The Monday Heat Check begins not with a player or a team but with the latest in fall clothing. Anna Wintour has nothing on us.
Georgia’s uniforms: They’re new. They’re different. They’re horrible. The good news is that we’ll see them for only one game. The bad news is that the game will televised. Heat index: They’re sure to be a hot item at the thrift store as of Sept. 4.
Georgia’s ranking: The Bulldogs are No. 19 in the preseason Associated Press poll, which is pretty darn good for a team that went 6-7. They’re ranked ahead of Mississippi State and Florida, to whom they lost, and Auburn, to whom they also lost and who went 14-0. Heat index: Yeah, but have the voters taken a gander at those Pro Combat duds?
Georgia Tech’s ranking, or the lack thereof: Forty-eight teams drew votes in the AP survey, the Jackets not among them. Heat index: A cold front has settled over the Flats.
The Falcons: They’re 0-2, which must mean they stink. But wait a doggone minute. In exhibition games, the score when the first starting quarterback is removed is the only one that matters. (I’m serious about this.) Using that barometer, the Falcons are 2-0. Heat index: Doctor, chill pills for everyone!
The Braves: Don’t look now, but after a 6-1 week they’re closer to first place in the National League (6 1/2 games back) than San Francisco is to them in the wild-card race (eight games). Heat index: Doctor, could we have an outbreak of pennant fever on our hands?
By Mark Bradley