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1  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Wayment!...Creflo Dollar Says God Told Him To Endorse Donald Trump? on: August 25, 2016, 09:28:22 AM
I would think that in this time and age black people do not need and endorsement from any particular black person to persuade them to vote one way or another. With that being said, I'm trying to think who in the hill could persuade me vote for Donald Trump.

I also see a tearing down of black preachers/ministers and churches on the rise.
2  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Age old discussion....what's the order when you cut your lawn? on: August 20, 2016, 07:36:27 AM
I mow, edge,trim and then blow. Blowing is always done last. I always connect the bag when mowing.Im too lazy to rake.  All lawn waste has to be brown bagged and put curbside.
3  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Olympic Track & Field on: August 20, 2016, 07:24:43 AM
The third leg runner slowed down too much on the hand off. That was when the race was lost.  Just plain old sloppy. You would think as large as the US is we could find someone who is fast enough win the 4x100.
4  Discussion / Sports Forum / ASU president names Sherie Gordon athletic director for Albany State University on: August 17, 2016, 10:07:11 AM
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University President Art Dunning announced today the appointment of a new athletic director for the university.
Sherie Cornish Gordon, who has more than 12 years of leadership and supervisory experience in athletic administration, will serve as the athletic director for the new Albany State University. She begins Sept. 1.

5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: AFCA DII Pre season Poll on: August 16, 2016, 02:50:20 AM

Golden Rams, Blazers just outside Preseason Top 25

If you asked Kerwin Bell or Dan Land where their teams ranked in the Division II preseason polls, odds are they would know.

But they probably wouldn't care. The two know the season opening showdown between their teams is inching ever closer.

The AFCA Division II preseason poll was released Monday. Neither the Golden Rams or the Blazers cracked the Top 25.

Both though are in the always popular "Others Receiving Votes" category.

Valdosta State actually missed a top 25 ranking by just 20 points. You could say they are 27th in the poll, with Albany State a little further down.

The two teams square off Saturday September 3 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
6  Discussion / Sports Forum / AFCA DII Pre season Poll on: August 16, 2016, 02:41:50 AM
Northwest Missouri State No. 1 in Preseason AFCA Poll

After winning a fifth national title in 2015, Northwest Missouri State will start 2016 where they ended last year – at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This is the fourth time since the poll began in 2000 that the Bearcats start the season ranked No. 1. Semifinalists from last season’s playoffs, West Georgia and Grand Valley State (Mich.), are ranked second and third, respectively, followed by national runner-up Shepherd (W.Va.) at No. 4. Colorado State-Pueblo rounds out the top five.

The first week of action starts off with three Top 25 matchups as No. 1 Northwest Missouri State begins defending their national championship by traveling to No. 24 Emporia State (Kan.). The second ranked team in the poll, West Georgia, plays host to No. 22 Catawba (N.C.), while No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo travels to in-state rival No. 18 Colorado School of Mines in a key early-season matchup in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  

2016 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 15, 2016


School (1st votes)

2015 Rec.


2015 Rank*

Season Opener

Head Coach

1. Northwest Missouri St. (29) 15-0 749 1 Sept. 1 at No. 24 Emporia St. (Kan.) Adam Dorrel
2. West Georgia (1) 12-2 676 3 Sept. 3 vs. No. 22 Catawba (N.C.) Will Hall
3. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 12-3 658 4 Sept. 1 vs. Tiffin (Ohio) Matt Mitchell
4. Shepherd (W.Va.)  13-1 638 2 Sept. 3 vs. West Virginia Wesleyan Monte Cater
5. Colorado St.-Pueblo 12-2 581 5 Sept. 1 at No. 18 Colorado School of Mines John Wristen
6. Ashland (Ohio) 10-1 523 10 Sept. 1 vs. Mercyhurst (Pa.) Lee Owens
7.  Minnesota St. 10-2 466 13 Sept. 1 at Minot St. (N.D.) Todd Hoffner
8. Indiana (Pa.) 9-3 364 19 Sept. 10 at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Curt Cignetti
9t. Henderson St. (Ark.) 11-2 363 12 Sept. 1 vs. Southeastern Oklahoma St. Scott Maxfield
9t. Texas A&M-Commerce 8-4 363 23 Sept. 1 vs. Faith (Fla.) Colby Carthel
11. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 12-2 360 7 Sept. 3 vs. New Haven (Conn.) Shawn Lutz
12. Ferris St. (Mich.) 11-1 359 6 Sept. 1 vs. Ohio Dominican Tony Annese
13. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 10-2 353 16 Sept. 1 at Carson-Newman (Tenn.) Rob Smith
14. Midwestern St. (Texas) 10-2 344 9 Sept. 3 at Truman St. (Mo.) Bill Maskill
15. North Alabama 9-3 330 15 Sept. 1 at Jacksonville St. (Ala.) Bobby Wallace
16. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-2 276 18 Sept. 3 at Hillsdale (Mich.) Bob Bartolomeo
17. Tuskegee (Ala.) 10-3 241 11 Sept. 3 at Clark Atlanta (Ga.) Willie Slater
18. Colorado School of Mines 8-3 228 NR Sept. 1 vs. No. 5 Colorado St.-Pueblo Gregg Brandon
19.  Minnesota-Duluth 9-3 196 NR Sept. 1 at Southwest Minnesota St. Curt Wiese
20. Central Missouri 8-3 184 NR Sept. 1 at Pittsburg St. (Kan.) Jim Svoboda
21. Assumption (Mass.) 11-2 144 17 Sept. 3 vs. Kutztown (Pa.) Bob Chesney
22. Catawba (N.C.) 9-3 140 25 Sept. 3 at No. 2 West Georgia Curtis Walker
23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 9-3 125 21t Sept. 1 at St. Cloud State (Minn.) Jed Stugart
24. Emporia St. (Kan.) 11-3 124 8 Sept. 1 vs. No. 1 Northwest Missouri St. Garin Higgins
25. Augustana (S.D.) 9-3 119 24 Sept. 3 vs. Northern St. (S.D.) Jerry Olszewski

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2015

Others Receiving Votes: Florida Tech, 107; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 99; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 88; West Chester (Pa.), 82; Winston-Salem St. (N.C.), 74; Charleston (W.Va.), 60; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 53; Colorado Mesa, 50; Harding (Ark.), 40; Albany St. (Ga.), 34; Virginia Union, 29; California (Pa.), 25; Angelo St. (Texas), 19; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 13; Miles (Ala.), 11; Delta St. (Miss.), 9; Michigan Tech, 9; Western Oregon, 9; West Texas A&M, 8; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 6; Bowie St. (Md.), 4; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 4; Central Oklahoma, 3; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 3; Ohio Dominican, 2; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 1; McKendree (Ill.), 1; Newberry (S.C.), 1.
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: LeBron James agrees to three-year $100 million on: August 12, 2016, 02:17:47 AM
Dag, If it wasn't for my trick knee I could have been making that much money... tiptoe
8  Discussion / Sports Forum / LeBron James agrees to three-year $100 million on: August 12, 2016, 02:15:55 AM
New contract will make James the highest-paid player in the league in 2016-17 at $31 million

LeBron James’ new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers will hit nine figures.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that James agreed to a three-year, $100 million deal with the NBA champion Cavs.

The new contract will make James the highest-paid player in the league in 2016-17 at $31 million, according to multiple reports. The superstar forward’s 2017-18 salary will be more than $33 million, which would be a single-season NBA record, ESPN reported. The previous mark was the $33 million that Michael Jordan received in 1997-98 from the Chicago Bulls.

James was a free agent, though he previously assured the Cavaliers that he would return.

James announced on a video posted on his social-media site, Uninterrupted, “I just want to let y’all know I’m re-signing back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, my hometown team. I can’t be more excited than this opportunity once again, man, to defend our crown, defend our title. We all know last year was a magical, inspiring — all the words you can come up with — it was an unbelievable season. I just can’t wait to get the group back together — the team, the franchise, more importantly, get everybody together, the fans.

“Without you guys, without your passion and commitment, we wouldn’t have been able to do what we did this past season. I’m ecstatic. I can’t wait to see my guys. I can’t wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together. Lastly, let’s get J.R. (Smith) done. It’s that time.”

Smith, a free agent, started 77 games for the Cavaliers last season.

James is expected to sign the contract next week at a charity event in Sandusky, Ohio, benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation.

James, 31, returned to Cleveland from the Miami Heat ahead of the 2014-15 season, and he guided the Cavs to the NBA Finals in both seasons since his return. Cleveland lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 Finals before beating the Warriors in a rematch this year for the first championship in franchise history.

In each of the past six seasons, James guided his team to the Finals, and he has three championship rings.

James averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 76 games last season. In the postseason, his averages improved to 26.3, 9.5 and 7.6.

A 12-time All-Star, James is a four-time regular-season MVP and a three-time NBA Finals MVP.
9  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Malia Obama on: August 10, 2016, 07:42:45 PM
What a perfect way to get at the parents. Harass the kids...... tiptoe
10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: John McCain's son on: August 10, 2016, 05:11:24 PM
Nothing new here for me to see. Thought I would see some handsome black man with a lovely white sister all lovey...hugging and smiling...... tiptoe
11  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Georgia University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby to retire Dec. 31 on: August 10, 2016, 11:49:27 AM
ATLANTA — University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced this morning that he will retire at the end of the year, a news release from the USG says.

The retirement of the state’s 12th chancellor will be effective New Year’s Eve. As chancellor, Huckaby oversees Georgia’s 29 public colleges and universities that serve 318,164 students.

“Public higher education touches all aspects of our society. It is the fabric that holds us together and is an investment that pays dividends for life,” Huckaby said in the release. “The University System is one of the great strengths of Georgia, and I am grateful to have been able to serve with the faculty and staff who bring it to life every day to serve our students. The University System holds an incredibly bright future for the next generation.”

Huckaby has been chancellor since July 1, 2011, when USG had 35 institutions and a combined 298,510 students.

“Chancellor Huckaby has been a lifelong public servant to the state of Georgia, and public higher education has been his special calling,” Board of Regents Chairman Kessel Stelling said. “The Board and I express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all Hank has done to support the students, faculty, staff and everyone who will touch the University System for years to come.”

The USG listed achievements made during Huckaby’s tenure:

— An increase in the number of graduates year-over-year: from 54,855 students in 2011 to 62,545 students in 2016, a 14 percent increase.

— The consolidation of USG institutions from 35 to 29, with savings reinvested into programs and expanded academic courses for students. The system is currently in the process of merging Albany State University and Darton State College in Albany. Consolidations completed to date, USG officials said, have redirected an estimated $19.6 million from administrative costs to student programs and support services.

— Launched a systemwide campus safety initiative in May 2015 that mandated system-led training and centralized the implementation and oversight of campus safety policies, procedures and requirements. Each institution is to have a campus safety committee for the 2016-17 academic year.

— Expanded the use of free textbooks to help keep costs down for students. USG officials estimate students saved $16.5 million in textbook costs during the 2015-16 academic year.

Before becoming chancellor, Huckaby was a teacher and administrator in the USG and also taught at private colleges and universities. He served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, first as a senior policy coordinator and later as its director. Huckaby also has served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and as the executive director of the Georgia Residential Finance Authority.

Huckaby represented Georgia House District 113 for the 2011 legislative session before being named chancellor. He is a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Huckaby also is active in the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and is on the Georgia-based Alliance of Education Agency Heads. He was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration in November 2014.

Georgia Trend named Huckaby the 2015 Georgian of the Year, and Leadership Georgia awarded him the 2015 J.W. Fanning Award.

Huckaby serves as a trustee of Young Harris College, where he earned an associate’s degree. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia State University and continued his education through additional graduate studies at the University of Georgia.

He is active in the United Methodist Church and has held numerous positions at the parish, conference and national levels. Huckaby and his wife, Amy, have two grown children and six grandchildren.

12  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State begins football practice on: August 09, 2016, 02:29:15 AM
Golden Rams set the tone for preseason practice

The Albany State Golden Rams pursuit for a third straight SIAC East division title began Monday.

From the opening whistle, it was full speed ahead.

Dan Land had the Golden Rams on the move Monday, and for good reason.

Albany State is just four Saturdays from kicking off the 2016 season at Valdosta State.

The Rams return a good number of starters and key players from last year's team, but Land says they still need several newcomers to step up this fall.

Monday's practice centered around competition, and Land says that was to send a message for the rest of camp.

"We have a lot of new guys in, new freshmen in," Land says. "We had to set the tone, and let them know it's hard to be a Ram. So you have to make sure they come in in shape, and were ready to rock and roll from day one."

"Everybody wants to win. Everybody came out hustling," says senior DL Grover Stewart. "Everybody was sprinting to the ball. I feel like everybody really wants it this year."

The Golden Rams will try to get back to Montgomery for the SIAC Title Game this season. They kick off the 2016 slate September 3.

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13  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State begins football practice on: August 09, 2016, 02:26:58 AM
Rams anxious to start season

One by one, Albany State University football players trotted onto the practice field for the start of preseason workouts Monday morning.

The heavy morning dew hadn’t completely disappeared before the Rams were hard at work.

Albany State plays its first game at Valdosta State in less than a month, and every day of practice is precious. The first day couldn’t have come soon enough for defensive lineman Grover Stewart, who said losing in last year’s SIAC conference championship game to Miles College left him sour.

“It left a bitter taste in my mouth,” Stewart said. “It feels great to finally get back out here. I’m ready for the season to start. Coach likes to see everybody run and on defense, all we do is run, so everybody was running today.”

The Rams, who finished last season at 6-4, have little time to waste. Three of Albany State’s first four opponents made the NCAA Division II football playoffs last season: Valdosta State, Tuskegee and West Georgia. But the good news is the Rams have a wealth of talent returning.

And by early September, the Rams believe they’ll be ready for a 10-game regular-season.

SIAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jarvis Small returns at running back after rushing for 1,037 yards and a conference-leading 11 touchdowns last season.

In addition, a pair of preseason all-conference first team linemen — Javoris Wilburn and Tedrick Cofield — return up front.

Second-team quarterback Caleb Edmond, who passed for 1,761 yards and seven touchdowns
last season, returns, as well as one of his favorite targets in wide receiver Quadrey Simmons.

Edmond has the upper hand at quarterback after starting 10 games last season. However, he will have to fend off stiff competition from former Monroe standout Charles Stafford. Albany State coaches have said the quarterback competition is open.
“I love competition,” Edmond said. “It brings out the best in everybody.”

Stewart anchors the defensive front. The Rams have two other all-conference returnees: first-teamer Nick Scott and second-team defensive back Zavondric Shingleton.

There are some key positions to fill, but the Rams expect to be in good shape before traveling to Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Sept. 3 to face Valdosta State.

Land said last season did not end positively in the 20-7 loss to Miles in the championship game after Albany State defeated the Golden Bears 29-16 during the regular season, rallying from a 14-0 first-half deficit.

“It’s been teaching for us,” Land said. “It’s an opportunity for us to go back and take the things that we did right and build from them.”

Something the Rams expect to do over the next three weeks.

14  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Spelman Investing Rape Allegation Involving Morehouse Students on: July 29, 2016, 11:57:41 PM
Somethings just smells fishy. Did she tell her parents? Are they involved in it? If not why? The hell if I wait on a campus police investigation if I was going to holler rape. It seems to me school rape cases should be investigated by an independent agency. May be too late to prove rape/sexual intercourse now if the school has the only evidence. What does how she was dressed have to do with anything?
15  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Nia Green on: July 28, 2016, 03:59:11 AM
I'm surprised no one is talking about the Nia Green video. Dam! I don't know what to think about this one.  crazy
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