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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


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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


It’s time to get things started

It's finally here. The return of weekly rituals and traditions we hold near and dear. We're passionate about it. We socialize around it. We prepare elaborate meals for it. We argue about it. It permeates our lives throughout the fall. Finally, the new season of "The Bachelor" kicks off this week.

Another reality show with a flair for the dramatic kicks off this Thursday night as well: SEC football. Never before have I looked forward to watching a Vanderbilt game, but I honestly can't wait for Steve Spurrier's Sakerlina squad to face the Vanderbilt Fightin' Franklins ...

August 30, 2012 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


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