Sunday Sidebars: Myles Autry, Shelvin Mack, John Isner And More

Myles Autry has been released from his commitment to Tech and will likely attend prep school.

Myles Autry has been released from his commitment to Tech and will likely attend prep school.

It’s been a relatively busy week for sports news in Atlanta, and today we’ll link you to the biggest headlines. Things just keep getting worse this off-season for Georgia Tech football, Braves Country was well represented in Cooperstown, and John Isner defended his title at the Atlanta Open. Follow after the jump for these stories and more.

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Point/Counterpoint: Braves Set To Move To Cobb In 2017

Renderings of the new stadium on homeofthebrave.com.

Renderings of the new stadium on homeofthebrave.com.

In 2017, Braves Country will see Atlanta’s most beloved sports team move to the suburbs as the franchise is building a new ballpark along with surrounding shops, bars, and restaurants in Cobb County. The multi-use development will serve as a year-round revenue stream for Liberty Media, a move that could help the team increase payroll in the coming years. The controversial November announcement has divided both the Braves’ fanbase and the Sporting ATL staff. After the jump, RamblinBrave will play Skip Bayless to my Stephen A. Smith as we debate the hot-button topic. Civility be damned. Continue reading

Georgia Tech: Training Facility for NFL’s Elite

The John and Mary Brock Indoor Practice Facility

The John and Mary Brock Indoor Practice Facility

Recently, Georgia Tech got its newest football commit, defensive back Dante Wigley, in an interesting way. Taking a tour of Georgia Tech, he toured one of my alma mater’s more impressive offerings: the Brock Indoor Practice Facility. Calvin Johnson, Demariyus Thomas and former Bulldog Matt Stafford were running drills. Dante committed at the end of the visit.

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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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