We’re not laughing at you, coach. We’re laughing with you.
Last year, Mercer made a Cinderella run in the NCAA basketball tournament and spawned a thousand .gifs in the process. This year, it was Georgia State busting brackets and inspiring memes with its upset over No. 3 seed Baylor in the first round. Specifically, head coach Ron Hunter stole the spotlight from his own son, R.J., who buried the game-winning three-pointer, by plummeting off his stool in celebration.Read more
One of metro atlanta’s loveliest suburban downtowns is tucked away from the sprawl between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Buford Highway in Gwinnett County, just out of view of motorists. Founded in 1870, historic Norcross is less a vestige of yesteryear than a thriving city center that happens to have a barber pole and a train depot.Read more
From Shakespeare to public speaking, his teachings went far beyond X’s and O’s.
William “Buck” Godfrey, who will be honored at this weekend’s GACA Hall of Fame banquet in Dalton, is in all respects a shoo-in. As head football coach at Southwest DeKalb High for thirty seasons, his record of 273-89-1—including a state championship, state runner-up title, and thirteen regional titles—makes him the winningest football coach in DeKalb County history and the winningest African American coach in the state.Read more
And more updates from the busy transit agency
Good news, MARTA riders: Much-needed service increases will roll out over the next three days. Starting Saturday, May 17, approximately 17 bus routes will run more frequently; see a detailed list of changes here. Beginning Monday, May 19, peak-hour wait times for trains—between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays—will be reduced to five minutes on the “trunk” (before the lines split) and 10 minutes on the “branches.” From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, you’re looking at a six-minute wait on the trunk and 12 minutes on the branches.Read more
Matt Crenshaw wants to make people feel good, not guilty about environmentalism
If, as Bill Gates famously declared of the Internet, content is king, then people like Matt Crenshaw are its field marshals. The president of Atlanta-based digital news outlet Mother Nature Network spends his time parsing web traffic trends, search engine performance, and social media engagement to help MNN.com and its sister site, TreeHugger.com, capture a combined 10 million unique visitors per month.Read more
The network’s president explains why a strong web presence is crucial
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about MNN is, they go, “You guys must be all hippie-crunchy, wearing Toms shoes and everything.” And certainly some of us are, but it’s really about taking a mainstream audience and nudging it toward this green lifestyle. I look at it almost like a Whole Foods for content.Read more
It’s time to rally behind the dancing, Duke-beating Macon sensation
On Friday, the boys from a little-known liberal arts college in Macon pulled off an upset of historically the most feared and revered team in college basketball. Here’s why all Atlantans should get behind the Bears before they take on Tennessee Sunday evening.Read more
Chatting with a champion of transit, mobility, connectivity, and good urbanism
If you’ve paid attention to news out of MARTA the past several weeks, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “transit-oriented development.” That’s urban-planner speak for the development of land surrounding transit stations. Lindbergh City Center, with its mix of residences and retail, is a prime example. MARTA has lately secured developers for massive mixed-use projects at the [King Memorial] and [Avondale] stations and solicited proposals for [Edgewood/Candler Park]. Seven other stations have made the [working short list] for similar projects.Read more