Heat Check: Falcons and seedings, Hawks and retreads

The Hawks' Jeff Teague amuses himself and others at Media Day. (Photo by David Tulis)

The Hawks' Jeff Teague amuses himself and others at Media Day. (Photo by David Tulis)

Our weekly Heat Check returns after, er, a week off. (Why the week off? Because I’ve again reached the point when I realize I have more vacation days remaining than there are workdays left in the calendar year.) So we’re playing catch-up hotness, as it were.

The Atlanta Falcons: They staged a huge rally in Charlotte to get to 8-5. On Thursday they play a Jacksonville team that has already dumped its coach. If the playoffs began tomorrow, they’d be the NFC’s No. 5 seed, which would mean they’d miss having to play in New Orleans twice in a 14-day span. Instead they’d get the winner of the NFC East in Round 1, and that winner will be the Giants or the Cowboys or maybe even the Eagles. Heat Index: No. 5 would suit this team just fine.

The Atlanta Hawks: They’re back at work. They’ve added Tracy McGrady, Jerry Stackhouse and Vladimir Radmanovic, none of whom is as good as he used to be but two of whom should be of use. Jamal Crawford still hasn’t found a job. Josh Smith still hasn’t gotten traded. And I believe you’re up to date. Heat Index: The buzz on this team isn’t exactly overwhelming; truth to tell, it isn’t even whelming.

The Atlanta Braves: They went to the Winter Meetings and came home without making a trade. The only thing I can think is that some impostor must have gone in Frank Wren’s stead. Heat Index: Is the Tyler Pastornicky Era indeed upon us?

The Georgia Bulldogs: Mark Richt is negotiating a new contract, presumably including a new Ford truck. A year ago, this wouldn’t have been seen as good news in most precincts. Today it has to be viewed as a just reward for a turnaround season. Heat Index: Is the Keith Marshall Era indeed upon us, and if so, what will we recall about the Isaiah Crowell Era?

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (different sport): Pretty significant win for Brian Gregory, who went to Athens and did in his first try what Paul Hewitt couldn’t manage in five trips — winning at Georgia. Add the November signing of Shiloh High big man Robert Carter, whom Georgia wanted very much, and it’s possible to wonder if the new Tech man hasn’t already begun to erode the in-state gains made by Mark Fox. Heat Index: On the other hand, the ACC schedule hasn’t yet commenced. If Tech finishes above .500, Gregory should get one of those Hewitt lifetime contracts. (Kidding! I’m kidding!)

Chris Paul: Both Los Angeles teams want this guy. Don’t know why. If he was so good, wouldn’t Billy Knight have drafted him? Heat Index: “I’m telling you — Marvin Williams is going to have a breakout season.” Heard that before?

Ryan Braun: The National League MVP has tested positive for a banned substance. Braun insists he did nothing untoward, and why  shouldn’t we believe him? Because Bud Selig, who lives in Milwaukee, keeps telling us that baseball has weaned itself of steroids under his eagle-eyed aegis. Heat Index: In other news, Braun plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, the team Commissioner Selig used to own.

Charlie Weis: Just became the head coach at Kansas after a fine year’s work at Florida. Who else but a mastermind could have taken Urban Meyer’s leftovers and crafted the nation’s 102nd-most-productive offense? Heat Index: I can’t imagine many Gators will shed tears over Mr. Schematic Advantage’s departure. But maybe Georgia fans should.

By Mark Bradley

134 comments Add your comment

ss

December 13th, 2011
8:13 am

GDawg

December 13th, 2011
8:13 am

ss

December 13th, 2011
8:13 am

whwew is my comment

Reality Man

December 13th, 2011
8:14 am

weis is a pig. that is all

ARdawg

December 13th, 2011
8:21 am

Mighty weak for a column Bradley. You follow up your classic Munson with this?

Energy Vampire

December 13th, 2011
8:24 am

Tell Crowell to cut his nappy hair and get off the weed.

funny...

December 13th, 2011
8:25 am

To be honest, Georgia basketball is where it is because of Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins.

Both of those idiots should have stayed in school.

Ed Pilcher

December 13th, 2011
8:26 am

I can’t believe another D-1 school actually hired Charlie Weiss as a head coach. He’s been a flop at every college position he’s had. Just unbelieveable.

Energy Vampire

December 13th, 2011
8:27 am

The Floundering Foxhounds are akin to the Xavier Thugs.

Same ole Same ole

December 13th, 2011
8:30 am

Too bad Richt is still gonna be around. More mediocrity to follow with a Boo Boo too.

Brian Gregory

December 13th, 2011
8:31 am

Vince

December 13th, 2011
8:31 am

You’re back !!

Vince

December 13th, 2011
8:32 am

We missed you.

BK

December 13th, 2011
8:33 am

Mark, why no article about Auburn’s running back being suspended? If this were UGA you guys would have written multiple articles speculating the reason and referring to lack of control at the school.

JackDennis

December 13th, 2011
8:34 am

I could have used Weis’s agent.

Dyer Does weed

December 13th, 2011
8:34 am

Wheres Carlton and IC?

Jamaaliver

December 13th, 2011
8:35 am

Good to have you back, MB.

Am I foolish to think that Marvin Williams really IS due to have a breakout year?

And that CP3 leaving NO for the Clippers is a HUUUUUGE downgrade?

Charlie Weis

December 13th, 2011
8:36 am

Ford Tough

December 13th, 2011
8:46 am

Just like the Georgia Bulldogs: F ix O r R epair D aily.

GT Dude

December 13th, 2011
8:48 am

Bark Madley, When it comes TECH please never ever kid about a Blewit Hewitt contract, it still hurts too much!!!

GT Dude

December 13th, 2011
8:50 am

Bark Madly,
When it comes to TECH and a Blewit Hewitt contract, please never ever kid with us, it still hurts too much!!!

Energy Van Helsing

December 13th, 2011
8:51 am

@ energy vampire,

Why are you posting negative things about a black athelete and a prodominately black school? Did your wife leave you for a black man? Did you get fired becuase a black man or woman was more qualified? C’mon dude. Chill.

steverino

December 13th, 2011
8:53 am

What is it with Kansas and lard-butts?
Instead of Ford trucks, do they offer free Ryan’s buffets?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

December 13th, 2011
8:54 am

Coach wants a truck that’s not red. Everything in this town is red or black. No red running backs, though. I have an idea for the bowl broadcast . . . and I got it watching the NFL. When they put the UGA players’ pictures up on the screen they can say, “hit and run”, “armed robbery”, “burglary”, or whatever their felony may be. I think it will help with recruiting running backs. I realize I am a bit scarred and may not make permanent mascot with this attitude but nobody gives a little dog credit for the turnaround.

Chris

December 13th, 2011
8:55 am

BK, that’s because this is a GEORGIA newspaper. It is there job to write and investigate things that happen in GEORGIA. As it is the Alabama papers’ to do so about Auburn.

cattledawg

December 13th, 2011
8:55 am

The Bulldogs an Falcons both became soft teams when their coaches started driving Fords.

Paul in NH

December 13th, 2011
8:55 am

Mark – Nice column but you missed an obvious one for your heat index. David Stern – an Emperor whose clothes are starting to fall apart.

DC

December 13th, 2011
8:57 am

Weis sounded so stupid saying rock chalk jayhawk this past weekend at the basketball game…

Chris

December 13th, 2011
8:58 am

Good one Paul… David Stern does feel like a dictator at the moment doesn’t he? At some point (hopefully soon) a team’s president or owner is going to get fed up and do something about it. Hopefully they would push for a vote of “No Confidence” and get his sorry behind replaced.

Hankie Aron

December 13th, 2011
8:59 am

Ford Tough- The record shows Ford did not take any of the gov’t “get on our bus” bailout money. That speaks highly in and of itself

Hankie Aron

December 13th, 2011
9:02 am

In other news, Is there any less buzz ever for a forthcoming Hawks season. Really, does anybody care? Count me in the no crowd

DC

December 13th, 2011
9:02 am

I saw somewhere where they compared David Stern to Vince McMahon…they have a point..

Charlie Weis

December 13th, 2011
9:06 am

Im a weeble and I Wobble but I dont fall down.

Major Well Factor

December 13th, 2011
9:07 am

Charlie has a long cane……. Expedia Guy

juvenal

December 13th, 2011
9:11 am

got to admit, was a BiG win in athens, really helped our morale………

Ted M

December 13th, 2011
9:15 am

Mark – You were joking when you said Marvin Williams is gonna have a breakout year, right?

southpaw

December 13th, 2011
9:18 am

Brian Gregory runs this state!

Next

December 13th, 2011
9:18 am

Marshall will regret going to uga where he will be benched.

In da Know

December 13th, 2011
9:21 am

Who did UGA beat this year? The man knows…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2oZWpqtNi4

Bogart Man

December 13th, 2011
9:21 am

David Stern is the shortest commissioner yet he rules the tallest sport.

PaulieOldSchool

December 13th, 2011
9:22 am

For both the Hawks and the Braves–you get what you don’t pay for, in this case, recycled crap. The very definition of insanity is to do the same thing (e.g., have the same lineup) and expect different results. For the Falcons, if they can play a consistent 3 games, they will go deep. If not, an early offseason. Please can MM. For UGA, I know these words fall on deaf ears, but just like an athlete in a “contract year”, RIcht pulled a rabbit out of the hat. Please don’t extend his contract, we need to go in a different direction. Again, change OC. THAT is all.

falc fan

December 13th, 2011
9:24 am

I am thinking that the 6th seed would be best for the Falcons – second round opponent for 5th seed (if they get that far) would be Green Bay in the Tundra, not an attractive prospect in January (but then again, better for the players perspective than watching it at home on TV while on a 6 month vacation)

Pistol Pete

December 13th, 2011
9:24 am

Falcons 1 & done in playoffs, Hawks still have no center & added some retreads, not going anywhere, & Braves better wake up cause Marlins are passing you by!

JSS

December 13th, 2011
9:30 am

Paul in NH
December 13th, 2011
8:55 am
“Mark – Nice column but you missed an obvious one for your heat index. David Stern – an Emperor whose clothes are starting to fall apart.”

That dude is butt naked and running down the street in board daylight! And that ain’t pretty!!!

JSS

December 13th, 2011
9:31 am

^^^^^^^^^
“broad”

falc fan

December 13th, 2011
9:31 am

ON THE OTHER HAND (Ethereal music playing eerily in the background here)—
2010 – wild card Green Bay came into 1st seed ATL’s home dome after losing to them in the regular season. The stadium is packed with Packers fans wearing foam cheese. That was the start of something special.

2011 – wild card Atlanta goes to top seed Green Bay’s frozen fortress of tuntratude after losing to them in the regular season. The stadium is packed with falcons fans wearing foam peaches.

In could happen, couldn’t it???

Anybody remember the NFC Championship Minnesota, the last (only) time the Falcons went to the superbowl??

dolla dolla bill

December 13th, 2011
9:32 am

wanna toughen up crowell…put him in the FAMU band for a year or two….

falc fan

December 13th, 2011
9:33 am

Regarding the Hawks, you mean they aren’t still on strike/lockout/apathetic coma?

If not, why not?

prime time (redshirt me?)

December 13th, 2011
9:33 am

ATL sports = watching paint dry at times.

dolla dolla bill

December 13th, 2011
9:35 am

look at all the tats on teague…love the ballas in the nba…it’s fantastic!!!…not…wish the nba had folded…