Heat Check: Falcons are unbeaten; Georgia State’s on a roll!

Sean Weatherspoon leads cheers: "Our team is red hot!" (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon leads the cheers: "Our team is red hot!" (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Truth in advertising: This week’s Heat Check isn’t the most scintillating, given that the bulk of our local teams didn’t actually play. But we press on nonetheless.

FALCONS: They’re the only NFL unbeaten remaining, and here I offer the boldest prediction of my so-called career — they won’t lose next Sunday, either. Forecast: They’ve got a bye, and they could use one to refocus and recalibrate. When you’re 6-0, there’s obviously nothing grievously amiss. But the past three games weren’t nearly as emphatic as the first three.

GEORGIA STATE: The Panthers won a game! And won it big! Thank goodness for Rhode Island! Thank goodness Bill Curry won’t ride off into the sunset on an 0-11 nag of a season! Forecast: OK, back to reality. They play 5-2 Villanova in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs got what they wanted even as they weren’t playing. South Carolina lost to LSU. If South Carolina loses to Florida this week, that clears the deck for the Georgia-Florida winner to take the SEC East. And Georgia, as we know, hasn’t lost to Florida since … oh, way back in 2010. Forecast: Georgia plays at Kentucky, which lost to Arkansas 49-7 in a game shortened by a merciful thunderstorm. The Bulldogs are favored by four touchdowns in an SEC road game. Holy mackerel.

GEORGIA TECH: The Jackets were also off, and they furloughed defensive coordinator Al Groh for the rest of the season, which was probably best for everyone concerned. Even though Tech is 2-4, a slew of winnable games remain. It would take some doing for this team to finish under .500. Forecast: Tech plays Boston College, which just lost to Florida State 51-7 and has beaten only Maine. Say what you will about the state of Atlanta college football, but our teams look better than New England’s.

BRAVES: Didn’t lose all week. Didn’t play, either. Now they get to sit back and watch the Cardinals, who finished six games behind them, go win another World Series. Forecast: It’s silly to try and predict the outcome of anything involving the baseball postseason, but I offer this bit of ex post facto prognostication — had the Braves beaten St. Louis in the play-in game, they’d have also beaten Washington in the Division Series. Moot point, alas.

HAWKS: They’re playing exhibition games. They’re 1-2. The victory came against Miami. The losses came against Rhode Island and Maine. Forecast: The regular season opens Nov. 2 against Houston. Tune in then.

Further reading: The Falcons are 6-0, but certain other numbers don’t add up.

By Mark Bradley

61 comments Add your comment

NC Dawg

October 15th, 2012
10:03 am

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TheOnlyBravesFan

October 15th, 2012
10:05 am

Good thoughts. Kudos

Dedoh

October 15th, 2012
10:05 am

Lets hope one day all local teams will be on the hot list.

Mark Bradley

October 15th, 2012
10:18 am

Kudos, NC Dawg.

Herschel Talker

October 15th, 2012
10:18 am

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Swami SEZ

October 15th, 2012
10:23 am

Too many Dawgs fans are still into the Kool Aid. Dawgs will not win the east. Good teams and great programs dont have meltdowns like UGA did last week. UGA loses two more games before seasons end. Book it!

Formul8or

October 15th, 2012
10:26 am

And Georgia Southern took care of the #1 offense in FCS

Jason

October 15th, 2012
10:26 am

HT-
Take ‘er easy, man. This may well be one of those seasons where we look a lot different at the end than the beginning. See, e.g., 2007.

Pouter Tater

October 15th, 2012
10:27 am

Yes, please fire Mark Richt – so Auburn or Tennessee can snatch him up and UGA can fall to the depths of these two schools in football. Please fire a coach with an incredible winning percentage and great recruiting skills. New Rule: anyone saying Fire CMR needs an immediate frontal lobotomy followed by deportation out of the State of Georgia!

drbasic1

October 15th, 2012
10:27 am

BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!!BAN BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!!HERSCHEL BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!!TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!! BAN HERSCHEL TALKER!!!
GEEZ give it a rest dude!!

drbasic1

October 15th, 2012
10:29 am

only a pundit would want Richt fired

MATT W

October 15th, 2012
10:32 am

I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER! I LOVE HERSCHEL TALKER!

Nick and Dabo

October 15th, 2012
10:32 am

Yeah UGA needs to keep Richt cuz he is a great recruiter! Bwaaaaaaaahhh!

MATT W

October 15th, 2012
10:33 am

I LOVE BARK MADLEY!I LOVE BARK MADLEY!I LOVE BARK MADLEY!I LOVE BARK MADLEY! I LOVE BARK MADLEY!I LOVE BARK MADLEY!I LOVE BARK MADLEY!I LOVE BARK MADLEY!

Ted M

October 15th, 2012
10:35 am

Liberty scored 56 points on Presbyterian just like the Jackets. Sure the Jackets will beat BC, but I thought the same of MTSU.

Anyway the Jackets will finish below .500!

bawbie

October 15th, 2012
10:35 am

FIRE DAVE PERNO!

Gordon

October 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Mark,

Looking forward to your thoughts on college basketball. It should be an interesting year for both Tech and UGA.

Swami Sez

October 15th, 2012
10:42 am

Dawgs wil get ugly ugly win at Kentucky. Will drop in rankings too. Book it!

John L. Smith

October 15th, 2012
10:45 am

Mark Richt cant Smile like the Joker or our VP Joe Biden!

gtt

October 15th, 2012
10:48 am

Fire Herschel Talker. Thanks.

Heisenberg

October 15th, 2012
10:53 am

Well at least the Braves did not have the most inglorious ending to their season. The winners this year are:

Third runner up (projected): Yankees. Detroit will sweep them.
Second runner up: Reds. Up 2-0. Get swept 3-0 at home.
First runner up : Rangers. Gagged on a 13 game lead then lost AL WC game at home.
Grand Prize Winner : Washington Nationals. Blew an early 6 run lead and still up 2 with Cards down to last strike only to lose by 2. And at home to boot. That meltdown was so fast, the clubhouse guys probably did not have time to take down the plastic and move the adult beverages to the visitor locker room.

Paddy

October 15th, 2012
11:21 am

Ga St alert………Vilanova beat ODU last weekend. Need I say more?

StingerSplash

October 15th, 2012
11:26 am

Mark, any word on the Thrashers? Are they still emulating Francisco Franco?

Art Vandelay

October 15th, 2012
11:35 am

Mark, I’m g0ing to start a petiti0n to get AJC to buy you a lapt0p where the 0 and o aren’t so close together. Either that, or you should do some typing exercises.

Rufus

October 15th, 2012
11:59 am

It just will not matter if the Falcan’t win 14 to 15 games in the regular season. They will still get gorilla stomped by the 1st team they meet in the playoffs. Book it!

Wilbo

October 15th, 2012
12:00 pm

You just don’t get it, do you, Homer Bonehead?

When the calendar flips the page to October, the Braves lose and lose ugly. You’ve forgotten the 3 errors against the Cards already, haven’t you? The Braves postseason legacy is choke choke choke choke choke choke and more choke.

0-8 in their last 8 World Series games.
1 and now 8 in their last 9 playoff forays.

Please just for a moment set aside your reflexive yapping defense of this cowardly, moribund franchise, and absorb the full ferociously degrading impact of the numbers I list above.

Here, read them again:

0-8 in their last 8 World Series games.
1 up and now 8 down in their last 9 playoff forays.

In quintessential Braves style, they gagged against the Cards in the 1 gamer, and they would have found a way to blow it against the Nationals, so extremely stoopid fantasy prediction on your part that they would have somehow beaten the Nats in the Division Series. Did I mention extremely stoopid? Just wanna be sure…..

James

October 15th, 2012
12:07 pm

Hey Swami Sez —Perhaps you should not drink on a Monday morning. Just a thought.

Soon to be banned

October 15th, 2012
12:24 pm

Word on the street is Paul Johnson had breast reduction surgery this weekend.

Paul in NH

October 15th, 2012
12:38 pm

“Say what you will about the state of Atlanta college football, but our teams look better than New England’s”

I am pretty sure that UNH is in New England and that GSU is in Atlanta.

Old Dawg

October 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

I watched the Vandy-Florida game Saturday night. The Gators are a little banged up on defense, so the game with Carolina looks like a toss-up. Same with the GA-FLA game.

Not making any predictions other than they’re toss-ups.

I’d hate to have ANYTHING to do with the Auburn and Tennessee programs right now … got maalox?

david pollock

October 15th, 2012
12:47 pm

dogs win the east! we are the woulda coulda shoulda champions. oh yeah….recruiting champions too.

Jessica

October 15th, 2012
12:49 pm

And once again….no mention of Georgia Southern. Number #1 in our division.

WhoCares?

October 15th, 2012
12:50 pm

@Wilbo, tune it down, dude.The Braves “cowardly”? Whatever does that mean anyway? Delighted you know the meaning of moribund, but regret your diatribe about it is so inaccurate. Get real.

DP

October 15th, 2012
12:57 pm

“but I offer this bit of ex post facto prognostication — had the Braves beaten St. Louis in the play-in game”

Right, just like the Falcons would have won the Super Bowl a couple of years ago had they not been routed at home in the first playoff game.

Mark, your ex post facto prognostications about games that never were or never will be played mean so much because you have such a great track record with advance prognostications.

Your writing was much less silly before the AJC went to this blogging thing.

JPD

October 15th, 2012
12:59 pm

Well said- Formul8or & Jessica- !!
Mark, can we get just a little respect over here for the Georgia Southern Fans?

Sonny Clusters

October 15th, 2012
1:12 pm

Our old buddy Dave Kindred pointed this out and he’s right! The Cards can go 7-6 from here on out and win the World Series. We are betting they will and we wish it was the Braves instead. We was thinking it might be good to bring in somebody from another organization that knows about winning baseball games in September/October and let him show these young Braves players what it’s all about.

CrazyUGA

October 15th, 2012
1:27 pm

Never believe anyone who says “book it” – they are generally wrong.

GaSouthEagle

October 15th, 2012
1:29 pm

Hey Mark, Ga Southern just ranked #3 in FCS. Where’s the love??? Nice to show the only win in Ga State’s season in your headline though. Biggest game in the state was #4 vs #7 in the ‘Boro!

panama

October 15th, 2012
1:37 pm

@GaSouthEagle

Its not personal. Its just that every other person in this town went to GSU or knows someone who did.
Now to the matter at hand.

FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC. FINISH HIRING A NEW HC.

Smooth Operator

October 15th, 2012
1:42 pm

Mark Bradley: “Forecast: It’s silly to try and predict the outcome of anything involving the baseball postseason, but I offer this bit of ex post facto prognostication — had the Braves beaten St. Louis in the play-in game, they’d have also beaten Washington in the Division Series. Moot point, alas.”
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Easy to prognosticate in fictional scenarios. Why bother. 1 game wild card play in is for football, not baseball.

some sense

October 15th, 2012
1:45 pm

Hey, guys, let’s just fire everybody, then there won’t be anyone left to drag.

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The Ghost of Wally Butts

October 15th, 2012
2:01 pm

This Just In…….the Gamecocks scored yet again…the final score will be USC 42, Dawgs 7.

…uh, provided that they don’t score again.

Sonny Clusters

October 15th, 2012
2:07 pm

Selah. We used to read a guy on here who ended with selah and we thought, why not start with one? If we could write like that, though, we would be working over in Dunwoody with Mark and Jeff and that guy down the hall that won the ajc’s Pulitzer back in the 60’s. Seriously, though, if the Braves had beaten the Cardinals at home with the hottest pitcher in baseball on the mound in front of 50,000 delirious fans – do your really in your heart of hearts think they would beat the Nats and advance to the NLCS? We don’t and that’s because history proves without a doubt that this organization will fizzle when it is time to sizzle. Why be buntin’ when you can be huntin’? Deer me, if we was any sharper today we’d be a knife.

RM

October 15th, 2012
2:12 pm

There are no style points in the NFL, just wins and losses. Regardless, the Falcons have some work to do. But 6-0 is still sweet!!

RM

October 15th, 2012
2:19 pm

Also, I think they are getting the bye week at a very good time. The road game vs Philly will be tough as Andy Reid seems to have their number…

82Dawg

October 15th, 2012
2:19 pm

See Hershel Talker is still hiding in his parents basement….

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 15th, 2012
2:46 pm

FOOLS GOLD

Anybody ever planed bones (dominoes)?

There is a saying “all money aint good money”.

What that means is all wins are not necessarily good wins.

For a 6-0 team, around the league the Falcants are getting

laughed at on all the sports shows this morning.

They are the most NON RELEVENT 6-0 team in NFL History…..

HA HA :)

trueblueeagle

October 15th, 2012
2:57 pm

Here we go again fire CMR not! CPJ maybe?Georgia Southern NC this year # 7 five more than UGA….lol