I’m sitting here watching the Hawks play Toronto, and the home team is breaking open what was a previously close game, but I’ll get to that in a moment. What I’m really doing is waiting for those scripts to pour in. I figure someone has to be impressed with the way I walked between the camera and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s back on CBS’s The Lost Valentine on Sunday, which was the highest-rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in four years. (Probably because all my family and friends were watching for my appearance.) So those offers should come rolling in. Anyone can see I nailed that walk, even though I was out of focus, and you can only see the right side of my face. That is pure talent.
Okay, back to the task of hand. In my last outing, I took the Atlanta Spirit ownership group to task for lying to, just about everyone, that they were trying to unload the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. I have one other point. They knew they would take a media drubbing once their lie was exposed in the lawsuit against the mediators with Steve Belkin, Atlanta’s venerable King & Spalding law firm. They knew all that and did it anyway. They must have went to the BP School of Public Relations. That’s why I’m pessimistic about the upcoming collective bargaining agreements with the NFL and the NBA Players Association. The more money that is on the table, the greater likelihood the parents will dig in their heels to get more of it. And there is an awful lot of money on the table.
Now to the Hawks. This came as a surprise, but they went 9-4 last month. (10-4 if you count Marvin Williams TKO over Shawne Williams of the Knicks in their battle on Friday). This even included a West Coast swing as well as a trip to Dallas. The Hawks are showing grit and staying power. Take this game against the Raptors. Atlanta had a six point lead entering the final frame, before putting up a blistering run to put the game away. It was almost twenty points halfway through it before a late Toronto run made the final a somewhat respectable 100-87. But it’s still a loss for Toronto, their thirteenth in a row, and it gave the Hawks the season sweep in the only meeting in Atlanta. With Marvin sitting out his second game of the suspension, Joe Johnson erupted for 37, while Josh Smith had 18 and Al added 12. Toronto was paced by Amir Johnson with 20. Jamal Crawford had 7 points on 2 of 6 shooting. His shots haven’t been going in lately, and the worry in camp is might be pressing a bit. In these situations, it’s best to try to relax and trust your stroke. It’s always best to try and fix it when the outcome of the game is not in doubt.
The Hawks start February strong, as they now have the exact same record as Orlando in the Southeast. The schedule gives the Hawks a back-to-back this Friday and Saturday, but it’s the Clips at home and then the Wiz (in Washington) on the next day, so I’m not sure that even counts.
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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.