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Former college football players share their playbooks for game-day fun

The best eats, drinks, and tailgating spots in five Southern college towns.

In the twilight of his career, AJC political columnist Jim Galloway worries about what he won’t write

Political columnist Jim Galloway has been a part of the Atlanta Journal Constitution for almost 40 years—covering seemingly everything in Georgia politics and gaining trust from politicians and readers because of his vast institutional knowledge.
University of Georgia National Championship

Atlanta: Here’s how to celebrate UGA in the College Football Championship if you can’t go to the game

Thousands for tickets? Yeah, let's not. Cheer for your Georgia Bulldogs and still get the full Atlanta experience at local bars, tailgates, watch parties, and official events as the Dawgs take a shot at the national title for the first time in 38 years against Alabama Crimson Tide.
Grant Field

UGA-Tech’s “clean, old-fashioned hate” at Grant Field, 1941

Every Thanksgiving weekend Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia clash on the gridiron to resolve yet another battle in the 124-year-old rivalry described by author Bill Cromartie as “clean, old-fashioned hate.”
Kirby Smart house

Home between the hedges: Tour Mary Beth and Kirby Smart’s Athens house

As head coach of a college football team, Kirby Smart has a wide spectrum of duties; apparently, so does his house. The Smarts’ newly remodeled Athens home not only accommodates day-to-day family life, but it also serves as a place to entertain potential players and other VIPs integral to the University of Georgia football machine.
UGA game

Attend a revival between the hedges at Sanford Stadium

If college football is a religion, then stadiums are its shrines, and one can argue that no spot deserves reverence more than UGA’s Sanford Stadium.
UGA

Home again at UGA

As I stand with Loran in the quiet enormity of Sanford Stadium on the eve of the 2016 homecoming confrontation, I am suffused with a surprising feeling: I belong here. I, too, have memories of athletic heroics: I saw Herschel Walker rush for a career record 283 yards on this field in 1980.

Power star Omari Hardwick on Season 3, growing up in Decatur, and why he’s excited for UGA’s new football season

When Decatur native Omari Hardwick landed the role of Ghost on Starz’s Power, whose third season premieres on July 16, he realized that it was a rare acting opportunity. Hardwick describes his character, an ostensibly straight-laced businessman named James St. Patrick, as “a three-headed monster.”
Devon Gales

What it’s like to take a paralyzing hit on the football field

During a kickoff in the third quarter, I was in to block. I picked out my guy, the kicker, lowered my head, and hit his shoulder. Then everything froze. I was on the ground.

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