We’re going to try something a little different this morning. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Wednesday the 16th of December), we’re going to have ourselves a live chat.
Regular patrons are doubtless saying, “What’s so different about that? You do one of those every time you cover a game.” And that’s true. But those cyber-conversations tend to be game-related: If I cover a Falcons game, we talk about the Falcons. (And much of the chatting is me saying/typing: “Third-and-four. Big play here.”)
(A personal aside: My brother Brian has never let me forget how many times I said, “Big play here” during the epic Steelers victory over the Bengals in the snow at Riverfront Stadium in November 1976. We were Steelers fans in the enemy camp. Our team won 7-3. Dwight White recovered a Boobie Clark fumble and Franco scored. Mike Kruczek was our QB. And my girlfriend — now my wife — and I got stuck in Covington, Ky., because the passenger-side window fell out of my Mustang in the blizzard en route back to Lexington.)
The idea with today’s chat is to discuss more and broader issues. I’ve got a list of topics in my dim little mind — Georgia’s search for a defensive coordinator, the Falcons with three games to go, the Hawks in ascendancy, the Braves looking to trade somebody or sign somebody or do something not involving Rafael Soriano — but I welcome any and all suggestions.
So that’s what I’m asking on this pre-chat post: Send me your ideas, and we’ll see if we can indeed get around to them. And please: Check back at 11 a.m. when the real badinage gets underway. I can’t guarantee that a good time will be had by all, but I can guarantee that talking to y’all would beat the heck out of me sitting here by myself and recalling all the Big Plays of Steelers-Bengals ‘76. (Did I mention Dwight White and the fumble?)