Few times in life does a person have a chance, clear and pure, to seize what they've always wanted. Fewer still are the times we recognize those opportunities for what they are in the moment.
This was the year, maybe more than any other, that March Madness lived up to its name.
For all the hoopla surrounding Jason Heyward, it's another towering newcomer who holds the key to the Braves' success in 2010.
One of the great things about my job is that we don't "cover" the Atlanta Braves.
Benjie Wood can't keep track of time this week. Between school, practice, film sessions, setting up travel accomodations and a family at home, the last few days have been a blur.
It's been a busy week on the sports desk.
If you've been paying attention this week, you've no doubt heard that the Atlanta Braves are pursuing free agent outfielder Johnny Damon.
If you haven't heard yet, the NCAA basketball tournament could be expanding to 96 teams in the near future.
If you're one of the many who thought former Florida quarterback and golden demigod Tim Tebow got too much face-time as a college player, you might want to steer clear of ESPN for the next few years.
It's become an annual season unto itself.
It's been six weeks since Georgia coach Mark Richt cut loose his longtime assistant, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez.
When they sang "Auld Lang Syne" this year, the vast majority of sports fans in Northeast Georgia must have meant it. If ever there was year for old acquaintance to be forgot and never brought to mind, 2009 was it.
Gainesville High School prides itself on its past, and for good reason.
Before the game they booed the bad guy. By halftime they booed everybody. By the fourth quarter they were headed for the doors.
You might think the old notion of South Georgia superiority has been dispelled. And for the most part, maybe it has.