Raised in New York and now adopted by the South, I've been reporting professionally for more than seven years, two at a small afternoon daily in McComb, Mississippi, four covering Louisiana Tech and Grambling for The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana and 10 months of Big 12 content for CNHI. I'll tell you something you may not have known.
GRAMBLING - A rugged-looking, wide-ruled notebook sits on the desk of Broderick Fobbs with a portion of it masking a black three-ring binder equipped with a stack of notes, a ruler and a stencil of plays.
RUSTON - It's an ordinary fall day for a seemingly ordinary young boy in the Brown household. At his grandparents' house in southern Ruston, 11-year-old Deangelo Brown slides back on a dark couch and peers up at a television with a Spongebob re-run playing in the background.
STRONG, Arkansas - An overcast day with pockets of sun shines over Jerry Burson Field, a place that hardly resembles much when empty. On this December afternoon, the field is littered with spots of brown grass - a sign that winter is coming - and a few puddles of water from a lingering rainstorm.
GRAPEVINE, Texas - The sights and sounds trapped inside the 4.5-acre atrium at the Gaylord Texan Resort make this scene look like a miniature Disney World. Instead of movie characters and fantasy rides, a scaled-down version of the Alamo and San Antonio's Riverwalk help produce a world within a world where, night and day, suits walk among the passageways as if it was a Monday morning on Wall Street.
The morning of May 14 started like any other for Jake Williams at Sportradar U.S. Hours later, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing sports gambling nationwide, he felt like a fourth round National Football League draft pick - happy for the news yet aware of the long and uncertain road ahead.
Blake Jarolim figured Oklahoma beer drinkers weren’t ready for this. “This” being F5, a West Coast IPA created in 2010 that would eventually help COOP Ale Works explode from a small craft brewery to a growing empire in Oklahoma City. At one point, Jarolim wasn’t ready for it either. The schoolteacher turned master brewer hated hoppy beers until he realized they brought flavor instead of just bitterness. “‘They’re going to taste this and they’re going to think this is so bitter and...
Louisiana Tech's Ryan Higgins (14) drops back to pass the ball during an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) (Photo: Brad Tollefson, AP) Louisiana Tech's offense continued to roll against Texas Tech with 45 points and almost 600 yards of total offense.
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