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  1. Atlanta Sports Talk

    Mora sealed his fate when he made the comment about the University of Washington job. His record didn't leave him with much room for error, so that comment pretty much made it look like he was just passing time at Atlanta. Maybe Alabama will hire him The talk around town has been that the team is very talented but lacked the coaching to get all that talent to work together and use it effectively. I have no idea if that is true or not. As the later versions of the US "Dream Team" in basketball showed, merely putting a bunch of good players together doesn't equal success. Sometimes it is a matter of having a coach that will best use those talents but other times it is just that a particular combination of players who are individually good do not add up to something better.
  2. Atlanta Sports Talk

    Well, in our case, it is "Glory, Glory to Ole Auburn" http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/auband/mp3/glory.mp3 The Auburn version and the Georgia version are slightly different in sound (and of course lyrics). According to one site I read, it is not based on the Battle Hymn of the Republic but rather both Glory and the Battle Hymn are based on an older song about hanging John Brown after the raid on Harpers Ferry. Apparently there were different versions of the lyrics, either celebrating Brown's death or celebrating Brown's goals that causes him to get killed. Being that John Brown was an abolitionist, you can see why the north and the south would each have their own version of the lyrics. I have to assume that both Georgia and Auburn had the "yay, that abolitionist is dead" version in mind but given that both versions of the song exist and the later use of the music as the Battle Hymn of the Republic, one doesn't have to take it to be politicially incorrect.
  3. Atlanta Sports Talk

    ^^^ Why would you play Auburn's secondary fight song to celebrate Georgia's win? Yeah, I know, there is lots of debate on who started using the song first and for the most part, both sides ignore the evidence from the other. Since UGA won the game this year, I guess they can have ownership until next year.
  4. Atlanta Sports Talk

    Yes, it was a good game. Georgia really is a second half team. While I'm not a Georgia fan, I do cheer for SEC teams so I was happy to see them win. It is interesting that the Peach Bowl (sorry, can't use the new name) gets the #2 from the ACC but only the #5 from the SEC. I know they've increased the payouts but I can't see the SEC dropping any of the other bowl games lower in the selection process. The problem is that when the SEC signed up for the Peach Bowl, it was a middle tier bowl. Now that it has moved up to the top non-BCS tier, there is no room for them. I think the same could be said about the Outback Bowl (formerly the Hall of Fame Bowl). Obviously the SEC isn't going to want to let any of its high profile bowls go, but they really are overloaded at the top end. I don't know what the Peach Bowl can do about it. The SEC isn't going to willingly give up the Capital One, Outback, or Cotton Bowls and none of those bowls are going to volunteer to have a lower pick. Given the Peach Bowl's location, any threat to drop the SEC wouldn't be taken seriously. In the end, it may be that the SEC's #5 (or #4 if only one SEC team gets into the BCS) team is an ok match up for the ACC's #2. It certainly was tonight.
  5. Atlanta Sports Talk

    It's a terrible idea. The reason why other Atlanta teams were in their respective league's western division was because Atlanta teams are relatively new as are the teams out west, so until realignment, the western divisions were the ones with room for expansion. It was a bad situation but one Atlanta had to deal with for being late to the game, so to speak. The Braves use to play lots of their games well past midnight because they didn't start until 10pm Eastern Time, because out west it was 7, which was a good time to start a weekday game since it game people time to get there after work. The added travel also was unfair because it wears down on the team. If the NHL wants to reduce the number of divisions, they need to either find a different way to divide things from a geographic prespective or find a way to compensate the Thrashers for the extra burden. Something like a league financed salary for an extra player. Otherwise, there really isn't any reason for the Thrashers to agree to this. The games with Nashville would be nice, but really things need to be altered to where Nashville isn't in the west rather than put Atlanta in the west too. The cynic in me thinks this may just be a way for teams from the more traditional markets to impose a handicap on newers teams. There are many northern fans who don't think hockey should be played in the south or the west and it bothers them even more that the new teams have been successful. They would be happy to see the Stanley Cup never go south of the Mason-Dixion line or west of the Mississippi (unless it is western Canada) again. Many would like to see all the new teams kicked out of the league, not understanding that sports will follow the money and that if the NHL never expanded, from these areas a new league would have risen with teams that would have attracted NHL talent. It looks to me like to would make more sense to switch Washington and Nashville and stay with six divisions. I'm not sure why the NHL wants to go to four divisions (I haven't read the article so maybe it explains why) unless it has something to do with shortening the post season.
  6. Atlanta Photo of the Day

    Let's see if anyone can tell me where this photo was taken:
  7. Metro Atlanta Projects.

    $900/sq ft... wow, that's pretty Manhattan.
  8. Atlanta Beltline - Emerald Necklace

    One good thing is that a clear cut plan with set rules will give developers confidence in what they can and can not build. They won't have to waste time gathering land and making plans only to find out that they can't build what they wanted. With clear rules up front that have buy in from the communities along the beltline, projects are much more likely to go ahead smoothly... at least until someone decides that they are special and should get an exemption.
  9. Metro Atlanta Projects.

    Renderings of the Post development on what use to be known as Block Three were posted on the message boards a couple of week ago. It looks good but unfortunately they put the pool deck on the wrong side of the building so I won't be able to enjoy that view
  10. Atlanta's Regional Rail and Transit Systems.

    Why on earth would the questions only be on the Republican ballots? I didn't think Georgia law allowed for the voting booth to be used as an opinion poll. If the vote is binding, then everyone should have been able to vote on the issues. If it's not binding, then WTF?
  11. Metro Atlanta Projects.

    Nope, no mention of a release date. Hopefully not too soon because I still need to meet with them over our proposal for the street level treatment on West Peachtree Place. A member of my condo board said she would set up a meeting but it never happened so I need make that happen. The problem with making the residential buildings similar to the rest of Allen Plaza is that the market is getting flooded with Novare glass boxes. Sure, they might put a spire on the roof or play with some set backs but in general, they are still mostly glass boxes. I suspect Barry wants to go for a higher end of the market and is going to need a way to make the buildings stand out from the crowd. I was promised that the old idea (about three years old) of making a building look like a giant fish is not up for consideration. Glad that got abandoned, along with the early design of the World of Coke that looked like a giant coke bottle laying on its side.
  12. Metro Atlanta Projects.

    Barry hasn't released the plans for the condos yet but from what I've been told by someone who has seen the plans, the architecture is going to be a departure from the glass boxes we've been seeing from Novare and will be "world class" Gehry type design. As long as they don't copy Gehry's terrible street treatment, I'm ok with weird looking buildings.
  13. Atlanta Off-Topic

    A couple of years ago I looked into it and there was a place in the Doraville area that had E85 and some place way out in the country that had E20. I'm going to guess they were too early to the market and couldn't find enough buyers. I did find one station, but you may want to call them first to confirm they really are selling it to the public (there are many government and private fleet depots with E85 but of course you can't get any of it): PS Energy - UFO 404-321-5711 340 Whitehall Street SW Atlanta GA 30303
  14. Atlanta Sports Talk

    Remember the Gwinnett Gwizzlies? You can be forgiven if you don't. They were an expansion team of the new ABA a few years back with a cocky owner who tended to proclaim that they'd sell out the Gwinnett Arena and outsell the Hawks (which really isn't setting the bar that high), along with some snide comments about families not wanting to go downtown where "those people" live (gee, you'd think he worked for NASCAR). Well, before they played their first season, they had to leave the ABA. They never played in the Gwinnett Arena either. They ended up in some skills development league. Curious as to their current status, I found that they've move their office to from Duluth to Stone Mountain, have changed their name to the Georgia Gwizzlies (come on, drop the W, it was funny when it was a play off of Gwinnett but now is just dumb looking), and are going to play their next season in a league called the ANBL. They will play their games at Morehouse College, so I guess "those people" in downtown are alright afterall. But at least they still exist in some form. The Reigning Knights of Georgia, another ABA expansion team, whose home office was located in Duluth a couple hundred feet down the street from the Gwizzlies home office, actually did play. Apparently they have since folded and are totally out of business. That leaves Atlanta's other ABA team, the Atlanta Vision (at one point named the Atlanta Mustangs), who play their games in a church gym in Lithonia. While they don't have very spectacular surroundings, at least it appears that they're a bit more humble about their minor league status and are operating accordingly. It would be easy to burn through money running a traveling team, even if you don't pay the players more that a few dollars. Just like any new small business, there must be operating funds to last several years, which I suspect was the downfall of the other teams. So many minor league teams (in any sport), especially in new leagues, seem to be run by people with big egos (which makes them pretty much the same as the owners of major league teams) but little business sense. I wonder how many other teams are out there on the edge of professional sports. I know we have an Australian Rules Football club and of course there are the Rollergirls, but I doubt either of them get paid so they can't really be considered professional sports (even if the quality is good). The Silverbacks are getting a high enough profile that even though they aren't a MLS team, it's hard to say they're on the fringe. I've also heard that we have a women's football team.
  15. 496,973

    I use to think that too but there are lots of children in my building. There are at least a dozen families with children out of 101 condo units. Some of them have more than one child. Friends who live in Museum Tower report the same thing, including one family with five kids that apparently are always getting into minor trouble. I'm really surprised by how this portion of the population is growing. Some of the parents work downtown and walk their children to daycare on their way to work. Given that Centennial Place is an excellent elementary school, there shouldn't be an issue about schools until the children get old enough for middle school. Convential wisdom has been that once the child gets old enough to walk, these parents would move to the suburbs but that doesn't appear to be the case. Of course, you can't judge a whole city by what's going on in two buildings but I doubt we're that much different from the other condos and lofts around town. There are also a surprising number of one bedroom and effiency units with couples living in them. Singles don't appear to be in the majority... even amongst the gay crowd, many have partners or roommates living with them (though roommates seem to be only an option in two bedroom units). While I do believe that gentrification of existing neighborhoods is resulting in decreased population density in those existing housing units, we might all be surprised by the density being achived both through infill in the existing neighborhoods and new or expansion of neighborhoods through the construction of totally new housing options in areas that did not have housing before.