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.
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:
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.
There are few better times in sports than the period immediately preceding the end of the season.
ATHENS - It was just a spring game.
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.
In the classic 1989 film, Field of Dreams, one of the old ball players gazes out on that magical baseball diamond in the middle of corn fields and asks, "Is this heaven?" Kevin Costner replies simply, "It's Iowa."
It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.
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