We begin our weekly Heat Check by noting that the Falcons are 5-0 for the first time in franchise annals and that the Hawks opened their exhibition season by beating the reigning NBA champs, and then we turn to more dire matters. Which is to say, everything else in local sports.
GEORGIA: Played its biggest game of the season and lost by 28 points, and that only after what even the head coach conceded was a “consolation” touchdown. Linebacker Christian Robinson took to Twitter to report that the house he shares with quarterback Aaron Murray had been “egged and rolled.” Chill Factor: There have been more depressing weekends in the long history of Georgia football, but not many.
BRAVES: Played its biggest game of the postseason and made three errors that generated four unearned runs, thereby ensuring that this would be their only game of the postseason. Also messed up a strange safety squeeze. Also were victims of one of the worst calls in postseason history, prompting a televised outpouring of bottle-flinging. Also said goodbye to the best Atlanta Brave of the past 35 years. Chill Factor: There have been more depressing nights in the long history of Braves baseball, but not many.
GEORGIA TECH: Lost by 16 points after leading in the fourth quarter. One week after yielding 510 yards and 49 points to Middle Tennessee and two weeks after yielding 609 yards and 42 points to Miami, the Jackets yielded 601 yards and 47 points to Clemson. When last the Jackets started a season worse than 2-4, the head coach — the year was 1994 — was gone after eight games. Chill Factor: There have been more depressing half-seasons in the long history of Tech football, but not many.
DREAM: Were eliminated from the WNBA playoffs after squandering a 1-0 lead. Failed to reach the league finals for the first time in three seasons. Fired its coach-since-inception in midseason because she couldn’t get along with the team’s best player, whereupon the new coach suspended (briefly) the team’s best player. Chill Factor: There have been more depressing seasons in the history of Dream basketball, but not many.
GEORGIA STATE: Lost to New Hampshire to fall to 0-6. Has been outscored 226-71 on the season. The closest loss has been 21 points. If the Panthers don’t beat Rhode Island (0-5) on Saturday, they’re staring an 0-fer season in its ugly face. Chill Factor: There have been more depressing seasons in the history of Georgia State football … well, actually there haven’t.
By Mark Bradley