Author: Loran Smith

Sports Desk: The Lead Dawg

For the past 64 years when the University of Georgia (UGA) football team has taken the field, the lead Dawg has been its nationally acclaimed mascot, Uga, an all-white male English bulldog. The current Uga, Roman numeral X, is in…

Sports Desk: Herschel No. 1

With college football celebrating its 150th anniversary, recollections brought about another round of Herschel Walker praising and a reliving of his remarkable career. The lightning-fast running back called the “Wrightsville Wonder” set multiple records during his tenure at University of…

Sports Desk: A Nice Guy Wins

Whenever a Braves game is finished, I am always interested in what the manager has to say. Brian Snitker, the highly regarded incumbent, will offer up positive appraisals of his players. He will defend them as if they had grown…

Sports Desk: Life After Football

The money a football player can earn in the National Football League (NFL) today is head turning if not mind-boggling. That often depends, of course, on the position one plays. Quarterbacks make the most, most of the time. What about…

Sports Desk: Thanks, Furman

While in Northern Ireland at the golfing sanctuary that is Royal Portrush Golf Club, which hosted the playing of the 148th British Open championship in July, I thought of the late Furman Bisher, who passed away in 2012. He was…

Sports Desk: Georgia Masters

Following Super Bowl LIII, the chill of winter is just right for determining the collegiate basketball champion, but there is nothing like the coming of spring and the playing of the Masters Tournament. That golf championship reminds us of the…