Friday was the first time in a long time that I haven't seen at least one Hall County game (if not two) on a Friday night. Betsy and I were in Columbus, Ohio, celebrating the 1973 undefeated Ohio State Buckeye team.
National and conference championship aspirations abound Saturday in Athens as No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Georgia, two founding members of the nation's finest football conference, meet for the 30th time. Toe-to-leather is set for 3:30 p.m. between the hedges of Sanford Stadium and CBS will televise the contest nationally.
Each week, I consult my handy SEC helmet schedule when deciding the topic for SEC Banter. The schedule shows every game for every SEC team using helmets. It's fantastic to view an entire SEC football season on a single sheet of paper, and I have to admit that the little helmets are kind of cute.
If the Falcons knew how to finish what they start, they'd be on their way to a second straight Super Bowl.
We've now seen three weeks of Hall County high school football. Last Friday night, we went to City Park Stadium to see Gainesville take on Buford. I knew going into the game that Buford was loaded with Division-I college prospects. And I also knew that win, lose or draw, this would be a good contest for Bruce Miller's tough-minded Red Elephants. This is the kind of game that prepares your players to make a run at the playoffs and another possible state championship.
Die-hard sports fans have circled Saturday, Sept. 14 on their calendars for months. Fall's most anticipated game awaits. You guessed it: Saturday marks just three more weeks until the NBA preseason tips off in Istanbul, Turkey, when the Oklahoma City Thunder plays the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.
When I entered coaching in 1963, I coached one year at Gallup High School after playing high school and college football in New Mexico.
A nemesis is defined as "a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent." Ninety-nine percent of Georgia fans who read that definition can't help but think of one person: Steve Spurrier.
Now that you've had a long opening weekend in which to immerse yourselves back into college football, let's see how much you really know.
Welcome to Week 1 of the Hall County Power Ratings for this season. It's a little early to be able to tell about proper placement for these teams in the ratings, but I thought I'd go out on a limb and place the defending Class AAAAA state champion, Gainesville, at No. 1. As a non-partisan high school fan, I'm mighty proud of the terrific effort by last season's Red Elephants, but don't forget the great jobs that North Hall, Flowery Branch and Chestatee did. This looks to be another fine season for local football fans.
My wife has always liked my "big gun" biceps. She knows I work hard to maintain them and it's a nice ego boost when she asks me to "flex those big guns." And, if I don't say so myself, my biceps are pretty sweet.
Come one, come all, you'll have a ball;
My 6-year-old daughter asks a lot of questions. From "Why does the moon change the tides?" to "How does the tooth fairy decide how much money to give?" She's curious. To paraphrase a Jimmy Buffett song, I know the answers to some of her questions; for many others, I'm looking for suggestions.
The countdown shortens! We're closing in on a week to go until the college football season finally kicks off. Time to get serious.
Every now and then, nice guys finish first.
The College Football Playoff ushers in a new era for the sport this year. A blue ribbon panel of 12 individuals - actual people - comprise the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, charged with selecting four teams for a playoff to crown a national champion.
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