I have some cousins that are huge LSU fans. One was even a member of the school’s Golden Dancers, Golden Girls, or something like that. We joke around prior to each Alabama-LSU game, but I cannot wait to see them each chance I get because they are not only family, but good friends too.

I once raised a “Billy the Bull.” Well, the Holstein was owned by Mr. John Mac (John McMillian), but he paid me, all of about 6 or 7 at the time, to keep a watchful eye on the young fellow and paid me by opening a savings account in my name for $35. I believe I later wasted that “gift” on a …

While the devastation many were left with following Hurricane Michael was horrific, fortunately, most of us around here escaped. Prior to me losing power Wednesday evening, the worst damage I experienced came from watching reports of the storm.

‘Who Dat’ may be the saying of today’s New Orleans Saints’ fans, but a couple of football fans attending the New Orleans-Detroit game at Tulane Stadium – pre-Superdome – on Nov. 8, 1970, probably said something entirely different.

Every now and then, a Southerner gets so mad at the North for one reason or another – or perhaps it’s the other way around – that someone quips we ought to have a Civil War do over.  You know, if you think we’re all hicks and hillbillies south of the Mason-Dixon line, then stay up there and …

For about two hours before the rains came Saturday at Tuscaloosa just prior to kickoff, cooling things off considerably yet ending our book sales outside of The Corner Supe Store across Paul Bryant Drive from Bryant-Denny Stadium, I soaked in story after story from Phil Savage, who at 53 has…

Watching Animal Planet’s Wild China recently, my self-proclaimed animal expertise regarding land mammals was destroyed in a matter of seconds as I watched some large and strange creature being featured. I sat there astonished, thinking momentarily I was watching some futuristic episode that …

Heard an interesting conversation between some young men in a press box recently at Cramton Bowl regarding the lack of football power with Montgomery schools as well as South Alabama in general, well, aside from the Mobile metroplex.

It was circa 1994 when I discovered a co-worker had never seen Deliverance, so I did the right thing and invited him over for a late-night snack while we watched my Blockbuster rental from the “old movies” section. It may not have been Burt Reynolds’ first role as an actor, but the 1972 film…

The most damning thing about the dirtiness of Alabama politics is that former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who was convicted in 2016 of 12 counts of violating the state’s ethics violations and who in appeal had 11 of those counts upheld within the week by the Alabama Court of Criminal …

Each week, I find someone who tries to one-up Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters and Tucker Carlson on the Crazy Train. There are so many out there that it makes my job easy, yet it is so sad that people are so out of touch with reality. This is not a difference of opinion, rather…

Enterprise Chamber of Commerce President Erin Grantham cruised to a three-game win over yours truly to win the last Ledger Pickin’ Panel, riding off into the sunset as the second consecutive female winner after Toni Kaminski accomplished the feat in 2016-17.

Sorry, but when outfits such as CNN and MSNBC promote violence against elected officials and their followers, the press is indeed the enemy and any self-respecting journalist that has altered the facts to better fit his or her or even their company’s agenda should have trouble sleeping at night.

One of the most sickening things I’ve come across in my time covering schools and governments has been the lack of transparency regarding child molesters, spousal abusers, or common thieves within their industry.

I love how talking heads such as Jalen Rose, who by the way never won a championship of any sort with his “Fab Five” buddies at Michigan, like to spout off about what’s taking place in Tuscaloosa and six-time national championship coach Nick Saban when Rose nor you or me have any idea whatso…

By the time this column is published, Urban Meyer will – or at least, should – no longer be the head football coach at Ohio State, thus falling into a similar shameful ending to what had been a tremendous career much in the same way Joe Paterno, Art Briles, and to a far lesser degree, Woody …

We’ve seen Sanderson Farms sued for misleading advertising campaigns regarding its antibiotic-free chickens, as well as everything from Duracell batteries (they don’t last longer), Nutella (it’s not a healthy treat), Hydroxycut (it’s not a diet supplement), Sketchers (their shoes don’t tone …

In college, intramural basketball games would often start late at night, you know, because some teams had to have time to get from final class to their favorite watering hole and eventually on to the gym floor. Depending on when the final class ended, some players would show up looking as if…

The news Thursday evening of another Duck Boat catastrophe at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, was hard to understand. I spent several weekends on that lake when I lived near the area, and after all of the problems the Duck Boats have encountered over the years, my first question was “W…

Video games have raised many of our children. That’s unfortunate, but I’m sure when many of us came along the elders complained that motorcycles and cable television were to blame for us not having the same discipline they had when walking 10 miles to school… both ways… uphill.

When the stars align just right, we get political candidates that actually give us quality choices either way. Incumbent Martha Roby or challenger Bobby Bright would be a good choice if they were so chosen in Tuesday’s GOP Primary Run-Off for Alabama’s second congressional district.

I struggled with another column idea for this issue. I want to wait until all is answered about why the dozen boys in Thailand were taken 2.5 miles into a cavern before I jump on their coach for taking them there in the first place. Oops, I guess I kinda just did.

Years ago, several snow monkeys escaped a zoo or something of its kind in south Texas, and the nightly news showed videos of said monkeys roaming the streets of the town.

I never was a fireworks guy, unless you count the joy I got in strategically placing a few firecrackers inside of large fire ant beds and watching them get blown to the moon and back. (Word of advice: Don’t walk up to an ant bed after you’ve caused such havoc. At this point they are not happ…

When word began to spread of Thursday’s deadly shooting at the newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, the one consistent among many of my current and past co-workers was that it was bound to happen at some point. People often tend to blame their bad behavior on the local newspaper, despite the fa…

Whenever a Democrat sets up at the Oval Office for their four-year sentence, er, term, I hope he or she will understand that having television personalities make rude and vulgar comments about them and their family members has been well established as the norm thanks to those emotionally dis…

As kids, we didn’t have video games to pass the time and with most of my spare time I could be found playing basketball, baseball or football in my backyard make-believing that I was a member of the Knicks, Braves or Jets.

If you want a ranking for something, I can almost guarantee you there’s one available. I am sent a variety of lists each week with rankings from drunkest cities in America to best steakhouses in each state complete with expert analysis, statistics to support the rankings, etc.

There will be 12 names appearing on the Alabama ballot for governor, including incumbent Kay Ivey and challengers seemingly from A to Z looking to overtake her as Sweet Home’s top shot-caller.

It was circa 2007, a Memorial Day, I’m quite certain. I remember because in all my 38 years of this crazy business, it was the first – make that the only -- time someone had threatened end my life because of something I’d written. Oh, I’ve been threatened, usually with legal action that has …

I, like many of my buddies – OK, two others – shrugged the shoulders and acted as if interest in the Royal wedding that took place early Saturday morning our time would be akin to watching a Kansas-Rutgers football game.

It was circa 1974. I was somewhere between elementary school and junior high, age-wise, but back then you could ride your bike for miles by yourself without Mama or Daddy worrying. Heck, I don’t think we began locking our doors for a few more years until a pastor of ours had a home invasion,…

I met my friend, Jay, for lunch during my recent trip to my daughter’s Masters’ graduation some 750 miles from here. Jay had already read the book, “New Set of Downs,” regarding Elba native Johnny Dyess, therefore he was aware Johnny had played for “Bear” Bryant at Alabama.

Candace had come as the doctor first predicted, Christmas Day, of 1990. So when the same doctor said Shelby would come along on New Year’s Day of 1993, we figured there was no way he could be so accurate and wondered if the baby would arrive at the end of 1992 or the beginning of 1993.

When I was a kid, I remember my house was 27 miles from Selma. It may have been 29 to downtown Selma, which now is basically the area where plywood sales thrive because most businesses are boarded up and now home only to maybe a few pigeons, a handful of rats and a couple of down-on-their lu…

So, high school football in Alabama is moving to instant replay this fall. There has been no word yet if games will kick off 30 minutes earlier or if parents will just be expected to get home 30, maybe 45 minutes later than usual.

If life is barreling down upon you, why not first enjoy a day – or partial, anyway – of complete peace with a cookout. Doesn’t matter if it’s already hot weather or if it’s slightly cold, there is nothing more free and mind-cleansing I can think of than sitting in a chair talking about nothi…