Just watched most of the Hawks-Magic game. Orlando won 93-89. You talk about moral victories. I went to Vanderbilt, the home of football moral victories, and if I hear the term one more time I will probably regurgitate something. (Fancy term for vomiting). Although, with the way Vandy’s football team is going, I could use something to get me through the gloomy offseason. I’m digressing again.
Anyway, back to the game. Atlanta was in it until the very end, just like their loss last night to Phoenix. Sad to say, this qualifies as a moral victory. Last spring, the Hawks went into their series with Orlando and pretty much waved the white flag right after tipoff of the opening game. Seriously, they were never in it. So, for the first game of the new season, against a team that got in their head, pitched a tent, ordered a pizza, and ordered Iron Man 2 on pay per view, this was a very good showing. They fought. They had a slim lead and couldn’t hold on. I was impressed, just like I was with their effort against Phoenix.
So, what is with the headline? Okay, I’m trying to be funny here. I try to temper both optimism and pessimism. Sure, they ran to a 6-0 mark against squads that probably won’t sniff the playoffs (I expect Chicago to get things going and steam through the Central), but they come up short against a couple of top teams (I also expect Phoenix to be there at the end – Steve Nash is too good), and people start to wonder if they will do well when Miami, Boston, et. al. (and others) come to town. They showed me they have the talent. I haven’t completely joined the bus. The Hawks have a couple of home games this week, including Wednesday’s tilt with the Jazz. Let them take a day off and see where things go.
There was an Etan Thomas sighting. The last man on the roster saw his first action of the season against Orlando, and played five minutes and scored two points. No Marvin Williams or Mo Evans, which means no small forward. Joe and Josh did a good job, as Joe Johnson piled in 23. Orlando’s Dwight Thomas picked up his fifth whining technical foul of the young year. Do we need to protect the refs being shown up? I think we saw this when Billy Crystal played a ref in the movies and T’d up all those players.
I like to end my column with something totally unrelated to the Hawks. I don’t really have an item tonight. I have a job interview tomorrow, and the unemployment wanted to tell me about all the services they have to offer. Great. If only they had a nice media job available. Then I could get away from the unemployment office and start to enjoy watching these games. Until next time.
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Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.