The Monday Heat Check comes to you a day late but not nearly a dollar short. We begin, as we increasingly do, with Twitter.
Brandon Boykin’s Tweet: The Georgia returner issued a challenge to Boise State: “Dear Coach [Chris] Petersen: I DARE you to kick to me. Sincerely, me and my Dawgs.” Boykin subsequently averred, also via Twitter, that he “meant no disrespect” and that “peeps should be scared to play the Dawgs.” Also: “We need swagger — don’t mistake it for anything else.”
Sorry, but this comes across as a little too much Chad Ochocinco to me. If you’re you’re the underdog in Saturday’s game and you’re coming off a 6-7 season, wouldn’t the better Bulldog course be to creep in — sorry to play fast and loose with my animals — on little cat feet? I doubt Boise is going to be terrified at the thought of facing the Tweetster, and if you have to rely on a gimmick for your swagger, is it really swagger at all? Heat index: Not cool.
UPDATE: Mr. Boykin, who I should note is a nice person and an engaging conversationalist and a darn good player, was kind enough to drop me a line regarding this post via Twitter. It reads:
” ‘Preciate that, Mr. Bradley. Enjoyed reading it ”
The Falcons: They’re 0-3 in exhibition games. Should we be worried?
Not just yet. They are, after all, exhibitions. They were leading in the first two games when Matt Ryan exited. But the third exhibition is generally considered the most telling of any preseason, and what was telling in Pittsburgh was this: Ryan threw 42 passes in a half and generated one touchdown and three field goals. The Falcons gained a lot of yards against a good defense but didn’t have much to show for all the movement. That’s a bit troubling.
Also: The secondary stunk. But that happens every preseason. Heat index: Lukewarm.
The Braves: Haven’t played since Friday. Have lost a half-game to Philadelphia. Are nine games ahead of San Francisco for the wild card. But there’s concern about Tommy Hanson. Heat index: Still hot, but they might want to slap a little healing balm on Hanson’s shoulder.
Georgia Tech football: The Jackets open against Western Carolina on Thursday night. Even Brandon Boykin couldn’t hype this game. Heat index: Frozen tundra.
MB’s predictions: I’ve made many for the coming season. To review: Georgia to go 10-2 and win the SEC East, Tech to go 8-4 and run third in the ACC Coastal, the Falcons to go 12-4, grab a wild card and play for the NFC title. Haven’t missed anything yet, I say (with a Boykin-like swagger). Heat index: So why do I feel a chill in the air?
By Mark Bradley