After such a long period of prosperity, it's been tough to be a Braves fan of late.
The divisional dominance is long gone. Skip Caray passed away. The Triple-A affiliate abandoned Richmond. Pete Van Weiren retired. Now John Smoltz is gone.
The constant presence through everything glorious about the Braves glory years is taking a better offer to continue his career in Boston. He takes with him 210 wins, 154 saves and 3,011 strikeouts in 21 years with Atlanta. The Braves apparantly didn't believe he could be as effective after his fifth arm surgery.
It's been a tough week for Tiger Woods' wealthy baggage handler Stevie Williams. First John Daly goes down to Australia and steals his job as golf's biggest camera abuser. Then the New Zealander opened his mouth and a whole bunch of worms came crawling out.
Williams, the notoriously brusque caddie for the world's No. 1 golfer, was quoted in his home New Zealand papers about the relationship between the Tiger and Phil Mickelson camps.
I've been voting for the Heisman Trophy for a few years now. There are people who think that's cool. I merely think of it as a journalistic duty. I'm so detached from the emotions of the process that I not only can't remember how long I've been voting, but I can't even remember all of the players I've voted for in the past. I do know it hasn't always been for the eventual winner.
Fuzzy Zoeller has been a fixture ever since winning his first Masters Tournament start in 1979, but the fun-loving two-time major winner believes 30 is enough.
Actually, Fuzzy thought 29 was enough, but his family talked him into one more go-round in the anniversary year of his playoff victory over Ed Sneed and Tom Watson.
"They said, ‘What the hell, do 30 years,’" Zoeller said Friday before competing in the Father/Son Challenge with his daughter, Gretchen, at ChampionsGate in Orlando. "So I said, 'Alright I’ll do it one more year.'"
In the aftermath of Aiken boxer Paul "The Punisher" Williams' impressive third consecutive knockout victory last Saturday, the question remains what will be next for the man dubbed the most feared fighter in the world.
In case you missed it late Saturday night (or don't have HBO), Aiken boxer Paul "The Punisher" Williams registered an impressive eighth-round technical knockout over three-time world champion Verno Phillips to earn the interim WBO junior middleweight belt.
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Aiken boxer and WBO welterweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams will face three-time world champion Verno Phillips on Saturday night in a scheduled 12-round interim bout for the WBO super welterweight (154-pound) title.
In case you weren't sure whether or not David Feherty -- the CBS in-house golf funny man -- was serious about his commitment to doing his part to help our U.S. troops serving in the Middle East, consider this.
Feherty, a native of Northern Ireland and an eight-time European Tour winner, is on his way back to the Persian Gulf for the second straight year on behalf of the USO's "Operation Links: For the Troops." The Thanksgiving tour is the second year in a row that Feherty and former PGA Tour pro Howard Twitty are making.
Aiken boxer and WBO welterweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams will face three-time world champion Verno Phillips on Nov. 29 in a scheduled 12-round interim bout for the WBO super welterweight (154-pound) title.
With the promoters trying to drum up enthusiasm for the fight on HBO, here's a Q&A with Phillips that was emailed by Goossen-Tutor Promotions on Thursday:
QUESTION: How can you prepare for a fighter as tall and long as Paul Williams?
As a sports columnist, it’s my job to have an opinion. It’s not right or wrong. It’s just one personal perspective.
So with the college football season winding down, I have very strong opinions about the relative success or failures of our big four regional teams – Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson. It’s not just quantifiable by numbers. It’s about emotions and expectations and everything else that goes into creating an overall perception.