Over the last two weeks, Friday nights filled with fantastic football games were overshadowed by some strong disagreement of calls. A week after Dadeville thought it made a game-winning field goal at the last second, Wetumpka did not get the benefit of a flag thrown when a deep ball fell incomplete late in the fourth quarter of a one-point game.

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Over the weekend, Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — the most accomplished quarterback of the 2000s who isn’t named Tom Brady — went down for the season with an elbow tear, killing any hope of a Steelers Super Bowl for 2019.

The No. 8 Auburn Tigers (3-0) will travel to College Station, Texas, this weekend and take on the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies (2-1). It will be the eighth meeting between the two teams since A&M joined the conference in 2012.

During the late summer, it was revealed Alabama’s economy set records for the number of people employed along with the lowest unemployment rate in decades. Figures released in August had the state with a record-breaking 3.3% unemployment percentage.

There was a time when football held no interest for me but I’ve grown to be a fan. What I think is most important is how it develops kids but I don’t think it’s the game that develops them; I think it’s the organized team activity and having something a child can learn to do and get better at.

When President Barack Obama essentially doubled the national debt during his eight years in office, Republicans took him to task and rightfully so. Now annual deficits are soaring over $1 trillion, nobody’s talking about the national debt. Why? Neither the Democrats nor their media cousins c…

Muhammad Ali was a great boxer, philanthropist and activist. However, before Parkinson’s syndrome muted him, he spewed blistering audacities, “I’m handsome. I’m fast. And can’t possibly be beat.” 

It’s hard to believe but autumn is only two weeks away. That’s right, the fall of the year is just around the corner. Yes sir, we think of fall as beautiful colored trees, bonfires, football and cool crisp mornings. Right now it is hotter than Death Valley, and if Satan had a front porch we …

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Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, recently hanged himself in prison. With a lifetime of prison ahead of him, he chose suicide over going through another trial, more accusations and a lifetime behind bars.

Antonio Brown has been in the new cycle constantly for the past month and periodically over the past year for his antics on and off the football field. He has committed acts of selfishness whether it consists of temper tantrums, frostbite on his feet or calling out coaches and teammates on s…

The Auburn Tigers are 2-0 on the season and ranked No. 8 in the country by the Associated Press. They are also one of only six teams in the nation with a quality win over a top-25 opponent. 

Wednesday is Sept. 11 — the anniversary of the one of the most devastating terrorist attacks on the U.S.  The day that terrorist flew airplanes into the World Trade Towers in New York City and into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives that day.  

The time of year my boyfriend has been talking about since it ended is finally here.  Lord, bless him. I’ve been hearing an exact countdown for months; we’re talking hours, minutes, seconds.

Oh no. The bartender spotted sad sack ambling toward the bar; how he wanted the other customers to rescue him because sad sack bombards him with the sorrows and sleights he alone endures. The most common: no one understands him.  

I love to watch those shows on TV about aliens and how they are visiting Earth in all those UFOs. According to these guys, aliens are around every corner and behind every bush and have been for thousands of years. They don’t think it is speculation but fact we are being visited by our next d…

Time and again over the past few years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend among liberals; namely if you don’t agree with their positions you are to be silenced, boycotted or removed. Recently, the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party jumped into the liberal playbook feet fi…

After Rep. Elijah Cummings criticized the condition of detention facilities for migrants and applicants for asylum, President Donald Trump tweeted his own criticism of Baltimore, painting a dire picture of the district, calling it “rat-infested.” I examined the evidence about the Maryland ci…

As a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, it gives me physical pain talking about the Dallas Cowboys, mainly from gritting my teeth when I have to use their name or the heartbreak they cause me once — sometimes twice — a year. However, my job is to be unbiased when it comes to the NFL and I am a…

Gov. Kay Ivey has had a very successful first year as governor. One of the coups she pulled off was getting the legislature to pass legislation granting the governor the power to appoint the board of pardons and paroles. The new law will give her all the new appointments to the parole board.…

In class last week we discussed a chapter on ethics and public speaking. The textbook defines ethics as, “The branch of philosophy that deals with issues of right and wrong in human affairs.” 

“You know, while I appreciate your words, people saying they are sending prayers is pretty much a throwaway line these days.”

I’d just finished cutting my grass and beamed with satisfaction when a windswept trespasser — a food wrapper — shattered my reverie marring my manicured lawn.  Annoyed, I reached my ungloved hand to pick up the paper, oblivious an ant horde was speeding toward my hand like hungry football pl…

I recently saw a report showing how large city newspapers use political correctness in their references to people. It was fascinating to see how they worked so hard not to stereotype, misname or put one gender, race, organization, religion or anything else they can think of ahead of another.…

As much as I love college football Saturdays, there are times during the offseason where I feel like the hype is just a little too much. I do not need to read an article or watch a show every day on schedule releases, recruits, Heisman potential, new coaches, etc.

It’s the South and we have an affinity for sweet tea, barbecue and chicken.

Former Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham has continued to wow both general managers and fans alike. The former Tiger can easily be forgotten with all the first-round drama at the quarterback position that happened in April, but once Stidham stepped on the field teams had to be scratching th…

As we say goodbye to the summer of 2019, allow me to reminisce with you and indeed commemorate more than likely a summer exactly 50 years ago that was undoubtedly the most momentous summer in American history — the summer of 1969.

Respect. We demand it, think we are entitled to it and get upset if we don’t get it. Respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for an organization or institution, even when we don’t agree with their actions. Respect doesn’t require agreement; it just requires acknowledgement.  

The King James Version Bible mentions mother and mothers 256 times, whereas it mentions father and fathers 1,547 times. It surprised me but it indicates the father’s primacy and the father’s potency. 

This next week my sweet wife and I will celebrate 55 years of marriage. When you think she has been married 55 years and I have been married 55 years, then we have 110 years of married life together. Oh, my aching bones, I suddenly feel old.

Some of you reading this today remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 30 years ago when tanks and troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) crushed pro-democracy demonstrations. Or you watched coverage of the anniversary of that event this year. 

With just a few days until college football’s official 2019 kickoff, I now present to you my final, set-in-stone, for-real-this-time predictions. Feel free to use these picks at your local gambling establishment. You can thank me later. 

The best time of year is upon us with high school and college football starting this week and the NFL preseason underway. With a new season comes new expectations and new household names but who should you draft to your NFL fantasy team?

With an animal neglect discovery, the Lake Martin Animal Shelter has taken in 30 cats and dogs in very poor health. Some of the animals were so bad off they had to be euthanized but the ones that can possibly be saved need medical attention, spay and neuter. They also must be fed and brought…