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.

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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.

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.  

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