Well, we couldn’t decide on the order, we literally argued about it, so we are just going to list them in no particular order…
These are our Top 5 Atlanta sports stories of the year.
UGA Suspends Todd Gurley For NCAA Violations
Mark Richt stepped up and suspended Heisman contender Todd Gurley indefinitely when evidence arose that Gurley had accepted cash for his signature. The NCAA liked that move and when all the evidence was laid out it took that into consideration and suspended Gurley for another two games. Gurley’s total suspension amounted to four games, however upon his return to the team Gurley was promptly injured and out for the lsat few games.
The Braves Send Three To The Hall
Former Atlanta Braves’ great Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were all inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown together in 2014. You’d be hard pressed to find another team that could send three up to the Hall at the same time. These three, along with Jeff Smoltz, were a part of something special in the city of Atlanta and were deserving of going in together.
The Dawgs Couldn’t Get The Jackets Off Their Backs
For the first time since 2008, Georgia Tech beat Georgia for bragging rights. Clean, old-fashioned hate played out in Athens this year and that only made it all that much worse for the Dawgs. Losing to Georgia Tech stings bad enough, but losing the the Jackets between the hedges is almost unbearable for most Dawg fans. And insult to injury? UGA is headed to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte while Georgia Tech heads to the Orange Bowl in Miami. So Tech wins the battle of “who gets the best bowl” as well.
The Hawks Keep Ferry
The Atlanta Hawks decided to keep Danny Ferry on after a scouting report containing some racists remarks was read aloud by Ferry on a conference call. Steve Koonin stood behind Ferry. Danny is going through some sensitivity training and will probably return to the team in early 2015.
The Falcons Exposed On Hard Knocks
It’s something many, in fact most, teams turn down every year. HBO’s Hard Knocks has been seen by many to be a distraction during Training Camp. But the Atlanta Falcons felt like they had some explaining to do after going 4-12 last year and felt like this was a great chance to do that. Falcons fans were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes look at what goes on at Flowery Branch and for the most part really liked it. The team seemed tough and ready for the season. Regardless of how the season plays out, the Falcons did the right thing by opening their doors to the HBO cameras. It was great for the fan base.
Well, that’s it! Our Top 5 Atlanta sports stories of 2014. Have a great holidays and we’ll see you in 2015!