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ESPN is at it again. The behemoth of sports journalism (lol) entertainment has suspended its highly talented, yet highly controversial analyst Bill Simmons for three weeks for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar.

September 27, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists


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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There's arrogance then there's insanity

To be good at anything, you need a certain amount confidence. Of course you need talent - whether you're an athlete, a writer or whatever. Without confidence though, you can have all the talent in the world and it won't matter. To be great, you need a certain amount of arrogance.

October 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost:Nighttime is the right time for SEC football

What time does your SEC team kickoff on Saturday?

October 13, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prevost: SEC fans prone to drastic behavior

We have five weeks of college football under our belts. That's five weeks of tailgating at stadiums across the SEC, game parties at stately southern homes and road trips from Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between.

October 06, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prevost: The disciple takes on the mentor

It's already Week 5 of the college football season and Saturday's games take place on the first day of my favorite month, October. Comfortably cooling temperatures, clear blue skies, and five October weekends of big-time SEC match-ups, including Saturday night's clash of conference titans, Alabama and Florida.

September 29, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Thursday SEC games pointless

The nation's finest conference kicked off week three of the college football last night with the LSU vs. Mississippi State game. How you you feel about SEC football on a Thursday night? Sure, it breaks up the work week and whets the appetite for a full Saturday of college football. But the Thursday night game is usually a casual affair, almost an afterthought - at least for SEC fans.

September 16, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prep QBs shelve criticism, warrant praise

As most of you who read my rubbish regularly know, I've always been tough on high school athletes. When I say tough, I mean I write about their performances as if they are college and pro athletes. I would do the same if I covered college and professional sports. But hey, I cover high school sports so those are the athletes who come under my critical eye. Now, don't confuse tough with unfair. If an athlete stinks up the joint, I'm going to write about it. That might be tough, but it's fair. Of course there ...

September 14, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Early Conference Clashes to Test SEC Teams

As summer slowly slips away in the South, the second week of college football season brings cooler temperatures and a few high-profile conference clashes. From my perch here in Atlanta - the unofficial capital of the SEC - I can almost hear the echoes of emotions from week one. The jubilant cheers in Baton Rouge, anxious deep breaths in Auburn, and the uproar from Georgia fans about the state of their beloved football program.

September 09, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Prevost: SEC teams will pass early tests

The college football season officially kicks off this weekend and two SEC programs play in marquee, prime time matchups. Georgia faces Boise State in the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, and LSU squares off against Oregon in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. Two golden opportunities to showcase the SEC's continued dominance of the college football landscape. I think.

September 01, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Briggs: Tigers must throw the ball

One game does not make a season. That's why writing off a team after watching them play once is unfair. But watching Alcovy play against Eastside Friday, I saw some disturbing trends that lead me to believe it could be another long year if the Tigers don't make some changes beginning Friday.

August 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Prevost: Who is the best in the SEC?

Have you missed it as much as I have? From hot boudin and gumbo down on the bayou, to silver britches between the hedges, to elaborate tailgates complete with candelabras in the Grove (among other eye-catching sights in Oxford), to the Volunteer Navy on the banks of the Tennessee River, it's almost fall and with it comes the welcome return of a uniquely Southern tradition: Southeastern Conference football.

August 26, 2011 | Ben Prevost Columnist | Sports Columnists


The mind of an athlete is a terrible thing to overlook

The brain is often one of the most overlooked parts of an athlete's body. For whatever reason, scouts, front office personnel, even the media fail to recognize the importance of what's between an athlete's ears. That is of course until an athlete suffers a meltdown on a national stage.

August 16, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Taking the road less traveled

With the PGA Championship set to start tomorrow - here in Atlanta, I have to talk about golf at least one more time this year. I promise, I'll switch to football after this week. Actually, I don't really care about the golf this week. Instead I'll use the Steve Williams/Tiger Woods/Adam Scott love/hate triangle as an invitation to discuss the art of taking the high road.

August 09, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


New school year offers fresh start for athletes

I'm going to let everyone in on a little secret. No athlete currently enrolled in any of the three high schools is going to make any money playing sports. This is just the reality. Parents, you know this. If you didn't, you do now. And now that you have faced reality, what are you going to do about it?

August 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Miracle League facility should be our priority

Baseball is America's pastime. You’ve probably heard the old adage, so-in-so is American as baseball and apple pie. Kids play it while growing up and many of us are loyal to the Braves (and in my case, the Giants) for life. Simply put, Americans love their baseball. But for many children with disabilities, baseball is only a dream.

July 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It's no fun to play outside in this heat

When I joined the Army in the early '90s and I found out that I would be going to Ft. Benning in Columbus, my recruiter tried to warn me about the heat. He told me how just walking from a building to your car would make you sweat like you had just run a mile.

July 23, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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