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Archive for August, 2017

31 Aug

2017 Florida Football Preview

In 2014, Jim McElwain, Florida’s head coach, said that he could win SEC football games with his dog Claribelle at quarterback. Florida had continued to struggle to fill the quarterback position ever since #15 won a Heisman and rode off to glory. John Brantley to Jacoby Brissett to Tyler Murphy to Jeff Driskel to Treon […]

30 Aug

Braves Sweep the Worst Team in Baseball in a Doubleheader and It Actually Feels Like An Accomplishment!

The Braves haven’t won on a Wednesday in 4 weeks. So what do they do? They win 2. Against the Phillies. Hey, works for me! Plenty to say, surprisingly, about two wins in August against a terrible team. Considering how bad we’ve played against the Phillies, you might be surprised to find out that this […]

30 Aug

Tennessee Volunteers Preview (by Smitty)

A Look Back The Vols entered 2016 as the favorites to win the SEC East. And it appeared they were a team of destiny after Josh Dobbs hit Jauan Jennings on the final play to beat Georgia. Tennessee’s magic started to run out during their come from behind thriller against Texas A&M. Then the wheels […]

29 Aug


The Braves and Phillies were rained out tonight, a decision made well before game time. They will make the game up tomorrow in a traditional doubleheader, which can only happen because they are both terrible teams making up a game on a weekday near the end of the season. In any other scenario, I am […]

29 Aug

Anzio: Braves 1, Phillies 6

A short trip to Anzio first. In response to Soviet insistence on a second front and facing use of a small British force and an American force that was only beginning to mobilize, Churchill and Roosevelt invaded North Africa. Then, in spring of 1943 they had the resources in the area to begin to take […]

27 Aug

Rockies 3, Braves 0

Some of the Braves wore aliases on their uniforms this weekend. None were noticed with paper bags over their heads yet, but that is surely coming. Mark Reynolds hit a 2 run homer off of A.J. Minter in the 6th, an unnecessary abuse, as the Rockies had already salted away the game with a run […]

26 Aug

‘I still hear your sea winds blowing’ …. Braves 6 Rockies 7

  Wanted to play this, this week,  for a couple of obvious topical reasons. And it’s my favorite Jimmy Webb /Campbell song. Peace to him and succor to all those damaged.   A good game of baseball tonight. Up and down, good and bad, tight all the way through until that last double play. I […]

26 Aug

Atlanta 5, Colorado 2

Julio Teheran finally showed up at SunTrust Park, and pitched the Braves to a 5-2 win over Colorado. Jome Julio had lost 9 straight home park decisions, a streak that was one longer than Shelby Miller‘s 2015 and Craig McMurtry‘s 1984 streaks. And that is territory no one wants to be in. Trust me, I […]

24 Aug

Off Day Thoughts–State of the Rebuild

So what do we know about the success of the Braves’ rebuild so far? Nothing. Well, not nothing. We know that the Hector Olivera trade was an unmitigated disaster. We know that the Braves weren’t really competitive in the year they moved into the new ballpark. We know that the decision four years ago to […]

24 Aug

Recent Braves Series

What a series. Great to see Dan Winkler activated, and the same with AJ Minter. But bad hitting with RISP, bad baserunning, and at times, bad bullpen and work. I want to join people in blaming Snitker, but it might be helpful to give some background on the condition of the bullpen last night. Our […]

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