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. [Read more »]
The Fannin County recreation department held a basketball camp for both boys and girls from ages seven to fourteen that started last Monday, July 16 and ended on Friday, July 20. Pictures from the camp can be seen below. [Read more »]
The Fannin County recreation department held a soccer camp for both boys and girls from ages six to fourteen last week starting on Monday, July 16th and ending on Friday, July 20th. Although rain interfered with the camp on a couple of occasions, it appears as if those who attended enjoyed their time on the soccer field. [Read more »]
The Atlanta Braves’ trade for Cubs right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster that looked all but done on Monday now appears to be off the table due to Dempster’s status as a 10/5 player, meaning that because he has ten years of MLB experience and five years with the same team he has a trade clause that he controls.
In an interview with 680 The Fan this morning, Braves general manager Frank Wren pointed towards the team moving on from Dempster, saying that a deal for the league leader in ERA is now “highly unlikely”. [Read more »]
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 »]