First off, I apologize for the horribly bad pun in the title. But as I watch the Hawks finish off the woeful Indiana Pacers, (right now it’s 89-76 with about eight minutes left), I realize that the Hawks will have a four-game winning streak and have won nine in a row at home. They’ll try to get the latter streak to double figures when the Bucks visit on Tuesday, provided Hartsfield-Jackson isn’t completely shut down by the 4-7 inches of snow the metro area is due to receive. I’m due to call a Georgia Perimeter College basketball game Monday night as the Jaguars face Albany Technical, but I don’t think that will happen. I’m not even sure about my high school call on Tuesday. Anyway, this win will enable Atlanta to keep pace with Orlando as they will be a half-game behind the Magic (good for third) in the Southeast Division. The Bulls run the Central, as no one else is sporting a pulse. I thought Milwaukee would be a lot better than that. Good for Indiana as they are second place. I’ve known their radio voice, Mark Boyle, for a couple of years now, and I sympathize with him going through the last few seasons.
But the story in Atlanta is the NFL playoffs, and the fact that the Falcons have the #1 seed in the NFC, and are the underdog. I know it doesn’t make sense, but the Falcons are not the sexy pick. Now that the Saints are gone, a lot of talk will go to Green Bay as the selection. The Falcons win football games when it counts. They may not be glamorous, but they do the necessary things when the time comes. As a fan, I’d like for them to face Seattle, but they beat Green Bay in the Dome once, they can do it again.
Atlanta has stretched the lead over Indy to twenty in the closing minutes. Marvin Williams is out again, resting his bad back. He has yet to play in the new years. Damien WIlkens picked up a ten day contract. He’s the nephew of Dominique Wilkins, who I heard was a star with Atlanta BITD (back in the day). And, here’s a good little factoid. Josh Smith FT percentage just keeps on climbing. After hitting 58% two seasons ago, he’s pushed it to almost 72%. Larry Drew thinks he’s becoming more fluid in his motion.
I should be ready for the snow. I’ve got essentials. Walked to my neighborhood Kroger’s a few hours ago and they are out of bread. My parents want me to move back in for the duration of the storm. My niece is supposed to fly in from Las Vegas before the storm, and who knows when she’ll leave. I don’t have to work the two days, so that’s good. Better go and hunker down.
About the Author
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.