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Ga Southern Eagles: The offensive struggle is real

The message is in the title, ladies and gentlemen.

I have made a point to keep an eye on my Eagles, since I left campus in 2013. I try to keep an unbiased perspective on the team’s performance, so I will say this…Since the Eagles moved into the Sun Belt Conference, they have really struggled to keep that strong, southern momentum that made them great years ago. So what happened? Could it have been Monken’s move to GA Tech? Losing key players, like McKinnon and Wilcox ,to the NFL? Could be a number of factors, to be honest.

BUT let me tell you what I see, and have always seen since my football editor days. I see a football program who has failed to fix their weaknesses behind the ball. The main weakness is at the lead position, quarterback!

Don’t get me wrong, the quarterbacks themselves aren’t the problem, maybe, but offense definitely needs to migrate to a more passing offense. It’s always been a “Georgia Southern Characteristic” to have a strong rushing offense. That’s all fine and dandy, but without having a well balanced offense, the Eagles and their football program, unfortunately, won’t get too far.

Game ending stats weren’t of my surprise. It was actually a dead giveaway to why the Eagles took home the “L” and should have sent a CLEAR message to the entire football program. Take a look and tell me what you see.


The Eagles have always used the option run and scouted talented runners, but what they need is to develop a much stronger passing game. How else will they dominate their division and tackle more challenging schools? (no pun intended)

Thoughts?

World Series 2016’s most valuable piece of history

By Jannah Bolds

It’s been 108 years since the Chicago Cubs have seen World Series lights, and yesterday in Game 7, the Cubs broke a streak that seemed to have lifted a century-long curse.

But I’m not here to talk about what everyone else’s headlines say. Of course we know who won the series, but there is something that might be more valuable that came from yesterday’s event that still exists today, and will forever; the game ball.

Apparently game balls are very important pieces of history. (As I reflect on the iconic baseball movie, The Sandlot, where Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez hopped that fence for a Babe Ruth autographed ball. lol) So, did you catch where this year’s game ball went after that last out?

Let’s see if you can spot it in the video!

Yup, you saw right! Cubs’ infielder Anthony Rizzo pocketed that puppy! Can you blame him? What would you do?

If you understand the gravity of those exact moments, what do you think could come from this? This was the World Series guys. The last time Chicago got to this level was in 1945 against the Detroit Tigers, and lost. Events like these are once in a life time opportunities. Let that sink in.

So let’s say that he DID, in fact, keep the ball for himself. That would be a token to keep in the family FOREEEVVERRRRRR! (another sandlot reference)

Actual game balls don’t resurface often. A ball used in last year’s world series, between the Royals and Mets is still up for sale on MLBshop.com for $1,499.99. Not the game ending ball, just one of the many balls played that day; just one. Autographed memorabilia balls from this year are being sold online too. I spotted one for a cool $3,000 … with free shipping lol.

Seats at this game were even priced between $250 – $10,000, according to an on-air report from StubHub during the last inning of the game. Seats behind Chicago’s dugout were fetching way way more than that! StubHub recorded a sale of two tickets for $23,402 each. E.A.C.H! WTF lol The sale coming from someone in the Chicago area.

I guess a once in a life time opportunities yield once in a life time experiences and prices eh?

 

The Long Path to the NBA

On September 24th The Bold Opinion Crew had the privilege of interviewing NBA prospect Chris Horton. After the interview we applauded his gumption to approach the tough path of the NBA. We promised to follow his success, as we knew his journey was nowhere near complete.

Yesterday, October 30, 2016 the OVC Tournament MVP was drafted into the development league for the NBA. He was picked 5th in the first round by the Grand Rapids Drive. “It felt great knowing I was drafted because all the waiting and hard work paid off,” said the 6’8 powerhouse from Austin Peay.

The Grand Rapids Drive is a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Horton has traveled to many cities for training and work out purposes, Grand Rapids will be one of his many new destinations. When asked if he was happy with the outcome to play in the D-League rather than going overseas, he humbly replied, “I’m just happy to be playing basketball again, didn’t matter where I went.”

We will continue to follow Chris Horton on the treacherous journey to the NBA. The Bold Opinion Crew wishes Chris and the Grand Rapids Drive the best for their upcoming season.

-Mizell

The Bold Opinion Show at The Lee Haney Games

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Wow! Is this show special or what!? Today The Bold Opinion crew broadcasted live from their very first event; The second annual Lee Haney Games. This event was held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Join the crew as they take part in the festivites surrounding health/fitness, inguage in a few guest interviews, and jam to the tunes of guest Dj Johnny N0rm4l. Did we mention that Lee Haney himself blessed our mics with a few words of incouragement!? Tune in and check out the awesome photo collage from this event! It was truly an experience of a lifetime!

The Bold Opinion crew and Orange Room Radio gives a special “Thanks” to The Lee Haney Foundation for putting on an amazing event and allowing us to take part in this year’s festivities.

Lee Haney Interview: 1:01:24 – 1:12:16

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->Dr. Winston Kyle Carhee Jr., Doctor of Chiropractic, Pain 2 Wellness Center
-> Michael Suarez, PR and Marketing Director for Battle of the Trenches

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New Orleans puts voodoo on Falcons

The streak is overBy Jannah Bolds

I don’t even want to hear anything about “Who dat?” You know why? Because that was simply a terrible terrible performance by the Atlanta Falcons. So many things went wrong for Matt Ryan’s team; and hot damn, what a match-up for things to go sour.

The injury to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was not even evident that night against Atlanta. Brees found the weak spot in the Falcon’s defense, and ran with it all the way till the clock hit 0:00. The weak spot you ask? Atlanta’s secondary of course. Brees and the offense made a point that they were taking advantage of Atlanta’s off night.

Lets not single out just one group on Atlanta’s team that performed horribly; it was a group effort, with the exception of a few. Offensively, Atlanta struggled, with three turnovers and a couple sacks. The offensive line missed a few assignments last night which lead to those mess-ups.

The Atlanta defense were effective in stopping New Orleans’ running game, but when Brees put the ball in the air, it was all she wrote. That made it had for the Falcons offense to catch up in the end.  

Oh well, such as life. The two southern rivals will meet once more at the end of the season, this time in the Georgia Dome, to settle things once and for all. Meanwhile, the Falcons are still under the Carolina Panthers in the NCF South, but that may change once the Panthers face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at 4:00pm.

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Falcons topple Texans 48-21

By Jannah Bolds

Rolling on momentum from last week’s come-from-behind win over Dallas, the Atlanta Falcons collect another “W” over the Houston Texans today in the Dome.  

Week four brought an astounding performance for Atlanta and nothing but confusion for Houston as they struggled to find a rhythm through the game’s entirety. The strong performance lead the Falcons to 243 passing yards and 135 rushing yardage. The Texans on the other hand, recorded more passing yards, 374 to be exact, but, were able to rush for only 54 yards.

Let me tell you what went wrong for the Texans, but leaned in favor of the Falcons at the end of the day; the inconsistency in Houston’s offense. Point. Blank. Period. That team was not in sync with each other the entire game. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. 

Although Houston’s passing yardage exceeded Atlanta’s, I think that’s it’s safe to say that the Texans need to straighten out their offensive issues ASAP and iron out their inconsistencies quarterback wise. Their starting QB, Ryan Mallett clearly struggled offensively and couldn’t seem to click with receivers the first three quarters on the field; completing with only 12 completions and one interception.

However, when the Texans made a QB switch with Brian Hoyer, the game changed. Well, let’s say this, either putting Hoyer in at QB was a key factor for the Texans’ offense, or the Falcons switched out to their second string defense. Either way, this resulted in the Texans putting points on the board and eliminating the possibility of a shut-out.

But nothing will top the highlight of the day, talk about the icing on the cake in the final seconds of the game, the Falcons’ defense come up with an 80-yard fumble return to tack on another six. The Atlanta offense didn’t bother with the extra point attempt, since the game had already concluded. That, to me, was one of those small signs of sportsmanship; good job Falcons. 

Although it seemed like this was an easy win for Matt Ryan and his team, I’m sure the Atlanta coaches still found some assignments that were not met. So, the team will have a week to stay pumped before they meet the 2-2 Redskins October 11th at 1:00 pm in the Dome. 

Photo credentials: http://www.atlantafalcons.com

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.

Dirty Birds get a new nest

  

New Stadium to generate $400 million for state-wide economics

By Jannah Bolds

With the nation’s economy in recovery, Atlanta Georgia plans to boost state-wide economics with construction of its newest rendition of The Georgia Dome. 
The Peach State’s new $1.4 billion investment is projected to create over 4,500 employment opportunities, have a state-wide impact of more than $400 million, and will take nearly three years to complete.

“Invest Atlanta, along with the Arthur Blank Foundation will both commit $15 million to benefit surrounding areas including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill, and other adjacent areas,” said Courtney Knight Invest Atlanta’s Managing Director of Redevelopment.

“Invest Atlanta’s contribution will come from the Westside Tax Allocation District (TAD),” Knight added.

Along with currently staffed employees, the new stadium will require more staff members due to its size, newer facilities, and state-of-the-art technologies backed by IBM.

Outside of the facility while construction is still brewing, the new stadium currently has 4,500 construction employees working to complete their task.

“We have joined with the Arthur Blank Foundation to create ‘Westside Works’. It is an organization that provides job training for individuals in surrounding communities,” said Knight.

Thus far, the organization has trained and employed over 4,000 local individuals and provided them with enough training for employment outside their current project.

“What we are trying to do is put a stake in the ground for the active development of the most challenging part of the city of Atlanta,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed after an ACP meeting.  

The city of Atlanta will not only have a new home for their National Football League team, the Atlanta Falcons, but will also have room for S.E.C. football, larger concerts, and Atlanta’s new Major League Soccer team. The dome will also feature large floor-to-ceiling windows facing the city skyline and a retractable roof to accommodate weather conditions.

“This will be a world-class entertainment center that can be used year around since it’s a closed facility,” said Knight.

Atlanta’s new dome is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017 and be ready for its first NFL kickoff that fall.