Run Roddy Run: All that glitters is not Spanish Gold

Should the name of the show be the Ghetto Gold Diggers of Atlanta?

Should the name of the show be the Ghetto Gold Diggers of Atlanta?

THE BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White’s wallet is much fatter these days.

Here’s the year-by-year break down of his base salaries:  $6,000,000 – 2009: $6,600,000 – 2010; 4,000,000 – 2011; $5,500,000 – 20112; $5,600,000 – 2013 and $5,000,000 – 2014, according to the NFLPA. There’s another $4 million in incentives and $11.3 million in bonuses. That brings the grand total of his six-year contract extension to $48 million.

A note to Roddy, if you see any of the above people coming your way. . . . dude run the other way.

White is not planning to buy a new car. He's going to stick with his Spanish Gold Chrysler. (Looks Orange to the untrained eye)

White could upgrade his car, but he plans to stick with his Spanish Gold Chrysler. (Looks BRIGHT Orange to the untrained eye).

Run like you trying to get away from Baltimore safety Ed Reed.

Run like O.J. use to run through the airport in those old Hertz commercials.

Run like Michael Johnson did in the 400 meters at the Sydney Olympics.

Was forced at gun point  — pretty much — to watch this silliness by the Queen. You know, some supposed quality time before the season kicks off. I understand tons of folks like this show.

One of them is claiming she is from Cleveland, but actually is from Shaker Heights I understand.  She’s on the show acting all tough, but probably wouldn’t last 10 minutes on E. 123 and Kinsman Ave. while waiting in the snow for the 14 RTA bus.

That’s the ATL equivalent of living in Buckhead and claiming you’re hard because you grew off Bankhead.

One of them was married to a former Falcon and tried to get an absurd amount of his cash in a divorce settlement.

Another one was married to music dude, but when the hits stopped and his pockets were a little lighter, she found a bigger wallet, another former Falcon.

To be on the show you should have  a house and be married to be called a Housewife. One of them — who is not pictured above — took the only sane one’s place. She’s about to marry some dude with six kids and four or five baby mommies. And she can’t seem to figure out why everyone is pointing to the red flags.

White will have to beware of the ghetto gold diggers of Atlanta.

HARD KNOCKS — I made a new discovery this week. There’s a little thing on the remote called the DVR. My 11-year-old taught me how to use it. She was upset, because I used to pay her $5 to record the Falcons games for me.

I recorded HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals. The show had a real Falcons flavor to it.

Reggie Kelly was placed on injured reserve.

Reggie Kelly was placed on injured reserve.

Reggie Kelly, one of the many tight ends drafted by Dan Reeves, suffered a ruptured Achilles’ tendon on the show. He was a second round pick in 1999.

Later, we saw former Falcons’ defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer groaning about how “soft” his players were.  He was just trying to motivate them.

Former Falcons safety Chris Crocker got some major air time. He locked down Chad Johnson (sorry, can’t go along with all of the silliness even though I follow him on Twitter). Don’t remember Crocker as a coverage guy when he was here, but good for him.

Mike Brown, one of the nicest people you ever want to meet, was pretty clear about coach Marvin Lewis’ needing to get things turned around. Also, got to see old classmate Katie Blackburn (Brown’s daughter) working on Andre Smith’s contract.

FORNEY MAKING A MOVE — Former Falcon Kynan Forney who lost his job to Harvey Dahl last season is closing in on earning a starting job with the San Diego Chargers. He started 89 of 95 games for the Falcons from 2001 to 2007.

Well, got to get to practice and get up to Detroit for the preseason opener.

35 comments Add your comment

tbhawksfan

August 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

What is this, where am I ……?

long time falcon

August 14th, 2009
2:40 pm

I can’t lie I watch the show. Something about over the top pretentious gold diggers is entertaining to me. I love at the beginning of the show when sheree says that people are intimidated by her success. What? She just got evicted from her house because it went in to foreclosure! If success is living large off of Bob Whitfield’s money then I guess she’s the bomb. But it looks like Bob is now broke or she’s just not going to be getting anymore of his coin. Looks like she is under the gun to find her another man with some deep pockets. The clock is ticking! LOL!

Paddy

August 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

What the heck was that you just wrote? Did not understand at least 80%. We all have bad days. Who are those women???? I am lost.

Paddy

August 14th, 2009
4:18 pm

Long time falcon… just read your post. Those women are on a TV show? Is it a sports show? Somebody pls help me here.

GT GRAD

August 14th, 2009
4:24 pm

I cannot believe I just wasted my valuable time reading this nonsense.

Come on Mr. Ledbetter, you can do much better than this……..you might want to consider deleing the entire blog and replacing it with something worth reading. The first preseason game is tomorrow; to be sure there is something better you can offer!!

jerry

August 14th, 2009
4:29 pm

long time falcon

August 14th, 2009
4:56 pm

It’s a show on Bravo called the real housewives of Atlanta. Bob whitfiled’s ex-wife is on the show and so is ed hartwell and his wife. So I guess there is a relationship between the show and ex-falcon players. The show comes on thursday night and it is quite entertaining because the women on the show are so pretentious. I like to watch it just to get a good laugh at these women. It’s so far from the reality of a normal person’s life who actually has a clue. You just have to see it for yourself.

Paddy

August 14th, 2009
5:27 pm

Thanks long time falcon…thank gosh I don’t have Bravo, never watch reality tv but would this one time per your reccomendation. My wife would love me if I turned this bad boy on one Thur night.She has not gotten me to see American Idol yet, so this would be a coup. Who knows, could be planted in front of “lets make a deal” before you know it. Now DOL how about some sports.

SWAT Native

August 14th, 2009
5:50 pm

DOL,

As Ocho Cinco says on Hard Knocks, “Chile, please” (I’m going to make that my new catch phrase). It’s too late, I’ve seen that fine redbone that wears his jersey at the games.

SWAT Native

August 14th, 2009
5:59 pm

…and not only did Crocker lock Ocho Cinco down, I loved how he talked trash to him before he did it. “If you want some, get some”!

Falcon fan

August 14th, 2009
6:11 pm

This has to be the most useless article ever posted about the falcons. I can`t believe the AJC pays you for this nonsense! 1st preseason game less than 24 hours away and your writing about who`s porkin` who on housewives? Gimme a break!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 14th, 2009
6:31 pm

Child Please!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 14th, 2009
7:16 pm

“Some” members of Atlanta Falcons organization get to wish Vick well. “Other” members, not so much.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-wish-vick-115602.html

richbrave

August 14th, 2009
10:28 pm

I’m not looking forward to seeing MV7 twice a year with something to prove. DONAVAN McNABB is toast. BTW, is my main man SIDBURY still all that? And is AARON KELLY getting any burn?

The ‘SKINS stunk it last night. 23-0 to the RAVENS and my man FLACCO. Actually, 6-0 to JOE. No offensive line. I mean no……O-line. Chalk up a “W” in November birds fans.

Nite Owl

August 15th, 2009
8:01 am

DOL:

That was hilarious! My jaw was dropping when you called those ladies out, but they really deserve it.

Wonder what Ed and Big Bob would think. LOL.

As for the haters, lighten up. D has been posting a million Falcons articles. Let him have a little fun, eh?

Can’t wait to watch our young’uns get some reps against the Lions today.

Go Falcons!

now that's funny

August 15th, 2009
8:19 am

Roddy, run like OJ ran from the police in the white Bronco.

"Mr. Falcon"

August 15th, 2009
11:14 am

Why is a sports writer doing a piece like this? Dear, Abby is probably so proud of you. D. led you should start writing an advice column….. This article should be in a tween mag, (or maybe on the same page as the comics, and word puzzles), not on the sports page! This article is TV guide Channel quality, (or maybe Access Hollywood, or Extra).

richbrave

August 15th, 2009
11:28 am

D. ORLANDO:

I’m pleased that your PAM GRIER pix from last year have inspired a continuing series. This is the type of exposure that can create a hall-make for your articles. Keep up the good work.

FlyHigh

August 15th, 2009
2:58 pm

Thought this was a football blog. Seriously not trying to “hate” or anything, but leave this crud for some other blog. When will this city take football serious and not just as an afterthought to following the ATL hiphop or social scene, all of which is interesting but better left for another space on this rag newspaper.

Woz

August 15th, 2009
11:21 pm

Wow – it’s a blog post. Not every single word has to be hardcore Falcon info. Relax everyone. I’d tell you all to grow a sense of humor but I already knew that most people who feel the need to criticize random blog posts will never acquire one. Oh well…

Really?

August 16th, 2009
7:51 am

What is this, the high school newsletter? This blog consistently has more typos than a christmas card from a retard.

Get it together you morons

richbrave

August 16th, 2009
8:36 am

“IT” is already together. All you do is set an “I” and a “T” next to one another. Nothing moronic about it, Really?

Falcon 228

August 16th, 2009
12:56 pm

I think the show he’s referring to is “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on BRAVO. Anyway, I’ve never had the curiosity to tune in. I have no clue what it’s about or do I care. Now, for anyone out there that has DirecTV and is a fan or listener to Dan Patrick radio show, he has his own radio show now. But, you can grab it everyday from 9am to 12pm live on channel 101 & 239 on DirecTV. It’s re-broadcast from 12pm to 3pm and has a Best of “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday night at 11pm. Great show with great interviews.

Harleyman

August 16th, 2009
1:48 pm

Well the Falcons have gotten rid of most of the weak links on this team like Vick, Brookings, DeAngelo, etc, but there is still one glaring problem and that’s Van Gomer at DC. While it’s too late to do anything about it this year, the Falcons will just have to compensate by scoring a lot of points which they are fully capable of doing. Hopefully one of the assistants will step forward and help BVG out. Go Birds!

richbrave

August 16th, 2009
2:11 pm

DAN PATRICK. The only talking head I currently listen to.

Nite Owl

August 16th, 2009
2:36 pm

@”Really?”

Not that you matter or anything, but it’s time to retire the “really” meme. It’s like saying “don’t go there” or “TMI.”

Also, I have a special needs son, so if you say “retard” one more time, I’m coming over there. “Retard” is what middle schoolers used to say about 25 years ago. That is, unless you’re on the internet, where no one can punch you in the mouth.

As for your last sentence, you forgot the comma after “together” and the period at the end of a sentence. High school newsletter, indeed. People who live in glass houses should keep their pants on.

@Everyone else:

Hope everybody’s had a day to clear their heads and realize we’re not in a whole lot of trouble. We’ve got a few more games to get the defense on track, and I think the way they played after that first series showed we can tighten things up after a rough start. Very curious to see how they come out on Friday.

Nite Owl

August 16th, 2009
2:38 pm

And as for grammar/spelling/punctuation, yes, I realize how to spell “night.” The only thing is, I spell it that way because I’m a superhero.

midnite

August 16th, 2009
3:48 pm

Looks like Weems is capable of handling the returns just fine. I thought we should have won last night, but its the first preseason and no big deal. I hope Houston and Bierman will be OK by Friday. 1st team offense looked sharp. On to St.Louis.

Ted Striker

August 16th, 2009
4:20 pm

Entertaining article. Informative too, for what it was (pre-season). Okay, now that I’ve weighed in on the issue, I’ve got a plane to fly.

Nite Owl

August 16th, 2009
6:20 pm

@Ted:

You’ve got to concentrate, concentrate, concentrate…

Big Ray

August 16th, 2009
8:31 pm

Not worried about our defense. They’ll grow into it (with that much youth, there’s no choice in the matter). Oh, and giving up 10 points towards the end? That’s going to happen with your reserves in the game. They have to learn somehow. Better now than during the regular season.

The trick to our Birds this year will be the offense. The longer they manage to stay on the field, the less time our young defense will have to be on it. Oh yeah, and you thought Gonzalez was added just to give Ryan a tight end to throw to. Watch our offense this year. And watch how much harder it will be to deal with than last year.

Shawn

August 17th, 2009
9:50 am

The 1st team offense looked pretty good. It took a few plays to get going but as everybody already knew, Turner is unstoppable. The defense is a HUGE concern. It looks as though if anyone on the 1st team defense gets hurt, our back to back winning season chances will be lost because the 2nd and 3rd team defense is horrible. Shockley looked great and should definitely be moved to 2nd string. Norwood and Thomas Brown looked good. And it was great to see Gonzalez suited up and ready to go. The Offense get a solid B grade for their performance. The Defense gets a D for their performance. Overall team grade for game 1, “C”. GO FALCONS!

tjhook

August 17th, 2009
1:59 pm

I hate the tricks that come on this “Real Housewives” show. Some of them make wives look like livestock to be poked, cut up and cooked. Atlanta has beautiful women to be displayed – how did these chicks make it? And as a plus, I have an acquaintance who served as an assistant to these folks!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 30th, 2009
1:36 pm

THE ORIGIN OF J-ROCK: They’ve only been calling him that for nearly 10 years. Started back at Mississippi State. J as in JERIOUS. ROCK as is SOLID AS A ROCK. EQUALS — J. ROCK.

(This is the Falcons blog? I guess I assumed the Falcon bloggers know all of the players “long-time” nicknames. My bad!)

bejon

October 23rd, 2009
5:27 pm

what happen to the other girl in the pic why she not on the show anymore