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Drinking in Hotlanta

Pepsihoff_2 ATLANTA -- There are a few things you find out pretty quickly when you get to Atlanta, Georgia.

No. 1: They love their football here (unless, of course, we're talking about the Falcons).

No. 2: Like the good folks in Germany, they love David Hasselhoff. And, yes, everyone drinks ice-cold Pepsi-Cola.

What does this have to do with anything, you ask? Honestly, nothing. I just couldn't think of anything else to lead off tonights LIVE BLOG!

Alright folks, kickoff is at 7, there's no television so it's just you, me, Randy and Billy over on 790 The Ticket. They're excited about broadcasting tonight, and I'm fairly excited about typing. Not as exciting as when I went searching for a Pepsi picture and found one with The Hoff in it, but pretty excited.

Now, onto the blog...

-- Update on Garth 'Brooks' Murray one post below...

Zedsick -- Richard Zednik not playing tonight. In fact, he isn't even in the state of Georgia. He might be back home, can't confirm. But he is sick, so he should be taking it easy. Lots of fluids and some chicken soup can't hurt. I like Gatorade Rain when I'm sick. And Pepsi products, of course.

-- The big news: Craig Anderson in net. Yes, it's true. JM said so. First game since he started in Toronto.

-- The food in the Atlanta media room isn't as good as it is in Raleigh, but the deserts just might be. On today's offering: Fresh carrot cake, German chocolate (for those Hoff fans) and the ever-decedent Red Velvet. Oh my...

-- The G.I. Joe Convention is not at my hotel this trip. Just some engineers. Kind of boring.

-- Kind of?

-- New feature -- Numbers With Jacques: No, this is not an discussion of the Old Testament. According to the Panthers coach and GM, Florida was even on power play chances and penalty kill through the first 15 games this season. In the past three games, Florida has been hit with 19 penalties; the opponents five. Says JM: "So, look at the results. Three losses. You can’t win games when you are in the box.''

And that's today's edition of "Numbers with Jacques." Tune in next time when Jacques talks about Cleo Lemon's quarterback rating.

-- You think we got water woes in Florida? They are in a serious drought up in these parts, and all the Pepsi in the world isn't going to help things. Well, it might. Anyway, Gov. Sonny 'Boilermaker' Perdue led a prayer service outside the state capital. Then everyone ate chicken. Just kidding about the chicken thing, although Perdue Chicken says they've never used too much water to raise their chickens.

"We've come together here simply for one reason and one reason only: To very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm," Perdue said.

To try and conserve water, I will not shower while in Georgia. Unless it's in Pepsi.

LIVE FROM THE PRESS BOX AT THE OMNI IN ATLANTA....

-- Ten minutes to post, ten minutes...

-- Diez minutos!

-- There is no one here...maybe 1,500...

-- Just ran into Bryan Allen in the hallway. Says he wanted to play tonight. Said he's "definitely" back Thursday against the Washington Bullets.

-- Johan Hedberg in net for the Atlanta Flames tonight...Hedberg, Johan....

-- According to press sheet, Garth "Bryan" Murray will wear No. 57. The only other Panther to wear that number? Anthony Stewart. Yikes.

Game on friends, game on....

-- Anderson is being tested, just made a big save...

-- There are eight people in section 307 (looks like it holds 500 at least)...four of them are Panther fans

-- ATL on power play; Weiss in at 3:13 for goalie interference...got his skate stuck in the net to boot...

Spicoli -- Nice save Hamilton! I mean Anderson...

-- FLA kills off penalty

-- Horton with a nice scoring chance; shot it right into the mitt. Not Romney.

-- 12:47 left in first, still scoreless in Marietta...

-- Two big saves by Anderson. And I agree with Randy; these Atlanta home jerseys are awful. They actually spell out Atlanta on the sleeves. These are home unis. You don't have to tell the fans where the home team is from.

-- Usually.

-- ATL taking the game to the Cats; FLA outshot 11-3. Anderson playing well.

-- Heat leads host Bobcats 8-6 in the first...

-- Timeout on the court; 30 seconds...so, with 9:31 remaining in the first, still scoreless...

-- Weiss slapshot off the foot of Steve McCarthy...he limped to the bench...if he's out 4-6 weeks, Brett McLean will be happy. OK, he probably won't be.

-- PANTHERS SCORE...WEISS THROWS IT UP FROM BEHIND THE NET, PELTONEN BANGS IN...FLA 1, ATL 0 W/ 7:16 LEFT IN FIRST

END OF ONE AT GEORGIA DOME: FLORIDA 1, BULLDOGS 0

-- Sounds like a Springsteen line: The Chicken man was on the big screen last night, they burned down his house, too. Talking about conserving water, what's a Pepsi man to do?

-- Translation: Governor Perdue does a PSA on the JumboTron at Philips Arena asking people to conserve water. And the above is what came into my head (it's a take on Springsteen's classic 'Atlantic City'. Yeah, I got issues.)

-- OH! Speaking of Bruce, they come to Atlanta on Feb. 12. Tickets go on sale Saturday. Anyone got a hookup here?

LOOKS LIKE THRASHERS GOAL; ANDERSON HAD NO IDEA WHERE PUCK IS; THEY REVIEWED...GAVE IT TO TODD WHITE ... 31 SECONDS INTO SECOND -- ATL 1, FLA 1

-- D Cory Murphy not out here right now, saying some sort of shoulder injury. Not sure if he's coming back or not..

-- Still don't get this Blueland stuff. It's weak. Again, this town is home to the Thrashers, Falcons and Hawks. Birdland, I get. And, Birdland is one whale of a good song. Look it up...

-- Scoring update! There is no update. Still tied @ 1....13:53 left in the second...

-- Gonzaga leads Idaho 2-0 early goings...

-- Panthers on the power play...really? Been a while...

END OF SECOND FROM FULTON COUNTY STADIUM: FLA/ATL TIED UP AT 1...

-- Heat down 20 in Charlotte. Hope they got some water bottles for the effort...geez....Bobcats open with 18-3 run in third....

-- Back live in Dunwoody, Ga...

-- Panthers kill off Mezei's penalty...

-- 11:51 left in the third, still tied up at 1 apiece...

-- Here we go again...Salei in the box for a penalty...11:07 left...

-- MAKE IT 2-1 PANTHERS; DAVID BOOTH WITH A BOMB FROM THE LEFT CIRCLE...ASSIST FROM JAY BO...WITH 4:39 LEFT, FLA 2, ATL 1

-- Boxed Soup with 1:09 left; Campbell in the bin for tripping...Here we go again...

-- ATL calls timeout...

-- Yep, 2-2...ATL scores with 2.6 left...FLA couldn't clear, Thrashers bang it in...6-on-4 w/ empty net...Off of Bouwmeester...

-- Haven't we seen this before? It looks like they'll get at least a point out of this, but....

-- OVERTIME -- OVERTIME -- OVERTIME -- OVERTIME -- OVERTIME --

ITS OVER...Ilya Kovalchuk nets the game-winner 25 seconds into overtime...ATL 3, FLA 2

Drive careful folks....

 

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Nice on the Brad Hamilton reference. Any comment on what was written on the mirror in the men's room?

Garth Murray is a nice pickup, but recent comments I've seen really do nail it: this is a team full of role-players.

George, what's the deal in the head office? Is there any real concern whatsoever about the direction this club is headed - again? I'm all for patience and nurturing of the younglings, but when is the rebuilding going to end?

Hate admitting it, but even I - a thirty year hockey fan and ardent (some would say just short of violent) supporter of the Cats - have begun to find it difficult to get through an entire game when it's simply written in stone that they will collapse at the worst possible moment.

I'm now listening to the broadcast on the radio (1958 anyone???) and await a REAL SIGNIFICANT move by management to address the issues concerning this franchise's broken keel.

It's just getting SO FREAKING OLD.

Share it, brother...

The Surf forced onto the beach because of the drought.

I can't beleive this team hasn't learned anything from taking all these penalties, it happens every night and every night they say its a problem and they can't score or win from the box, well then stop taking penalties, geez!! Everything is so difficult for this team

These have been legit penalties too...they have nothing to complain about (to this point anyways)...

UNTIL NOW WHEN HASSENFRANZ SCREWS US WITH A BAD CALL!!!!!!!!!!!

awe man no zednik...we suck again!

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