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.
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The Pickens County Sea Dragons Swim Team traveled to Tifton, Ga. to take part in the Georgia Parks and Recreation annual state swim meet. The Sea Dragons, led by head coach Deb Johnson, brought back 21 medals. The girls placed 15th out of 26 teams. The boys placed 17th out of 28 teams, and the two teams combined to place 17th out of 29 teams.
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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.
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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.
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. [Read more »]
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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The Pickens Sea Dragons swim team participated in the 2012 GMSL Championship on Saturday, as the swimmers from the squad competed against the Coosawattee Torpedoes, the Gilmer County Swim Team, and the Gold Rush from Lumpkin County.
The day of races was a diver’s delight, as the Gilmer County swimming pool featured a total of eighty-six heats with swimmers from ages four to seventeen. Results from several of the races can be seen below.
The 2nd annual Soccer Fest is set to kick off on Friday, July 13th and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on field #1 at the REC department. The night will include several different events, including soccer golf, a penalty kick challenge, and a mass soccer game played with twenty balls at one time. Food and drinks will be provided, door prizes will be given out throughout the night, and free tees will be available while supplies last.
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 »]
For those sports fan that are deeply enamored with the Major League All-Star game coming up shortly, and those just counting down until football season, the NBA’s annual free agent frenzy has begun in a big way. While the biggest news nationally maybe Nash to Hollywood and Deron Williams staying put on Jay-Z and Kayne’s thrown, locally Hawks fans have been dancing in the streets thanks to new general manger, Danny Ferry’s, furious finagling.
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