For three months, the Columbus State Cougars proved themselves to be the best team in one of the best baseball conferences in Division II. Then Saturday morning, they were reminded just how tough that conference is.
If ever the term “relieved of his duties” applied in a firing, such would be the case for Fredi Gonzalez. Undoubtedly, his competitive nature led Gonzalez to wanting to withstand this abysmal season and open SunTrust Park next year still employed as the Atlanta Braves’ manager.
I saw something online last week that was utterly ridiculous — and at the same time interesting. It was a click-bait slideshow projecting the next nine college football national champions. The premise itself — that someone can see nine years into the future — was absurd.
Looking back, Kirby Smart said he doesn’t remember what he expected last December when he took the Georgia job. He just knows what he expects now. Having won four national championships at Alabama, knows what he wants his teams to look like, and right now it’s not even close.
Baseball season opens next week. The NBA playoffs begin shortly after that, followed by the NFL draft. April is a busy sports month. It’s an appropriate time to assess the state of Atlanta’s three major pro teams.
It might seem unconventional that something traditionally meaningless can mean even less. Unconventional? Welcome back, Atlanta Braves. They threw convention out sixteen months ago when they started disassembling the roster piece by piece and rebuilding for 2017 at the earliest.
Granted, there’s much more to playing running back in the NFL than bench press reps or even dazzling 40-yard dash times. Still, the news of out the NFL scouting combine this week regarding Keith Marshall was uplifting and inspiring.
When he's not working at a ballpark or riding a bus in the Southern League, Garey Ingram loves to spend time on lakes casting lines or on the golf course. Other than his two years of playing at Middle Georgia, the baseball life is all Ingram has known since graduating from Columbus High in 1988.
Doctors eventually ruled out a heart attack but determined that his collapse was stress related. So the Lady Cougars just started blowing teams out. They did it again Saturday, crushing Young Harris 68-49 for their sixth consecutive win. The average margin of victory in that span: 16.3 points.
Newton didn't want to talk to the media Sunday night. He made that clear with his terse answers and then in his abrupt "I'm done, man" departure. Given a day to reflect, Newton had a chance to make things a little better, Instead, he made them much worse.
Even the best water sports athletes in the work, like those at the 57th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens, occasionally wipeout. Here are those wipeouts from Saturday's wakeboard and wakeskate semifinals.
Competitors at 57th Masters at Callaway Gardens go big
Behind the scenes at the 57th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament
Authors state case for Columbus, Ga., as birthplace of Memorial Day
Debbie Ball to be inducted into the Georgia High School Coaches Hall of Fame