The first column of the New Year is always special.

It’s like a fresh start, a new outlook, the hope for better days to come.

The college football season is down to its ultimate game — for better or worse, it’s an Southeastern Conference showdown as Alabama squares off with Georgia.

The National Football League second season begins in a few short days and before you know it, it will be the Super Bowl.

As an aside, one can only wonder if the protests of the National Anthem will continue but since Seattle was the one that was the bigger promoter of that and they are not in the playoffs, you don’t know.

(Read today's Herald for full article).