Those of you that are regular readers of Sporting ATL may know that long ago, MayorOfBuckhead started a recurring series reviewing popular sports bars in Atlanta. Over a month later, this “series” is still made up of a single post. So on Wednesday, The Mayor decided he’d caught enough flack from the rest of our staffers for not following up on his initial review. He asked me to come with him to one of his favorite watering holes in Buckhead, and I reluctantly obliged. We went to sample the menu and have a few drinks—and we got a hell of a lot more. We stumbled into a viewing party for CBS’s Survivor, hosted by none other than John Rocker.
Back in July, I wrote that Georgia Tech’s season would hinge on the Virginia Tech game, just as it had the year before. Last year, the Jackets faced Virginia Tech on a Thursday night at Bobby Dodd with a 3-0 record, including a win over the eventual ACC Coastal Champion Duke. That fateful night, Vad Lee turned the ball over three times, and GT was held to a pathetic 129 yards rushing. The Hokies won 17-10 on the strength of a gritty performance from Logan Thomas, playing with an oblique strain, and a masterpiece of defensive game planning. The one-score difference in the game and Vad Lee’s inability to push the team down the field were the first signs that our red-shirt sophomore quarterback might be a whole lot of talk without much walk.
The Braves have announced via Twitter that Frank Wren has been relieved of his GM duties:
This comes as no surprise to members of Braves Country, and more moves are assuredly on the horizon. As interim GM, John Hart may choose to fire Fredi Gonzalez in the coming weeks, or he could wait and let the new GM make the decision. Either way, it’s going to be an interesting off-season in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech fans have come to expect close and, unfortunately, mostly heartbreaking games against VPI in recent years. This time around, the game was different. This past Saturday Georgia Tech went in to a hostile Blacksburg and came out on top. Due to late game heroics and a never-say-die mentality, the Jackets were able to get the best of the Hokies… finally!
4-0. Four-and-oh. The game was in doubt multiple times today, but perseverance, Justin Thomas, and a couple CPJ playcalls won the game to vault the Jackets to the realm of the undefeated. Butker missed, then Butker won. We overthrew a pass, then we threw one to convert on 4th and 15. Our defense bent, then our defense picked. This is how you win games in college football. At the end of the day though, the doubters who haven’t give us a vote can continue to underrate this team. We believe in JT. We believe in CPJ. We believe in GT. You gotta like our chances this season. Discuss in the comments, Jackets fans.
Georgia Tech – Virginia Tech. Before Duke’s magical 2013 season, these two teams had represented the Coastal in the ACC Championship since its inauguration in 2005. Since this game became a regular affair beginning in 2004 (when the Hokies joined the conference), Virginia Tech holds an 8-2 series advantage. Nearly all these games have been close, with the exception of a 51-7 blowout in 2005 and a 27-3 blowout in 2007, both products of completely inept Chan Gailey-coached teams. Since Paul took over in 2008, he is 1-5 against the Hokies—the lone win coming in 2009 when this song was debuted during Tech’s upset over the #4 ranked Hokies. The average margin of victory of this game in the CPJ era has been 6 points, with the last couple of years being highlighted by an inept Virginia Tech offense being stopped by a less than mediocre Jacket’s defense, and the option offense being suffocated by Bud Foster and crew. Follow after the jump as we preview the Hokies and give our predictions for tomorrow.
We are in that sweet, sweet part of the year when baseball and professional football are both happening at the same time. Of course, this time of year would be a thousand times more enjoyable if the Braves had postseason aspirations, but at least the Falcons beat the Saints and gave us all something to live for. So, since the Braves can’t really compete right now, and the Falcons haven’t shown us much of an identity yet, I have decided to measure the two by one of the most important pieces of the fan experience: tailgating. If pro sports are second to college in anything, it’s the tailgating experience. Of course, this experience will be changing very soon with the opening of new stadiums for each team, but that will just give me an opportunity to write another column. Look for my review of the new Braves Corporate Tailgating Arena Sponsored by T.G.I. Fridays (no outside food and drink allowed), coming in 2017!
It was a rough weekend, Falcons fans, but winning on the road in the NFL—especially against a tough defense like Cincinnati’s—is a difficult task. There won’t be much time to reflect on Sunday’s letdown, though, as our NFC South rival Tampa Bay Bucs will be in town tomorrow to take on the Falcons on Thursday Night Football. In this edition of “Consorting With The Enemy”, I’ll introduce you to a Tampa native (let’s call him “Bucco Bruce”) that will somehow defend the Bucs as a formidable opponent in this midweek contest.
As a part of this morning’s groundbreaking in Cobb County, the Braves announced that the naming rights to their new stadium have been purchased by Suntrust. For the first time in their history, the Braves will play their home games in a ballpark named for a corporate entity. It comes as no surprise—these partnerships are extremely lucrative for major sports franchises—but personally, I’m disheartened by the total burbification and corporatization of the Braves. What do you say, Atlanta? Do you like the name? Do you even care what they call it? Let us know in the comments.
December 5th, 2009 was a great day to be a Georgia Tech fan. All of the heartbreak in the Chan Gailey era and all of the losses to UGA (even a tough one at home the previous week) didn’t matter on that day, because on that day, Paul Johnson—in just his second season at the helm—brought an ACC title home to Atlanta. This accomplishment was made even sweeter by the fact that the Jackets beat their biggest ACC rival, a loaded Clemson team (for the second time that season), in the championship game.
Well, that was almost really embarrassing. Georgia Tech came out strong against their in-state foe, scoring touchdowns on their first five possessions. A fast start is something Jackets fans were looking for after failing to do so in the first two games of the season. The Jackets built a 35-10 halftime lead and were well on their way to a routing of Georgia Southern. However, the fun stopped there…
The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore, who has been all over this story from the beginning, tells us that Ferry will take an indefinite leave of absence as General Manager of the Hawks after further evidence of his insensitive remarks about Luol Deng has been made public:
So what happens now, Hawks fans? In my estimation, he won’t be the GM of the Hawks when the 2014-2015 tips off in late October, whether he’s fired by new ownership or by he steps down on his own. Discuss.
Coming off one of their best regular season victories in recent memory against the Saints, the Falcons will head into their Week 2 tilt against the 1-0 Cincinnati Bengals with the stink of the 2013 season erased from their collective memory. Atlanta will line up across from this formidable AFC foe for the first time since 2010, and in this week’s edition of “Consorting With The Enemy,” I’ll dispute this Sunday’s match-up with a Cincinnati native that will misguidedly predict a victory for the Jungle Cats. Who is this nameless intruder? At my day job, I call him “boss”. This should be fun.
On Saturday, Georgia Tech will face off against the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first ever match-up between the two schools. I’m not sure why we never scheduled our FCS game against Southern before, but all that is moot now as Southern is in their inaugural season as an FBS member and Sun Belt Conference participant. @NotFrenchATL already stole my thunder by touting this match-up as two schools who take binge drinking to the next level. Don’t expect bloody marys and mimosas for the early morning tailgating. It’ll be bourbon and beer at the crack of dawn. There will also be a litany of hilarious old pictures of Paul courtesy of the AJC.