Putting the Association on Notice: Seven things we learned from the Hawks three game road-trip…

Your Atlanta Hawks have just completed a tough three game road trip, that was crucial to them making a statement to the rest of the Association.  What type of statement they made would be dependent on not only the outcome of the games, but also their performance against superior competition.  Following their win at home against the Chicago Bulls, the Hawks hit the road for three games against the Cavs, Rockets and the Mavericks.  Three teams with a combined record of 50-22 heading into this past Wednesday night. So what kind of statement did they make?  They put the league on notice: This team is real.  Like…for real, for real.  Here are the seven major things we learned from the trip…

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Justin Upton moved to the Padres for 4 prospects in return.

While the teams themselves have yet to publicly announce this trade as official, just about every other source in the country has confirmed it as true. Justin Upton, and a played to be named later, will be playing for the San Diego Padres next season. They will be joining the new-look Padres outfield, which has also added Matt Kemp and Will Myers, most notably, this off-season. Not to mention, a just announced acquisition of David Ross, to add to the acquisitions of Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks. While it seems apparent that the San Diego Padres are keyed in on competing immediately in the 2015 season, they at least appear to have a definitive plan of action during this off-season.  Read More

TheRealPicks: Championship Week

3-2 last week.  Not great, but it gets the job done.  The most unfortunate part about last week was everything that took place in and around Sanford Stadium last week, but thats beside the point.  I’m here to deliver you picks, and to stay above 53%.  We are looking at another tough slate this week as there are less games to pick from and more tough matchups.  The breakdowns and analysis will be short this week, so your just going to have to trust me on some blind faith this week.  The good news for you, is that my blind faith led me to two of the most unlikely upset picks in the NFL last week, with picks on the Falcons and Jags, which neither team had much business covering, much less actually winning both games. If only I had the balls to give you NFL picks as favorites last week… Oh well, maybe that will change this week… ON TO THE PICKS! Read More

We need a Hero…(at Topper’s)

Some days you never know what kind of stories you’re going to read about in the sports world.  Is someone going to get traded today? Was there a crazy upset last night? Which college football players got arrested last night?  Many times the most controversial stories don’t really reflect or end well for the athlete involved either.  Today however, was quite a different story. Read More

TheRealPicks Week 14: Black Friday Edition 

Well then, while I knew last week was going to be brutal, I don’t really think I prepared myself as much as I should have. Or maybe just don’t give out 8 “strong” plays… Regardless, we went 3-5 on the week, and I didn’t even feel like checking my record on the Honorable Mentions after that garbage. Hopefully you all paid attention when I said not to go big on anything though and didn’t end up in too bad of shape when all was said and done. Now, let’s look on to one of the best football weekends of the year with our Week 14 Black Friday Edition Picks. Read More

TheRealPicks Week 13: Burt Reynolds Edition

Welcome back kids!  Wow how about last week huh?!  I told you all I would do better by you moving forward and boy did we kick that off to the right start.  4-1 on favorites which should have been 5-0 barring the unfortunate injury to Duke Johnson and a 7-3 total record for the week.  If you were smart enough to take advantage of that, I congratulate you.  If not, you can’t say you didn’t know any better. Now on to this week’s spread, which unfortunately for you and I both, is quite frankly atrocious.  There are a lot of tough reads and games that don’t look to be very entertaining either. With that being said, I’ll be providing a slightly different line up for you, with the hopes that the strongest plays will carry us all through the week, and the “Honorable Mentions” list is just for confirmation if you already had an eye on one of those games.  As a consolation for this, I will be bringing back some bonus NFL action this week to tide you over until we get back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Read More

Glory Glory to Ernie Johnson

We all love the crew over at NBA on TNT. To me, there is no better crew of misfits than the Shaqtus, Big Ern, Chuck and the Jet. But last week’s UGA/Auburn game, and the obligatory bet between alumni Ernest and Chuck, UGA and Auburn respectively, has produced quite possibly one of the greatest moments in UGA football history (hyperbole of course).  Leave it to Big Ern to come up with such a fantastic wager as this. You know what…I don’t even need to spoil this anymore.  Just watch and enjoy.