Combating The Cavs: A Georgia Tech v. Virginia Preview

Can #22 put together another big game on the ground? c/o washingtonpost.com

Can #22 put together another big game on the ground? c/o washingtonpost.com

After 2 weeks on the road, the Jackets return home to Bobby Dodd sitting at 6-2, but on the outside looking in with regards to the Coastal Division race.  Saturday marks Homecoming 2014, so make sure to show up to help propel the Jackets to 7-2 and keep them in the hunt for the division title.  Follow after the jump as we breakdown the “Hoos”.

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Around The ACC: What’s It Take To Get A Florida State Football Player Suspended?

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This is getting offensive.

News broke Monday afternoon that the Tallahassee Police Department is investigating starting Florida State tailback, Karlos Williams, for allegedly beating up his pregnant girlfriend.  This would be same Tallahassee Police Department that “investigated” an alleged sexual assault by not interviewing witnesses and not collecting DNA or phone records from the accused—who happened to play quarterback for FSU.

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10 Appropriate Halloween Costumes For The 2014 Atlanta Falcons

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After the Falcons fell to the Lions in embarrassing fashion on Sunday, I’m sure you’re all asking yourselves the same question. No, I’m not talking about whether or not Atlanta will ever make in-game adjustments, or at what point does Arthur Blank consider making coaching changes during the season. I’m talking about the most important question heading into the bye week: What costumes will members of the Falcons wear for Halloween? Lucky for you, I’m here to answer exactly that. Follow me after the jump for ten of my most brilliant suggestions.

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Consorting With The Enemy: Previewing Atlanta/Detroit With A Lions Fan

The Falcons will kickoff against Detroit in London tomorrow at 9:30 AM EST. c/o sidelionreport.com

The Falcons will kickoff against Detroit in London tomorrow at 9:30 AM EST. c/o sidelionreport.com

As you know, the Atlanta Falcons (2-5) have taken their talents (or lack thereof) to London where they will face off with the Detroit Lions (5-2) on Sunday. For those of you masochistic enough to ignore the snooze button to catch the action (kickoff is at 9:30 EST), this week’s edition of “Consorting With The Enemy” will provide you with all the information you need to know about this week’s opponent. Paying us a visit is “Edmund Fitzgerald”, a Detroit native who will mercilessly predict a beatdown of the Falcons in Wembley Stadium.

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Mark Bradley Is In The UK For The Falcons Game And He Is LOVING It

Mark Bradley's style: loquacious.

Mark Bradley’s style: loquacious.

If you are reading this site, you probably also read the sports section in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in which case you will be familiar with the extremely wordy Mark Bradley. Mark is an institution for the AJC and a mainstay on the national sports writing scene, and he has cultivated a particular style that reads almost like an SAT prep book. I am a fan, as I often end up chuckling at the complexity of his phrasing, and he has built a career on his verbosity – he’s been a sportswriter for 10 years longer than I’ve been alive.

Currently, Mark is in London covering the Falcon’s “home game” in the UK, and I’m sure he feels very comfortable there. The British are known for their roundabout way of speaking and writing, and I’m pretty sure our SAT reading comprehension test is the equivalent of a 4th grade vocabulary quiz over there.  As a result, Mark’s writing this week has been jam-packed with delightful British-isms and Bradley-isms. Continue reading after the jump for some of my favorites.

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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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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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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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