Lindy Davis, founder of Lindy’s Sports Magazine and Steve Davis’ brother, spoke to the Carrollton Rotary Club this week about his ultimate calling (he tried being an accountant and attorney first) and the evolution of sports during his three decades as a journalist.
Davis noted he started Lindy’s Sports Magazine during a pivotal year in college football – 1982 – the year Hershel Walker won the Heisman Trophy as a Bulldog and Bear Bryant completed his last season at the helm of Alabama’s fabled program. Much has changed since that time, he said.
Davis noted recruiting has changed dramatically, allowing more teams to be competitive, eliminating the total dominance of a handful of teams in the past. Health concerns, particularly concussions, have changed the way the game is played and media coverage continues to evolve with digital advances.
“It’s been a mixed bag,” he said. “A lot of print magazines continue to do well,” but he also acknowledged the necessity of an online presence. You can access his website at lindyssports.com.
Davis also presented his 2012 Top 10 college football rankings with LSU heading the list. Following are USC, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Arkansas and West Virginia. He also predicted the national championship game will feature the winners of the Alabama/LSU and USC/Oregon contests.
Great Strides Walk – The Great Strides Walk benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be Saturday, Sept. 29, at the University of West Georgia’s football stadium. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Each Rotarian is asked to raise at least $100 in pledges. Teams rosters will be on the tables at weekly meetings. For more information, see your team captain or Susan Fleck.
Share the Warmth – Please share the warmth this winter by cleaning out your drawers and closets. Collect anything you have that is warm, including coats, hats, gloves, scarves and any warm clothing. Bring items to Rotary or drop them off at the Times-Georgian. Thanks!