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Twenty-five years ago, the ink got in my veins for real in Valdosta

Twenty-five years ago, the ink got in my veins for real in Valdosta

It’s hard to believe, but 25 years ago this month I became a full-time newspaperman, taking an entry-level sportswriting job down in Valdosta, Georgia — the high school football mecca just above the Florida state line. Granted, I’d had part-time newspaper gigs for a couple of years before that as a sportswriter in Americus and Montezuma, but Valdosta was the first real job. It was owned by a company called Thomson Newspapers back then, which had a reputation for being cheap and paying terribly — which I found to be completely, 100 percent true. But those couple of years in Valdosta were […]

A year after breaking up with the Braves

A year after breaking up with the Braves

Last year, I wrote a column titled “Why I’m Breaking Up with the Braves.” Based on how they’re playing this year, looks like I did it just in time. In this coming Sunday’s column, I’ll take a look at the after-effects of breaking up with your favorite baseball team — whether or not the breakup is justified, and I think it certainly was with this management group now running the team. In short, you can’t just switch allegiances to another team after 40 years of sticking with them through thick and thin.  And there were an awful lot of thin […]