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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


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


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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


Get off the couch and go ride a bicycle

The streets of downtown Covington and surrounding area in Newton County will be very busy this weekend. No, it's not because of road construction. Instead the streets will be full of bicycles.

July 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Hurst makes good first hire

Rick Hurst has made an impact on Eastside's football program since arriving in 2005. He's turned the Eagles into perennial players in the state playoffs and among the elite teams in Class AAA. After being named athletic director last month, it appears he's ready to make an impact on the entire sports program.

July 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


It'd be nice if we could all just play together

While deep in REM sleep the other night, I had a crazy dream.

July 08, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


NHS' Henry a rare breed of student athlete

There's no question our society is in a time of misdirection. Consider this year's graduating class at Alcovy shrunk by roughly 20 percent in four years. In other words, 20 percent of the freshman in that class never graduated. And high school sports stars continue to fall victim to societal laziness and succumb the inherent character flaws that we see in our politicians. Let's face it, whenever you turn around, a politician or celebrity is cheating on his wife, Kanye West is spouting off about Lord only knows what or LeBron James is crying about something his ...

June 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


The national media can be clueless too

It's all quiet on the local front and the world didn't end Saturday so I've decided to go after a national juggernaut and give the Newton County School System a break.

May 24, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


Maybe an eye for an eye isn't such a bad idea

It's been a while since I poured some gasoline on the old bonfire so I thought I'd break out my flame-retardant suit and grab a gas can. I want to talk about the Auburn tree incident that happened a couple of months ago, in the wake of the Tigers winning the national football championship.

May 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists


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