This week on Macon & Eggs, we want to start a Middle Georgia conversation about partner abuse.
Outrage continues over former NFL player Ray Rice’s violent assault on his then girlfriend, now wife, Janay, which was caught on tape.
During Thursday night football on CBS sports commentator James Brown challenged the NFL and men to lead a discussion on domestic violence. Brown said that perhaps there should be ongoing comprehensive education of men of what healthy, respectful manhood is all about.
There are professional women's football teams across the country, including teams in Savannah and in Atlanta. They use a smaller ball than what men use on the field, but the rules mirror those followed by NCAA football.
GPB "All Things Considered" host Rickey Bevington sat down with April Christler, who founded the Atlanta Phoenix, to talk about her players' passion for the pigskin.
The sounds of football are once again filling hundreds of fields across the state. Another season of pigskin pride has begun, a winning cry from the state's first intercollegiate game played in 1892.
One hundred twenty-two years on, schools are still adding football programs by the handful. Jacquez Parks will hit the field as the Kennesaw State University's first quarterback in 2015.
“It’s a great feeling being a part of the first team and the first practice at Kennesaw State,” said Parks.
How typical is it to have two highly touted, pro-style quarterbacks essentially next door to each other in Houston County?
“I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of it,” said Von Lassiter, head coach for Houston County High School’s football team.
David Bruce, head coach and athletic director at Veterans High School, agrees.
“I think it is pretty rare down here. I can’t think of the last time we had two guys with their kind of potential as pocket passers. But you know the Fromm kid can run, too. I’ve watched some film on him and he’s pretty salty.”
Why are Southerners so passionate about football? From Friday night lights to college championships to the Superbowl, people in the South love their pigskin. This week, we’re looking at why.
Friday, August 29, All Things Considered will broadcast from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. Legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley joins host Rickey Bevington to talk about growing up in southern football culture, leading the winningest team in bulldogs history and his predictions for the future of the game.
Georgia’s sports reporters got a closer look at the upcoming college football season at the annual Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesday. Mercer Bears head coach Bobby Lamb was on hand to talk about the changes to his program just up the hill from the Sports Hall. “I think the biggest challenge for us is going into the Southern Conference. Certainly the speed of the conference will be a lot different than what we played last year,” Lamb said. Mercer finished with a 10-2 record in the Pioneer League last year in what was the team’s debut season. They head into Southern Conference play with their 2013 roster plus some new transfers and some freshmen.
Fans are pouring into Atlanta for this weekend’s Southeastern Conference Championship game between Auburn and Missouri. Traveling to the city for the title game in the Georgia Dome has been a tradition for college football fans for more than a decade. The SEC title game has been held at the Georgia Dome since 1994. The current contract with the SEC means the conference will hold its football championship in Atlanta through 2017. But the Dome is slated for demolition that year.
Looking back, Vince Dooley never expected to last at the University of Georgia. “To my wife Barbara, I said, ‘Don’t get too comfortable. Don’t unpack! We may not be here very long, which is the nature of the business, but I’m going to give it my best shot,’” Dooley said in an interview Wednesday with GPB.
Saturday's Georgia-Florida game will pump millions of dollars into the Jacksonville-area economy. That includes Georgia's St. Simons Island where thousands of partiers book hotels and typically trash the beach on Friday. About 8,000 revelers leave behind about 6,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.