Plus the demolition of the Friendship Baptist Church and the Braves’ upcoming departure
Claire Suddath in Bloomberg Businessweek on Coke’s sales and health concerns Newsflash: Sugary soda makes you fat. Plus, aspartame, the sweetener in diet soft drinks, is a scary, unknown abomination (or so says the Internet rumor mill). You probably didn’t need Claire Suddath of Bloomberg Businessweek to tell you that these facts, along with the […]Read more
Plus, misappropriated street art, a foul-ball suit against the Braves, and the mayor’s Twitter blocks.
Hall belonged to a movement of reformers who believed that the values of the marketplace could resuscitate public education. She approached the job like a business executive: she courted philanthropists, set accountability measures, and created performance objectives that were more rigorous than those required by No Child Left Behind, which became law in 2002. When a school met its targets, all employees, including bus drivers and cafeteria staff, received up to two thousand dollars. She linked teacher evaluations to test scores and warned principals that they’d be fired if they didn’t meet targets within three years. Eventually, ninety per cent were replaced. She repeated the mantra “No exceptions and no excuses.”Read more
Hank Aaron said racism was alive and well—he was right.
In the media scrum to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record-breaking home run, the undercurrent—the moral—of the story was the blatant racism he faced while chasing down Babe Ruth in 1974. In many of those commemorative stories, Aaron explained that he held on to the epithet-laced letters to remind him that racism still exists. Well more than a few “fans” have gone out of their way to prove Aaron right.Read more
Chipper Jones’ new show shows off his impressive hunting skills. But does he compare to the tried and true?
If you don’t get the Sportsman Channel (and even if your cable carries it, you still may not get it), you probably don’t know that onetime Braves star Chipper Jones has traded his bat and uniform for a compound bow and camo as star of outdoors show Major League Bowhunter. We immediately wondered how No. 10 would fare against two famous, if fictional, archers who shoot (arrows and film) in Georgia.Read more
One commissioner voices public plea for patience
The deal was done. Every person packed into the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting last night knew that the officials were moving forward with their shotgun marriage to the Braves, whose leaders were sitting in the front row. Two of the commissioners had already voiced support of Chairman Tim Lee’s agreement, fresh out of the smoke-filled room. Three votes out of five. The math was simple.Read more
We didn’t ask for a stadium
Listen you ITP people, there’s no reason to get personal. We Cobb residents didn’t ask for a baseball stadium any more than you Atlantans lobbied to kick the Braves out. Please direct your anger at Braves owner Liberty Media and your *own* elected officials. Hating on Cobb County is like an ex-wife blaming her husband’s new spouse, even though she’s the one who initiated the divorce.Read more
It’s just not cool enough to be home of the Braves.
It can’t have been easy to be a Cobb resident this week. Since Monday’s surprise announcement of the Braves’ impending relocation to a vacant lot near Cumberland Mall, the prevailing attitude from the rest of the metro area has been: Effing *Cobb*. Those highway-worshipin’, Applebees-eatin’ suburbanites spit in the face of progress [time] and [again], then steal our baseball team.Read more
Advice from “The Boston Buddha”
The Boston Buddha is a certified meditation instructor in New England. He’s also a huge Boston sports fan who has dealt with many sports-induced lows over the last forty years. I reached out to him today, desperate for answers, still sick from the simultaneous collapse of the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Dream, and Bulldogs within the last week. The guy’s nickname is Buddha, so surely he had answers.Read more
The only team that didn’t lose last night was the Thrashers
Who has it worse, Braves or Cubs fans? I posed the question to my Chicago-born husband this morning, six hours after my beloved Bravos blew a late lead over the Dodgers to lose their sixth straight division series. Is it more painful to limp home from the postseason year after year, or to (almost) never be any good at all?Read more
Don’t worry, the dreaded curse doesn’t apply to supermodels
It’s October, and the Braves are back in the REAL postseason (where it’ll take more than a B.S. infield-fly call to eliminate us). To herald the return of the playoff chop, *Sports Illustrated* has tapped B.J. and Justin Upton for their cover. Now before you cringe and brace for the dreaded SI cover curse, please note that this photo comes with a good luck charm—two-time SI Swimsuit cover model Kate Upton (no relation—of any kind, really).Read more