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Finebaum Book: Paul Finebaum has released his new book, "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference." I didn't have $26.99, so I read bits and browsed the pictures at Books-A-Million last week.

On the cover photo are many callers to the Paul Finebaum Show, which airs from 2:00-6:00 weekday afternoons on 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM. Included are; Tammy, I-Man and the infamous Charles from Reeltown. Inside the book, Finebaum makes reference to the guy from Highway 49 with his "country boy whuppin'" quote.

As for Finebaum's playing days, there are none to speak of. He writes, "I never played a down of football. I'm built like a paper clip. I weigh a buck and change and wouldn't know a skinny post from the post-master general. But I know what greatness looks like. It looks like the SEC."

Finebaum's radio show is now available on the new SEC Network. Bruce Burgess with Bright House Networks had this to say about the new channel. "In all my 43 years in the business, I have never seen this much excitement over a channel launch."

High School Games of the Week: Raycom Media will be featuring prep football games on television every Thursday. Locals can watch on WSFA's digital channel, Bounce TV.

Graham Dunn of River Region Sports, weekdays from 12:00-2:00 on WTLS Radio, is handling the play-by-play. Click Here to read the full story.

Football Picks: This week I transition this column into football prognostications. Next week I'll incorporate the college slate. Remember to make your predictions and e-mail them to me to take part in our weekly contest. *Note: pick your winners before the games are played.

Childersburg at Reeltown: The Rebels open up with a hefty schedule. Instead of kicking off against Dadeville, Reeltown now plays up to another good 4A team in Childersburg. Dadeville will follow next week.

Expect a close game, but I give the visitors the edge. Chil. 22, Rebs 20.

Trinity at Dale County: Just as its hard to pick against Jackie "O," it's also tough to go against longtime coach Randy Ragsdale at Trinity. I'm going against the trend this week. Dale Co. 27, Trinity 21.

Central Miami at Hoover: People don't talk about Rush Probst much anymore. Remember the MTV show, "Two-A-Days?" Josh Niblett hasn't skipped a beat at Hoover U. He's currently in the midst of the school's longest win streak at 30 games.

This may be the best opportunity for a loss. There's probably no team in this state that can knock off the Bucs. Hoover 24, Miami 21 .

Spanish Fort vs. Stanhope Elmore: The in-state team that might have the best shot at Hoover is Spanish Fort. The Toros (remember Oz) are building a dynasty.

This is the only game that will count in the Champions Challenge. Stanhope needs to show that they're worthy of the invite after a 4-6 season last year. Toros ("What's a Toro?") 34, Stanhope 20.

Notasulga at Tallassee: The jamboree now counts. The CW's Loser Line is Tallassee by 45.

I'm sure that the Blue Devils' Robert Langford is grateful to former coach James Lucas for setting this up (tongue in cheek). It's just a mismatch.

Baynes will have a field day for a half and rest up for next week. Battles won't run up the score, but it'll be out of reach by halftime.

THS 54, Not. 6.

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Tigers open season Friday

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee varsity football squad will dress 54 players...

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The (4) or (9) Factor

Some of Tallassee's most successful seasons end with years ending in (4) and (9). With the Tigers kicking off its 2014 season on Friday night, here is a look back at some of the high school's banner seasons in those increments.

5 Years Ago: 2009 Region Champs, Class 5A Region 2.  Coach: Rodney Dollar.  Record: 8-3.  Biggest Win: 17-14 at Valley.
15 Years Ago: 1999 Area Champs, State Semifinalists, Class 4A.  Record 13-1.  Coach: Mark Rose: First undefeated regulars season in 53 years.  Biggest Win: 21-19 at St. Paul’s in Quarterfinals.
30 Years Ago: 1984 State Semifinalists, Class 4A.  Record 8-6.  Longest run in playoffs at the time.  Coach: Steve McCord.  Biggest Win: 36-21 over Reeltown in first ever meeting.
60 Years Ago: 1954 Border Conference Champs. Record 9-1.  Coach: Charles Hathaway.  Biggest Win over Sidney Lanier 14-6.
70 Years Ago: 1944 Win streak ends at 33 games with 0-0 tie vs. Wetumpka.  Unbeaten streak continues.  Record 8-0-1.  Coach: John Edward O’Brien.  Biggest Win: Debatable, but most lopsided came over Lineville 72-7.  *Outscored opponents 284-25, shutting out all but three.

Graham ready for senior campaign

By Michael Butler

Tallasseee defensive lineman Ben Graham will begin his senior season when the Tigers host Notasulga on Friday night. Graham has seen playing time since his ninth grade year and definitely is player to watch...

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Teddy Time

Tallasseee's Teddy Brooks looks for an opening during Friday night's Tiger Night at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium. See more pictures in the Photos section.

Meet the Rebels

The 2014 Reeltown High School varsity football team. On Thursday, the Rebels open the season at home against Childersburg. Photo by Suzannah Solomon Wilson.

Merret with trophy winners McDow and Flurry

Flurry wins 12 and under archery competition


A group of archers from the Tallassee Parks and Recreation archery program, better known as “Talisi Arrowheads,” participated in the ARPA State Archery Shoot in Dothan on Saturday, Aug. 9...

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SMS Cheerleaders

Southside Middle School cheerleaders. Photo by Suzannah Solomon Wilson.

Champions Challenge this week


Six high schools will participate in the ninth annual Champions Challenge high school football triple-header in Montgomery...

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Raycom announces games of the week


Raycom Media, the AHSAA’s TV Partner for the Super 7 football championships and State Basketball Tournament...

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2014 Tallassee Tigers Football Schedule

Aug. 22 Notasulga
Aug. 29 at TR Miller
Sep. 5 at Talladega
Sep. 12 Shelby County
Sep. 19 at Clay Central
Sep. 26 at Dadeville
Oct. 3 OPEN
Oct. 10 Marbury (HC)
Oct. 17 at Beauregard
Oct. 24 Sylacauga
Oct. 31 Elmore County
Nov. 7 Playoffs

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