth. Where truth cannot be told, there is sarcastic speculation. If you do not agree with what's written, you may deny the truth in it's simplest form. That, my friends, is on you. Take it for what it's worth. That's all I ask.

November 07, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Local football teams face tough region tests

October 01, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Successful night bodes well for AMS

The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a success. The stands were full and the racing was better than it has been in quite some time.

September 08, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prep Football 2009

Here we are, in late August, school is back in session -- the days are getting shorter and the sounds of marching bands can be heard off in the distance. Pretty soon the days will become shorter still, the leaves will turn color and before you know it, the heat will give way to cool evenings. Most importantly though, football season is less than a week away.

August 24, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Stewart's Cup stock at an all-time high

Do you remember who won the last Sprint Cup championship not named Jimmie Johnson? It's been a while -- three years and some change. I'll give you a hint. It's the same guy who is going to win it this year.

August 12, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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


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