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.
As the world’s best tee off today at the finale of the PGA’s Fed Ex Cup—The Tour Championship at East Lake—let’s take a closer look at Atlanta’s oldest and most beloved golf course.
Before I go in-depth with my thoughts on the aftermath of this weekend’s news, I feel the need to be up-front about a few things. First of all, I do not condone what was said in Bruce Levenson’s e-mail exchange with Hawks executives. At best, what he said was careless, and I expect a higher level of self-awareness from a man of Levenson’s stature. Second, as I pen this piece, more facts continue to surface in this story, and I am not naive enough to believe that the content of this singular e-mail was the lone reason for his willing departure. Finally, I’m certainly not an Atlanta Spirit fan, and I expect the Hawks to be better off with Levenson’s partial ownership allocated elsewhere. With all of this being said, I have problems with how this situation has been handled and perceived.
There have been a lot of Debbie Downers at the beginning of this football season, and I just don’t understand why. For some reason, people have deemed Georgia Tech’s first three football opponents as “uninteresting” matchups. My buddy Ken Sugiura, in his article about season tickets sales, wrote, “A variety of factors, including a so-so home schedule and the team’s lackluster performance last season, have dropped Georgia Tech’s season-ticket sales beneath projections.”
But for a 33 game hit streak in 2011, it’s not a stretch to say that Dan Uggla struggled mightily while wearing a tomahawk across his chest. These struggles, of course, culminated with Fredi Gonzalez leaving him off the playoff roster at the end of last season. Things had gotten so bad that Uggla was benched in favor of Elliot Johnson, who the Royals cut in the midst of a playoff push and with good reason; Johnson was (and is) a fringe big-leaguer who owns a career .269 on-base percentage. Following his so-so stint with the Braves in 2013, Johnson could only get a minor league deal last off-season and has spent the vast majority of 2014 in AAA.
Bruce Levenson recently agreed to sell his stake in the Atlanta Spirit, the ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks, in light of a racist email he sent several years ago and recently self-reported. In the aftermath, many people have said, to paraphrase, “his email may have been insensitive, but it’s also probably true.” I’m here, as a white guy, to tell you why Levenson’s email was wrong and why he’s right to take ownership of it now and bow out of the NBA. And why it’s not true in the first place.
On Saturday, a troubling trend for the Yellow Jackets continued as the team once again started with a poor first half. For the first 30 minutes, Tech made Tulane look like a formidable opponent. We were beating the hell out of ourselves with bad execution and costly turnovers. The Jackets were extremely fortunate to head into halftime with a lead, and thanks to poor play-calling and quarterback play by the Green Wave, they were able to build momentum toward a strong second half.
Heading into Sunday’s long-awaited contest with the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons are a three point underdog in their own Dome. Today, I’ll chat with a special guest—Mike, from Rise Up Reader—to discuss exactly what Atlanta needs to do to overcome the odds and seal a victory in Week 1. Mike is an extremely knowledgeable Falcons fanatic, so do yourself a favor and bookmark his page for future analysis of everything Falcon related. In our estimation, there are five key areas that will tell the story of Sunday’s match-up, and we’ll play each other’s devil’s advocate in breaking down each focal point.
When single-game tickets first went on sale for Yulman Stadium’s inaugural game, Tulane managed to sell out the stadium in 14 minutes. A ticket to this game on StubHub is going for $134 right now. A ticket to Georgia Tech-Clemson can be had for $60 on StubHub, so to say fans are excited would be an understatement. I know in my season preview post, I marked Tulane as one of Tech’s easy victories, but after our Week 1 affairs, I’m not sure I’d be confident in calling this an easy win.
With the Falcons set to kick off the season this Sunday against New Orleans, a new contributor to the site, PianoeKiez, debuts by sparring with me over a rivalry that has recently been dominated by his hometown Saints. It goes without saying that everything he says is irrefutably incorrect, and his Georgia Tech diploma does not make up for the fact that he’s a dirty scumbag Saints fan. Not this week.