Archive for December, 2010

Predictions: Falcons, Dogs, Jackets win; Rex plays footsie

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And on some Tuesday after Christmas, my bookie gave to me . . .

12 Goodell’s a fining, 11 Shananans a tanking, 11 Kiffins a clucking, 10 Petrinos a oinking, nine more Goodell’s a fining because baby needs a new pair of Porsches!, eight Atlanta Spirit owners a cash calling, seven Favre’s a sexting (five intercepted), six Jenn Sterger careers a flopping (next stop: The Club Bada Bing), five Ohio Staters a tattooing, four Kim Zolciak’s a prowling (step back, Kroy, it’s a trap!), three Roddy Whites a Tweeting, two Beverly Halls a lying and one Rex Ryan foot fetish video but don’t ask me about it because it’s private and that’s why we put it on YouTube.

Not that you needed any more motivation, but ...

Not that you needed any more motivation, but …

(My wife wanted me to do a Christmas rhyme. But after re-reading “Green Eggs and Ham,” I thought: I can’t top this. So you get a run-on-sentence and maybe some socks. Happy happy.)

We head into the final two weeks of Weekend Predictions. Let me just remind all active members of our …

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Roddy White comes across better with words, not Tweets

Hello, world. It's me, Roddy White. Just kidding.

Hello, world! It's me, Roddy White! I was just kidding!

The day after his name became the two most hated words in New Orleans since “last call,” Roddy White played it perfectly.

He laughed. He cracked jokes. He admitted he goofed and apologized to all who want to dunk him in a pot of gumbo.

When asked if he planned to launch any more missiles on Twitter this week, he responded: “No. I’m done for the week.”

Then after a smile: “Tuesday, I will Tweet.”

Oy.

Say this for White: While several athletes or celebrities would’ve avoided the media Thursday or launched into a tirade about how something they said or did (or Tweeted) was somebody else’s fault, the Falcons’ wide receiver handled things like he graduated with honors from the school of public relations.

To New Orleans residents and Saints fans he might’ve offended: “I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to offend anybody with that stuff, especially the city of New Orleans. Some people just take things out of context. That’s not where I …

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Atlanta Spirit settles lawsuit — this can only be good news

The Atlanta Spirit ownership group has seldom been one big happy family.

The Atlanta Spirit ownership group has seldom been one big happy family.

The Atlanta Spirit just took a significant step forward. They’re out of the courtroom.

Can world peace be far away?

The long-battling owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers announced in a brief statement that their lawsuit involving Steve Belkin and the other partners has been settled. There is no mention of Belkin or terms of the settlement in the statement.

The entire release:

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN OWNERSHIP LAWSUIT

Atlanta, GA, December 22, 2010 – The lawsuit among the owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers has been settled.  Terms of the settlement are confidential.  Going forward, Michael Gearon and Bruce Levenson will serve as managing partners of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena.

The Spirit has seemed doom almost from the time the group officially purchased the Hawks, Thrashers and operating rights to Philips Arena in March of 2004 from Turner …

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Roddy White battles Saints and Dilfer via Twitter (Final update: I hope)

Roddy White never fails to entertain -- and here he goes again.

The Falcons' Roddy White never fails to entertain — and here he goes again.

(2 p.m.: OK. this has officially mutated. The first update below includes Roddy White’s latest Tweets. The second update includes a selection of sanitized-for-your-protection Tweets from readers to @RoddyWhiteTV. I can’t reprint many but you’re free to do a search from your Twitter account, if you have one.)

(7 p.m. I’ve accumulated most of what’s below and put it together for a print column, which I’ve pasted below. The only real new bit of information is a statement from the Falcons. I also chuckled when I just read Roddy’s most recent Tweet: “Can the AJC gave[sic] me a great Christmas present this year and stop posting my tweets I would luv that.” I believe we need to have a discussion.)

In the old days, this was called bulletin board material: a player or coach saying something that ended up in a newspaper story and, literally, was pinned to a bulletin board in the other team’s locker room. (And …

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Richt looking forward to putting Dogs’ season behind him

Mark Richt enjoyed a rare highlight with the win over Georgia Tech but can't wait for this year to end.

Mark Richt celebrated after beating Georgia Tech but he can't wait for this season to end.

ATHENS – The final home practice of the season had ended Tuesday, and Mark Richt acted like somebody just surgically removed a bowling ball from the top of his cranium.

He smiled. He cracked jokes. He probably hadn’t been this relaxed since word first leaked of some NCAA investigation into A.J. Green back in July.

“It’s the last day,” Richt said Tuesday, almost giddy. “It’s kind of like just before the first day of summer when the kids can’t wait to go on vacation. What they don’t realize is the teachers are even more excited than the pupils. I’ve got four days now where hopefully I don’t have to do anything. That would be awesome.”

Can you blame him?

It’s not that Richt isn’t looking forward to Georgia’s final game, the Liberty Bowl against Central Florida. But mostly he is looking forward to this season officially being over. Losses, suspensions and arrests have worn on him (it’s worth …

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NFL MVP race: Vick, Brady even (Ryan, White close behind)

Michael Vick passed and ran for four touchdowns against the Giants.

Michael Vick had four touchdowns against Giants.

Matt Ryan is close to setting an NFL record for wins in three seasons.

Matt Ryan is close to setting an NFL win record.

There are two games left in the NFL’s regular season. Other than finalizing the playoff field, the greatest debate seems to be: Who is the season’s MVP?

The way I see it, it’s a four-player race that’s still up for grabs. But right now, Tom Brady and Michael Vick are at the top, and I’ve got them even. The other two candidates: Matt Ryan and Roddy White of the Falcons.

I welcome your opinion. Also got a poll up.

Who’s your pick for NFL MVP?

  • Tom Brady
  • Matt Ryan
  • Michael Vick
  • Roddy White

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Just one thing: I was on Twitter last night and the rapper @BowWow turned moron when he Tweeted, “If @MikeVick dont get MVP the nfl and commisioner[sic] are [bleeping] racist. Who u kno can go to jail come out turn a franchise around and dominate.”

I will say this once: PLEASE let’s have a civil debate without getting into a race debate. I will …

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Site says Georgia No. 21, Tech unranked going into 2011

If Georgia finishes higher than a 21st in the rankings next season, Aaron Murray will have a lot to do with it.

If Georgia finishes higher than a 21st in the rankings next season, Aaron Murray will have a lot to do with it.

It seems to be a race every year which media outlet can get its college football preseason rankings out first — kind of like which department store decorates for Christmas first.

Well, a site called NationalChamps.net has established the new standard: It just came out with its 2011 rankings, and we haven’t even made it out of recruiting. Or the bowl season. Or December.

Georgia fans — you’ll neither be thrilled nor surprised. Georgia Tech fans — get ready to rumble.

The No. 1 ranked team on NationalChamps.net’s rankings is Oklahoma, followed by Alabama, LSU and then the two BCS title game opponents, Oregon and Auburn (is Cam Newton coming back or something?).

The Dogs are ranked 21st, which seems about right given the uncertainty on defense and the offensive line and the likely departure of A.J. Green to the NFL.

Then there’s Georgia Tech, which didn’t make the …

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Poll time: Are Thrashers destined for better year than Hawks?

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Things are going so well for the Thrashers that Eric Boulton had a hat trick against New Jersey.

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Joe Johnson has yet to hit his stride for the Hawks, in part because of injuries.

The Hawks have made the playoffs three straight seasons. The Thrashers have made the playoffs only once in 10 seasons and never have won a postseason game.

So why does it seem like the hockey team is the better of Philips Arena’s two tenants right now?

Seriously: If you had to choose, which team would be your pick to win more games and go farther in the playoffs right now,  the Hawks or Thrashers? I’ve got a poll up. Before you make your choice, here are a few things to take note of:

Which team is your early choice to have a better season?

  • Thrashers. (Their start is not a fluke.)
  • Hawks. (They’ll find their stride eventually.)
  • They’ll both have great seasons.
  • I don’t have much confidence in either.

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♦ TRENDS: Yes, it’s early. Neither the NHL nor NBA …

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Weekend Predictions: Falcons win, Saints lose and we dance

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Before we get to startling revelations like the Metrodome’s Hefty Bag roof being unable to hold 27 tons of snow (What Wendy’s is that architect working at now?), and Real Housetwit Kim Zolciak saying she’s writing a relationships book (Scarecrow and Kroy Biermann, meet fire), and Jets strength coach Sal Alosi admitting he asked his henchmen to form an assault line on an NFL sideline while he attempted to maim opponents (Did he and Tonya Harding meet on eHarmony?), we spread some holiday cheer:

Festive strippers!

I love Las Vegas. A friend of mine once described it as the United State on steroids, which is true, and begs the question: Do implants count as performance-enhancing drugs?

Wow. I want to go to the North Pole.

Wow. I want to go to the North Pole.

Anyway, last year one of the keepers of the strippers bought a truck, replaced the sides with Plexiglass, put a stripper pole in the back and created his own little fun house on wheels for marketing purposes while Santa and his Elv-ettes delivered toys. This …

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Falcons fans: Are you willing to let it snow, let it snow …? (UPDATE: Will Bears-Vikings be moved here?)

A fans view of last week's Bears-Patriots game in Chicago. (Don't worry, it's not this bad in Atlanta.)

Fans' view of last week's Bears-Patriots game in Chicago. (Don't worry. Atlanta's not this bad.)

(UPDATED below with news that the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game is considering the Georgia Dome as a fallback site.)

Hello. It’s cold outside. Do you love football enough to sit in this for three or four hours?

This topic has been going around ever since Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced that he wants to build an open air stadium. Personally, I love open air stadiums. The sounds are better. The smells are better. It just feels more like football.

Besides, I get to sit inside a press box.

What kind of stadium should the Falcons build?

  • Outdoors. (I love football weather!)
  • Dome. (I’m a wimp.)
  • Retractable roof. (I’m Switzerland.)

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No seriously, while I’ll give you that I grew up in the not-so-brutal winters of southern California, I did sit outside through many cold and rainy games. (The hot chocolate never stayed hot in the …

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