Atlanta, city of winners! And our weekly Heat Check reflects as much.
FALCONS: Went to Missouri, faced an energized home team, still scored 40 points and won by 16. Heat Index: A mighty impressive opening victory.
GEORGIA: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but … went to Missouri, faced an energized home team, scored 41 points and won by 21. Heat Index: A mighty impressive road-opening victory.
JULIO JONES: Best receiver on the Falcons roster? Yes. Best receiver in Falcons history? Maybe. Best receiver in the NFL? Maybe soon. Heat Index: That draft-day trade looks better and better, does it not?
JARVIS JONES: Best defender in the SEC? Yes. Best in the country? Probably. Best in Georgia history? With apologies to Bill Stanfill, Jake Scott, Ben Zambiasi, Terry Hoage, Champ Bailey and David Pollack … yes, maybe. Heat Index: Tell me his fourth quarter in Columbia didn’t resemble a latter-day Lawrence Taylor.
BRAVES: Really pitching now, and starting to hit a bit better. (Brian McCann and Dan Uggla did some weekend damage in New York.) Actually gained a game on the Nationals last week. Heat Index: From the attendance figures for last week’s Colorado series here, we can’t say the city is aflame with pennant fever.
KRIS MEDLEN: How long before Fredi Gonzalez tweaks his routine to make sure this guy gets to start the wild-card game? Heat Index: And to think, Medlen was reinstated as a starter only because Tommy Hanson got hurt.
GEORGIA TECH: Lost at Virginia Tech in overtime, beat Presbyterian 59-3. Which tells us the Hokies would probably be favored over the Blue Hose on a neutral field. Heat Index: Two big games (Virginia and Miami) upcoming, and they could well be the season’s pivot point.
VAD LEE: After waiting one full season and the first game of another to make his college debut, the redshirt quarterback threw a 82-yard touchdown pass (sixth-longest in Tech history) and broke a 79-yard quarterback draw (longest non-scoring run in Tech history) — in the span of three minutes. Heat Index: Not saying we’ve got a quarterback controversy here, but Tevin Washington might want to watch the turnovers.
GEORGIA STATE: Has been outscored 84-19 by South Carolina State and Tennessee. Bill Curry says he sees progress, though. Heat Index: On the plus side, the Panther basketball team starts practice Oct. 15.
DREAM: They’re 4-2 since firing coach Marynell Meadors on her birthday, but Friday’s loss at Minnesota was epic. The Dream led the reigning WNBA champs by 25 points but lost in double overtime. It matched the biggest comeback victory — or, put another way, the most egregious flop – in league history. Heat Index: The Olympian Angel McCoughtry, whose behavior led to her getting suspended and Meadors getting fired, has been reinstated, but the woman who leads the WNBA in scoring is playing as a sub.
By Mark Bradley