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Joel A. Barker


Joel A. Barker is a sports writing preacher. Joel was a longtime Featured Columnist covering College Football for The Bleacher Report before beginning his pursuit in pastoral ministry studies. Throughout his five years covering sports as a freelance writer, Joel's articles were picked up by sites such as espn.com and latimes.com. Joel is a family man. He and his wife Tina have four boys. Follow Joel on Twitter @joelabarker.

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Jul 18, 2018


MTSU Homecoming

Three Big Things from MTSU's Victory over Charlotte

Oct 20, 2018 at 11:27 pm by joelabarker

Middle Tennessee bounced back from their loss against Florida International with a homecoming victory over UNC-Charlotte Saturday afternoon at Floyd Stadium. The Blue Raiders.... Read More
Blackman vs Stewarts Creek

Pair of Juniors Help Lead Blackman past Stewarts Creek

Oct 19, 2018 at 09:45 am by joelabarker

It might have been one night earlier than usual for high school football, but Blackman continued their winning ways on Thursday night. The Blaze improved to 8-1 on the season.... Read More
Blackman vs Stewarts Creek

Blackman vs Stewarts Creek moved to Thursday night

Oct 17, 2018 at 04:41 pm by joelabarker

It won't be Friday Night Lights as usual for Blackman football this week. Their game against Stewarts Creek has been moved to Thursday night at the Inferno due to the weather.... Read More
Blackman vs. Cookeville

Three Big Things from Blackman's 45-14 Win Over Cookeville

Oct 13, 2018 at 07:30 am by joelabarker

Blackman returned to action Friday night at the Inferno. The Blaze blasted the Cookeville Cavaliers 45-14 on homecoming night at Blackman. It was a slow start for the Blaze a.... Read More
MTSU Blue Raiders

The Pick Six: Just Give Me the Picks Edition

Oct 12, 2018 at 05:00 pm by joelabarker

Last week, we were a respectable 4-2. That brings my record to 24-12 on the year. Who knows what Saturday holds, but if I tank these six picks, some crazy stuff will have tra.... Read More
MTSU Blue Raiders

Blue Raiders Look to Finish First-Half of Season the same way they Finish Second-Half of Games

Oct 11, 2018 at 01:15 pm by joelabarker

The secret is out. The players and coaches on this Middle Tennessee team are incredible at second half adjustments and execution. In the first half of MTSU’s three vict.... Read More
MTSU Blue Raiders

Blue Raiders capitalize on opportunity with huge win at Marshall

Oct 06, 2018 at 08:34 am by joelabarker

It’s not often you get the chance to celebrate the two biggest wins of the season within six days of each other, but that’s exactly what happened for the Middle Te.... Read More
Trey Knox

Blackman Wide Receiver Trey Knox Commits to Arkansas

Oct 01, 2018 at 01:37 pm by joelabarker

Blackman standout receiver Trey Knox announced that he has committed to play at Arkansas via his Twitter account (twitter.com/Fbu1Tk). One of the top high school players in t.... Read More

Tough Middle Tennessee team outlasts Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic

Sep 30, 2018 at 08:33 am by joelabarker

Much of the discussion about Middle Tennessee’s game this week was focused on Lane Kiffin’s return to the state of Tennessee. Kiffin was hired at Florida Atlantic.... Read More
Lane Kiffin

The Pick Six: Conference Play Begins Edition

Sep 28, 2018 at 08:15 am by joelabarker

It has been an eventful couple of weeks for Conference USA teams. Two weeks ago, North Texas went on the road to play SEC foe Arkansas and blew out the Razorbacks, 44-17. Las.... Read More