• PFL 5: Night of the underdog

    PFL 5: Night of the underdog

    June 25, 2022 Erik Indrisano 0
    The landscape of the PFL was flipped on its axis Friday night when the organization hosted its second event in Atlanta. PFL 5 showcased the featherweight and heavyweight divisions and with playoff spots up for grabs, many unfamiliar names would pull off upsets to stake their name in the million dollar playoff tournament. Fans were left speechless and shocked from the opening fight all the way through the main event. But which fighters defied the [...]

  • A deeper dive into the Dwon Odom acquisition

    The Georgia State  Panthers men’s basketball team is coming off another successful season under head coach Rob Lanier, which saw them win the Sunbelt conference tournament and punch a ticket to the big dance before eventually falling to the number one seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  They finished 18-11 on the season and were the only program in the entire state to make the NCAA tournament. After their loss [...]
  • Major sports leagues scale down punishment for Marijuana

    Apr. 20, 2022, marks two years in which the NFL has stopped banning players for testing positive for Delta 9-THC carboxyl acid commonly found in cannabis.   The policy change is becoming the new norm across all major leagues and collegiate institutions as there is wider availability of treatment and education on drug use.  With the conclusion of the 2019 season, the National Football League Players Association and the National Football League decided on a new [...]
  • From crushing backboards to crushing kush

    After a successful 16-year basketball career, former NBA player Al Harrington has now taken a new career path by forcing his way into the cannabis game.  Since his official retirement from basketball in 2016, Harrington’s cannabis brand has become a hot topic in the industry.  Named Viola after his grandmother Viola Harrington, the business has become one of the largest black-owned cannabis brands in the country.  Harrington’s Backstory: Founded in 2011, the Viola brand has [...]
  • Where does Trae Young stack on the All-NBA list?

    In a league where positionless basketball is the new “norm,” choosing the cream of the crop isn’t always easy for league voters.  Voters are faced with 82 games worth of film to decipher and break down.  It’s not easy and never will be, but it must be done. For example, this year, voters will have to decide whether to put MVP candidates Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokić on the All-NBA First Team together or whether [...]
  • Atlanta Falcons 7-Round Mock Draft

    The Falcons have nine total selections in this year’s draft,  five of them coming in the first three rounds.  The Falcons have plenty of work to do this offseason with plenty of holes on the roster. After trading Matt Ryan, the team will need to look toward the future. Draft for need or draft the best player available?  That question is one the Falcons will need to answer as they are going through the painful [...]
  • Georgia State hires two assistant volleyball head coaches

    The Georgia State Athletics department is experiencing many changes this year. The volleyball team has bought in two new faces along with the football team.  The football team added two new coaches to its coaching staff to improve its offense and defense after going 8-5 last year.  The volleyball decided to do the same and add two new assistant coaches to their staff.  After recently hiring a new head coach, Terry Hutchinson, they decided to [...]
  • Athletes and Cannabis

    Cannabis use has always had a stigma surrounding it since Reagan waged the war on drugs.  People have always seen it as a lazy man’s drug that makes you eat a hole through your pantry.  Anti-drug campaigns have pushed these stereotypes for many years.  While some of those stereotypes may have some truth to them, there are many well-documented benefits of cannabis use.  Especially when it comes to pain relief and recovery, which is highly [...]
  • Hawks’ huge third quarter fuels win

    A pre-game like no other, saw the Charlotte Hornets walking to State Farm Arena, a little over 30 minutes before tipoff. The root cause was a train that blocked the team’s bus entrance.  The delay may have been attributed to the Hornets’ slow start as the Hawks would go on a 14-3 run to take an 11-point lead early in the first quarter. The Hornets also struggled to find a rhythm shooting 33% from both [...]
  • Shamarious Gilmore and Tucker Gregg look to make history

    With the NFL Draft only weeks away, Georgia State has two prospects who could hear their name called in all-conference players guard Shamarious Gilmore and running back Tucker Gregg.  Both have carved out extraordinary careers at Georgia State and will be looking to take a giant leap in their football careers.  If drafted, the pair would become the fourth and fifth Panthers to be selected in the NFL draft in Georgia State football history.  Shamarious [...]
  • Hawks clinch NBA Play-In berth

    Last week, the Hawks won at home against the Cavaliers to clinch a berth in the play-in tournament.  However, with four games remaining in the regular season, there are still a few critical matchups on the schedule that will determine the Hawks’ potential playoff opponents.  Atlanta was riding a five-game winning streak after the 122-115 victory over Brooklyn on Apr. 2 and has won six of their last seven games to take the ninth spot [...]
  • A deeper dive into the Matt Olson acquisition

    If you were to ask most Braves fans how they felt about the departure of 12-year veteran and Braves legend Freddie Freeman before the Matt Olson acquisition, you would find many interesting reactions.  If you ask how they feel now that they have seamlessly replaced one gold glove-winning first baseman with another who’s four years younger and will cost significantly less for years to come, the reactions may be slightly different. Freeman is a legend [...]
  • The Matt Ryan Train Has Finally Departed From Atlanta

    After 14 years in Atlanta, the Falcons have traded veteran quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2022 third-round draft pick. No matter how fans feel about Ryan’s time in Atlanta, his impact on the city of Atlanta can’t be denied. During his time here, he had some monumental moments.  In 2016, Ryan was scorching hot as he won the AP MVP award and the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award. He [...]
  • Rob Lanier named Finalist for Ben Jobe Award

    Former Georgia State head coach Rob Lanier was named a finalist for the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award. The Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top Division I minority coach, is named in honor of one of the best men ever to coach college basketball. Ben Jobe coached in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Southern University for 12 seasons. He held a 209-141 record and made four NCAA Tournament Appearances. Many still [...]
  • Georgia State hires new men’s basketball head coach

    Georgia State has hired Xavier University interim head coach Jonas Hayes as its new men’s basketball head coach.  Hayes now becomes the 18th coach hired in the team’s history.  The hire comes after previous head coach Rob Lanier was hired last week to become SMU’s new head coach.  As interim coach, Hayes had a 4-0 record and led the Musketeers to an NIT championship victory this past season.  Hayes, a Georgia University graduate, was an [...]
  • Freddie Freeman’s Farewell

    The 2021-22 MLB season was a roller coaster for the Atlanta Braves.  After suffering devastating losses before the trade deadline, they turned their season, starting with the pivotal acquisitions of Eddie Rosario, Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall.  This effort helped get their winning percentage over .500 just in time for the playoffs.  This effort would be followed by an amazing run culminating in the Atlanta Braves becoming the 2021 World Series champions in six games [...]