The weather is getting warm, kids are getting out of school, the grill is getting fired up, the pools are opening, and vacations are on the horizon. Best time of the year, right? Well, not if you’re an Atlanta Falcons and Football addict. The driest time for Atlanta Falcons and Football has arrived. The summer is a wonderful time for family and fun, but it’s a tough period for us fans obsessed with all things Atlanta Falcons football. There are OTA’s (organized team activities), but those are really just glorified off-season conditioning sessions and attendance roll calls on who is and who isn’t there. Yep, its quite the contradiction since the summer should the most fun times, but is the hardest for us Falcons fanatics. So to help our fellow Bird Cage members through this painful time, we’d thought we offer some fun things (or at least distractions) until training camp rolls around in late July:
The Braves got off to a sluggish start, but have put together a nice little run in April, winning 10 of their last 15 games and seemed to have figured some things out with their new lineup. The Braves are themselves fun to watch, but heading to The Ted (Turner Field) is a very awesome experience. Grab your sons, daughters, granddaughters, grandsons, nieces, or nephews and head to the ballpark. Although most of the games are at night, pretty much all home Sunday games are afternoon games. Turner Field is a great place for kids with their Cartoon Network area filled with games and activities. Snag some peanuts, a Coke, Southwestern Dog, or favorite snack and go enjoy a great American summer pastime. The Braves have tons of deals available, several extras such as Friday Fireworks, and a lot of good opponents coming to town. If you’re outside Atlanta and Georgia, then head to your favorite local ballpark, whether it be a major or minor league team.
Yes, our Atlanta Hawks crashed and burned in the second round, but this NBA playoffs still has plenty of star power and storylines remaining. The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics are matched up in the East and LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns are matched up in the West. The Kevin Garnett-Dwight Howard battle should be epic and can the Suns upset the mighty Lakers and finally get a well-deserved crown? Do the underdogs have a shot or will it be the two powerhouses and one of the greatest legacies of all time with the Celtics-Lakers? Add to that the fact that some of the biggest names in the NBA, including “Don’t Care if Fans Show Up” Joe Johnson, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh to name just a few, could very likely be moving elsewhere. The Hawks are also in the market for a new coach as well.
Coming off one of the highest watched and most dramatic Masters in recent history, the US Open looks to be another tourney in the classic setting of Pebble Beach. Even though golf may not be the easiest game to watch, it plays perfectly in the summer with the laid back, slower pace. Can Phil Mickelson make a run at second straight major? Can Tiger Woods continue a comeback from his shameful actions? Click on the US Open, fire up the grill, and fix your favorite beverage for some great golf action and surely intriguing storylines. June 17th – June 20th.
Summer’s the perfect time to try out all those recipes you’ve been wanting to attempt, but didn’t really have the time during the normal seasons. Nab your favorite burger, steaks, ribs, or chicken recipes and head outside for the great American tradition. Summer is synonymous with barbecue, family gatherings, and good times. Looking for some great recipes? Head over to FoodNetwork.com where they have anything and everything right at your disposal. They also have a really neat thing called a “Recipe Box” where you can save any favorite recipes in your own file. Suggest checking out the Grill Master Bobby Flay. Try some of his favorite burgers including the Dallas Burger, Cheyenne Burger, Nacho Burger, and Green Chile Burger.
Summer is the perfect time to try some new games or break out some of your old favorites. Whether is be Monopoly, Risk, or Spades, the summer season is great time to get friends together and party down with your favorite games. Head outside and set up a badminton or volleyball net, horseshoes, Cornhole (yes, it’s a really fun game involving bean bags and tossing), whiffle ball, or the favored football for a backyard pickup. If you haven’t tried Wii, in particular Rock Band, than find a friend and try it out.
Most of all, enjoy the summer season with friends, family, and gatherings that allow for a slower pace and enjoying the last rest before football commences again.
Oh yeah, and we almost forgot…………..Make Sure to Stay in The Bird Cage for new topics, write-ups, and as always, great discussions from the best Falcons fans in existence. Just because we’re hitting the No-Falcons-Football Dead Zone, don’t think that The Bird Cage won’t still be rocking. We’ll return to normal programming with the next post and here’s a Falcons question to ponder until then…….
-How will you bust the No-Falcons Football Blues?
-Interested at all in any of the above?
-What did we leave out?
-Any have big summer plans?
-Do you need an absence of the Falcons and Football to truly appreciate them?