The ballyhooed college football playoff is finally here.
The Southeastern Conference might have lost a bit of its edge from last season, but even that doesn't keep it from being the most exciting conference in college football.
None of the greatest moments in University of Georgia football history ever took place during the G-Day spring football game, but it's still a salve for the thousands and thousands of Bulldog fans who are ready to turn the page to a hopefully more enjoyable 2014 season.
On Sunday, the bombshell news hit that Georgia's defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was checking out and heading to join the staff of Bobby Petrino at Louisiville.
Devan Stringer had every reason to smile after Gainesville claimed the Region 8-AAAAA title on its own home field Friday.
Spoiler alert: Mark Richt isn't going to say anything shocking to grab meaningful headlines Thursday when it's his turn to speak on the stage this morning as part of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
The incredible run to the final round of the baseball postseason by North Hall was a great way to round out an incredible high school sports season in Hall County.
There was never any doubt that Deshaun Watson would be ready for the occasion. Playing on the state's biggest stage made him an even better leader as he guided the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship on Friday in Atlanta.
I think one thing that makes high school football so appealing to such a broad range of people is that it's such a great diversion from real life. In some cases, thousands of fans pack the stands to see the high school gladiators of fall duke it out on Friday nights.
First-year West Hall coach Tony Lotti roams the school's practice field wearing a shirt that speaks volumes to his vision for the program. The shirt itself isn't the eye catcher. It's a standard gray T-shirt with the Spartans logo imprinted near the top. However, it's what is below the Spartan head that everyone will notice. Pressed in black numbers that are big enough to see from a distance, it reads 11-16-12.
Friday is going to be a special night and festive atmosphere for Gainesville's football team, especially its seniors.
There's probably going to be very similar feelings flowing through the locker rooms at Gainesville and Flowery Branch this week with state quarterfinal games looming against their respective classifications No. 1-ranked team Friday.
At Friday's high school playoff games, talk about region realignment may be just as regular as a look ahead in the bracket for Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Buford fans, the only three local schools still alive in the playoffs. If projections hold true, all three of these programs will be on the move up and competing against a new group of schools in the coming years.
Every team fortunate enough to extend its season to the postseason should be extremely proud of its accomplishment.
The Georgia High School Association has taken a firm stand against any move deemed to be ineligible by a football player, or what we call transfers in everyday language. Twice in the current month, a pair of member schools (Dalton and Athens Christian) had to vacate wins and in both cases seriously hampering their chances of making the state playoffs.