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…

Cierra Jones calls her son Jah’kiaus Jones her indomitable warrior. Jah’kiaus, now 17, was playing in an AAU basketball game with several of his Thomson High teammates in Marietta on March 20, 2021, when he collapsed to the floor. Without warning, he became dizzy and disoriented. 

Apathy is more dangerous to an athletic program than poor coaching and a shortage of athletes. In fact, apathy, especially from leadership, leads to indifference and drives coaches and athletes looking for somewhere else to go. 

My intentions were to attend Thomson High’s first round basketball tournament games on February 23. With the restrictions on attendance, I stayed away from previous games to avoid taking a ticket from parents and fans who closely follow the teams, those who have a vested interest in the game…

If you were in the now demolished Georgia Dome on December 10, 2016, to watch the Thomson Bulldogs play Cartersville for the Class AAA state championship in football you were part of a record crowd attending state championship weekend. 47,922 fans passed through the turnstiles in Atlanta to …

If you were in the now demolished Georgia Dome on December 10, 2016, to watch the Thomson Bulldogs play Cartersville for the Class AAA state championship in football you were part of a record crowd attending state championship weekend. 47,922 fans passed through the turnstiles in Atlanta to …

Josh Brooks was named to replace the retiring Greg McGarity as Athletic Director at the University of Georgia in January of 2021 and his honeymoon period is over. While basking in the glow of a national championship in football, Brooks has been publicly supportive of men’s basketball coach T…

There is nothing that I can write about Sunday’s Super Bowl that you can’t read elsewhere so I’ll show my hand and then discuss the state of football in general. Can there be a better time to do that than on the eve of the biggest game of the year, every year, for most of my lifetime? I’d li…

Wednesday was Groundhog Day but I couldn’t decide if I should be looking back or forward. The old baseball player Satchell Paige once said, “don’t look back, somebody might be gainin’ on ya!” I’m a sentimental fool but I don’t look back as much as I used to and anybody gaining on me passed b…

What does it say about three senior citizens who are wise enough to know it is time to pass the torch but loyal enough not to abandon the cause because no one will accept the torch? What does it say about the rest of us when nobody will step to the plate to aid what was once the most beloved…

The confetti was still falling from the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium last Monday night when a fan showed me a screenshot of Las Vegas predicting that Georgia and Alabama would meet again in January 2023 in the National Championship game in Los Angeles. This fan was about half my age and no d…

Two southern teams journeyed to Indiana to play for the national championship closing the book on the 2021 college football season. I’ve been following college football closely for fifty years and on the field of play, the game is just as popular, if not more popular, than ever. I still enjo…

It’s deja’ vu all over again, again. On January 8, 2018, Georgia and Alabama played for the college football national championship in Atlanta and they will do it again Monday night, this time in the domed stadium called Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although the two teams square …