November 23, 2013 |
The NFL Channel aired a terrific documentary this week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the forward pass. Georgia Southern didn't watch it. In a game that would have made Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes proud, Georgia Southern of the lower-level Football Championship Subdivision not only shocked Florida, 26-20, it did it without completing a pass. The Eagles (7-4) handed SEC-power program Florida arguably its most embarrassing loss in history. It was at home, in Gainesville, and it was gory-Gator awful.
November 16, 2013 |
Remember Saturday if Auburn goes on to beat Alabama and then wins the national title. Remember the throw, the tip and the catch. Remember how it never should have happened. Remember that Auburn improved to 10-1 on a Hail Mary that rivals Doug Flutie's heave on the day after Thanksgiving in 1984. Yes, Auburn defeated Georgia, 43-38, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It took one of the most improbable plays in the history of college football. Georgia had Auburn pinned at fourth and 18 on its own 27 when quarterback Nick Marshall let fly a desperate pass down the middle.
November 16, 2013 |
Remember Saturday if Auburn goes on to beat Alabama and then wins the national title. Remember the throw, the tip and the catch. Remember how it never should have happened. Remember that Auburn improved to 10-1 on a Hail Mary that rivals Doug Flutie's heave on the day after Thanksgiving in 1984. I was standing in the end zone for that incredible Boston College pass, at the Orange Bowl, to beat Miami. The headline in the L.A. Times the next day read: "Boston College's Flutie Lets It Fly for 47-45 Victory.
November 15, 2013 |
"Downton Abbey" fans, in January it'll be time to jump on a plane and head to ... Georgia. That's where Irish chauffeur and Lady Sybil's widower Tom Branson (a.k.a. actor Allen Leech) will be holding court in mid-January at Sea Island, a coastal resort about 80 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Leech, along with Jessica Fellowes, niece of "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes and author of "The World of Downton Abbey," will oversee a slew of activities about the popular PBS show that begins Season 4 on Jan. 5. The weekend begins with a pub quiz and dinner ($35 a person)
October 27, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1: USC plays at Oregon State in the Friday night time slot usually reserved for Boise State. No one has to remind Trojans fans of the 2008 loss in Corvallis that ended up costing them a shot at the national title. The good news is Jacquizz Rodgers is now in the NFL. 2: There's a good reason Florida State decided to honor Bobby Bowden last weekend against North Carolina State instead of this weekend against Miami. Bowden had a losing record against the Hurricanes and he joked his tombstone might read "He played Miami.
October 27, 2013 |
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgi Margvelashvili, a onetime mountain guide who forged a reputation in politics as a moderate voice of reason, won the presidential election in Georgia on Sunday with backing from the prime minister's ruling coalition. By late Sunday local time, Margvelashvili was leading with 66.7% of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by the German polling agency GFK, prompting his main opponent to concede. The 44-year-old Margvelashvili had the backing of powerful Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and his Georgian Dream ruling coalition.
October 22, 2013 |
Solange Knowles' imprint Saint Records has announced its first release. It's not the highly anticipated follow-up to Knowles' EP “True,” however. Instead, it's a compilation curated by the singer. “Saint Heron” will feature 12 tracks from a smattering of left-field R&B acts including Cassie, Jade J, Petite Noir, Kelela, India Shawn, Sampha and Jhené Aiko, who played Pop & Hiss her contribution (a sensual stunner titled “Drinking & Driving”) during a recent listening session.
October 19, 2013 |
Texas A&M and Missouri, two average programs from the Big 12, joined the Southeastern Conference two years ago. There were supposed to be growing pains. In fact, many people thought the schools would get devoured in America's best football conference. But Texas A&M, in its first year, became the only team to defeat national champion Alabama. And Saturday, Missouri improved to 7-0 for the season and took a two-game lead in the SEC East. A two-game lead in a division with Georgia, South Carolina and Florida?
October 6, 2013 |
The guy who first said "football is a game of inches" is smiling somewhere today in that big replay booth in the sky. At least four games of national import were decided over the weekend by less than the size of a five-dollar footlong at Subway. In college football, though, silly millimeters can cost you millions and cause grown men to scream and young men to weep. Where a ball was spotted, or what Mr. Magoo saw in the monitor upstairs can keep a team in the national title hunt or eliminate one from contention.
October 5, 2013 |
What's next for the TBS announcers? Will they start chanting "Beat L.A. "? If TBS cameras panned the broadcast booth, would they catch the announcers doing the tomahawk chop? Talk about Southern cooking. As far as a lot of fans are concerned, the Dodgers are getting sauced in TBS' coverage. "The TBS announcers favored Atlanta more than Scarlett O'Hara," grumbled Dodgers fan Patrick Caneday after Friday night's telecast. "And not a mint julep in sight. " Charges of favoritism are always subjective - sports fans can be sensitive sorts when it comes to how their home team is portrayed by out-of-towners.