Who’s hot? Who’s not? Examining the latest in Atlanta sports


In what was a perfect idea for a baseball season segment, here we are debuting a new (what I hope to be) weekly piece that runs down – sometimes in depth and others just in a simple word or two – how the Atlanta teams and players we love are doing. So, I ask you the question – Who’s Hot?

Todd Gurley – I’m not even a Georgia fan, and there’s no other way to put it; the man is just that…a man. So far this year, Gurley has 610 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 69 carries, and is a pretty heavy favorite for a Heisman run. Regardless how this year turns out for the rest of the Dawgs, Gurley will long be the bright spot and something every Dwag…I mean Dawg…can be proud of.

Georgia Southern Eagles – In their first year of big boy football, the Eagles from Statesboro have been having quite a season. They nearly pulled off upsets over NC State and Georgia Tech, both on the road, and most recently took care of their biggest rival, Appalachian State, and are a perfect 2-0 in their new conference. Kevin Ellison, the Eagles’ QB, can basically do it all, as he has 478 rushing yards and 573 passing yards through five games.

Georgia Tech – If you had told me the Jackets would start the season 4-0, I would have slapped you. You’d be right, but you’d also have a hand print across your face. While the Jackets haven’t been truly tested yet (no offense to Wofford or Tulane), they did prove they can win a close back-and-forth game a couple of weekends ago against the Hookies. They have the best record in the state and have a primetime matchup set this weekend with The U.

Unfortunately, it was much easier to find the following than it was the preceding. I hesitate, but will do it anyway – Who’s Not?

Atlanta Falcons defense – Good. Gosh. Was it ever painful to watch the Falcons on Sunday. When it was finally over with, the Vikings totaled 558 yards of offense, and got torched by a rookie QB in his first ever start as Teddy Bridgewater threw for 317 yards and picked up nearly 30 more on the ground. If there’s a silver lining at all, it’s that the Falcons didn’t allow the Vikings to score beyond 15 yards, but they did allow four scoring drives of over 70 yards. Seriously. Good. Gosh.

Atlanta Hawks front office – This is old, yes, but it’s still relevant I think. We all know the story by now, but it’s still lingering over the head of the city. So yeah…it’s still a thing.

Fredi Gonzalez is still the manager of the Atlanta Braves – Much like our own Brad Rowland is awaiting news on Brady Hoke losing his Michigan gig, Braves fans are hoping for the (most likely not coming) news that Fredi G. is on his way out. Unfortunately, it seems that Mr. Rowland will get some solitude on his front before we do on ours. So selfish, he is.

So, there you have it. Our first of hopefully many Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? segments. Now, I put the question into your hand – who do you think has been hot or not? Let us know below in a comment or on twitter (@ATLBeatBlog, @FletchTopper) and you just might make an appearance in a future edition!