• New rule: You hit a female and you’re done

    I don’t know Devonte Fields, other than the fact that he is a great football player for Texas Christian University. He has already been chosen as the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. He was the conference’s defensive player of the year as a freshman in 2012. Fields missed most of the 2013 [...]

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  • LSU’s Les Miles: “I like us”

    Hoover, AL–Some quick thoughts on Day 3 of SEC Media Days. 1. When the media’s preseason vote is announced on Thursday, Alabama will very likely be picked as the projected champion of the SEC West with Auburn, the defending conference champs, second. But I’ve written this before and today I’ll write it again: Don’t sleep [...]

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  • Five Burning Questions as SEC Media Days begin

    I remember the first time more than 500 members of the press showed up for the circus (and I mean that affectionately) that is SEC Football Media Days. I don’t remember the year but I do remember thinking: “This is ridiculous. It can’t possibly get bigger than this.” Again, as usual, I was very, very wrong. Here’s how [...]

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RSS Tony’s articles for AJC Sports

  • Saban: Alabama must re-establish its identity July 17, 2014
    Hoover, Ala. — When Nick Saban says that his 2013 Alabama team lost its identity along the way, here is what he means. Alabama’s defense in the national championship seasons of 2011 and 2012 led the nation in yards per rush at 2.43. The 2013 team, by contrast, gave up 3.32 yards per rush, thanks in no small part to the 296 yards allowed in the historic loss
  • Spurrier: The numbers tell the real story July 15, 2014
    Hoover, Ala. — The grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel is Ground Zero at SEC Media Days. While the TV folks get the most attention, this room is reserved for the hard-core newspaper and internet writing force that sets the tone for this event. Coaches who come here for the first time find it a bit unnerving. This is a hard-to-impress bunch. This much y
  • SEC’s Slive: Big Five conferences could seek new ‘venue’ July 14, 2014
    Hoover, Ala. — The passage from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was only about 40 words. But it sent a very powerful message to open the conference’s annual Football Media Days: “If we do not achieve a positive outcome under the existing big tent of Division I, we will consider the establishment of a venue with similar conferences and institutions where we can e

RSS Recent posts from Mark Blaudschun, A Jersey Guy

  • With Brady, Pats are money in the bank July 26, 2014
    Things a Jersey Guy noted this week: Is there any question that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be included in the discussion as one of the best QB’s of all time? Not only the 3 Super Bowl rings, but the…Read more →
  • No wiggle room on assaulting females July 25, 2014
    By Tony Barnhart I don’t know Devonte Fields, other than the fact that he is a great football player for Texas Christian University. He has already been chosen as the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. He was…Read more →
  • Fiesta Bowl’s Bagnato in new role July 22, 2014
    He was a sportswriter and then a bowl official and now Andy Bagnato is working on a different career,someone who is now a middle man, dealing with both sportswriters and bowl officials, as well as a variety of other figures.…Read more →