Friday, August 10th, the Gilmer Bobcats’ football team hosted a scrimmage versus the Murphy (NC) Bulldogs. The football season officially kicks off on August 31st against the Rebels of Fannin County High School. [Read more »]
The Atlanta Braves finally acquired a starting pitcher from the Chicago Cubs, but it wasn’t the one everyone assumed it would be. Late last night the team agreed to a deal that brings starting pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta and sends minor league pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jay Chapman to Chicago. [Read more »]
Well fans, this is it: the days of the college football offseason are now down to less than a month, which means it will be no time before our favorite players hit the field. With the season quickly approaching, I decided to do what any college football fanatic would do and make my predictions for the 2012-2013 season. While some fans may want to shield their eyes (I’m talking to you, Rebel/Black Bear Nation), most should be left with a pretty good feeling on what’s to come; that is, if it goes by my script.
The Penn State Nittany Lions’ football team received the news today that it had been dreading for months, as NCAA president Mark Emmert handed down several penalties to the program because of the sickening Jerry Sandusky scandal, penalties which include a $60 million fine (money which will go to help child abuse victims), a four year bowl ban, a reduction of 80 scholarships over the next four years, and the vacation of all of Penn State’s wins from the 1998 season all the way up to today.
The penalties greatly hinder a school that was once looked upon as the example of class and dignity in the world of college football and will more than likely mean it’s disappearance from being a power in the sport for at least the next five years, probably even the next decade. Although these sanctions don’t even come anywhere close to making up for the pain and suffering that Sandusky’s victims have endured over the past thirty years, I would like to take a closer look at what exactly they mean. While the situation is damaging to so many people associated with Penn State, including current players, who now have the option to transfer immediately to leave the messy situation, and new head coach Bill O’Brien, who left a cushy job running the offense for the New England Patriots to take over a team that was expected to be hurting but not at this magnitude, the person whose image this hurts the most is the man who meant the most to the university, the same man whose statue caused a bit of an uproar on Sunday when it was removed: the late Joe Paterno. [Read more »]
SEC Media Days kicked off yesterday in Hoover, Alabama, allowing media members from across the country to ask questions concerning the upcoming season to the conference’s top head coaches and players.
Although the focus is truly on those who actually play a role on the field and on the sidelines on Saturdays in the fall, a bit of the limelight goes to the sportswriters covering the event, who are always polled in order to predict the conference’s champion. The predictions have been generally off, however, as the media has posted an abysmal 4-16 record in doing so (last correct prediction was Florida in 2008).
With the press being off so much in general in regards to SEC play, I took it upon myself to make up for their miscues and release my own predictions on how the Southeastern Conference will play out this season. [Read more »]
I would like to apologize to you for some of the comments I made concerning your signing with the Atlanta Braves over two weeks ago. I wasn't the only one who had doubts about the Braves bringing in a thirty-three year old pitcher who had been out of baseball for over two years, and those doubts grew a bit following your first start with the AA Mississippi Braves, in which you gave up four runs in five innings of play.
Your mediocre start in the minors was soon followed by a call up to the League to face Johan Santana and the New York Mets, which appeared to me as sending a sheep to the wolves in the fact that you would merely take the loss against Santana, who had been pretty much lights out throughout the season, instead of one of the other starting pitchers in Atlanta's rotation. Given the fact that your last season in MLB wasn't too successful (posted a 4-9 record with a 4.53 ERA with the Athletics in 2010), I, along with the majority of Tomahawk Nation, wasn't about to hold my breath.
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College football fans across the nation rejoiced on July 10th with the release of EA Sports’ latest installment of their NCAA Football series. With the game’s release comes the highly anticipated debate between the always feuding fanbases of XBox 360 and PS3 players. Fortunately, two gamers who find themselves on the opposite sides of the spectrum agreed with each other long enough to sit down and write articles on the newest game from their own point of view.
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Everyone knows what a bucket list is: that certain list of things that you would love to accomplish sometime in your life, whether it is very realistic (like having a first kiss) or darn near impossible (for some, having a first kiss). The possibility of the matter in fact doesn’t matter; it just needs to be something that would be very special to you. With that in mind, I submit my list of sports-related accomplishments I would like to have in my life. [Read more »]