The nation's finest football conference welcomes two new schools in 2012. With the addition of Florida State and Clemson, the SEC opens its arms to two programs that might as well have been in the SEC from day one.
A major perk of SEC Banter is the crystal ball that predicts the fate of Southeastern Conference teams. You'd be amazed at its accuracy. With SEC football just around the corner, let's stare into the crystal ball and learn how the teams from the SEC Western Division - home of college football's national champions in four of the past five years - will fare this year.
If you've watched the Olympics over the past few weeks, no doubt you've been inspired by the world's elite athletes laying it all on the line not just for Olympic glory, but for national pride and a permanent place in their country's sporting history. Packed stadiums, an international stage, and competition at the world's highest level.
We love football. Everything about it. The gladiatorial physicality. The chess match played out with 22 pieces of moving flesh and bone. The foxhole camaraderie it engenders among teammates like few other sports can. The blood. The sweat. And especially the tears. But for those who love the game, the developments of the last few years should be troubling. As the long-term effects of head injuries become clearer, it's time to start asking some difficult ...
You know how when somebody prefaces a statement with "some of my best friends are fill-in-the-blank" what follows is almost certainly offensive to those fill-in-the-blankers?
Dear Rest of the World's College Football Fans: You don't like us. We get it. We're good at football and not the least bit bashful about reminding you of that every chance we get. We're often obnoxious, loud and rude, especially when you run across us on the Internet or at a tailgate party. But don't say we never gave you anything. You didn't want LSU and Alabama in the national championship, but we force ...
The spring season for high school sports has come and gone, as has my first full year of preps coverage at The Times.
In high school athletics, nothing hurts quite as much as coming one win short of a state championship.
I stood in the infield at the Georgia Olympics on Friday afternoon in Jefferson, watching closely as North Hall's Luis Gonzalez put forth an incredible final effort to surge ahead for an individual state championship in the 3200 meter run.
At the beginning of every season, every player, coach and fan has a goal they'd like to see their team achieve.
If Gainesville doesn't have room in its trophy case, a larger space might be more appropriate.
History. It's a word I've seen tossed around quite a bit in the last week in reference to a number of local individual and team performances. And, given the context, I think it's worth taking a closer look at a few of them. First, there are the incredible pitching performances from the Flowery Branch baseball team in back-to-back games last week. On Monday, pitcher Brad Keller tossed a no-hitter for the Falcons in a 1-0 ...
There are few better times in sports than the period immediately preceding the end of the season.
ATHENS - It was just a spring game. In September, when the 2012 football season begins for the Georgia Bulldogs, none of the yards, points or interceptions will matter. And yet, I can't help but imagine that the Georgia coaches can breathe a little easier after seeing the team in their annual G-Day spring showcase. The game was exciting for the fans as it came down to a 2-point conversion attempt at the end of ...
I'm sure there are a number of varying reactions to the new power ratings system being implemented in Class A in the coming year.
Ah, yes. Age 22. I remember that. Barely.
Johnnie B. Baker Jr.? He's one of my favorites.
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