Three more games for the locals this weekend. You get one item for each. Don’t be greedy. . . .
This might come as a surprise, given that the Falcons have played only four games this season and they’ve never posted consecutive winning records. But there’s tangible evidence that Atlanta fans are thinking about the Super Bowl.
Just stumbled on a story on Yahoo!, which not surprisingly makes Yahoo! central to the story (and that’s the first time I’ve had to type an exclamation point twice in one sentence).
According to (wait for it) the “Yahoo! Buzz Index,” Atlanta and Chicago were the top two cities for searches for, “Super Bowl 2010,” coming off last weekend. Apparently, the Falcons’ 45-10 win over San Francisco prompted fans to let their minds wander a little bit. The Bears actually were off last week, so Chicago fans presumably just had a lot of time on their hands. Regardless, it’s ironic that the Falcons and Bears play each other Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
Now, here’s where the whole, “Well, if we’re Yahoo! searching it than it must be true” concept falls apart. The city with the third-most Super Bowl searches was Los Angeles, which doesn’t even have an NFL team.
By the way: I’ll save you a search. The Super Bowl is Feb. 7 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Here’s a link to a countdown clock on SuperBowl.com.
Are you making plans, or do you think we should wait at least until after the Bears game?
The Georgia-just-ain’t-Georgia story has become a hot topic in several media outlets. But would you have thought to compare Mark Richt’s situation to that of former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville? I would not have, given that Auburn was looking to get rid of Tuberville ever since school officials secretly met with Bobby Petrino behind an airplane hangar in 2003 (before Tuberville went 13-0 in 2004)
But here’s some interesting — and stinging — analysis from Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News:
Put it on Mark Richt’s coaching tombstone. He was Lane Kiffin’s first SEC victim.
So this is what the beginning of the end looks like.
It looks like the second coming (and going) of Tommy Tuberville, another nice guy who finished his otherwise productive tenure by finishing last.
No one expects Georgia to finish last this season, though the Bulldogs will find it difficult to win even the B flight of the SEC East.
No one expects Richt’s tenure to end this season, either, but these things tend to follow a pattern.
A popular coach becomes unpopular gradually, and then suddenly, and no one can foretell exactly when the slow descent will pick up enough mass and speed to become a runaway snowball.
No doubt Richt has accumulated enough good will to survive another disappointing season, but let’s just say it would be in his best interest for his Bulldogs not to lose to Florida 36-0.
He makes some good points.
I’ve never written that Richt’s job should be in trouble, only that the team’s direction can be questioned right now and that whatever he was doing before isn’t working now. But the criticism of the program and the coaching staff this season has grown to a level I haven’t seen in the 20 years that I’ve lived here. Some of that is because of Richt’s success. He won two SEC titles and raised the expectation level. This is the downside of that. Your thoughts?
This isn’t an item off the wire, just an editorial minute: The Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech is not sold out yet, and that’s beyond disappointing. The Jackets, who are ranked 19th and have a chance to go to a BCS bowl if they can work their way into the ACC title game, are hosting the No. 4 team in the nation on a Saturday night on national television — and they can’t sell out the game?
Dean Buchan, assistant athletic director for media relations, said just over 1,000 tickets remain for the game. “We expect it to approach capacity. It could sell out but it will depend on the walk up.”
I’m aware of all the factors, including the economy. But to not sell out a stadium of 55,000 by the Friday before a game of this magnitude is stunning.