Week 3 brings victory for Falcons

By Jannah Bolds

A somewhat challenging week three for the Atlanta Falcons as they lassoed the Dallas Cowboys 39-28 in a come-from-behind victory  in Arlington, Texas today.

Falcons quarterback Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan, along with his most talented backs and receivers pulled off a come-back in the second half to upset the Dallas crowd. This win goes down in the record books as the first team to score its third consecutive come-from-behind win.

The Falcons struggled a bit in the first half, letting the Cowboys score first and not capitalizing on their next couple of snaps. However, the team did get the chance to squeeze in a field goal in the final seconds of the first half to cut their defecit to 11 points.

“Obviously the second half was huge, but I thought getting three points up before half time was big. That was a huge momentum changer for us offensively,” said Ryan. 

After the second half buzzer rang, the Falcons seemed to have turned on the heat as they went on score three more touchdowns and keep their opponents scoreless the entire half. The Atlanta defense did some pretty good things for the team’s overall performance. If it wasnt for Justin Durant and the defense keeping their opponents scoreless, Ryan and the offense would have had a more difficult time overcoming the deficit. 

The star for Atlanta’s offense today was running back Dovonta Freeman who rushed for 141 yards with 30 carries. Teammate receiver Julio Jones finished the game with 12 recpetions for 164 yards.

Offensively and defensively, the Falcons were well balanced and were able to persevere when necessary to  top the 2-0 (now 2-1) Cowboys.

Next Sunday, the Falcons are set to take on the Houston Texans (1-2) at 1:00pm EST. 

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To jinx, or not to jinx

 By Jannah BoldsOpinion Column

As sports fans, we know that the game is all about statistics; especially if you’re big on fantacy football. A player’s stats can make or break them when it comes to their athletic career. But, how do fans get access to their favorite player or team stats when watching an event at home or on the go? Commentators. Oh, those voices, those perfectly tuned, know-it-all, “anti biased” voices. Those voices were hired to give their audience the perfect picture of what’s going on when fans aren’t there to see for themselves. 

But…

What happens when it just seems like the commentators are commentating just a bit too much? Too much to the point where statistics precede a series of unfortunate events; AKA jinxing. For a semi-supersticious person like myself, this can become extremely irritating, especially in those stressfull, nailbiting situations. 

It never fails! 

“Falcon’s QB, Matt Ryan has yet to throw an interception this season.” BOOM! There goes an interception. 

-or-

“Atlanta wide receiver, Julio Jones, 0-7 in receptions today from Ryan.” WOOP! That’s a fumble.

There are plenty of irritating things out there, and this may qualify as one of them. I’m sure there are plenty of others who can testify. 

Dont get me wrong, I’m not complaing about how these guys are doing their jobs, but maybe we (the commentators) can come up with an alternative way to broadcast those stats without the possible compromise of the game. 

How about this, instead of talking about passing percentages and quarterback sacks in the midst of an offensive drive. I mean, I get it… talking about whats going on right then and there is more impactful, but damn. Why not wait until the offensive drive is over to talk about all the technical stuff. Just do it for fans like myself who believe in the jinx.

That is all.

Georgia’s Military gets Solar

  Georgia Power sparks up new projects with Georgia Military bases

By Jannah Bolds

 Members from the Georgia Power Company, General Services Administration, and the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives have collaborated on an electrifying project scheduled for completion at the end of 2016; solar energy panels.  

West Georgia military base, Fort Benning, is the first of three solar panel projects coming into effect this year. These solar projects will each total 30 megawatts in size and will create energy for Georgia’s electrical grid by utilizing photovoltaic panels.

“Georgia Power has long pursued a diversified energy supply. We use nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydropower and solar power which gives us reliable and affordable source of power for our customers,” said Georgia Power Spokesman, John Kraft. 

Because each solar project may cover more than 200 acres, Georgia military bases have large enough pieces of land to house such an enormous project.

Construction at Fort Benning, near Columbus, Georgia, began in April while Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart began last week, Georgia Power claims.

A construction team will be required to piece the project together, but not much maintenance is needed to keep these plants up and running. This ensures that energy costs will stay consistent, for Georgia Power and its customers.

“This project is required to cost no more than our other generation sources. It has to come in at, or below, what it would take to generate power from other sources. By setting that limit, it means that it will not cost customers more than it would have otherwise,” said Kraft.

The plan for this solar project is to place 30 megawatts on each military compound and have the energy that’s collected funnel into Georgia Power’s main electrical grid so that it may reach its customers.

“These bases will be more sustainable, equally and perhaps more important by giving them greater access to the power they are producing. These arrays will make these bases more secure and self reliant as well,” said Kevin Kampschroer from the U.S. General Services Administration.

“All panels must be working and online by the end of 2016 and we are very excited to be working with the Army and looking forward to getting these panels online as our balanced generation portfolio,” said Kraft.