We feel you, Detroit

That was an Atlanta sports day if I’ve ever seen one. Losing to the Bills, at home, then being held in check by Bud Norris. An undependable bullpen. Sudden lack of hitting. A defeated crowd. That familiar misery. Our condolences.  

The Braves have buzz

2012 attendance through 46 games: 29,961 2013 attendance through 46 games: 32,027 Meanwhile, the Braves’ local TV ratings are 17.9% ahead of last year’s numbers at the All Star Break.

Elton John, the Lemmer, Knucksie and JS talk Bravos

My dream: Elton John teams up with a rich Atlantan (say Sara Blakely, the billionaire who founded Spanx) and buys the Bravos. He’s no superficial fan. In this series of clips, from 2007, Elton bitches about the best-of-five division playoff, disses the DH, compares B-Mac to Johnny Bench, quizzes JS about Leo Mazzone’s departure and asks…

No shame in being pissed

Nearly a quarter century ago, a moribund Braves franchise recruited Jim Varney, aka Ernest P. Worrell, as a pitchman. The Braves trotted out Ernest with all the subtlety befitting the character. On radio, fans hear Ernest yelling at Vern to buy tickets – as often as every half-inning. At the ballpark, Ernest’s 6-foot~tall face grins maniacally above the…

Bring it, Chipper!

Sorry, Chip, had to watch replay of the Buffalo-UGA tilt on TV and then catch up on all the high school games I DVR’d. Come on Atlanta! The Ted was a morgue tonite. We need you in full force. We feed off you guys. No excuse for the loss! Just sayin… — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10)…

Dead horse flogging alert

Let me preface this by saying I’m an Atlanta native, and there aren’t many of those. I don’t care if you’re sick of the topic — I’m sick of this city’s a-pathetic fan base. Besides, you were warned. Last night a little more than 18,000 people (allegedly) showed up at The Ted to watch one…

Worst fans ever (cont’d)

Don’t take my word for it. For six months, Tampa Bay fans simply did not come to the ballpark as often as they should have. The Rays were coming off a 2010 season in which they beat the mighty Yankees and Red Sox to win the American League East. This year, they staged a second-half…

Worst fans ever

Tampa has a $39 million payroll and a roster full of exciting, homegrown players. Once again they’re slaying the dragons in the AL East, but their 12 fans could give a shit. Tonight’s attendance, with the Yankees in town, no less: 18,722. Okay, so your stadium sucks, and it’s poorly located. Whatever. You are the…

Another troubadour who loves the Braves

They’re not all dime-a-dozen country pop twangers. It seems Emmylou Harris is a devoted Braves fan. The Life: We’re told you’re a pretty serious Atlanta Braves fan. Can you prove it? Do you know Chipper Jones’ real name? Harris: Larry. I thought I was being tested. This is a test?    

Portrait of THE fan

Enjoy this 1983 SI profile of Pearl Sandow, who attended more than 3,700 Atlanta Crackers and Braves games. Aisle 105, row 9, seat 1 is her accustomed spot, behind the Braves’ dugout, and she even receives mail there, though the Braves office forwards it to her home. “I get mail from players I knew who…

Welcome to the Net

That’s what they call Oakland’s mausoleum, home to Al Davis’ ego (and the Athletics). Wednesday’s Turner Field experience reminded me of what it must be like to be an A’s fan: Sparse attendance (15,542 announced was generous) and chilly temperatures. By doubleheader’s end no more than 1,000 fans remained. Too bad, because it was a…

Not all Boston fans suck

Meet the Boston Braves Boosters — a dying breed who deserves your respect. The only organized Boston baseball fans who actively despise the Red Sox, the BBB attend every Braves-Sox game to loudly cheer on the National Leaguers, and “really give it to the local nine and their fair-weather fans,” according to BBB president Gus…

The next Braves owner (we wish)

It won’t happen, but it’s fun to dream. Elton is local — more local than Liberty, at least. And he’s a serious Braves fan; according to Atlanta magazine, he has a backstage assistant relay score updates to him each summer when he’s on tour. (Check out EJ talking baseball with JS, the Lemmer and Knucksie.)…

GQ skewers BoSox, Philly fans

Red Sox fans came in 6th in the magazine’s rankings of the nation’s worst sports fans. Insufferable Hypocrites. Winning the 2004 World Series was the worst thing to ever happen to Red Sox fans. Having been beaten into a state of lovable-loserdom by generations of championship futility, they now seem intent on living out some…

Numbers and such

23,438: Sunday’s night’s attendance at the Trop for the finale of the Tampa-Boston series. The Rays are a great story and a fun team to watch, but no one in TSTP seems to care. Pathetic. 38,170: Sunday’s attendance at The Ted. I hope that’s more about the Braves than Bark in the Park or the…

Atlanta fans suck (part pi)

  Tonight’s paid attendance? 18,105, a little more than last night, which was the smallest crowd of the year. Must’ve been a replay of a UGA scrimmage on cable.  How embarrassing was tonight’s turnout? Even the Rays drew a bigger crowd — not a reflection on the team, but on its fans. Watch out, St. Pete…