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Wed
17
Jan

Sports musings: Vol. 9

By Justin Hubbard

 

Hello, readers. Congratulations – you got to live one more week here in God’s country.

If you’re like me, you’re probably still reeling from Georgia’s loss to Alabama last Monday. Many of you had your pain compounded Saturday when the Atlanta Falcons lost at the Philadelphia Eagles. (For me, that helped ease the pain a little bit.)

And those of you hurt by the Falcons’ loss were likely happy to see the New Orleans Saints lose in dramatic fashion to the Minnesota Vikings. (For me, that one kind of hurt because I picked the Saints to win the Super Bowl. Oops.)

This has been an interesting week. We officially closed the door on the college football season, which meant it was time for transfer decisions, NFL Draft declarations and whatnot. Because there was so much going on in the sports world, I thought it necessary to write another musings column.

Anyone but the Patriots

Wed
10
Jan

Gratitude in the New Year

 

Hank Segars

Lakelife Associate Editor

 

Well, here we are in the New Year and all sort of provocative news and bombastic opinion continues to inundate us. The overblown noise coming from so many outlets to include social media makes it hard to know what to really believe. It would be wonderful if 2018 could bring a simpler, less complicated and calmer year – but that’s not reality in today’s world.

 

Wed
10
Jan

Legislative update from Representative Belton

 

 

I periodically like to update you on where we are as a state, as well as tell you where I think we’re headed this legislative Session.

 

Like Jesus in the desert, the legislature meets for 40 days every year. Designed on the “citizen legislators” concept of our Founding Fathers, all of Georgia’s state legislators have “real jobs” outside of state government. Not all states are like this: many have full-time legislators with full-time salaries.

 

Wed
10
Jan

Go Braves . . . and take the Falcons with you

Once upon a time the Atlanta Falcons considered moving to Jacksonville. As bad as they were back then, nobody much cared. And the Braves weren't much better.

Despite all the disappointing losses, I am glad the teams stayed.

Consider the case of the New York franchises in the 1950s.

I suppose it was difficult for New Yorkers when the Dodgers fled to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco. Lots of fans had to be disappointed, but the Yankees stayed, and the expansion Mets joined the league in 1962.

But the movement of sports teams results in confusion for older fans like myself who have trouble remembering which city a team plays in.

Wed
10
Jan

They'll be back

By Justin Hubbard

 

I was mere feet away from Devonta Smith as he broke Georgia fans’ hearts on what was supposed to be their night to finally taste glory.

I stood behind the end zone in which Smith, the Alabama wide receiver, caught a long pass and scored on Monday night’s final play. The play moved in slow motion, as I thought quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was simply throwing up a Hail Mary; I didn’t realize until the last second Smith was wide open.

Just minutes before, my hopes were lifted when Crimson Tide kicker Andy Pappanastos hooked what should’ve been the game-winning field goal wide left. I looked at Lake Oconee News general manager Mark Smith Jr., who had been on the sideline taking pictures the entire game (my press box credential granted me field access during the last five minutes), and said, “That’s the team of destiny.”

And I truly believed it. I had all season.

Thu
04
Jan

Michel cements his status as UGA legend

By Justin Hubbard

 

During the summer between my sophomore and junior years at the University of Georgia, I took a life skills class to try and raise my GPA.

I’ve got no shame admitting it – I was not the best student until I began actually working on my Grady College degree. My GPA was in the tank back then, so I decided to try and keep the HOPE scholarship by taking a class aimed at incoming freshmen.

I can’t recall many things about that class (frankly, it was boring) but I remember a few notable names who were in it with me. One of them was Sony Michel.

Sony and I did not interact much but I could tell he was more mature than the other then-freshmen football players. I’ve been a supporter of Sony’s ever since.

Since that summer, Sony has established himself as an all-time great in the annals of Georgia football history. It’s been a pleasure watching him run all over opposing defenses.

Thu
28
Dec

Top local sports moments of 2017

By Justin Hubbard

 

Last week, I essentially listed my favorite sports moments of the year on the national scale.

I thought it would be fun to take a look back on our area’s sports moments this year and list a few of my favorites.

But before I begin, a disclaimer: Someone is bound to go overlooked. I mean no disrespect leaving out certain teams or student-athletes. I’m just writing about the top moments that immediately stick out in my mind when recalling Lake Country’s best sports moments of 2017.

With that said, let’s begin!

Putnam football wins at Warren County

Putnam football just wrapped up a second-straight rough season. The War Eagles won only five regular season games after posting a 1-9 record the year before.

Thu
21
Dec

Best early Christmas gifts

By Justin Hubbard

 

Christmas is this Monday. Can you believe it?

I have a hard time choosing my favorite holiday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s a lot offered by each one but, ultimately, the gift-giving on Dec. 25 tips the scales.

I’m always excited for the Christmas season, even if I’m not quite as excited as most of my friends. For example, I hate most Christmas music. For me, I pretty much only enjoy two Christmas-themed songs: Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”

Anyway, my brother, cousin and I tried to convince our aunt to let us open an early Christmas gift or two from her each of the last two years. It’s mostly in good fun – we love annoying her – but deep down, I really do want to open a gift early.

Thu
21
Dec

JSTARS: Essential to Our National Defense

By State Representative Dave Belton (R-Buckhead), Chairman of the House Military Affairs Working Group

 

Fri
15
Dec

Stories from Georgia’s historical past

Stories from Georgia’s historical past

Hank Segars

Lakelife Associate Editor

 

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