Archive for June, 2009

2009 AJC Peachtree Road Race: How did you prepare (or not) for your July 4 run?

It’s almost time for the 40th AJC Peachtree Road Race. Have you been getting in a lot of extra miles, cutting back on junk food or pretty much just chilling in the HOTlanta heat?

Are you aiming for a PB, or will you just be out there to have a good time?

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Atlanta Braves: Bobby Cox vs. Lou Piniella – Which managerial approach works best?

Sweet Lou or Bobby? (AP / AJC)

Aye, Skipper: Sweet Lou or Bobby? (AP / AJC)

When AJC columnist Mark Bradley asked readers if the Braves needed to say goodbye to longtime manager Bobby Cox, he found that although most fans who responded to his poll said they would like a change at the team’s helm, it wasn’t by the large margin he’d anticipated.

“Sixty percent of roughly 2,000 respondents said the Braves do in fact need a new manager. I figured it would be 70-30, maybe even 80-20,” Bradley wrote in his June 23 blog.

And with the Braves at 35-40, in fourth place in the NL East and five games behind the division-leading Phillies, many AJC readers have complained on our blogs and in the Braves Vent about Cox’s calm, cool and collected “player’s manager” style; the yelling and insults appear reserved for umpires. Try to remember the last time you read a story including the phrase “Braves clubhouse controversy.” But some fans say the Braves lack fire, as does Cox, and a less player-oriented manager must take over …

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Atlanta Braves: Will wretched road trip lead to horrible homestand vs. Yankees, Red Sox?

Can anything salvage the Braves’ rapidly sinking season?

The team lost six of nine games and all three series on a trip that ended Sunday in Boston with manager Bobby Cox, third baseman Chipper Jones and reliever Eric O’Flaherty being ejected by home plate umpire Bill Hohn in the 7th after arguing a would-be strike-three call on an 0-2 fastball to ex-Brave J.D. Drew. 

Atlanta’s luck? On the next pitch, Drew singled in a run for a 5-4 Red Sox lead. Adding insult to injury, another ex-Brave — Boston’s Nick Green — nailed a 9th-inning walkoff homer off reliever Jeff Bennett for the 6-5 Red Sox win.

After a makeup game tonight with the Cubs (34-31), the Braves (32-36) finish their tough interleague schedule, hosting the AL East’s top contenders — the Yankees (38-31) and the division-leading Red Sox (42-27) — before rounding out the homestand against NL East-leading Philadelphia (36-31).

YOU TELL US: Can the Braves possibly pull off a winning homestand against the likes of New …

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What’s the right way to behave on a golf course?

Bob Barker didn't say "Fore!" before taking a swing at Happy Gilmore. (Universal)

Bob Barker didn't say "Fore!" before he took a swing at Happy Gilmore. (Universal)

It’s not every day that an argument on the golf course escalates to Happy Gilmore vs. Bob Barker proportions. (If you get the movie reference, then you know what we mean.)

But for those of you who may not have heard, such a disruption took place on a Douglas County golf course Sunday evening.

According to the course general manager, a foursome cut in front of a couple, which then proceeded to hit into the foursome. A heated exchange followed and the police were called.

Tiger Woods’ storied rivalry with Phil Mickelson hasn’t produced any outbursts on the green. The pair even played the final round of the Masters together.

So with the golf world turning its attention to Bethpage Black, site of this week’s U.S. Open and Sunday’s raucous play on the greens, we ask: What are the things that other golfers do that upset you most?

Do you observe course etiquette? How do you prevent confrontations, or …

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Five Falcons rated among top 99 in NFL

Writing at Fox Sports.com, Peter Schrager ranked his top 99 players in the NFL on Thursday, a list that includes five Falcons and 42 players on teams who appear on the Falcons’ 2009 schedule.
Schrager said that in compiling his list he didn’t take a “fantasy football” approach, in other words it isn’t statistic-heavy, but instead asked three questions: 1) which player would I rather have on my team; 2) which player would make the most impact on my team?; and 3) which player will be the best player in 2009, specifically?
Also on the list are two former local stars — Champ Bailey of Georgia and the Denver Broncos at No. 32 and Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech and the Detroit Lions at No. 83.
The top-rated player is quarterback Peyton Manning of Indianapolis.
The five Falcons are running back Michael Turner (No. 38), quarterback Matt Ryan (43), tight end Tony Gonzalez (47), wide receiver Roddy White (56) and defensive end John Abraham (92).
Turner ranks fourth among running backs …

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Atlanta Braves shakeup: Glavine released, Schafer sent down, Hanson called up, McLouth moves to CF

Nate McLouth

Nate McLouth

Braves — and Pirates — fans may be calling it What The Heck Wednesday.
For Atlanta fans, it was a day that saw veteran pitcher Tom Glavine, 43, released after a comeback bid with his original, longtime MLB team and one day after outfield prospect Jordan Schafer was sent down to AAA Gwinnett after two months of floundering at the major league level. Then Wednesday took another stunning turn when Pittsburgh’s Nate McLouth was traded to the Braves for three prospects. Oh, and lest we forget, top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson was called up to the bigs. Got all that?

For Pirates fans, Wednesday arguably marked another strange chapter in the club’s recent losing history. If Braves fans were stunned by Glavine’s release, Bucs fans had to be speechless after their All-Star outfielder was sent packing at the quarter-point of a season when Pittsburgh is 24-28 and McLouth, a fan favorite, is leading the team with nine home runs and 34 RBIs. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette …

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Atlanta Braves: What impressed you most about extra innings comeback win over the Chicago Cubs?

Can’t top the way our own Carroll Rogers put it in her game story from Tuesday’s dramatic Braves comeback victory over the visiting Cubs:

“From the throes of being no-hit by Chicago Cubs, the Braves came up with the most remarkable thing — a five-run rally in the late innings, a two-out, two-run game-tying home run by Jeff Francoeur and a win. The Braves used the two runs he drove in to prolong what looked like a loss into a 12th-inning win when Chipper Jones singled in Yunel Escobar for a 6-5 Braves victory.”

YOU TELL US: In a night of thrills at The Ted, what strikes you as the most important move made by the Braves to get the rally going? Or did the Cubs blow it? Share your thoughts on what made Tuesday’s Cubs Comebacker extra special.

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