Discussing Chuck And Chernoff With Producer Carlos Medina

Chuck and Chernoff is Atlanta's most popular sports talk radio show.

Chuck and Chernoff is Atlanta’s most popular sports talk radio show. Courtesy Photo

If you’re like me, mainstream music on the radio doesn’t excite you, and AM sports talk is part of your everyday routine. So when I had the opportunity to chat with Carlos Medina, the producer of Atlanta’s favorite sports talk show, Chuck and Chernoff, I was very excited. Follow me after the jump to hear “Front Office Los” provide a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like working in sports radio. Continue reading

Catching Up With Former Jacket Danny Payne

Danny Payne rounds the bases after a home run.

Danny Payne rounds the bases after a home run. Courtesy Photo

Georgia Tech Baseball has traditionally been one the most successful programs in Georgia Tech sports. The team has made thirty NCAA Tournament appearances, has reached the College World Series three times, and has won nine conference tournament titles.

Today, I catch up with a former ACC Champ (’05) and two-time All-ACC first team selection—Atlanta’s own Danny Payne. Danny was raised in Woodstock, GA and played baseball at Georgia Tech before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2007. While at Tech, Payne played center field and hit leadoff since the day he stepped on campus.  Danny was a threat both offensively and defensively. In his career on The Flats, he had a 97.4% fielding percentage, highlighted by an errorless 2006 campaign. He was a career .332 hitter with 201 runs and 120 RBIs while swiping 64 bases. Most impressively, he amassed these stats in only three seasons.

Danny definitely left his mark on the Tech baseball program, and his insightful responses below will show that his alma mater left a similar impact on his life. The Sporting ATL staff is very grateful that Danny allowed us to speak with him on his playing experience and current endeavors. Continue reading

Your 2014 Atlanta Falcons Rookie Report

Atlanta selected Jake Matthews with the 6th overall pick. c/o sportingnews.com

Atlanta selected Jake Matthews with the 6th overall pick in this year’s draft. c/o sportingnews.com

Falcon fans, today we have a special treat for you. The editor at AtlantaBirdGang.com has been kind enough to swap guest posts with me, and today he will provide his thoughts on the Falcons’ 2014 draft and each pick’s outlook on the upcoming season. Please do yourself a favor and visit their site for a daily glimpse of Falcons’ offseason chatter and analysis. Continue reading

Report: Dan Uggla’s Days In Atlanta Are Over

UPDATE (3:03 PM): The Braves have confirmed Uggla’s release:

Dan, you don’t have to go home, but you have to get the hell out of here. Leave us your thoughts in the comments, Atlanta.

Georgia Tech British Open Preview

Stewart celebrating his 2009 Open Championship win c/o pga.com

Stewart Cink celebrating his 2009 Open Championship win c/o pga.com

For Jackets fans, the next four days should provide a lot of exciting golf as an all-time high 6 alumni will be in the field for the 2014 Open Championship.  Two former winners in Stewart Cink (2009) and David Duval (2001) will be joined by Matt Kuchar (amidst a career best season) as well as Cameron Tringale, Roberto Castro, and Chesson Hadley. In The Open Championship, the door is wide open for anyone with a little creativity and consistent approach game. Consider this a guide for the casual fan—the kind of fan that is unaware how many GIRs Paul Haley II has this year on the Web.com tour.

Note – I have changed my username from Rocker to CruncheeSportzATL.  S/O to NotFrench for using his chill PR skills in coming up with the new name.

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Highlighting The Goodness of College Football

Georgia Tech football players celebrating with the student body

College football unites friends, family, players, and students. c/o ajc.com

In my first post for Sporting ATL, I’ll briefly tell you a little bit about myself and share with you the memories of my upbringing that cultivated my love for college football. Like the rest of our staff, I am a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech who loves Atlanta and every great/disappointing team our city has to offer. I strongly believe that sports helped shape my character and that they help further societal advancement through mutual respect and love for the game shared by all those involved.

With the College Football Hall of Fame set to open in Atlanta the week before football kicks off this season, I’d like to share with you my passion for the sport. The NCAA is often justly scrutinized for its treatment of “amateur” athletes, unfortunately casting a shadow over a truly great product on the field. That shadow is not enough to cloud my love for the game, however, and today I’ll reflect on what college football means to me and the impact it’s had on my life.

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My Experience At The Friendly Confines

Sporting ATL was in attendance for Saturday's Braves game at Wrigley.

Sporting ATL was in attendance for Saturday’s Braves victory at Wrigley.

Shortly after Sporting ATL launched three weeks ago, I wrote about how boring this version of the Braves has been this season. Since that post, they’ve scored 4.8 runs/game while winning 12 of 18. BJ’s been slightly less awful while hitting in the leadoff spot, and although the Braves have remained streaky, they’ve played much better offensively. I rewarded myself for sparking this stretch of good baseball by following the team to Chicago for Saturday’s game at Wrigley. I’m glad I did.

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Introducing Mailbag Monday

Follow @SportingATL for future mailbag updates.

Follow @SportingATL for future mailbag updates.

Happy Monday, Atlanta. Today we debut “Mailbag Monday” at Sporting ATL where we will answer your questions from the previous week. Thanks for your questions and comments on Twitter. Most of them were reasonable, and only one of you is an insufferable troll. In today’s edition, I’ll dish on possible team names for the new MLS franchise, the future of the Falcons, Dan Uggla’s suspension, and more.

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Taking A Pulse On Soccer In Atlanta

Terminus Legion in good form, with 3 years remaining until ATL MLS

With three years remaining until ATL MLS, Terminus Legion is in great form.

When I began writing for Sporting ATL, the last place I envisioned this endeavor taking me was to an Atlanta Silverbacks soccer match on a Wednesday night.  In fact, the entire Sporting ATL staff made the trek to Norcross to see the home team take on MLS’s Chicago Fire.  The occasion was the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

According to ussoccer.com:

Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 100-year-old single-elimination tournament.

The Silverbacks had been playing a Cinderella of sorts, as they had already knocked off two consecutive MLS teams in advance of the quarterfinals match against the Fire.  They were one of only two NASL teams remaining in the Cup, with the remaining six teams coming from the top level of competition, MLS.  Follow me after the jump as I recap our night at Silverbacks Park. Continue reading

Q&A With The Magnificent Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech Beat Writer For The AJC

Ken Sugiura, the AJC's Georgia Tech beat writer

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat writer for the AJC

There are many things that Georgia Tech fans don’t agree on: should CPJ stay or go? Are we allowed to brag about the 2009 ACC Championship? East Campus or West Campus? Is UGA’s breeding merely unethical or a crime against evolution?

However, there is one thing that all Tech fans, and most knowledgeable college football fans, can agree on: we are lucky to have Ken Sugiura covering our beat. Ken regularly goes above and beyond in his analysis, he’s always fair in his criticism, and he cranks out new angles on our team with a consistency enviable by the most accomplished Industrial Engineer. After the jump, you can read my interview with one of my favorite writers covering everything from his career to his opinion on internet trolls. Continue reading

Way Back Wednesday: Remembering The Cumberland Shellacking

Germany's dominance over Brazil was child's play. c/o Wikipedia

Germany’s dominance over Brazil was child’s play. c/o Wikipedia

If you’re like me and have been avoiding work like the plague during afternoon World Cup matches, you saw the Germans beat Brazil like a drum yesterday. I’m always highly entertained when Twitter erupts at the expense of a losing team, and yesterday didn’t disappoint. Yellow Jacket Nation trolled the host country hard, comparing the ass-kicking to Tech’s 222-0 triumph over Cumberland College in 1916. After the jump, I’ll give you some of the best from Twitter and provide my thoughts on the biggest beat-down in college football history. Continue reading

Your 2014 Atlanta Falcons Hard Knocks Primer


Good morning, Atlanta. Today I chime in as the fourth contributor to Sporting ATL. Call me the first to miss the podium; call me the clean-up hitter; call me whatever the hell you please. Sometimes great things come in fours, and on June 14th, this proved to be true. On this hot summer day, not only was I frolicking around on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee… Not only did I have a Little Debbie Honey Bun for breakfast… Not only did Outkast announce their return to Atlanta… Yes, sure, these are all wonderful things, but the greatest thing—the fourth thing—was that my Falcons had been selected as the feature squad for the upcoming season of the HBO hit series Hard Knocks. This was a great day. After the jump, I’ll tell you what to expect from the show and a little more about myself. Continue reading