The word ?쐅enius??was brutally maligned this week. It deserves an apology from Rudy Giuliani.The former New York City mayor labeled his buddy Donald Trump a ?쐅enius??because he apparently used nearly $1 billion in business losses to avoid paying any federal income taxes, possibly for years.
A little girl, just 9 years old, wept last week as she talked about being black at a Charlotte City Council meeting.
?쏧?셶e come here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel like that we are treated differently than other people,??Zianna Oliphant told the crowd. ?쏧 don?셳 like how we?셱e treated. Just because of our color ??doesn?셳 mean anything to me.
The Falcons are playing as well as a team with the league?셲 third-worst defense can play. They?셱e moving the ball and even scoring touchdowns as if ??to quote the former Pirates announcer Bob Prince ??tomorrow?셲 lunch was around the corner.
Sometimes great seasons don’t end with a World Series. Sometimes, sports provides enough moments of drama, courage and resilience to send a team and its fans into the offseason feeling good, especially when a 69-year-old Buddha of a manager is lifted on his players’ shoulders and doused with champagne and beer for nothing more than a wild-card berth.
When you?셶e taken Newell?셲 Old Boys to La Bombonera (Spanish for ?쐁hocolate box?? to face Boca Juniors; when you?셶e managed Paraguay in a World Cup quarterfinal against champion-to-be Spain; when you?셶e ventured into the Bernabeu with Barcelona for an El Clasico against Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid; when you?셶e seen your Argentina side go to penalties against Chile two years running in the Copa America final ?쫁hen you?셶e done all that ??and Gerardo ?쏷ata??Martino has ??you won?셳 be nettled when Arthur Blank makes his first ostentatious appearance on your touchline.
The homecoming didn?셳 belong to the New Orleans Saints this time. The Falcons provided no moment that would be commemorated in bronze, no joy to a division rival that has owned them for the better part of a decade, no fodder for more lampooning by a Monday night television audience.
This is the kind of game that got a head coach fired.This is the kind of game that would cause everybody ??boosters, fans, administrators, media, a series of Ugas ??to look around and wonder: Shouldn?셳 Georgia be better?
It?셲 building in Athens because, well, it always builds in Athens after a win. Jacob Eason makes a big throw to win an SEC game on the road and suddenly, the overwhelming thought among Georgia fans is, ?쏧f he can do that at Missouri, he can do it at Ole Miss.
This might just be one of those seasons when the Falcons keep us guessing ??not merely from game to game but series to series ??touchdown drive to too-many-knuckleheads on the field during a punt return ??blown lead to, wait-whose-hands-did-that-pass-bounce-off-of?
When will it dawn on people that this is reality? When will some understand that many athletes don’t just run fast and jump high but have thoughts on significant issues facing society and choose to use their platform to further their causes?
Editor's note: This article was first published on June 11, 2016. Flowery Branch -- The lights are off, the door is cracked open and inside a small meeting room at the Falcons’ practice facility, Matt Ryan is sitting in a chair, holding a remote, his eyes shifting from the two computer monitors in front of him to a large screen on the far wall.
Ready? Prepare yourselves because it’s going to build. Georgia is going to deliver a backhand to the cute little team from Nicholls State (and a prize off the top shelf to the first person who can locate the school on a map).
The Braves awoke on Labor Day mathematically alive in the National League East. That mightn?셳 sound like much ??and they were officially eliminated with Monday?셲 6-4 loss to the division-leader Nationals ??but still: When a team starts 9-29 and is 18-46 as of June 14, you?셱e pondering a season of historic awfulness.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but there was moment in the third quarter when you?셝 have sworn the Georgia you were watching ??the one that had yielded 17 consecutive points to trail North Carolina by 10 ??was the Georgia of the final days of Mark Richt.
The first time two college football teams played a game in Ireland came in 1988. It was such a novelty for countrymen more accustomed to hurling, Gaelic football and bowing at the little leprechaun feet of Rory McIlroy that few understood the significance of the event when Boston College held a practice at St.
Sept. 3, North Carolina (Georgia Dome), 5:30 p.m.: If I’m Kirby Smart, I love this as an opener — playing a ranked opponent that has lost its starting quarterback and yielded 645 yards in a bowl loss, and you’re doing it on a neutral-in-name-only field.
Sept. 3, vs. Boston College (Dublin, Ireland), 7:30 a.m.: Boston College has 15 returning starters. But is that a good thing or a bad thing when you went 0-8 in conference the year before and averaged 9.
Word that Emory University wants to join up with Atlanta came out of nowhere last week and brought together a room full of DeKalb County neighborhood leaders trying to figure out what the heck was going on.
Trent Miles presides over a college football program that played in a bowl game last season and didn?셳 fire its head coach, a combination that puts Georgia State ahead of both Georgia and Georgia Tech.
When the Braves decided to blow the whole thing up ??though their plans were presented to the public in more palatable and euphemistic terms and served on a silver platter, adjacent to a ?쏝urgerizza????it was assumed there would be moments like this.
Andruw Jones was inducted into the Braves??Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Friday. He and another famous Jones will be eligible for a bigger Hall of Fame ??the one in Cooperstown ??on the ballot distributed in December 2017.
The call came at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday. It was from Luis Salazar, the Mississippi Braves’ manager, though Dansby Swanson didn’t know that until he answered, which he almost didn’t because he didn’t recognize the number.
Bryan Cox isn?셳 from the old school. Bryan Cox is the clay that?셲 mixed with the shale and fired in a kiln that?셲 heated to 2,000 degrees to make the bricks that?셲 brought out to the country on an empty hillside to build the old school.
The problem at Georgia Tech isn?셳 that the football coach runs an option offense, or that he doesn?셳 pat needy alums on the head enough, or, please, of all things, that some Doritos-and-Yoo-hoo chugging recruiting ?쐅uru??has determined the program didn?셳 sign enough ?쐄our-stars.
Julio Jones plays the most me-me-me of football positions. That?셲 not him. ?쏪ust throw me the damn ball??was a great name for a book (never read it) and certainly captured the essence of Keyshawn Johnson but not every wide receiver or every superstar athlete obsesses over his statistics or which direction the spotlight is pointed.
To understand the dysfunction that existed in the Georgia Tech athletic department, thanks largely to the departing Mike Bobinski, consider the clown show that has surrounded planning for the football team?셲 season opener in Ireland.
Paul Johnson seemingly is at his best when people are hurling insults, not roses. So with all of this projected misery at Georgia Tech, is it too early for him to put his feet up on the desk and light a stogie?
So let?셲 address the elephant in the locker room: He?셲 an old elephant. He?셲 36 in real time. After more than 8,000 snaps in 194 games over 14 seasons (plus playoffs), he?셲 really more like 66 in NFL dog years.
Kirby Smart is trying to fix as much as he can at Georgia. How players hit. How players think. How players develop into leaders and show accountability and walk into a stadium for a big game in Athens or Knoxville or Jacksonville and prove there?셲 substance behind the hype.
When an organization that?셲 more accustomed to being a punchline than a playoff team suddenly wins 56 games over five seasons and comes within a hiccup of reaching the Super Bowl, strange things happen.