By Rita Kaye Nearor
This time of the year the sports section of most any newspaper circulated throughout the United States is blanketed with heroic stories of football. Words like “pounded”, “defeated”, and “win” are prominent in headlines in this grid-iron glorified country. In the South, you are guaranteed to strike up a conversation with a total stranger if the topic is football. As important as football is in any Southern home, winning is just as important. Sure we say, “It’s not who wins or loses, but how you play the game.” Well, we all know that’s a lie. If winning wasn’t important, why keep score? I’ve also heard, “We stand behind our team win, lose, or draw.” Again, that’s another lie. The research would back me up, but I prefer personal observation. I have witnessed ticket sales and booster support drop during and after a losing season.
By Brady Liles
It all started a little over two years ago. I had no idea that this would be one of the most influential facets in my life. It was called Book Club. The Tuesday night trend started years before my invitation, consisted of a solid group of about seven men from various backgrounds, occupations, and phases of life.
By Tonyia Bowling
I shouldn’t be able to do this. I shouldn’t be able to do this – these are the words running through my brain over and over again. This is the story of how my love affair with stand up paddle boarding began.
Early in my vacation I observed a paddle boarding group leave a marina and then the guide tow some of the guests back to the outfitter desk for a refund. When we inquired how hard it might be to learn we were told that it required a lot of core strength; I have none of that.
At night we visited websites of different companies that offered stand up paddle boarding. One member of my family pulled up a photo of a lady just lying on her stomach on a board. I was told, “If she can do it, you can do it.” The pressure was on.
By Ron Fritze
After the battle of Stones River, the Union high command again wanted Rosecrans to advance against Bragg but he demurred. Pressured to take the offensive, he finally began the Tullahoma campaign of 24 June to 3 July which used brilliant maneuvering to force Bragg out of Tennessee without any major fighting. By early September, he had forced Bragg to abandon the strategic city of Chattanooga and was closely pursuing him when it would have been an opportune time to consolidate his gains by halting in Chattanooga. Pushing ahead, he was initially surprised when Bragg turned to fight. The climax was the battle of Chickamauga on 19-20 September 1863.
By Ron Fritze
William S. Rosecrans (1819-1898) commanded the Union Army of the Cumberland at the battle of Chickamauga and made the fatal mistake of pulling a division out of his battle line. Confederate forces exploited that gap to inflict a stinging defeat on the Union forces. Needless to say, this situation resulted in Rosecrans being removed as commander of the Army of the Cumberland. He was never given command of a major army again.
By Guy McClure
When the sun finally called it a day dragging its long shadows that spread into an all-encompassing cooling blanket, we would emerge with our wet heads smelling of soap and the indoors – calmed from the previous hours exertions by tepid waters and echoed sounds. In our paper-thin pajamas, we sat in the front yard, cross-legged in the folding chairs with the prickly green plastic webbing on the seats – hoping to, but never catching the breeze that could work wonders by cooling our still dewy bodies.
By Ron Fritze
During the Civil War and for years after, Grant was known for keeping his opinions about the war to himself. After he left the presidency that changed and Grant started to reminisce. In 1877 he went on a world tour with John Russell Young as the reporter who accompanied him. Over the course of months, Grant started to provide recollections of the Civil War which Young eagerly included in his newspaper columns and a later book. Then toward the end of his life, Grant was financially ruined by dishonest “friends” and needed to leave his family some money. So he wrote his famous memoirs that were completed shortly before his death. They sold well and are a classic of American writing. In Young’s book and his own memoirs, Grant revealed some telling anecdotes about Braxton Bragg as a man and a soldier. Here they are for your enjoyment. Are there any Bragg fans left out there?