Author: Loran Smith

Sports Desk: Full of Grace

One of Georgia’s newest residents is among the most famous sports personalities in the country: A man who has a resumé brimming with accolades, accomplishments and records (and four Super Bowl rings), not to mention membership in both the College…

Sports Desk: Master Competitor

Stewart Cink, who grew up in Florence, Ala., has traveled the world, beginning with his college years on the Georgia Tech golf team in the early 1990s. His countless collegiate and professional trophies reflect both success and personal fulfillment. “To…

Sports Desk: Sports Heritage

In 1999, an outstanding sports museum opened in Macon – the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The venue, the largest state sports museum in the country, celebrates athletic achievements and features more than 3,000 artifacts. Among the 14,000-square-feet of exhibits,…

Sports Desk: The Right Stuff

The life of Alpharetta native Maria Taylor, one of the nation’s leading sports analysts and a dual-sport athlete, has flowed seamlessly as a river, with few troubled waters. That brings pause as one considers where we might find her at…

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…