Heat Check: The Braves are hotter; Tech has a spiffy cistern

Georgia Tech's new indoor practice facility. Cistern not shown. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Georgia Tech's new indoor practice facility. Cistern not shown. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

One day late — hey, Monday was a holiday, though not for me — we offer our weekly Heat Check of the local sporting entities. Given that two of our professional teams are locked out, maybe we should rename this feature Slim Pickin’s. (Not to be confused with the gifted thespian Slim Pickens. Definitely to be confused with former Falcons No. 1 pick Bruce Pickens, who was much less gifted than Slim.)

The Braves: They’ve won six of seven, and they should have won seven of seven. The Sunday loss to Baltimore was a case of bad luck, iffy umpiring and one lousy pitch from Scott Proctor. They’re still not hitting for average (.237), but they’re pitching like champs (ERA of 3.04, best in the business). Imagine if they’d hit just .250, which really wouldn’t be asking so much. The National League average is .251. Heat Index: Not quite scorching, but temperatures are definitely above average.

The Atlanta Track Club: Another beautifully organized AJC Peachtree Road Race has come and gone, and here I offer the following suggestion. Replace the Georgia Department of Transportation with Atlanta Track Club volunteers. I guarantee road conditions will improve. Heat Index: A sweatier-than-usual Fourth yielded the by-now-expected smooth-running event.

The Falcons and Hawks: Both are locked out, which means one of them won’t be trading Josh Smith or re-signing Jamal Crawford anytime soon. Heat Index: Like Saskatchewan in the summer, whatever that means.

The Dream: They played once this past week. They won to improve to 3-7. They’ve re-activated forward Sancho Lyttle, who was off playing for the Spanish women’s team in EuroBasket 2011, an Olympics qualifying tournament. Heat Index: Warmer, but not nearly warm.

The Georgia Bulldogs: Here we knock on wood, but the Bulldogs managed to get through the Fourth of July without having their athletic director resign, which wasn’t the case in 2010. Heat Index: It has been a cool summer, figuratively speaking, in Athens. And that’s a good thing.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: The Institute offered reporters a tour of of its not-quite-finished Brock Indoor Football Practice Facility. It will eventually cost $9 million. Included is a 280,000-gallon rainwater-collecting cistern, which I feel sure when will be a great aid to Paul Johnson’s stylized offense. Heat Index: We’re talking about cisterns, so there must not be much going on.

By Mark Bradley

113 comments Add your comment

rawdawg

July 5th, 2011
9:42 am

T3

July 5th, 2011
9:44 am

Jamaaliver

July 5th, 2011
9:48 am

Seriously rawdawg…do you EVER actually contribute to the conversation?

MB, a slow sports week in the ATL indeed.

Question(s): How does the lockout effect a potential sale of the Hawks franchise. Would the lockout make owning an NBA team a more or less attractive option to a bored billionaire with money to burn?

And didn’t The Dream make it to the WNBA Finals last year? What the heck happened?

Paul in RDU

July 5th, 2011
9:48 am

Like Saskatchewan in the summer? That is a heck of a lot better than Manitoba in the winter.

chewyandrw

July 5th, 2011
9:50 am

Ummmmmmmmmmm Jamaaliver…the Dream are a pro sports team in Atlanta. They realized it. That is what happened.

Deuce Coupe

July 5th, 2011
9:50 am

UGA wins eight,

Georgia Tech wins the National Championship.

Mark Bradley

July 5th, 2011
9:54 am

Kudos to rawdawg. He’s amazing.

Cagey Veteran

July 5th, 2011
9:56 am

Speaking of heat index, I’m still pretty steamed about Hanson’s omission from the All-Star roster. IMHO, Chipper should quit complaining about balls and strikes.

Slim was great in Dr. Strangelove, one of my all time favorite movies!

just a fan

July 5th, 2011
9:56 am

Reverse what you have posted about Yech and UGA and you are a lot closer to reality

Worm

July 5th, 2011
9:57 am

That new Tech facility might be the ugliest building in Atlanta..I’ve seen old warehouses look much more appealing…recruiting advantage-NOT.

Mark Bradley

July 5th, 2011
9:58 am

Slim Pickens in “Dr. Strangelove:” Man should have won an Oscar, if not a Slimjim.

" Hot " seat

July 5th, 2011
9:59 am

`
. . . gotta beat boise state in the GEORGIA dome . . .
.

GT Dude

July 5th, 2011
10:03 am

@ Worm, I think it is the retro look the architect was going for or may be a blimp hanger.

Buzzwax

July 5th, 2011
10:08 am

Link to video of GT’s Brock Indoor Football Practice Facility from GT’s Director of Marketing – Mindy Hylton….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7fI4KBOVbk&feature=feedu

Major T. J. "King" Kong

July 5th, 2011
10:14 am

Stay on the bomb run, boys! I’m gonna get them doors open if it harelips ever’body on Bear Creek!

really???

July 5th, 2011
10:16 am

The Hawks look to be in a long-term lockout, the Thrashers are long gone, Phillips Arena is looking long and hard about how to fill out these suddenly open dates. Hey, Atlanta Spirit, karms is a real bit…

Remarkable

July 5th, 2011
10:17 am

When will the Braves get a new hitting coach? I know. He’s not to blame for all the bad hitting, but maybe it would be better if they had someone who has had to hit a ball in the Majors? Just a thought.

Cosmopolitan

July 5th, 2011
10:21 am

Thanks Buzzwax,
Georgia Tech Director of Marketing Mindy Hylton is HOT in her yellow dress.

Jamaaliver

July 5th, 2011
10:21 am

MB:

Do we know if the Hawks were one of those alleged 22 NBA teams that were losing money last season?

Tech Fan

July 5th, 2011
10:22 am

Worm –

At least Tech has one. Let me know when UGA gets one. At least Techs is 90 yards long and not 10.

What the hell is the point of building a 10 yard indoor walkthrough facility anyways? Now that is ugly…and stupid.

Mark Bradley

July 5th, 2011
10:25 am

We believe the Hawks are among the 22, Jamaaliver.

Todd Grantham

July 5th, 2011
10:29 am

No players arrested (so far) and I haven’t given any 21 year olds the choke sign as I was cursing them, praise god and alumni that think they should give their 6th choice DC 1st choice money, this gig ain’t gonna last long, but I’m gonna get PAID (and not just in ribs).

Team Dream

July 5th, 2011
10:29 am

not much going on indeed.

Slim Pickens was also in Blazing Saddles, and his performance was hysterical!

http://youtu.be/-UM9GjnTFIM

He also appeared in the movie 1941, which was an overall terrible movie (by Stephen Spielberg no less), but Slim’s performance (again) was hysterical.

http://youtu.be/RmLAA2r4DlA

Luke

July 5th, 2011
10:40 am

Last time I checked, the building was made to play football in, not host the President’s dinner. When we want a building to parade ponies and host the new Queen of England, I’ll let you know. But recruits will appreciate not having to go hard every day in the 100 degree heat.

Stu

July 5th, 2011
10:41 am

Anyone know the over under on uga football player arrests between July 4 and opening game? I believe I saw 5 posted in vegas. I think I will take the over.

GTT

July 5th, 2011
10:46 am

Thank goodness you didn’t forget to use the term “stylized offense.”

ted williams head

July 5th, 2011
10:48 am

Slim Pickens was a great character actor. At the end of The Getaway when he sells his truck for 30K and walks home is probably ther real Slim

Sen Uggla down

PTC DAWG

July 5th, 2011
10:57 am

What exactly is an Atlanta Hawk?

Gone With The WInd

July 5th, 2011
11:03 am

An Atlanta Hawk is
a member of a team guaranteed never to win the big one.

Bill

July 5th, 2011
11:13 am

Cistern will save thousands each year..great move. The outside my not look great to some but its whats on the inside that counts. GO Braves! Go jackets! Go Dawgs! Get it done Falcons and Hawks we need Pro. Football and BB in Georgia. Thanks Mark.

DawginLex

July 5th, 2011
11:28 am

Mindy Hylton went to UGA.

Now does Marketing at Tech.

I thought she could only get a job at McDonald’s?

:) :)

Lebrick

July 5th, 2011
11:35 am

DawginLex, it goes back to the old joke…’what does a UGA grad call a Tech grad?’ and the answer is, ‘boss’

DawginLex

July 5th, 2011
11:43 am

She is the Director so she is the boss.

a.j.

July 5th, 2011
11:44 am

Just think if the Phillies were hitting where
they would be. Low scoring games this
weekend in Philadelphia.

Lebrick

July 5th, 2011
11:45 am

she fires herself????

Ted M

July 5th, 2011
11:48 am

the heat index is pretty hot on Freddi Freeman

Ted M

July 5th, 2011
11:52 am

Mark you should sponsor a tee shirt contest on who guesses the date Uggla pushes his average over .200.

Robert

July 5th, 2011
12:06 pm

The umps have a difficult job and do it in good faith, to the best of their ability, and very well

Let’s put it this way – on their worst day, the worst ump ever is better at their job than Chipper Jones is at his

What would it take for just ONE writer in this town to man up and say that whining about the umps is bush league?

A player says he knew the strike zone was larger than average – that player has two choices

1. Do what big leaguers do their entire career – adjust

or

2. Whine and make excuses like they do in the bush leagues

The fact that Chipper chose number two is not at all surprising.

The fact that noone in the Atlanta media can take the big league approach is mighty disappointing

Brian

July 5th, 2011
12:10 pm

If the “cistern” was in Athens, it would be on the front page. Give me a break.

Jim Clancy

July 5th, 2011
12:23 pm

MIndy Hylton………..dadgum!!!!!!!

Ted M-just what makes you think Uggla will get anywhere near .200 this year? Or were you kidding?

Badgerina

July 5th, 2011
12:26 pm

Don’t forget the USA women’s soccer team. They are going to rip it up.

Dr. Phil

July 5th, 2011
12:28 pm

The Braves just keep winning with anemic hitting. I will take it, though. Go Braves!

Mombo

July 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

MB you are an idjut!

really???

July 5th, 2011
12:36 pm

Robert @ 12:06 -
While I agree that whining solves nothing, to simply adjust is also a flawed tactic. If no one calls out the umps for discretions such as these, then it opens a Pandora’s Box where anything goes. The pitches that Chipper complained about…well, in my opinion, he rightly complained. Both balls were a good four inches off the plate, the second may have been six inches off.

To Robert

July 5th, 2011
12:39 pm

I’m guessing you did not see how bad the calls were on Chipper. The last one a foot outside. It wasn’t just a bad call, it was some sort of agenda on the rookie umps part. Too much ego for an ump!

Ugga getting above .200: April 7th next year when he goes 1 for 4 on opening day!

Shawny

July 5th, 2011
12:39 pm

Hear during the game yesterday that they are considering how to get Prado into the lineup when he returns. Mentioned left field.
I have a better one… SECOND BASE. That chump playing there hitting a buck seventy-five can sit.

Ted M

July 5th, 2011
12:44 pm

Jim Clancy – Everyday it does get more and more unlikely Uggla will breach .200.

Robert – Uggla opens next season 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

dumbdawg

July 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

UGA sort of has a cistern also… but it’s called a cesspool. Does that count?

Jeff

July 5th, 2011
12:49 pm

It gets old reading the UGA vs Tech back and forth garbage all the time. I went to UGA, loved it there and now work with people from Tech, Florida, Alabama, etc. Why can’t we all just take it for what it is. UGA is a better for sports and Tech is better for education. That being said, Robert is a huge dildo for saying the umps are better than Chipper at their jobs. I watched the at bat with Chipper and the ump obviously just wanted to get out of there. The calls were terrible.

longtime braves fan

July 5th, 2011
12:55 pm

I would say the braves are sizzling hot. 3rd best record in baseball.Two 10 game winners at the break. thes best catcher in baseball.2nd best switch hitter of all time.the best bullpen in baseball.hell, the best pitching staff in baseball.Great defensive team. What else could you call them?