C. Jones No. 10

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By Nick Nunn Last Friday night, Chipper Jones, former third baseman for the Atlanta Braves – in the unlikely event that you didn’t know – headed out onto the field again after almost one year of retirement from professional sports. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne played Chipper’s way to the plate, as it had for almost 20 years, but he wore a gray suit instead of the signature jersey bearing the number “10.” “10” had a busy night on its own, being laid to rest with the likes of 3, …

Columnist travels to Los Angeles: Clash of the cultures

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I send you greetings from the left coast of our good old USA. To be a little more specific my actual location is sunny, glitzy Los Angeles where the stars are out even in the daytime and where, as I’ve discovered, a distinctly different culture exists. Some of the contrasts are good, some bad and some exceedingly ugly. I’m not really sure why I thought my country self would enjoy Southern California but here I am. Upon touching down at LAX and getting off the plane I first noticed a …

Coach Joshua Reeves owns a lot of shoes

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Joshua Michael Reeves was born in Thomaston on June 25, 1982, and raised in Concord. He attended Pike County High School in Zebulon, where he played baseball and basketball. Coach Reeves began his undergraduate studies at Gordon College but graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in Pre-Law and Political Science. Later, Coach Reeves returned to the University of Georgia to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Science Education. On July 15, 2006, Reeves married his wife, Randi. Their son, Matthew, will turn two this …

Biting the hand

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By Nick Nunn A federal court judge will soon rule on the question of whether or not the anti-trust suit Ed O’Bannon, former UCLA baseball star, has filed against the NCAA should be considered a class-action lawsuit. Although the fine legal points of the suit would probably be difficult to understand or express within the limits of a short column, the lawsuit boils down to this: the NCAA makes billions of dollars each year by using images and representations of college athletes in television broadcasts, video games, merchandise, etc., and …

Mat Dogs complete summer schedule

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Last Thursday, the Morgan County High School Mat Dogs held their last duals of the season. In addition to the Dogs, who hosted the event, the match included teams from Social Circle, Dublin, Westside, Central, and West Laurens. The summer schedule competitions, which allowed the wrestling team to get in almost a half-season of experience, was “very” productive according to MCHS wrestling coach John Robbins. Coach Robbins described the summer season’s purpose in terms of the program as a whole by saying that the summer …

Meeting softball, JV baseball coach Doug Connelly

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By Nick Nunn Staff Writer Jeffrey Douglas Connelly, Jr. was born in Athens, but attended the Monroe Area High School where he played middle infielder for the school’s baseball team. After high school, Coach Connelly attended Georgia Southern University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business. Later, Coach Connelly earned a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia. Coach Connelly married his wife, Ivey, in April of 2005, and they have two children: Trace, who is almost four years …

Murphy’s Law applied to life

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By Alvin Richardson You’ve all heard of it. Murphy’s Law is a common theory and simply stated says that if something can go wrong it will. I have expanded on this premise and call it Murphy’s Law of Inverse Proportionality and Disastrous Results which will henceforth be referred to as MLIPDR so you won’t have to read all those words again. I feel comfortable dabbling in mathematical equations because I got half the answers right when I took trigonometry in high school. A cool 50 percent and was exceedingly proud …