My adventures with Rankin Smith, and other tales of Atlanta’s other sports teams

(A mostly Falcons flashback, with a Hawks cameo) In Atlanta the 1980 Falcons were football’s version of the ’91 Braves. Not quite the same, because the NFL schedule can’t compete with the daily drama of a pennant race. And then there’s the recognition factor. Everyone knew the Lemmer and Smoltzie and TP. How many knew […]

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The Economist on the Bravos

Interesting piece on settling in Atlanta by correspondent Jon Fasman, a Chicago native: We knew it once hosted the Olympics, has a vast airport, lots of corporate headquarters, Martin Luther King’s church, terrible traffic and a baseball team that manages to be perpetually successful yet largely devoid of style or flavour.

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The new Cleveland

Mark Bradley reviews a sorry history: Since big-time professional sports arrived in 1966, teams sailing under the Atlanta flag have completed 148 seasons. (We won’t count baseball in 1994, when the World Series was canceled by a players’ strike, or the 2004-2005 NHL campaign, which was scrubbed due to a lockout.) Only one has yielded […]

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