We’re No. 1! Based on us!
A significant question for that lengthy-suffering Atlanta fan of sports:
Your house the goddess of victory, Nike, descended from Mount Olympus to provide 1 of 2 ten-year plans. Plan A means your preferred team won that elusive championship-only compiled just one other winning season in that decade, long lasting eight miserably unwatchable years (refer to it as the Florida Marlins plan).
Plan B means your team were built with a winning record for those 10 years, even making the playoffs nine occasions, but would neglect to achieve the guaranteed land (the Charles Barkley plan). They would consistently provide you with hrs of entertainment but no parades lower Peachtree.
Which may you select?
Because here’s the factor: this really is really a great time to become an Atlanta fan of sports. As was proudly and frequently noted finally night’s Atlanta Sports Awards ceremony, our teams are consistently competitive and entertaining. Previously year, all in our local pro teams not just performed in but located postseason games: the Braves performed an regrettably questionable wild card game twelve months after narrowly missing the playoffs the perennially playoff-bound Hawks again battled the celts and were so looking forward to their Game 1 victory they embarrassingly released streamers in the final buzzer the Falcons rose as much as host the NFC championship the very first time ever and also the Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker to eventual champs Alabama within an SEC title match which was, for those intents and purposes, the nation’s championship game. (What’s that, you do not think about the Bulldogs a professional team? Hey, Mark Richt and the massive coaching staff weren’t volunteering their hrs in Athens before I checked.)
But we’ve gone 18 years with no title, which rankles the real sports fans, too it ought to. Tickets to many of individuals aforementioned playoff games were sadly simple to get, as our teams typically play before united nations-packed houses, their accomplishments welcomed having a collective yawn. (Unless of course we’re speaking the Bulldogs.) Blame the typical reasons: the town filled with transplants, the Southern preference for school sports within the “new” pro teams that found town within the 1960s, unhealthy economy, time of Braves narrow misses, time of Falcons irrelevance.
It is primarily the insufficient feverish sports passion the Atlanta Sports Awards are possibly meant to make amends for. Last night’s ceremony-the eighth annual edition-was MCed by radio man Wes Dunham, who had been from time to time became a member of onstage by local players like Hawks center and Georgia native Lou Johnson, six-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt, and former Steeler QB (and today local radio DJ and sometime Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member) Kordell Stewart. All of our local corporate behemoths (Atlanta’s true champions?) were in the home, their executive VPs duly disbursing awards: the Delta-backed this, the house Deport-backed that, the SunTrust Memorial this. (In which the hell was UPS? Haters.)
Located within the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom, the gala would be a grand evening out for local high schoolers, who reached rub shoulders using their heroes. Norcross High’s Alvin Kamara was named senior high school athlete of the season, and Jacob Wieczorek of West Forsyth High and Victoria Weprinsky of North Springs Charter High were named Scholar Athletes of the season.
Yet to individuals who root for pro sports (and, I really hope, individuals who play them) the night time felt unmistakably just like a consolation prize. I was told frequently how lucky we should be here nowadays-class sports town. I was advised the New You are able to media was against us. I was so showered with love and self-serving praise that you simply almost expected, say, a Boston fan of sports to depart behind his seven titles within the last twelve years so he could come lower and purchase season tickets to half-empty Turner Field.
The athletes were outfitted how they only are in publish-game press conferences- it had been as though every team of all the sport had just finished a game title and also the players were psyched to demonstrate their new pocket squares. Had there been a finest Outfitted Award, I’d have named Orson Charles-the UGA tight finish who left school for that National football league draft like a junior but has came back to classes throughout the off-season. He used a great red blazer with white-colored piping that came dangerously near to searching just like a bellhop’s uniform, but was stylin’ nevertheless.
The night’s silent auction provided a useful chance to determine the way the different Atlanta teams-as well as their fans-value their players: an autographed Josh Cruz jersey was considered a $150 value but received a single, $75 bid a signed Julio Johnson jersey was worth $450 but began having a lone but respectable $225 bid along with a signed Dan Uggla jersey was offered by $150 and received zero takers. Following the auction, we-wait, Dan Uggla? Seriously, Braves? Did Heyward, the Upton Siblings, and Kimbrel have hands cramps?
In situation anybody is wondering, Mike Smith’s locks are even whiter and the skin even redder personally than you are on TV (he was named Coach of the season). Baseball caps have lengthy disguised the truth that Chipper Johnson, God love him, looks slightly demented as he smiles, with individuals playfully devilish eyebrows curling round his narrow eyes (he was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award). Matt Bryant likes his suits very shiny (he was awardless, but co-host and radio personality Sandra Golden got him to repeat on stage some smack-talk he’d targeted at the Panthers, following a game the Falcons had lost. Panthers players aren’t any doubt outraged through the repeated smacktalk and can fight in their approaching Charlotte now Metro Area Sports Awards Night).
The award for the best Team was won through the Falcons (everyone else duly rose up) and it was graciously recognized by Arthur Blank, his red tie, and the mustache. The person understands how to operate a team, and that he vowed to win better hardware soon.
That’s the factor: no offense towards the Atlanta Sport Council, but there’s only one trophy our pro teams as well as their players should worry about, also it isn’t the main one using the big A whose design bears a regrettable resemblance towards the 85/75 split. If Matt Ryan proudly displays his second Atlanta Athlete of the season Award on his mantle, Falcons fans have been in trouble.
To his credit, Ryan joked the award must have attended Tony Gonzalez, as a means of coaxing him in which to stay Atlanta. And to his credit, Ryan used a really awesome tie, narrow like a typical Falcons margin of victory.
My option for coolest moment from the night would go to the city Spirit Award, won by Georgia Condition College men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter. He runs a nonprofit that gives footwear to poor children, and that he coaches eventually annually barefoot to boost awareness. The following month Atlanta will host the 70-fifth Final Four, and Hunter announced that within the next three days, his group will distribute 75,000 footwear to Atlanta kids.
Who’re very, very fortunate to become Atlanta sports fans.