• Three things we learned about the Hawks last week

    Three things we learned about the Hawks last week

    March 2, 2021 Najeh Wilkins 0
    The Atlanta Hawks finish the week .500 after going 2-2, picking up key wins over the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. However, they also filtered against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder, which brought us a few takeaways.  Even with Clint Capela, the defensive struggles continue The Hawks kept their games close, but the defense impeded when they should have thrived. Late game defensive mishaps and poor first-half play hampered the team.  A defensive [...]

  • Fight or Flight: Why Saints fans could be in for a rude awakening as a franchise quarterback search begins

    Well, folks, as the seasons change, so do the sports. The quarterback carousel should be in a lull for at least a month, teams have started coming to terms with how to get under the cap, and the off-season work for both players and coaches is ongoing. Most of it is self-reflection, individuals working on mechanics and continuous planning and bonding for front offices like the Falcons, who have had a complete overhaul. This issue [...]
  • Breaking: Hawks, Lloyd Pierce part ways

    The Atlanta Hawks have dismissed head coach Lloyd Pierce after two-and-a-half seasons, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Pierce posted a 63-120 record in two-and-a-half seasons with the franchise and never reached the playoffs. Following an impressive 5-1 start, the Hawks currently sit at 11th place in the East with a 14-20 record. Pierce began his stint with Atlanta in the 2018-2019 season but posted a measly 29-53 record in his first season. His second year [...]
  • Breaking: Kelly Loeffler sells the Atlanta Dream

    Kelly Loeffler has sold the Atlanta Dream to a three-person investment group, including former Dream player Renee Montgomery, sources tell Shams Charania. Ever since the former Georgia Senator denounced the WNBA’s stance on Black Lives Matter last summer, players from multiple leagues pressured her to sell the franchise. The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale of the franchise.  “May it send a strong reminder that the players of the W are [...]
  • Three things we learned about the Hawks this week

    The Atlanta Hawks won just one of their three games last week, falling to 12-17 entering Sunday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Once a sixth seed in the conference, the Hawks are struggling mightily.  Clint Capela continues to be the Hawks’ best rebounder in years Capela notched double-doubles in all three games this week and was a force to be reckoned with on the glass.  He was the second-best player this week alongside Trae [...]
  • Now more than ever, Adam Silver’s legacy is at stake

    The NBA has postponed 30 games in the first nine weeks of the season due to COVID-19 protocol and contact tracing. But that is just the latest in a long list of wrongs that the NBA cannot seem to correct in the last few weeks. Entering the season, the NBA announced there would not be an All-Star Game. After the league announced its intent to play an All-Star Game on March 7 in Atlanta, some [...]
  • One year later, Ryan Boyce knows he made the right decision

    For Ryan Boyce, the last two years have been anything but ordinary. He redshirted and played during a pandemic in his first two college basketball seasons.  However, his biggest challenge came this season after taking on a significant role for the Panthers. A year ago, he played for his hometown Memphis Tigers and got daily coaching from former NBA All-Star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Now, in a global pandemic, his first season with the Panthers has [...]
  • From NOLA to Atlanta, Terry Fontenot is ready for life’s next step

    The Atlanta Falcons announced former Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith as head coach back on Jan. 15. On Jan. 19, they announced hiring former New Orleans Saints Director of Pro Scouting Terry Fontenot as general manager.  With this hiring, Fontenot became the first Black general manager in the Falcons’ 56-year history in the NFL.  Along with Smith, Fontenot now takes on reconstructing an already talented Falcons roster.  Julio Jones, Grady Jarrett, Matt Ryan, Dion [...]
  • Feb. 23: Three Big Things

    School Fireworks to begin the Panthers’ baseball season Georgia State opened their baseball season Friday night, beginning a four-game series with No. 14 West Virginia. The Mountaineers took the first game Friday 5-3, but the Panthers bounced back and swept Saturday’s double-header.  The first game went into extra innings before senior catcher Elian Marejo’s walk-off single in the 10th inning gave the Panthers a 7-6 win, their first over a ranked opponent since 2018. In [...]
  • Fight or flight: In extreme times, what where do Jones and Ryan Fall?

    Well. Dang. We saw both extremes of the quarterback carousel. The Detroit Lions got back quite the haul for Matthew Stafford (two first-round picks, a 2021 third-round pick, and Jared Goff himself). On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles got a ball of string and maybe some chips (a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second overall pick. What did we learn from that?  One, to be thankful that, for all the crap we [...]
  • Hawks pick up impressive 123-115 win over Denver Nuggets

    The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Denver Nuggets 123-115 in one of their more impressive games of the season so far.   Trae Young had a great game, recording a double-double with 35 points and 15 assists. He also added six rebounds, and four made three-pointers. He drained shots from all over the floor, and his assists went a long way and he loves to set up his teammates.  “I am always going to trust these guys. [...]
  • Georgia State’s new pitching staff brings talent, but they will also be the key ingredient this season

    The 2021 season for Georgia State baseball is right around the corner, and the pitching staff is shaping up nicely. After the 2020 season ended abruptly, the new Panther rotation did not have a chance to show its full potential. Georgia State in the offseason added 13 talented recruits, including ten in-state products. Pitching is emphasized for the 2021 class as nine new arms will dawn Panther blue in the spring. “We are thrilled for [...]
  • Panthers open 2021 golf season with a top-five finish

    Returning multiple seniors, the Georgia State men’s golf team opened their season on Feb. 6 in Florence, South Carolina. It was nearly 11 months — 331 to 334 days, to be exact — since the men’s team returners swung a club for Georgia State after seeing their season conclude unceremoniously. What did they do in their return, though? Only break par after the Raines Company Intercollegiate tournament and place fourth at the season-opening event. The [...]
  • Ana Diaz slated to join the Puerto Rican Women’s National Team

    One of the greatest honors for any athlete to achieve is getting to represent your home country, playing the sport you love. For Georgia State women’s soccer player Ana Diaz, this dream recently became a reality. The call to join the Puerto Rican national team came shortly after Diaz’s freshman season came to an end, which meant the world. “[Getting called up] meant a lot, especially because I love representing Puerto Rico. I’m happy they [...]
  • Fight or flight: Previewing the Falcons defensive coaching staff

    Now that I went and had my tangent about keeping Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, we can continue looking at the finished staff for Arthur Smith’s debut year as a head coach. Unlike the construction of the Atlanta Falcons’ offense, Smith might have taken inspiration from Sean McVay’s early days with the Los Angeles Rams. Paraphrasing the explanation, McVay knew he wanted to focus on the offense and be the head coach. So, what did [...]
  • Three things we learned about the Hawks last week

    The Atlanta Hawks ended a tough week with another devastating home loss to the Indiana Pacers and have now fallen to the 10 seed in the Eastern Conference.  Many things went wrong this week, but this is what stood out the most.  De’Andre Hunter’s absence on the defensive end dearly missed Last week, opponents scored 123 points per game in this week’s games, which is not ideal for the injured-riddled Hawks to win.  Each team [...]