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 was my senior year of high school at Starr's Mill in Fayetteville, and my school's baseball team was 28-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation by Baseball America.
Growing up, my dad was never a catcher when he played baseball. Like me, I'm sure he could never quite get used to the idea of squatting for seven innings in protective equipment in 95-degree weather. But when his son became a pitcher, he didn't have much choice but to adjust. And so he did. For 12 or 13 years, he'd squat into position in the front yard while I threw pitch after pitch, day ...
It's easy to become absorbed by the compelling draw to national sports. As I sit here, hammering out this column on my keyboard, my attention is being constantly drawn away from my work to the NCAA tournament basketball game being played on TV. As sports fans, we are bombarded with so much news from various professional and collegiate leagues year-round. Just think: Right now, we have one of the biggest events in college sports ...
After three days covering the Buford and North Hall girls (and watching a few other teams) at the state semifinals and finals at the Macon Centreplex, here are a few thoughts on the end of the high school basketball season.
To get to the state basketball semifinals in Macon - or even the quarterfinals in Dalton - teams generally need to have an established identity.
Kristi House could see this coming. Maybe not to this extent, but the North Hall High girls basketball coach knew she had something special in the class of 2012. "We knew it was a special class coming in," House said minutes after advancing to the second round of the state tournament with Saturday night's 51-41 win over Pickens. "It was a good group. We realized that coming in." In middle school the current crop of ...
Lakeview Academy girls basketball coach John Carrick dared to be optimistic when assessing his team's chances for the current season.
The Flowery Branch girls basketball team, the No. 1 seed out of Region 8-AAAA North going into the region tournament in Loganville this week, should know better than most how important it is not to overlook any opponent in the region tournament.
Last Tuesday night, Johnson High forward Montrell McKenzie had a smile on his face that no one could wipe off.
Last Tuesday, coaches and athletic directors from across the state converged on the Macon Centreplex to ratify the new reclassification for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years.
I was seated at midcourt awaiting the tip in a basketball game between the Chestatee and Franklin County girls on Friday night for just five minutes before I had to do a double take to make sure I was in the right place.
The BCS Championship Game finally - finally - takes place Monday night in the City That Care Forgot.
It's over 3,400 miles to the East Hall boys basketball teams' next tournament.
Ahh, bowl season. Don't you love it? A handful of quality bowl games leading up to the traditional New Year's Day marathon feast of college football. Settle in with some black-eyed peas and cabbage, a few hair-of-the-dog frothy beverages, and watch your favorite teams cap off the college football season.
Ah, yes. Age 22. I remember that. Barely.
Johnnie B. Baker Jr.? He's one of my favorites.
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