Earth to Josh Smith (and OK, here’s another hottie)

  Before we get started in this week’s Countdown, this just in: You guys are a bunch of degenerates.

  I received quite a bit of feedback following last week’s debut of the new blog format. Most of it was positive. Some of you don’t like my glasses. Some of you also blame my glasses, my hairline, the new blog format and global warming for Michael Vick being in jail, which I’m still trying to figure out.

  But overwhelmingly, the comments in email, online reader postings and grocery store/canned food aisle shout-outs generally included two words: Lindsay Lohan. My half-joke about using pictures of bikini’d vixens as a tool for cheap page views brought readers together like nothing since that Tuesday when the garbage truck picked up the recyclables and Bobby Petrino.

  So here’s the deal. As long as it doesn’t get me fired, I will TRY to provide you, the lowest-common denominator, with a picture of a female who has some direct link to sports and probably has a lot of wonderful qualities to offer this world, none of which you likely will care about or will be evident in the picture.

  If I do this correctly, and carefully, and when my editor is at a very, very long lunch that includes several martinis (or these days, Boone’s Farm), I should be able to keep my job for at least another week.

 

Please welcome The Count, the new executive producer of The Countdown, with his twin, Steve Belkin

Please welcome The Count, the new executive producer of The Countdown, and his long lost twin Muppet, Steve Belkin (right).

  And now, with the assistance of my new executive producer, The Count (and his long lost twin from the Atlanta Spirit Group), here is this week’s Countdown (The Count. Get it? Countdown. Never mind):

 10. World according to …

  Josh Smith. Oy. I touched on this wonderful athlete/maroon (copyright: Bugs Bunny) in a column Sunday. Either he doesn’t realize how good he is, or he knows how good he is and he figures the rest will simply take care of itself. Either way, he’s regressing.

9. When in doubt, maul

Did you catch Smith’s act Monday night in Utah? He finished the game with 11 points (0-for-6 from the free-throw line), five rebounds and five fouls, before being ejected for a flagrant foul on Matt Harpring. In the last six games, Smith has averaged 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Now, I realize not every NBA forward is capable of averaging 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. But I think only one of them recently signed a $58 million contract. I’m not saying it’s time for the Hawks to give up on Smith. But this is year five. We’re way past the oh-he’ll-come-around-eventually stage. Somebody needs to take a blowtorch to his butt, and quick.

8. Judge Judy would move this along

  The Atlanta Spirit trial is in its second week in Maryland. Should this glorified spitting contest stretch into a third week, ownership has reached an agreement with the Cartoon Network to pick up the broadcast, just following the Thrashers’ game. Also, next week, they get to hit each other on the head with those big caveman clubs.

7. Coaching 101

 Back to the Hawks: They trailed by 14 points at halftime, 22 in the third and would’ve lost by more than 19 (108-89) if not for the Jazz falling into uncontrollable laughter and hyperventilating on the court (which I believe is allowed in Salt Lake City only before 9:30, when the bars close). Question: Why did Mike Woodson put Joe Johnson back into the game with the score 93-70 in the fourth quarter? Has Johnson not quite looked worn out enough recently?

6. First mistake: Cutting Milloy

Lawyer Milloy is taking his ball and going home. But the Falcons never should have allowed that.

Thomas Dimitroff has something few general managers are afforded: the benefit of the doubt. But I’m just not feeling this decision on Lawyer Milloy. He clearly was beat up and beat down by the end of last season. And no, he can’t move like he used to. But the Falcons are going to miss Milloy’s leadership. Yes, he could be a difficult guy to deal with in the building, and he wasn’t happy about his contract. But he never let that affect him on the field. Every player on that defense, particularly in the young secondary, looked up to him. The Falcons’ defense is woefully short of veteran leadership. The team should’ve found a way to keep him around.

5. And now, for something completely different . . .

So I’m thinking: “LPGA. Oh yeah. I can get into that.” (Hang with me, doofus. This is what you wanted.) Aussie golfer Anna Rawson be smokin’. (You can find better pictures on that web thing, particular with high heels and, uh, where was I … ?) Did you see what Rawson said the other day on Australian radio? “The tour has got so much better with so many young stars and great players. But the mentality, unfortunately, amongst the media and the industry hasn’t changed. They still think we’re at 25 years ago, you know, when the tour was full of, you know, a lot of dykes and unattractive females that nobody wanted to watch. It’s totally changed but they still won’t give us TV time.” Take comfort, Anna. The Countdown is your gateway to the big time.

This is a picture of Anna Rawson and, more importantly, good journalism.

4. Goodbye, Junior; Hello, RBIs?

Garret Anderson will put up better numbers than Ken Griffey Jr. would have and there is far less of a chance that he’ll spend several weeks on the disabled list. Now ask me which guy the Braves’ marketing department would have preferred, because something tells me Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Bobblehead Night is so dead.

3. As the Boss would say, it’s the price you pay

Speaking of the Braves’ marketing department: What a bunch of weasels. OK, smart. But weasels. Individual game tickets for 75 out of 81 home games go on sale Thursday. The other six? Not so fast. Tickets to games against the New York Yankees (June 23-25) or Boston Red Sox (June 26-28) can only be purchased in multi-game packs (for now). Example: If you want a pair of tickets for a Yankees game, you must buy tickets to three other games – say, like, a Tuesday night against the Nats. But as a bonus, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll also be able to pitch that night.

2. Andre the Goof

 Really, it’s OK to be fat, lazy and stupid as an NFL draft pick. But the trick is to not let anybody know about it right away. Even past Falcon flops like Aundray Bruce were smart enough not to act the part until AFTER they were drafted and signed a contract.

Meet Andre Smith, who did not graduate from the Wharton School of Business.

Meet Andre Smith, who did not graduate from the Wharton School of Business.

But Alabama tackle Andre Smith might’ve blown as much as $24 million by: 1) getting suspended from the Sugar Bowl for retaining an agent; 2) eating the state’s supply of Ding Dongs; 3) not working out; 4) pronouncing at the NFL Scouting Combine that he would not run drills; 5) changing his mind about running drills, only to leave Saturday without telling anybody. He has gone from a potential early first-round selection to a possible second-round selection, or maybe Burger King. Young kids make dumb mistakes all the time. But to make so many so early in such a short amount of time with so much on the line is not great foreshadowing. And by the way — what has his agent done other than get him suspended from the Sugar Bowl?

1. Twitterati

 So I’m still following selected celebs and lesser beings. Think I told you. I dropped Brooke Burke. Never has somebody so hot been so boring. (”Thinking about taking a yoga class today. I need it! 11:38 AM Feb 21st from web.” Ugh.) Twitter of the Week comes from Rainn Wilson (“Dwight” from “The Office.”) “There is nothing funny about ADD, now called ADHD. It affects over- Hey look! A weird moth!!!!”

  (LATE UPDATE: Also following “The Real Shaq,” and yes, it’s the real Shaq. He just sent this out: “I’m at the fashion sq mall, any1 touches me gets 2 tickets, tag me and say yur twit u hv 20 min.” Can you imagine the pileup in the parking lot?”)

  (Yes. I am a Twit. Reach out and Tweat me at SchultzAJC. If you’re funny or obnoxious enough, I might make you a star, like Anna. But I make no promises about your legs.)

86 comments Add your comment

Football Ken

February 24th, 2009
12:29 pm

Jeff,

The Josh Smith assessment is right on! Even the national media is starting see that this kid is not what we paid for. Can’t help but wonder if he is doing this on purpose (get Woody fired). Can’t keep blaming youth, but who would be willing to take his salary now? Agree about Lawyer Milloy too! Veteran leadership on a young team is key, especially if Brook is gone also. Although Van Gorder’s system is simple in NFL terms, I know we going to have a lot of busted coverages this year(right it down). Garret Anderson a player, wouldn’t be surprised if he racks in NL facing new pitchers who don’t know his weaknesses yet. The Andre Smith thing is sad. Saw him on the ESPN college football awards with parents, who seem to be a little out of touch with reality, can’t help but wonder if their influence (or their preacher’s) has him thinking the same way.

Mac

February 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

Another great effort, Jeff. But geez, I’m not a doofus for liking cheesecake, pal. And, by the way, it’s some gooood cheesecake.

AtlSouthside

February 24th, 2009
12:39 pm

The Hawks need a big man. When the jump-shots are not falling, the Hawks need a legitimate Center who they can feed the rock to. I like ZaZa’s hustle and I like Hortford’s energy, but they are not legitimate Centers. Woody needs to get creative with the line-up, as well…

Mac

February 24th, 2009
12:39 pm

Jeff, you can answer this. Peter King, one of the most well-regarded reporters covering the NFL, says Milloy is a lockeroom liability, the exact opposite of what we read in the AJC. Where does that come from and who’s right?

Bonhoffer

February 24th, 2009
12:41 pm

The Falcons have veteran leadership, it’s called coaching. Good coaching makes up for good, but not great, talent. See 2007 season vs 2008 season.

AtlSouthside

February 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

I agree that cutting Milloy is a mistake. Out of all the washed up players that the Falcons have signed, Milloy deserves more respect. After all, Milloy help mask Brooking’s lack of speed and missed tackles. Wouldnt be surprised if Milloy had more tackles for a loss than Brooking in 2008

Caedmon

February 24th, 2009
12:54 pm

Cecil Hurt, Tuscaloosa News, had a good article about Andre Smith and how he’s always been showered with praise, and never had to work all that hard to live up to his potential. I think it’s called spoiled athlete syndrome. It’s a great point for a guy who started in Tuscaloosa from day one with no questions asked. Looks like those days are over. Oh yeah, I prefer watching dykes with clubs.

REFMan

February 24th, 2009
12:55 pm

Good article but there’s some mistakes in the “Cutting Milloy is a mistake” portion of the article.

“the benefit doubt” should be “the benefit of doubt”

“and he and wasn’t happy” should be “and he wasn’t happy”

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2009
12:58 pm

AtlSouthside: I agree the Hawks need a legit big man. Fact is, tho, there’s not a lot of legit big men in the league. But I’m sure it will be a priority for Sund after the season …. Mac: I’ve known Peter for a long time, back to when I covered the Rams (in L.A.) and he covered the Bengals in Cincinnati. Great football writer and a friend. I have no idea where he got that. I read he wrote that Milloy is not a Mike Smith guy, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Did Lawyer wear on people sometimes last year? Yes. He was in a bad mood in training camp because of the contract and he tends to be a moody guy in general. (For the record, he was always great when I spoke to him, which was often, and never once punched me.) But he was far from a team problem. I know what other players in that room thought of him, and I know what he gave the Falcons on the field. …. Bonhoffer: That’s true — the coach is the ultimate leader. But you need leaders in the room, too. Not saying others can’t develop into that role, tho. … JS

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2009
1:09 pm

Caedmon: That’s sad if true. It’s going to be hard to break those bad habits in the NFL. … REFMan: typos fixed. Want a job?

AtlSouthside

February 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

Since the trade deadline has passed, of course there aren’t any big men out there… I felt that the Hawks should have made a move to acquire a BIG through a trade. We could afford to give a few players, without “losing” anything. A legitimate BIG is essential to championship success in the NBA… There is no benefit in having 5-6 SF players.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

I’m not going to defend Josh Smith’s recent inability to get rebounds or hit free throws. There’s no excuse for either one. But I do think he would be a much more effective offensive player if the Hawks actually bothered to involve the forwards in the offense. Josh actually played pretty well yesterday except for the missed free throws — he was attacking the rim (which is why he got to the line 6 times in the first place), did a decent job on the boards in the first half, knocked down a couple of jumpshots and even got one of those blocks he used to rack up on a regular basis. If the Hawks would get him regular touches in the post they would be so much better as a team — he may not be a very refined scorer in the post, but he does a very good job finding the open shooter from the post position.

SB

February 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

1rst time poster on this blog. You can put it on Josh but it’s the coaching. I do agree he needs to work harder and stop complaining. He could be a top 10 player in the NBA. But how hard would you work with 75% of the plays running through Joe and 10% going through Flip when he comes in. I like Joe but the ball didn’t go through Jordan that much. Woodson’s offense is horrible, his playing time for young players is horrible, his development of young players I don’t know what he’s thinking. Josh is not the only player that has quit on him. AC has quit, Marvin has quit, and the way Joe is turning the ball over and taking bad shots I’m not sure he hasn’t quit. The man still has growing up to do, but this coaching isn’t helping him. Let me start the give Mark Price a shot at Head Coach cheers. At least we’d have some diversity to our offense.

Fed Up w/ J-SMOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE

February 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

0 for 6 from the line. Committing a lane violation on the FRONT END of a 2 shot foul. Mindlessly chunking up brick after brick from 15+ feet out. It all points to a lack of concentration and all this overpaid chunk of wasted potential is concentrating on is that far new contract he just signed. Please tell me we couldn’t have gotten Stoudamire (bad eye and all) from the Suns straight up for him.

The ONLY optimistic viewpoint I can think of is that he was the same slacker last year until the playoffs, when he turned it on (and earned $58 million). Since we have a good shot at being the #4 seed this year even with his pathetic regular season play, maybe he’ll man-up and turn it on again for a playoff run that might last more than 7 games. I doubt it since he isn’t playing for a contract for a few more years, but we can always hope.

Hawks fan a teetering

February 24th, 2009
1:33 pm

Okay Jeff, not too bad. Not too bad at all. In fact, this might be your best work to date. Funny but yet critical when dealing with Josh. And I wish that somebody would deal with Josh. Not in a trade sense, but sit him down. He gets away with way too much for a player that’s been here, what 3 years? He’s some “power” forward all right. (sic) Hello, Rick Sundt, are you watching this train wreck?

And I fully expect to see you provide a picture of Serena Williams sometime soon. (I need a new desktop background.)

AtlSouthside

February 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

THE HAWKS DON’T NEED TO RUN PLAYS THROUGH JOSH SMITH…He has shown that he doesnt make wise decisions with the ball in his hands. The guy has a mismatch damn near every game, all he has to do is take the rock to the hole, the end results is points: from the field or from the line. He Josh took the ball to the hole like he is suppose to, he would average 20+ ppg., but instead he resorts to taking 15 ft jump shots like he is a SG. I’m quite sure Woody & staff have pointed this out to Josh… I’d bench him for a few games just to make a point. Hell, Mo Evans can put up 15 ppg…

TM

February 24th, 2009
1:38 pm

Josh Smith and I. Kovalchuk are the same type of players. They can make great plays that make you jump out of your seat. But, for every great play they make 10 horrible plays that kill your TEAM. I want to rip my hair out watching both and i could not imagine coaching them.

Falcons-should keep Malloy, he still has value in the secondary. not keep Brooking= value in the locker room, but not between the lines.

Braves- are bailing water with a thimble and the boat has a hole the size of batting helmet. good luck with that.

The worst off is the Atlanta Spirit- what in the hell-o are they doing. I read where their 3-4 year court battle may be continuing for longer? What the? Do these guys realize they are killing their teams and their sport in this city? Explain to me how a group of men spend hundred’s of million dollars and continue to loose millions of dollars and keep putting money into this company… and want to keep it and keep someone else from owning it. This does not even come close to logical.
Suggestion: solve your court problems and pick a plan and go with it because you have already lost the confidence of your fan bases.

Barry

February 24th, 2009
1:43 pm

Hey Y’all:

I saw the game against Portland and Utah and what I saw was very disturbing. What I saw was teams are attacking our middle with their center. It appears teams have figured to beat the Hawks beat them down low in the middle. If that is what the opposition scouting reports are saying and we have not been able to stop them, then we are in for a quick exit out of the playoffs if we get there. Josh Smith is tough, but he is not a center. He is a great forward. All the weight should not be put on him and Horford to contain the big centers in the leaugue even if these Hawks are strong and fast. These natural centers are better able to play their game against the Hawks, I am sorry to say. Zsa Zsa just is not the type of center that can do it night after night. In addition, he just does not have the overall game as a gamesaving center. I know last year we saw that and we did not make an effort to get a good big man in the off season. Noow we will have to pay for it because the good teams with an average center have fiured us out and we have not developed a defensive scheme to counteract this weaknes on the defense. We have a good team, but we need a good center to be complete. That’s it. I hope we make the playoff and still raise hell and “SHOCK THE WORLD!!!!”.

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This is a SECRET from a HAWK FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“SHOCK THE WORLD!!!!!!!”

Bonhoffer

February 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

I can understand that JS. Assuming they bring back Brooking, then they would have three veteren leaders on each line of defense. Abraham on the line, Brooking for the LBs, and Coleman in the seconday. That leaves a decling Milloy expendable.

Grahzny Bratchny

February 24th, 2009
1:50 pm

Can the Atl Spirit group not afford to fire Woodson and Waddell?

That Anna Rowson sounds like the Curt Schilling of the LPGA, but she favors Mickelson in a tight pink shirt.

SB

February 24th, 2009
1:51 pm

You guys have got to watch the games. Most of the times when he jacks these long shots, it’s with the shot clock winding down. This is what happens when you run iso’s for Joe every time down. He plays well in the post, when he gets it down their something good happens. He’s only 23. He dose make bad choices at times, but look at the big picture their offense only features Joe. So you are going to have young players do stupid things on offense when they feel they are frozen out. It happens in HS, in the NCAA, and the NBA. By the way Marvin and Al do it also, why is Josh the only name coming up. MARK PRICE for coach…….

AtlSouthside

February 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

SB, Josh jacks those long jumpers all the time…its not a shot clock issue, its a maturity issue. “Do what you’re paid to do….” Josh isnt paid $50+ mill because he is a jump shooter. He gets that kind of money, by playing great defense (which he does), and taking the ball to the hole. Leave the jump shots up to Bibby, JoJo, Marv and Flip… Mo Evans has a pretty nice all-around game as well

SB

February 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

AtlSouthside, I will respectfully disagree with you. He did make a three last night and was 5 for 8 from the floor. I do agree with you heeds to grow up some, but that will come with time. My whole point is with so many plays ran for Joe, Young players are going o make mistakes because they are not part of the plays. So when they get the ball they fill they have to do something with it. If we would run more or play more up tempo, I think the mistakes would be cut in half. Woody is a member of the dominate coach clinic. He learned from Bobby Knight and Larry Brown. That cycle only works for 3 or 4 yrs. Proof….. Larry moves around every 3 or 4 yrs. After 3 or 4 yrs Knight’s players have moved on. Get someone in here wanting to use Josh’s talents and not dominate the boi, and your complaints of him will go away.

Dr. Warren

February 24th, 2009
2:22 pm

Bad habits in the NFL surely can’t be broken as easily as bad writing tics, “tho.”

Baltimore Bullet

February 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

Josh Smith is tremendously overrated. His theory on defense is to let the man drive to the hoop and then try to block the shot from behind for the highlight reel. He can’t shoot the ball as well as most kids (boys and girls) on a high school team. I wonder if he even practices free throw shooting. His attitude is a liability. About the only thing he can do well is pout. First team NBA pouter. He, and his coach, need to go.

mark

February 24th, 2009
2:41 pm

i think the players are just as frustrated with mw sorry azz offensive scheme as i am, no creativity. i been saying get rid of mw, he is out coached on a nightly basis.

otisfirefly

February 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

Yes, Josh Smith has the physical tools. No, the Hawks do not run a comprehensive offense to take advantage of him. Have you noticed how the offensive rebounds for the Hawks and their opponents look like a giant see-saw? The Hawks run the ISO so much the front court players are so far from the board, they never get an offensive rebound.

Now, when it comes to defensive rebounds the issue is with Smith and Horford. The Laker game is a great example of the lack there of defensive hustle and aggresion. I’m sure Coach Woodson doesn’t tell them, “take it easy on the defensive boards guys, don’t try too hard”. So what this is telling me is yes, someone needs to take a blow torch to Josh Smith’s behind. I know if I was making that contract I would be the hardest working skinny white boy fighting for rebounds in the NBA.

*Jeff* …… nice Tina Fey glasses!

Bernie Matt

February 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

17 points and 7 boards a night, At age 23. That’s all Josh Smith did. I bet Matt Harpring has never done that in a season. Quit crying, he went to the hole in a game that was a blowout and got hit in the mouth. It happens all the time in the NBA. If Josh had hit another brother, nothing would have been said. Bob Rathbum was clearly biased towards Matt Harpring even though Josh is the one in the Hawks uniform, and Nique just co-signed everything Rathbum said and he knows that that foul is supposed to happen in that situation to wake up the other guys.

Hey Nique, I see why you got traded for Danny. Them folks don’t have no respect for you cause you carry yourself like superslave. How is it that Magic Johnson has more business interest in this town than you do. Because he’s a man and commands respect. Wake up Brother!!

John

February 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

Smith did not retain an agent before the Sugar Bowl. His UNCLE had contact with an agent and he did not tell Saban about it. That is why he was suspended. People are acting like he is some sort of criminal for not working out at the combine. Smith has never been in any legal trouble, and by all accounts, is a good kid. He has made some mistakes but he is getting crucified in the media. Also, he weighed in at 332, which I believe is lighter than he was during the season.

Chris

February 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

That was nice of Josh Smith to continue with what I consider to be an abismal season (given his talent level) by trying to hurt someone who is more of a local hero than he will ever be. I’ve always been a huge supporter of J-Smoove, but what he did to Matt Harpring last night was a disgrace. Doesn’t he know to go after anyone on the court besides the one people in Atlanta love?

Joel

February 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

Josh Smith is completely inept. He could be so good around the basket buy he continues to shoot that UGLY jumper of his. I think he is regressing the whole team. And, coach, get them to bring some energy of someone else needs to try. You never see the Celts and Lakers take complete nights off like the Hawks.

Mychelfromatl

February 24th, 2009
3:14 pm

Jeff, when are you or the rest of the AJC going to start putting heat on Woodson. I mean my god…I’m sitting and watching the Hawks and these dudes don’t even seem to be in the game from the start. Mike Woodson run the worst offense schemes I’ve saw in all of basketball and he sits on the bench looking like he needs motivation!!!! Something is going wrong fast with this team and the blame shouldn’t be just on the players!!!

JR

February 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

The Hawks may not need a kick-ass coach, but they do need a coach who can put the right players on the floor in the right situations. They need a coach who has defensive and offensive schemes complementary to his players. And they need a coach who can change game strategy when the plan isn’t working. Does any of this sound like Woodson?

NRBQ

February 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Hey….

Who you calling a doofus?

CHITOWN#1HAWKSFAN

February 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Ok, Josh is a STUD!!! Last night the Jazz just coulden’t miss, Hawks were shooting a good % as well. The hawks problem is BIBBY did nothing!!! The HAWKS problem is they only have ONE PLAYER show up every night!! But last night NOBODY showed up!! Even after a few days off. Thats the HAWKS second biggest problem, only one player showing up every night. When JOSH was out MARVIN was KILLING IT. We just need to pick up the pace cause were SOO YOUNG we could out run most teams and the size woulden’t matter. PLEASE ATLATNA HAWKS TURN EVERY GAME INTO A HIGHLIGHT FACTORY!! I go to EVERY game in CHICAGO OR MILWAUKEE and they just don’t show up!! ONLY IN ATLANTA DO THEY PLAY TUFF!!!! COME ON HAWKS YOU HAVE THE 4TH SPOT…….You saw last year what we can do at home. Finish the year strong and maybe we’ll get a center next year…. Please just start to fast break!!!!!!!!!!!! BIBBY JOE MARVIN JOSH & AL ARE YOU KIDDING ME, WE SHOLD BE SCORING 115-120 EVERY NIGHT RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN. PLEASE, THE HAWKS #1 FAN STUCK IN CHI-TOWN!! NIQUE TRUE TOP 50

Jones

February 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Why bash Josh Smith everyone on that team is not playing up to there salary besides Marvin willams sad to say how long are you going to make excuses for Joe Johnson he sucks he gets paid to dissapear at the end of games, plus he is playing below average also. Doesn’t even show up to the allstar game. Don’t forget shariff-abdul raheem, antoine walker,and several other unworthy hawks made it to an all-star game plus when you take over 60% of the shots you should score 30 everygame not 20!!!

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

February 24th, 2009
3:45 pm

I may have to judge your blog like I do TV shows I’m unsure about, by the commercials and their intended audience. For ex., daytime TV shows: ads for Depends. Your blog: ad says “Goodbye to yellow teeth!” Jeff, I thought the Dawg fans didn’t like you?

Anyways, J. Smith is just another joke of a kid who should leave town just to get away from those he obviously easily impresses. He impresses opposing forwards’ agents by the numbers they have been able to put up vs. he and M. Williams.

Jones

February 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

Oh and for the record Matt Harping,Keith Brooking,and Chipper Jones are not all-time favorites in Atlanta I was born and raised right here and only to there high school do they mean that much. We respect them but Harping is not on the Hawks roster.

Schultz stinks

February 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Too much cutesy. Nobody wants to read this crap in the sports page. Guess it’s easier than writing a real article.

WILD BILL

February 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

The Million dollar question is………….IS JOSH SMITH SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER???? I would bet the house he’s NOT! He needs a peek, a cheat sheet & a phone a friend! LMAO the Josh that left town went to Stanford, our Josh went where??? Maybe he got his GED but I need proof! Only in America, What a Country LMAO

Joe

February 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

Its takes a good coach to make a player great. Woody has affected Josh Smith’s growth, and is doing it on all our young players. He needs to go!! We have a run and gun, much like Phoenix once again…let them spread their wings and fly. I thought it was called the highlight factory??!!

Jeff Schultz

February 24th, 2009
4:22 pm

Najeh: If you’re criticizing the half-court offense, that obviously falls on Woodson. …. Hawks fan a teetering: Serena? Maybe. Liked her better about 7-8 years ago. But I’ll present your recommendation to the Board (which reminds me, I need to select a Board). …. John: Oh right. The UNCLE talked to the agent. I’m sure Andre didn’t know anything about that. What was I thinking? …. Mychelfromatl: I certainly have put heat on Woodson in the past, so much so that he pretty much didn’t talk to me for the final 3 months of last season. I haven’t put much heat on him this season because, frankly, the team has won. But that could change. …. NRBQ: Not you. Never you. …. Jones: I guess you about covered everybody there. Except for my all-time personal favorite: Alan Henderson. …. Chris Murphy: I lose track of who doesn’t like me, or why, or when, or whether they changed their mind.

country boy

February 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

Hello Jeffy boy. I for one have enjoyed the pictures of the ladies. You see the ol’ country boy’s wife checks the history now and again and the ajc sports section isn’t throwing up any read flags so far. Not like SI anyway.

Chris

February 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

JONES – I also was born and raised in Atlanta. Right smack in the middle of Atlanta. I’m a 23 year season ticket holder to Tech Football, Tech Basketball, and Falcons. Maybe to non-Tech lovers Harpring doesn’t mean much, but to anyone who has ever cheered for or gone to Tech, Matt Harpring and Keith Brooking are among the most loved ever. If you’ve forgotten, GT is about 2 miles away from where the Hawks play in ATLANTA. How can you say they are not loved in Atlanta? A more accurate statement would be they are not loved in Athens. I’m not going to even touch Chipper because I think it would be safe to say that during his time on the braves, he’s probably sold more jerseys than any other. People buy jerseys of the players they love to watch. All I’m saying is that Josh Smith isn’t making it easier for people in Atlanta to cheer for him when he’s going after players from other teams who have accomplished more in this city than he has. Maybe a comparison will help. Imagine someone like David Green (if he’s even still in the league) getting a cheap shot from a disliked D-Hall when he played for the Falcons.

PMC

February 24th, 2009
5:09 pm

Well done Schultzy! You do the world a service by bringing in the random hotties of the LPGA and of Womens Tennis, Yeomans work, exquisite journalism.

PMC

February 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Sigh…. Chris Paul….. Sigh. If only Rick Sund were the GM then instead of a guy trying desperately to find the next Magic Johnson.

Craig

February 24th, 2009
5:22 pm

Schultz – I just posted a very long blog post on Woodson, would love if you gave it a read. Tuesday countdown is great and whenever you talk about the Hawks I know it’s gonna be a good read….

http://billyknighttookmylunchmoney.blogspot.com/2009/02/woodyplease-go-away.html

Bernie Matt

February 24th, 2009
5:27 pm

Chris,

Fu_ _ Matt Harpring and David Green. Jarvis Hayes did a much for UGA as Harpring did for Tech. But if Zaza or any other Hawk popped him in the mouth going for any easy lay up in a blow out, I say good job to the Hawk. You MF’s kill me with the racist bs, deciding your loyalt based on the color of the player rather than the Uniform he’s in now.
P.S.
If Vick comes back to the NFL for another team and plays the Falcons, I want them to lay som licks on his ass, just like any other player and he sold more jersey’s in the history of this town, you F’ing clown.

The UNDISPUTED Truth

February 24th, 2009
5:44 pm

Josh Smith is a PUNK who should be arrested for STEALING money from the Hawks.

Of course, “Da ATL” is filled with scumbags who still worship at the throne of a certain conVICKted felon, so it’s not surprising that so many folks are rationalizing Smith’s reprehensible act.

ant banks

February 24th, 2009
5:50 pm

jeff,

what was your stance on josh smith durin’ the summer? were you one of the ones berating the ASG for not signin’ josh earlier?

i have found that a lot of the people who are criticizing josh now, were the same ones who were rippin’ ASG for lettin’ it drag into the summer and not re-signin’ josh earlier.

some were comparin’ josh to ‘nique and that if ASG let him go it would be “cursed” again.

jsmoove is a head case!! get rid of him quick. trade jsmoove, craig claxton (expirin’ contract), zaza to the clippers for a camby