The Agony and The Ecstasy. Repeat.

The Agony and The Ecstasy. Repeat.

Not exactly a calm week around here. Kinda like that iconic opening sequence from The Wide World of Sports: The thrill of victory; the agony of defeat. Only in this case, reverse that order. Two sports currently monopolize the televisions in this home: Hockey and NASCAR. With the Stanley Cup Final underway and NASCAR mid-season, no time for anything else. This year the Stanley Cup Final is personal—The New York Rangers defeated Les Habs to advance to the final—the first time having an emotional connection to a team competing for sports’ most coveted trophy. Should have been prepared for a rocky Final when Sports Illustrated decided to feature the New York Rangers on its pre-Stanley Cup Final cover. The dreaded Jinx now haunted Rangerstown, mocking the...

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It’s Getting Ugly Around Here. #BecauseIt’sTheCup

It’s Getting Ugly Around Here. #BecauseIt’sTheCup

Definitely accustomed to living in a home where sports rivalries often divide the ranks. In Chicago, you’re either a Cubs’ fan or a Sox’ fan. Pretty simple, because in the days before inter league baseball, the only time the two sets of fans faced off was the annual Cubs-Sox exhibition game… and, really, not that much to get excited about. Now, the Cubs playing the White Sox in the World Series would be a totally different matter, but (face it!) the odds of that happening are less than slim-to-none. Migrating South to Atlanta brought new rivalries. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. UGA Bulldawgs. Georgia Tech vs. Duke. ACC vs. the SEC. NASCAR presented no problems—Dale Earnhardt, Sr., then Dale Jr. led the list of favored drivers. And we...

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The 3 Car Returns to Daytona, But in the End the #88 Captures the Flag

The 3 Car Returns to Daytona, But in the End the #88 Captures the Flag

Last week, if you read or listened to coverage of the Daytona 2014 SpeedWeeks events leading up to the “Great American Race,” conversation revolved around the controversial return of the #3 car to Sprint Cup Racing. Throughout his career, Dale Earnhardt, Sr.—the Intimidator=#3=Daytona—owned the crowd. A bronze statue welcomes fans to the Speedway where he died February 18, 2001. It’s impossible to see the #3 without thinking about Earnhardt. Everyone knew the day was coming… Austin Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress, the owner of NASCAR’s #3, had raced with the 3 and won championships in both the Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series. No doubt he’s ready to move to Cup racing… but would the #3 car...

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Forget the Groundhog. It’s Daytona—Spring’s Finally Here!

Forget the Groundhog. It’s Daytona—Spring’s Finally Here!

After an unusually long, cold, snowy and icy winter (for the South), the parade of haulers making their ways South heralds the beginning of Speed Weeks—nine glorious days of celebration leading up to the Daytona 500. NASCAR is back! Do not pretend to understand the new rules, infractions, deductions, or the Chase qualification or elimination system. Plenty of time for that. Right now, it’s enough to hear the roar of engines, watch the new cars take the track for the first time, and just enjoy the experience of Speed Weeks. You may have heard that on top of the ice storm that hit Georgia and the Carolinas, a 4.3 earthquake registered in that region (centered in Augusta, GA) Friday evening. Best tweet of the week: @ESPNMcGee: All those people were right!...

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No, Y’all, a Couple Inches of Snow Does NOT Bring Atlanta to its Knees

No, Y’all, a Couple Inches of Snow Does NOT Bring Atlanta to its Knees

Last Tuesday’s #SnowJam2014 wasn’t the first, nor will it be the last time that the 15-county Metro Atlanta Area grinds to a painful halt over a few inches of snow. Doesn’t happen often…maybe once every ten years. But when it occurs, the results are epic. Mention the 1973 Ice Storm, SnowJam 1982, the Blizzard of 1993, the Ice Storm of 2000, 2011′s #Snowmageddon and now SnowJam 2014, and Atlantans can recite stories of where they were and what happened to them during each of these events. During the lucky years, the snow or ice fell on weekends and most people stayed put, even through five days without power (1973); Blizzard of ’93; Ice Storm of 2000; 2011 Snow Event of the Century that brought twelve-plus inches of snow...

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