The Washington County (WACO) Golden Hawks were once one of the most feared football teams in the entire state. Rick Tomberlin arrived in Sandersville as head coach in 1992 and built a program on brute strength and speed. All schools lift weights, but he brought the Bigger, Faster, Stronger c…

As a group of football nuts, including me, stood around in a group of tailgaters before the Georgia game on Saturday eagerly awaiting the satellite dish to be hooked up, I got to thinking. That is always a dangerous proposition. Look at us I thought, grown men from 35 to 75 waiting to watch …

Vince Dooley turned 90 on Sunday, Sep. 5, and he was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” by over 70,000 football fans in Mercedes Benz Stadium before Saturday’s Georgia-Oregon game. Dooley joins Henry Aaron, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jimmy Carter among the most famous Georgians ever. Dooley, …

Actual college football played on the field has always been a welcomed reprieve from the monotonous drone of talking season, January through August, and now competition will bring perhaps the greatest degree of comic relief in the history of the sport. NIL, transfer portal, conference realig…

Time flies when you are having fun, or when you are getting old, whichever is accurate for you, but it is now the twentieth anniversary of the Thomson Bulldogs last state football championship season. It is my hope that the school will invite that team to The Brickyard to be recognized at a …

When Thomson and Burke County collide in the Brickyard Friday night it will be for the first time since 2013 as non-region opponents. The schools have met annually, sometimes twice, since Burke County was created from the consolidation of Waynesboro and Sardis-Girard-Alexander High Schools i…

I’ve had very little to say about the Georgia Tech football program over the years because anything I offer would be mostly speculation. That does not make me unaware of the doldrums the Yellow Jackets have been in during the three-year tenure of head coach Geoff Collins. His record there is…

While I was busy telling you about Loserville, my dying dog, Kirby Smart’s raise, and the football girl, I managed to overlook the biggest off-the-field sports story of the Summer. In late June, Southern Cal and UCLA announced that they were leaving the PAC-12 Conference for the Big Ten effe…

As soon as my flight from Indianapolis touched ground in Atlanta in the early morning hours of January 11, I opened my phone to the Atlanta newspaper, eager to see it’s take on the previous night’s national championship. The first headline that popped begged the question of what Georgia coac…

When the newly organized four-team college football playoff was established in 2013, former Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice was included as part of the inaugural selection committee. There were suggestions that she was not qualified for the task, and among the reasoning was that she was …

Last week’s column was misidentified as Part III. It was Part IV and I hope you enjoyed my review of Clayton Trudor’s book Loserville. Even in a four-part series you can only hit the highlights, so there was a lot more detail on Atlanta’s pro sports history. The book is worth the time it tak…

Loservilleis a 386-page expose written by Clayton Trutor, a college professor in Vermont, that details Atlanta’s efforts to become a major league city during the early 1960s. While Trutor drifts into the weeds of the demographic shift in Atlanta’s governing power, his purpose in authoring th…

On the field of play, the University of Georgia baseball team is awaiting an NCAA Tournament bid or rejection, and the softball team was eliminated on Sunday by Duke.

The old country crooner Johnny Lee once sang about lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. The governance, or lack thereof, of college football and athletics overall is in such a mess that its leaders are looking to Washington, DC for sanity. May I suggest that some song writers compose a …

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote in this space that it was time for Georgia Bulldog fans to climb off Cloud Nine. The euphoria of the 2021 season inevitably lingered into last weekend’s NFL Draft, where 15 Bulldogs were selected by NFL teams, including top pick Travon Walker. Fifteen is the new…

A young golfer who struck his first shot at Belle Meade Country Club is now headed to West Point to enroll in the United States Military Academy and play golf for the Black Knights of the Hudson in New York. Rob Ferris, son of West Point graduate Bob and Julie Alfriend Ferris and grandson of…

There’s only one month left in the college baseball regular season, so it is easy to speculate on which of Georgia’s six major programs have a legitimate chance at NCAA postseason play beyond the various conference tournaments in late May. Conference play is half over in most leagues and the…

“You tell us more than just the scores,” is what one reader of this column and listener of my daily radio ramblings recently told me. My response to him was the nature of sports these days creates more news off the field than on it. It has become impossible to separate the players’ personal …

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My son-in-law is my go-to for golfing news and if he mentioned Phil Mickelson’s feud with the PGA, I missed it. I assumed that Mickelson was one of the good guys of the sports world, but I have learned that there are those who do not share that sentiment. His recent promotion of a new league…

On the morning of January 11, I arrived home from Indianapolis very sleepy and with a plateful of personal responsibilities awaiting. Less than 10 hours after Georgia Bulldog Kelee Ringo crossed the goal line with an insurance touchdown in the National Championship game, I was in a Thomson W…