Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Indoor football returning with ‘Rome Knights’? Latest high school and local college basketball updates. Falcons at L.A. Rams Saturday night. Hot Stove Gathering is Jan. 29.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Indoor football returning with ‘Rome Knights’? Latest high school and local college basketball updates. Falcons at L.A. Rams Saturday night. Hot Stove Gathering is Jan. 29.


Darlington boys traveled to Pepperell Thursday evening as the heart of the high school basketball season is under way. Photo by Jack Druckenmiller.

Girls: Darlington 57, Pepperell 33.

Boys: Darlington 43, Pepperell 38.


Elite Indoor Football lists “Rome Knights” as one of the leagues new teams: We got the head’s up on this one late Thursday; we’ll see what’s up later today. What we know so far:

  • The Rome team has four games scheduled this spring, the first on April 12.
  • The EIF Facebook account posted this message Thursday evening: “We want to thank the Rome Knights for stepping up and filling in the schedules in place of the Furious! The Knights look to play a full season in 2019 at the Forum.”

Rome’s dominant indoor team was the Renegades, which contended for several league championship titles in 2005 and 2006. For more on the EIF, click here


National Championship: Georgia vs. Alabama, Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. 8 p.m., ESPN

  • What they’re saying at UGA
  • What they’re saying at Bama.

Where to watch the game Monday night:

From Rome City Brewing Co.: “The National Championship is set and you can join us HERE on Monday night for the big game! Our tailgate party starts at 4pm complete with specials and prizes. Our big screen will be on the stage with full sound for the game. Wings, burgers, and beer specials all evening.

Norman’s No-Nos, bowl edition: Mr. Arey called it, Georgia for Alabama — with the Tide rolling to the crown. No-Nos

  • Shorter women fall 63-41 to Valdosta State. Next: At West Alabama, 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Shorter downed 81-65 by Valdosta State.  Next: At West Alabama, 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Berry Vikings men, women at Rhodes on Friday.
  • GHC Lady Chargers travel Saturday to Atlanta Metro College, tip off 2 p.m.


The Falcons play at the Los Angeles Rams Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NBC.


Annual Hot Stove Gathering, featuring the return of Manager Rocket Wheeler, set for Jan. 29 at The Forum.  Media release: The 2018 Hot Stove Gathering will be held at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome on Monday, Jan.  29, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Scheduled guests include the Rome Braves’ field staff of manager Rocket Wheeler, hitting coach Bobby Moore, pitching coach Dan Meyer and new trainer Vic Scarpone.  New Rome Braves General Manager Jim Bishop and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker will also be on hand. Additional guests include Atlanta Braves Assistant Director of Player Development Jonathan Schuerholz, Manager, Minor League Administration Ron Knight, Director of Scouting Brian Bridges, and former Rome Braves player Braeden Schlehuber.  More guests to be announced. The annual event, in its 16th year, benefits local charities.  Fans can enjoy an “all you can eat” gourmet ballpark fare dinner including hot dogs, chili dogs, chicken tenders and much more.  There will be a question and answer opportunity, autograph session and more.  There will be a sports memorabilia silent auction from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are available now and are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and can be purchased at the Rome Braves’ ticket office and online at  Children’s tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door).  Season ticket holders can take advantage of getting two tickets for $25 if they purchase now.  Tickets purchased the day of the event are based on availability. Special VIP tickets can be purchased that include a cocktail reception meet and greet with the evening’s special guests and gift bag.  VIP tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Tickets are available at the State Mutual Stadium ticket office, through members of the Rome High baseball team, and online at The Rome Braves open the season on April 5 against the Hagerstown Suns at 7 p.m. at State Mutual Stadium.



Rome Braves

Rome Braves‘ 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium. Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season.

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