Welcome to Atlanta, the center of the pro sports universe. On Nov. 29. Sorta.
This doesn’t happen very often — if ever — so I figured I better jump on it now, before lunch. If the playoffs opened today, everybody is in.
This has never happened before. Quick, stop the calendar!
The Falcons are tied for the best record in the NFL at 9-2. They have beaten Green Bay and Baltimore after early season losses to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia left some wondering about their ceiling. They’re a potential Super Bowl team.
The Thrashers have won five straight to improve to 12-9-3. They’re in seventh place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, with the top eight going to
the postseason. It’s a remarkable showing by a young and somewhat undermanned team, which ranks last in the NHL in payroll and first in cap space.
The Hawks have won three straight and are 11-7. I know, there’s the hangover from the Boston game. But at 11-7, they’re third in the NBA’s East. (Elsewhere in Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat are 9-8, just short of the projected 17-0.)
The Braves are coming off their first postseason in five seasons and already have added Dan Uggla to the roster.
How many parades do we need to plan for?
OK, so here’s the serious question: Who do you feel good about? The Falcons obviously are best positioned for a championship. The Hawks are still having consistency issues and lack a true center. The Thrashers have been terrific but it’s easy to wonder how long they can continue to play at this level as constructed, and what the level of commitment is from ownership.
Uggla helps the Braves. But center field is still a question, as is leadoff.
Let me hear your thoughts on the four teams (we’ll throw the Braves in there, even though it’s the offseason). I’ve also put up four polls, one for each team.
Hurry, before something changes.