New podcast launched

TRUSSVILLE — Gary Lloyd has launched a new podcast, called the Books, Babble & Ball Podcast. The podcast will feature topics such as writing, journalism, history, news, interviews, sports and more. The first episode of the podcast was made available Sept. 8, and includes discussion with David Lloyd about the PGA Tour Championship, the upcoming … Continue reading New podcast launched

Tough runs

THIS STORY APPEARS IN GARY LLOYD’S BOOK, VALLEY ROAD: UPLIFTING STORIES FROM DOWN SOUTH. GET IT HERE. So much about that high school football season was tough. A player dying during a gym workout prior to the season kicking off. The small town's grocery store, which produced a quarter of a million dollars in annual tax revenue, … Continue reading Tough runs

Legendary coach honored: ‘I don’t want him to ever leave’

By Gary Lloyd  BIRMINGHAM — A few hundred former players joined Fred Yancey at the 50-yard line at halftime.  When it was time to leave the field to make way for the homecoming court, someone motioned toward an end zone.  “Let’s go this way so they’ll follow you,” she said to Yancey.  Even today, they’re … Continue reading Legendary coach honored: ‘I don’t want him to ever leave’

Sandlot Sonny

By Gary Lloyd As someone who writes stories, I am conditioned to find the theme, to dig for the hidden meaning like a dog after whatever lies a foot beneath the backyard grass. I spend more time searching for it -- in books, in interviews, in my own mind -- than actually sitting down and … Continue reading Sandlot Sonny

The Returns

Blazers, Bulls sparking the Magic City By Gary Lloyd BIRMINGHAM – I am an unabashed and unapologetic Alabama fan, and that will never change. Crimson is my color, and the Tide is my allegiance. Saturday night, as Alabama completed a comeback for the ages against Georgia in the SEC Championships Game, I paced in a … Continue reading The Returns

Briarwood DE Cole Garner registers record 3 safeties in win over Fairfield

MONTGOMERY – It’s a safe notion everyone watching Briarwood Christian’s 26-0 Class 5A, Region 4 victory over Fairfield last week witnessed something they had never seen before. That’s because the Lions’ junior defensive end Cole Garner did something that most likely has never been done in a football game. Garner sacked the Tigers in their … Continue reading Briarwood DE Cole Garner registers record 3 safeties in win over Fairfield

A rundown on my 5 books

My full house is complete. Two fiction novels and three works of nonfiction. And due to work and graduate school, I may not be publishing another book for quite a while, despite having several ideas in mind. Who knows, though? Maybe I'll have another published in the near future. It's something I love doing.So, in the meantime, … Continue reading A rundown on my 5 books

A bond beyond baseball

The baseball coach felt as if the pastor was talking directly to him. Sure, there was a congregation full of people, but the message was so pointed, so personal, that it felt like a one-on-one conversation. The sermon was about stepping outside of your comfort zone. The coach had always talked to his high school players … Continue reading A bond beyond baseball

Calling all high school coaches, players for new book

I’m calling all high school coaches and former student-athletes for potential inclusion in a new book that I’m working on.I’m interviewing any and all high school coaches and former student-athletes who have great stories to tell that transcend wins and losses, 40-yard dash times and recruiting. This book will focus on the other side of … Continue reading Calling all high school coaches, players for new book