From Big Ray and Ando:
Ray: Welcome, everybody, to the new (hopefully improved) fan forum known as the Hawks Hacks. That’s right, “Hacks”, as in plural. You get TWO for the price of ONE!
What can we say, we’re fans of the game of basketball. Addicts even. More importantly, we’re diehard Hawks fans who are here to talk Hawks basketball till the cows come home….and leave again. All day, all night, we’re going to keep it coming hotter than a Mike Woodson sideline glare and tighter than Flip Murray’s head band. Hey, we’re just a couple of “armchair analysts” (but aren’t we all?), inhabiting a virtual version of a Hawks sports spot. So pardon all the personifications, hyperbole, and other made up stuff. My name is Ray. Homeboy next to me is Ando. If you’re a fan of Sekou Smith’s Beat Blot, you may already know either (or both) of us. Do we think alike all the time? Absolutely not. Are we like-minded? Absolutely? Sound contradictory? Of course! That’s the whole point, but you’ll see that soon enough.
Sure, we’ll be opening the doors to each blog, but we’re fans just like all of you, barkeeps, if you will. So grab a seat and have a drink. Or bring your own cocktail. It’s all good either way. Just to give you an idea of what’s going to be on the menu:
We plan on breaking down key points to each game, prior to the game. We may do a string of games together instead of just one at a time, depending on how the schedule and other factors go. We’ll also break down each game (or string of games) afterwards. Please feel free to add your own opinion/analysis. The way we see it, the more, the merrier. We’ll also talk about who’s stepping up the most during any given group of games, how the Hawks are relating, record-wise, to their division and the Eastern conference, and much more. So join in and bring everything you got. Doesn’t matter which seats you sit in, or how often. Once welcome, always welcome!
Ando: What is this tandem about?
Two heads are better than one? Not hot (not even twins), but still twice the fun? Only time will tell.
I can’t speak to the other “fan blogs”, but Ray and I were charter members of the Hawks’ beat blog. And, respectfully, like our peers/friends/foils, we cut our teeth, four years ago, on a team that was historically bad. Now, the Atlanta Hawks are legitimate playoff contenders. During that time, the volume of bloggers, and the quality of their collective, and diverse, opinions, has grown, exponentially.
So now we intend to provide a complimentary forum for anyone, and everyone, who considers themselves a Hawks’ fan. There’s no doubt that folks will disagree. But the great thing about this platform, about this country, is the inherent right to speak your mind freely. As I’ve suggested before, there are two primary kinds of bloggers: cheerleaders and armchair analysts.
Which are you?
As Ray mentioned, we also intend to talk about the league, at large, as the Hawks don’t exist in a vacuum.
We’re not looking for a consensus. We’re shooting for a perpetual discussion (a daily battle of wits, at the “Liar’s Table”, as one of our old friends would describe it). Heck, getting a consensus from me and Ray will be challenging enough.
Here it is, another avenue for every opinion that is the Atlanta Hawks. As Ray said, “Bring It”, and enjoy what we hope will be a twist on your up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks!
And as I like to say, “Babble On”………..