A chilly Heat Check: Bad losses, bad behavior, bad times

Visual verification that happy days aren't here again. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

We offer visual verification that happy days aren't here again. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

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

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Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 8th, 2012
8:30 am

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 8th, 2012
8:33 am

Saturday night’s game was the football equivalent of the Obama-Romney debate.

The left-field ump in the Braves-Cards game was Jim Lehrer.

Christian Robinson

October 8th, 2012
8:38 am

C Rob wants a correction.

I hope they catch those idiots and throw them under the jail.

Benjamin

October 8th, 2012
8:40 am

Second.

And there have been more depressing showings from me in regard to my response time of Bradley’s posts, but not many…

Benjamin

October 8th, 2012
8:41 am

And by second, I of course meant third.

Also, cheer up, Atlanta. We could always be Cleveland…

Mark Bradley

October 8th, 2012
8:42 am

Kudos, WCW.

Funny, Benjamin. I laughed.

doc

October 8th, 2012
8:50 am

also murray had the load of the thyroid ca diagnosis for his dad on him as well before and during the game. probably a few more sleepless nights until the results are known now as his dad goes through surgery. most times thyroid cancer has a good prognosis and i pray his dad has that kind rather than the form that is aggressive. this story is just coming to light it seems.

sad to hear of the reaction of bulldog “fans” as i as a tech fan admire what he does on the field and off. this fandom stuff is a little sick and shows how little a life some of these folks have.

prayers to murray and his family but more so to an awakening of those that perpetrated such a dismal response to a loss to the ball coach and the cocks.

Maxwell the free-range chihuahua

October 8th, 2012
8:51 am

I thought it was a great weekend, except for the Falcons win. Congrats to Drew Brees.

Hale

October 8th, 2012
8:55 am

It’s funny. Of gt’s 4 losses, they have led in the 3rd qtr of 3 of them. vt, miami and clem. the lone one was middle tenn state that they didn’t lead. lol

Weyman C. Wannamaker Jr. (A Great American)

October 8th, 2012
8:57 am

This weekend reminded me of the debate last week. UGA v. USC were the debate contestants, with the favorite turning in a worse than lackluster performance against the underdog.

The left-field ump in the Braves-Cards game was Jim Lehrer.

T-Bone

October 8th, 2012
9:01 am

I thought we only had replacement refs (umps) in the NFL.

sidslid

October 8th, 2012
9:01 am

Of all the plays, three days later I am still scratching my head over the safety squeeze. If successful, bases loaded with the pitcher up.

Cohutta Dawgman

October 8th, 2012
9:02 am

Oh well. At least we know that the Dawgs won’t lose next weekend. Can’t say the same about Yech.

Answer This

October 8th, 2012
9:03 am

Well the weather is changing so with this horrible weekend comes the chill weather…..almost fitting!

Mark Bradley

October 8th, 2012
9:05 am

If the safety squeeze had succeeded, Freeman would have scored on it. The play was designed to score a run. But Freeman stayed at third because the bunt didn’t get by the pitcher, or something like that.

Difference between a safety squeeze and the suicide version is that, on the former, the runner waits to see where the bunt goes.

HUH?????

October 8th, 2012
9:06 am

I’ve said this from the beginning of the season that UGA would get destroyed by a top ranked team. And they did. UGA doesn’t play quality opponents and when they do they get embarrassed on national tv.

Eddie Haskel

October 8th, 2012
9:07 am

I’d rather have fans that poison the rivals trees than fans that egg their own QB’s house. Georgia fans need to learn they aint Alabama.

HUH?????

October 8th, 2012
9:07 am

So much for Aaron Murray’s “Heisman” season. LOL

dale

October 8th, 2012
9:08 am

Take heart Georgia fans, if things play out we could find ourselves in a the SEC title game with the nation tuned in to watch us play Alabama. Wouldn’t that be great?

Hale

October 8th, 2012
9:09 am

Still dumb to do any kind of squeeze when a fly ball most likely gets a run home. And what is an outfield ump doing making an infield call. I can’t believe mlb wouldn’t reverse that call when given the chance. Baseball is so far behind the nfl in getting the call done right. It’s a shame.

Snake Doc

October 8th, 2012
9:10 am

@HUH???? – How about saying a prayer for Murray’s father.

dale

October 8th, 2012
9:10 am

And was it just me or was Lou Holtz just a little too giddy after that first half? Yeah, I think he was rooting for somebody.

doc

October 8th, 2012
9:11 am

mark, know you dont agree but i am beginning to hope cpj has the class that hewitt never had to realize he is way over his head. would he resign with a reasonable resolution to the money issue and not expect the money that hewitt stole by being incompetent?

losing your resolve yet on cpj? wish i were as optimistic as you and know you are closer to the true action. maybe you got it right. from here it doesnt look good nor approach what the alums thought that of a second coming of dodd and a “tech guy” wasnt it?

karma to the folks that pushed hard to get rid of chan. wasnt it because he wasnt exciting enough or didnt cow down to them enough as he rescued them from where they are now. he was even doing it and having a reasonable amount of success on probation even because of the cheater before him? had enough excitement now rich influential smart guy alums? the acc is much worse as a whole than just five years ago while chan was here to boot.

Ted M

October 8th, 2012
9:19 am

The Dawgs are in far better shape then the Jackets. The teams that beat the Jackets stink, all of them and they been getting pounded at that. MTSU which physically dominated the Jackets in every way just lost to LA Monroe.

Paddy

October 8th, 2012
9:19 am

dale, dale, dale…….come on lad. The Easter Bunny is not real.

done

October 8th, 2012
9:22 am

I still find it hard to believe a safety squeeze was called in that situation. I am hoping Fredi was covering for his player.

done

October 8th, 2012
9:22 am

I still find it hard to believe a safety squeeze was called in that situation. I am hoping Fredi was covering for his player.

Dawg Fud

October 8th, 2012
9:22 am

Ryder Cup, Braves, Georgia…

If you need me to put a jinx on your team, I am available for hire.

dale

October 8th, 2012
9:24 am

Paddy,
And THEN Georgia will play Oregon. Wouldn’t it be awesome to watch the Georgia D take on all that speed?

Ted M

October 8th, 2012
9:32 am

The Jackets are doomed. At best Johnson makes a cursory effort at recruiting.

UGA83

October 8th, 2012
9:36 am

35-0 except for that sympathy TD at the very end. Richt should have to resign this morning, clean out his locker, and turn in Bobo’s head on a pike before he leaves.

DawginSewer

October 8th, 2012
9:36 am

Yesasss wesss goes toese Shreveportss againss. Ruffs Ruffs yeassss

yellowfever

October 8th, 2012
9:38 am

I’m Paul Johnson and I’ve won every where I have been with previous coach’s recruits. Then when I get my own players, well, you see where I’m going.

BobDawg

October 8th, 2012
9:40 am

GEORGE STEIN… You still at the Bar/Pub??? Saddle up my friend… I have several spots ready for all…. Both Teams were not even competitive this weekend…

Buddy Landell

October 8th, 2012
9:41 am

done

October 8th, 2012
9:22 am
I still find it hard to believe a safety squeeze was called in that situation. I am hoping Fredi was covering for his player.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I was going to say the exact same thing. Didn’t Simmons do this earlier in theyear in the same situation? D-Radakovich…make that call to Chris Hatcher.

Call It Like It Is

October 8th, 2012
9:43 am

You know some of those fans could really throw those cans. Fredi should have been watching them and make them offer. But come on now who didnt see this coming? Cocks have the dawgs number, and the Braves are the choke masters of the past two decades. Instead of popping corks last week, they should have gotten focus for what was coming up. My dont we look silly now.

Tech Engineer

October 8th, 2012
9:44 am

I agree with Doc. Those Tech fans who pushed hard to get rid of Gailey are the cause of our football woes. Chan was recruiting better than any Tech coach dyring the past 50 years and was getting better each year. Check the NFL rosters and you will find his recruits. Tech would be competing for championships every year. In Chan’s last season a missed field gaol against MD, a dropped punt against UVA and two TD drops against UGA prevented 10 wins. You fans played into ADRad’s hands who didn’t like Gailey.
We reap what you sow.

Pi$$ed-off Dawg

October 8th, 2012
9:45 am

mark

Mark Richt is a ACC coach trying to coach n the SEC. Nuff said. Dawgs ol is never good ,yet they are drafted into NFL because NFL coaches know that if they are coached properly , they are very good. By the way , what the heck happened to the defense in the last 11 months.

Billy Ryckman

October 8th, 2012
9:47 am

I heard that Murray’s dad was diagnosed with cancer before the SC game. Must be tough to hear news like that and then play football. As for the game…it often happens. A few mistakes, a team gets down and things unravel. Our team will be fine. Our coaching staff will be fine. I read today that a CBS sports guy is predicting that we go 11-1 and to the Sugar Bowl as a top 5 team. I agree with that.

BobDawg

October 8th, 2012
9:53 am

BILLY, so that CBS “guy” thinks we will beat a ranked Gator team in Jax, huh??? That would get the monkey off of Richts back… He and the staff have 2 weeks to figure the rest of the season out…

ARdawg

October 8th, 2012
9:56 am

Well now we know how the Arkansas fans feel. They too have a team and no coach

Billy Ryckman

October 8th, 2012
9:58 am

BobDawg, yep he does. And so do I. Couple of reasons: 1. GA is a much better team than they way they played on Saturday. That game was a fluke. I think Murray was distracted with the sad news of his dad’s health. Some will say–”Richt should have had him sit out.” Really? LeMay is not ready for prime-time and has been very unimpressive this year. We do not have a backup qb that is ready. Welch is the best that we have right now. 2. Fl. is way over-rated. They have no offense. We should match up well against them. I think we roll over Florida this year. This one has been in my win column for a while. We win convincingly the rest of our games. I think it is reasonable to think that SC will stumble twice. They have a history of imploding and LSU will figure it out at some point. So, I think GA is 11-1 and either plays for the SEC championship or goes to the Sugar Bowl as a top 5 team. But what do I know? I am only right 85% of the time when it comes to UGA.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

October 8th, 2012
9:59 am

Plz don’t put UGA on national tv anymore!

HawksFanSince'89

October 8th, 2012
9:59 am

Richt and Georgia has lost their edge in college football, and no one respects us. We can blame Aaron Murray for cracking under pressure, which he has shown in the past in big games, but that blame goes back to Richt for sticking with him at QB. Georgia won’t win a SEC or National Championship as long as Richt and this coaching staff is replaced. CMR is still won of the most successful coaches in GA’s History, but lately their has been a lack of preparation and edge to CMR’s teams in the last 4yrs, which ends in losses in big games. It’s time for a change!!!

BobDawg

October 8th, 2012
10:00 am

ARdawg… Ouch… I would open up just about all the positions in practice so we find out who wants to play and not just put their “hat” on the field… Seems like since Mel Kiper had Jarvis Jones on his Big Board as the #1 pick next year, Jarvis has gone away somewhere….

son's who?

October 8th, 2012
10:00 am

I want everybody who had a terrible weekend to quit. I want that, like every other blogger I read posting the same sentiments. Why do I want that? Because all people who are successful in life quit whenever they get beat. Successful people give up and go home. They do not strive to correct their mistakes. They do not try to overcome their own weakness. They quit.

P.s. I am reasonably confident that on Saturday night, Lou Holtz felt a thrill go up his leg, ala Chris Matthews. lol

AzCat

October 8th, 2012
10:01 am

Stay classy, Huh. I will pray today that a.) you never have to deal with caner in your life, or any of your loved ones have to deal with it, and b.) that whatever is happening in your life, or has happened in the past, to make you such a mean, small person can be healed or rectified so you can find some peace and happiness.
Along with prayers for a full and speedy recovery for the young man’s father, of course.

NCBravesFan

October 8th, 2012
10:01 am

“Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?”

ARdawg

October 8th, 2012
10:02 am

The CBS guy is going to be right or wrong so the way I see it, his probability is 50/50? What is the motivation for the Dawgs to win out, hoping to back into the SEC championship game again, to lose it again? That would be as much of an embarrassment as that game on Sat.. Why must we always be the bridesmaid because we have Richt for a coach. Back the h3ll up Mr CBS guy, after the fiasco in Columbia, beating Kentucky or anyone else on our schedule, isn’t a given. Thanks Richt for proving the naysayers prophetic

BobDawg

October 8th, 2012
10:02 am

BILLY, You sound like me in past years…. Problem is a Strong D can blow our O-line up… I’m not worried about Murray and he will be fine… It’s our O-line getting manhandled Long with our D-line by a not very good SC O-line. The game is always won in the trenches and that is our Waterloo….