Sporting ATL’s Exclusive Interview With Sean Bedford

Sean Bedford was a leader both on the field and in the classroom. c/o gtalumnimag.com

Sean Bedford was a leader both on the field and in the classroom. c/o gtalumnimag.com

Jacket fans, this week I had the pleasure of speaking with Sean Bedford, former All-ACC Center (2009, 2010) and current co-host of “Yellow Jacket Countdown,” the Georgia Tech Radio Network’s pregame show for Tech football. Sean has been an exemplary ambassador for Georgia Tech both on and off the football field, and in today’s interview, we had the chance to speak with him about his playing career and his current endeavors, both in radio broadcasting and his foray into the field of intellectual property law. Enjoy.

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Georgia Tech v. Pittsburgh – Jackets Look To Right The Ship

#15 was electric against the Panthers last year c/o Post Gazette

#15 was a difference maker against the Panthers last year. c/o Post Gazette

Georgia Tech hits the road on Saturday, as they travel to square off against the Pitt Panthers on Heinz Field.  After 2 consecutive losses by a combined 11 points, the Jackets suddenly find themselves behind the 8-ball in search of their 4th Coastal division title under Paul Johnson.  The game against Pitt on Saturday is a must-win if the Jackets want to keep their Charlotte hopes alive.  Follow me after the jump as we preview Saturday’s game.

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Album Review: T.I. — Paperwork

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On Tuesday, Atlanta hip hop artist T.I. released his ninth studio album—Paperwork: The Motion Picture—the first installment in a proposed trilogy of albums T.I. has created with executive producer Pharrell Williams. The album’s title is an obvious callback to T.I.’s most popular album, 2008’s Paper Trail. When speaking on the album’s title in April, he said: “Paperwork is official. If you’ve got paperwork on something, it’s official.” He’s clearly implying that Paperwork is somehow more official than his past two outings, which sold well, but did not return him to the hip hop relevancy of his earlier output.

So is Paperwork a return to the halcyon days for T.I.? Unless Disney decides to use Paperwork as the soundtrack for their next animated featureI don’t see him going double platinum again. That speaks more to the ever-changing landscape of music consumption than it does to T.I.’s popularity. Though T.I. admirably aims for the stars on Paperwork, he will ultimately fail to regain his place in the zeitgeist the way he did with songs like “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life”.

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Consorting With The Enemy: Previewing Atlanta/Baltimore With A Ravens Fan

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The Falcons will look to end a three game losing streak tomorrow in Baltimore.

If you’re like me, your eternal misguided optimism with regards to Atlanta sports has been recently replaced by hopelessness and tear-filled dark liquor drinks. The NFL schedule, however, will continue on Sunday despite my misery as the Atlanta Falcons (2-4) will travel to take on the Ravens (4-2) in M&T Bank Stadium. In this week’s edition of “Consorting With The Enemy,” I’ll put down the bottle long enough to preview this matchup with “Baltimore Jack,” a member of Ravens nation who will predict the home team to prevail on Sunday. Here goes nothing.

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Georgia Tech v. UNC, Or The Jackets v. UNCheat

One of these guys is a meathead.  The other, a football coach

One of these guys is a meathead. The other, a football coach.

On Saturday, the Jackets will take on the Tarheels in the annual matchup between the perennial preseason media darlings and the perennial preseason media dumpster fire.  Yes, the Jackets are the latter while the Tar Heels occupy the former.  As is standard protocol, the roles are reversed in the week leading up to the game.  On Saturday, the Jackets will play under the lights for the 2nd time this season as they head to Chapel Hill in search of their 6th win and their 18th consecutive bowl appearance.  Follow after the jump as we preview this weekend’s matchup.

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The Jackets Must Respond To Adversity On Saturday

Tech will look to bounce back after a tough loss on Saturday.

Tech will look to bounce back after a tough loss on Saturday.

Often times in the game of football, we find ourselves having to quickly rise up from defeat. Face it, every football player that has had the opportunity to play on this level has put in countless hours of dedication and hard work to reach the very goal that every player shares on every play, every game, and every day—which is to WIN!

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Casual Monday: Recapping WWE Raw at Philips Arena

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Is it possible to be a casual fan of the WWE? That’s the question that was running through my mind as I plopped down on the couch to take in 3 hours of the WWE’s flagship show Raw, broadcasted live this past Monday night from Philips Arena.

Throughout my life, my professional wrestling viewing has followed what should be a familiar trajectory for a lot of you Sporting ATL readers. Starting as a young boy, I became a massive fan of the then WWF and the now defunct WCW. Eventually, I found out that wrestling was fake, but that didn’t deter my viewership. I continued to enjoy the product throughout the Monday Night Wars before finally “growing out” of wrestling and abandoning it altogether. With news of Wrestlemania XXX being held in my hometown of New Orleans (remember me?), I knew that I had to go. In the run up to the event, I watched Raw regularly in order to catch up on storylines and familiarize myself with the latest talent. Was that necessary? As was the case in the Superdome in April and Monday night watching from home, the answer is a resounding No. Whether at home or in person, WWE events are highly entertaining affairs with equal parts dazzling athleticism and circus show camp. With so much spectacle and absurdity on display, yes, casual fandom is indeed possible. In fact, I’d highly recommend it.

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Sporting ATL Hosting Georgia Tech-UNC Viewing Party at Meehan’s Atlantic Station

Meet us at Meehan’s.

Georgia Tech plays UNC this Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and if you can’t make the trip to Chapel Hill, you can join Sporting ATL at Meehan’s – Atlantic Station. Trust me, the ATL Sports Guy once basically forced me into a spur of the moment trip to Chapel Hill and it takes like six hours to get there, so if you haven’t already made plans to leave on at least Thursday, it’s probably not worth it. Especially if you get peer pressured into staying at a Holiday Inn Express with 10 or 12 people in one room.

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In Praise Of Antone Smith, The Falcons’ Bright Spot (With GIFs!)

Antone Smith deserves to be smiling this season.

Antone Smith deserves to be smiling this season.

I’m a positive guy; I think having a positive attitude is one of the healthiest, easiest life-enhancements that one can make. So when it comes to the Falcons, let’s talk about this year’s silver lining: running back Antone Smith, the man who leads the NFL in home runs. This past Sunday, Smith worked his magic again, receiving a measly 6 touches but scoring another long touchdown. Instead of focusing on how few touches he gets, let’s talk about what he does with those limited opportunities and acknowledge how #blessed and #thankful we all feel when we see Tone jog out to the huddle.

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A Farewell Tribute To Landon Donovan With The American Outlaws Of Atlanta

Landon Donovan's final USMNT match. c/o Fox Sports

Landon Donovan’s final USMNT match. c/o Fox Sports

It’s still hard to comprehend, but US National Team legend Landon Donovan has donned the red-white-and-blue for the final time in his auspicious career. Last Friday night USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Donovan put aside their differences so that the veteran could suit up one final time for the Yanks. For diehard US Soccer fans, this was an important moment of closure for the man who has been the face of the USMNT over the last 15 years and defined the growing soccer movement in this country during that period.

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Tech No Longer Perfect After Loss To Duke

Duke was all over the Yellow Jackets running game.

Georgia Tech will not be National Champions this year. If Tech continues to play like they did on Saturday they won’t even be Coastal Division champions. The Yellow Jackets came crashing back down to earth after suffering their first defeat of the season. The loss came on the heels of being ranked in the top 25 for the first time in almost three years against a team that, although improved, the Jackets have beaten ten straight times.

To me, the blame lies with everyone. The coaches, the players, the refs, and even Mother Nature. The reason Tech lost is a simple one though: Georgia Tech made mistakes and Duke did not.

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Georgia Tech v. Duke – Them’s Fightin’ Words!

"Hey Cutcliffe, let's take this to the locker room snitch" c/o sportingnews.com

“Hey Cutcliffe. See him?” “That’s DeAndre Smelter, and he’s a future NFL WR!” c/o sportingnews.com

Georgia Tech is 5-0 coming off an emotional, hard-fought, convincing win against Coastal foe, the Miami Hurricanes.  The players and coaches know they have to put that one in the past and place their focus on this week.  It only took until Tuesday for that to become a reality when Cutcliffe questioned why anyone would even run the spread-option flexbone offense that Georgia Tech employs.  Follow after the jump as we welcome you to Hate Week—Duke Edition.

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