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Someone Will Be Crowned…Perhaps One Of these People?

Win A Pair of Tickets to the 2017 S.E.C. Championship! Just grab a Dr Pepper, take a selfie in a BK® Crown, Then send it to #crown680thefansweeps!  Check these folks out!  They’re “crowned up” and ready to win!

More Folks “Getting Crowned?” YUP!

Here are more examples of people “Getting Crowned” for their chance at a pair of SEC Championship Tickets! A King WILL BE CROWNED…and it could be YOU! Send in those selfies of you wearing a BK® Crown TODAY! MORE DETAILS HERE!

Dirty Bird Tailgate Sept 17th

The first “Dirty Bird Tailgate” of 2017 was a HUGE success and a ton of fun to boot! Just run your retinas over the photos below to see the fun you COULD have been having, then make plans to be at the NEXT “Dirty Bird Tailgate” on October 1st as we get you psyched for the ATL / Buffalo game!

Did you miss 680 The Fan’s First Tailgate Weekend?

680 The Fan is excited about the return of Football Season, and we had a BLAST hosting our first downtown tailgate for the Bud Light Kickoff Game between ‘BAMA and FSU!  Check out these college football fans doing it up before last Saturday’s kickoff!


But we didn’t stop there!  On Labor Day, we were BACK, and getting the fans ready for the SECOND GAME in an opening weekend double header!  Yellow Jackets and Volunteers packed the lot and had a fantastic time before kickoff!


Make plans to stop by our next downtown event when we host THE FIRST DIRTY BIRD TAILGATE On September 17, 2017!
For all the details of this tailgate and others, visit 680 The Fan’s
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Action From the Georgia Swarm “Guys Night Out”

Finn and Cellini had a BLAST at 680 THE FAN’S “Guys Night Out” with the Georgia Swarm at their Infinite Energy Arena home opener!  See samples of the action for yourself, and make plans attend a game SOON!

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Philips Arena Renovation Underway

renovation-announcementATLANTA, GA – The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and the City of Atlanta today announced that they have reached an agreement on key terms for a $192.5 million renovation ofHawks_PhilipsArena1 Philips Arena. Mayor Kasim Reed committed to provide $142.5 million in funds, with the Hawks funding the remainder, to improve the city-owned facility in order to revitalize the arena as a basketball-first, world-class venue that hosts approximately 170 events annually. The Hawks committed to an 18-year lease extension to remain in downtown Atlanta through 2046.

“When our group became owners almost a year and a half ago, we pledged to work diligently with the City of Atlanta to ensure that the Club remained downtown. We knew that a key part of producing a winning team, providing a superior fan experience and being a civic asset to the City of Atlanta required a renovation of our arena and a meaningful improvement to the downtown area of this city. Today’s announcement with the Mayor is a significant step toward this goal, and we look forward to this exciting transformation that will ensure that we provide the best fan experience possible now and for the next 30 years,” said Tony Ressler, Atlanta Hawks Principal Owner and Chairman. “We appreciate the efforts of the Mayor, his team and the rest of the City government in working with team executives in accomplishing this positive feat for our team and our city.”

“This is the first stake in the ground in transforming the critical corridor from the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Centennial Olympic Park and across to Five Points and Underground Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “I want to thank Tony Ressler and the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership for committing to this deal that will keep the NBA in our City and help re-imagine downtown for the millions of residents, visitors and tourists who come to Atlanta each year.”

The Hawks will begin renovations of Philips Arena during the summer of 2017, and the transformation will be completed by the start of 2018-2019 season, coinciding with the Hawks’Hawks_PhilipsArena2 50th Anniversary in Atlanta. The Hawks will play next season at Philips.

The Hawks’ vision is to have a building that is “True to Atlanta” by taking the excitement and inclusiveness of the Beltline and connecting that spirit to the reimagined Philips Arena. The new arena will include new amenities on every level of the building, 360-degree connected concourses at all levels, improved sightlines and state-of-the-art video throughout the building.

Originally constructed as a multi-purpose facility and opened in 1999, Philips Arena annually ranks among the most-programmed venues in the country, after Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center in New York City and Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to Pollstar’s rankings. Philips Arena hosts approximately 170 events per year, including most of the biggest musical acts, family shows including the circus and ice shows, and Hawks home games. Philips employs approximately 1,500 staff per event, including 300 full-time employees and 1,200 part-time employees. More than 1.6 million fans and customers attend events at Philips Arena every year, with those numbers expected to increase significantly in the next 2-5 years.

Additional materials about the arena renovations are available HERE.

# TrueToAtlanta #

With a bold identity and strong new ownership, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Philips Arena remain committed to making Atlantans proud on the court and off. The 2014-15 Southeast Division Champions, the Hawks have made the postseason in nine consecutive seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2015. Off the court, the organization has built a culture of inclusion, diversity and innovation, all with a touch of Southern Hospitality. It continues into the community where the organization builds bridges through basketball, whether by constructing and refurbishing courts in Atlanta neighborhoods, providing scholarships to our basketball camps, or surprising and delighting our fans with unique Atlanta Hawks experiences. Atlanta Hawks Membership, which includes your seat for every home game for the 2016-17 regular season games, is on sale now at www.hawks.com/membership or by calling 866-715-1500! For more information on the Hawks, log on to www.hawks.com today or follow us on twitter @ATLHawks.

– Atlanta Hawks Official Press Release 11-01-2016

KSU Football: A Needed Rebound Win

Kennesaw State Owls: 49
Point Skyhawks: 3

ks_monogram_fcEven FCS schools have get right games. The Point Skyhawks were the get right game for the Owls who won handedly 49-3. The Owls needed a rebound win after falling to ETSU in 2OTs in the season opener but getting beat in the final tally wasn’t the worst of it, the Owls ended up losing big pieces on the offensive side. Jake McKenzie and Trey White both couldn’t finish the game due to injuries.

Moving into this past week vs Point the Owls were without 4 starters most notably QB Trey White who suffered a hip injury vs. ETSU. Chandler Burks, who is the answer to the trivia question of “Who is the first player to sign with Kennesaw State?” got the nod in the matchup.

Burks found Justin Sumpter early and often in the passing game to the tune of 2 TDs in the first 5 minutes of the game. Notably Burks executed the Triple Option in a way that the Owls haven’t operated it since Monmouth or Coastal Carolina last year. The execution of the option was highlighted by a 51yd TD run by Burks in the 2nd Quarter.   With starting Backs Jake McKenzie (Ribs) and Myles White (concussion), Micah Reed filled in and rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. The Owls offense just looked super crisp and dare I say unstoppable.

With concessions made to the level and caliber of opponent the Owls did everything that this game is supposed to on both the FBS and FCS level. Execute the gameplan, win the ball game (something that isn’t always a given), stay healthy and get younger guys some time. The passing attack from Burks who finished with 82 yards passing and those 2 TDs kept the passing game as a viable threat. Redshirt Freshman Daniel David showed why coaches are super high on him as he learns the offense with 61 yards on the ground and 31 more through the air along with a TD.

The Owls also let loose a new weapon on Special Teams in true Freshman Bronson Rechsteiner, who blew up Point Returner Ricardo Sloan. If you say his last name and were a fan of World Championship Wrestling back in the day, it should ring a bell. He is the son of Rick Steiner and nephew of Scott Steiner. An Etowah High grad, Rechstenier has been noted for his level of intensity. “One notch with him, he is always hyped; 6 in the morning, 9 and night.” is how fellow Linebacker Izzy Sam describes the Freshman. Between his teammates and coaches they are expecting big things from Rechstenier in his time with the Owls.

Also noted in the postgame presser Coach Bohannon said that the expects all the starters back after the bye week when the Owls travel to take on Duquesne with the only exception may being Trey White. If that is the case Chandler Burks will get his second career start. With another good performance from the R-Sophomore there could be a conversation to be had about who leads the Owls moving forward.

NEXT UP: BYE Week; at Duquesne 1-1 (0-0; Northeast Conference FCS) 9/24

Preseason Game 1 Recap: Redskins at Falcons

Deion Jones (45) (AP Photo:Todd Kirkland)
Deion Jones (45) (AP Photo:Todd Kirkland)

Rookie LBs Make Good First Impression:
Throughout training camp coaches have raved about the speed and athleticism of rookie linebackers De’Vondre Campbell and Deion Jones. Everyone knew that these young men could run, but they both had limited experience in college and the transition from NCAA to NFL cannot be done based solely on the fact that you ran a great 40 time at the combine. Thursday night was the first chance to see these guys in action, and they did not disappoint. Although Worrilow and Weatherspoon started the game at linebacker, Campbell and Jones seemed to get the main bulk of snaps and were in the game before the end of the first quarter. During a second quarter Redskins possession Campbell recorded three solo tackles, two of which were in the open field. Deion Jones is going to be an undersized linebacker this season, that’s just the way it is. But if he can consistently play with the same speed he showed us on Thursday that may not matter. The burst Jones displayed not only makes him a legitimate option in third down pass coverage, it also makes him a threat as a pass rusher.   There were certainly times when both young men found themselves out of position, but they each ran and tackled well enough to make me think that the good far outweighed the bad.

 

Vic Beasley (AP Photo:David Goldman)
Vic Beasley (AP Photo:David Goldman)

Mixed Reviews on Beasley:
I want to believe so badly that Vic Beasley is going to turn into a double digit, Von Miller-esk sack guy. I want to believe that the man taken in the top ten of the 2015 draft will take the next step in year two and learn to better use his hands when fighting off offensive tackles. After Thursday night I must admit that I am still undecided. Apparently Dan Quinn was not fibbing when he told the media that the defense would play most of the snaps in the nickel because Vic Beasley was lined up at defensive end almost exclusively. Beasley had a few moments, one of which came in the first quarter when he applied third down pressure and forced an incompletion and came close to tipping the pass. A few plays prior to that Vic came free and was literally taken down before he could get to the passer, though no flag was thrown. There were also times when Beasley would make contact with the tackle and then just disappear. Both of his QB pressures were the results of inside twists, but when faced with a straight up one on one pass rush Beasley was not impressive.

 

Matt Schaub (WADE PAYNE:AP)
Matt Schaub (WADE PAYNE:AP)

Check Out Our Backup QB:
So here is the bad news. Matt Ryan was 0 for 4 and the starting offense could not manage a first down in two drives with the starting quarterback at the helm. I will give them a pass on the drive that started on the Falcon one yard line, but certainly you would have liked to have seen a bit more with the full first team. Are you ready for the good news? It looks as though the Falcons will kick off the 2016 season with one of the league’s premiere backup quarterbacks. For as uncomfortable as Matt Ryan appeared in Kyle Shanahan’s offense last season, Matt Schaub looked just as polished running the same scheme he ran under Shanahan in Houston. Schaub finished 10 for 15 totaling 179 yards, a big chunk of which came on two deep throws to Aldrick Robinson. The veteran QB really looked smooth running the bootleg, proving how valuable he is as a teacher to Matt Ryan while he attempts to further perfect the scheme.

 

Other Notes:
Sean Weatherspoon and Paul Worrilow started off the game with a few hard hits that resulted in loss of yards. No one really knew what Weatherspoon had left to offer after re-signing with Atlanta, but hopefully Thursday night was a taste of the production he can provide in 2016. Devonta Freeman dropped an easy touchdown pass from Matt Schaub on Thursday. Hopefully he can get that out of his system now, because those kinds of things can cost you games in the regular season. Mohamed Sanu hauled in a pair of passes in his Falcons debut, both resulting in first downs.

NOW BATTING…Tim Tebow?

-Brandon Joseph

Entertain this, imagine that famous bus scene from the movie “Bull Durham”. Crash Davis telling stories about his 21 days in the show. How you never have to carry your bags in the show. Now replace Crash Davis with Tim Tebow telling stories on what it was like during his 16 games as a NFL starter. Imagine Crash Tebow holding court in the back of the bus as they ride through Biloxi on the way to Chattanooga for a critical 3 game set vs. the Lookouts, telling 22 year old kids about how he had a backup at UF named Cam Newton. Better yet the call comes in to the clubhouse Nuke Laloosh Tebow gets the call and he finds out he being called up by the big league club. Tim Tebow is going to live the MLB dream.

Tim-Tebow-(AP-File-Photo)
Tim Tebow (AP-File-Photo)

Seriously lets approach this under reality: Tim Tebow doesn’t have a single MLB dream. His only dream is to share himself, his message and his values with the world and to quote Jerry Seinfeld “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Why else didn’t Tim Tebow take an offer to go to the Canadian Football League or the Arena Football League? More simple why didn’t he move positions if his dream is to play in the NFL? Tim Tebow was never about living that dream of being part of the team. Tim Tebow’s dream is to be the guy, face on the billboard with the platform and anything less than that is unacceptable.

Tim Tebow’s announcement of attempting to live out another dream and become a MLB player is just as much of a dream as Michael Jordan’s dream was to play baseball. A 28, about to be 29 year old rookie has little to no chance to work their way up from A ball to the show. However I strongly believe Tim Tebow’s dream is not to make it to Major League Baseball. The only evidence I need is the history of Tim Tebow. His pursuit of baseball would come with some simple truths, he would never be the guy, barring Trout or Stanton ability. Tim Tebow would start a MLB career in Minor League camp and Tim Tebow would have to fight and struggle for looks and at-bats. Why would any team give those looks to a 29 year old rookie over the 21 year old that they invested a huge signing bonus on? Tim Tebow doesn’t like to be made a mockery of, that is exactly what would happen if he got assigned to a Double- A club. It would be great for the minor league club who would have record attendance, but before you knew it the sideshow effect would kick in and it would be no better than Eddie Gaedel.

Tim Tebow is mastermind, and a nice guy. I have talked with Tebow at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. He is a guy who you truly wish the best for. However the best case scenario if Tim is serious about this and willing to commit to baseball, which I doubt, is 2020. Not the depressing news show but the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where baseball makes a return. 4 years from now Tim Tebow will be 33 years old and he could be at a skill level that is on par with what the US could be looking to send to the games. He will be the polarizing star power that the IOC wants with inviting baseball back to the games since MLB will never play ball and suspend a season for the Olympics. Tim Tebow could be the guy who carries the flag in for the Opening Ceremonies, he can be the face of all the features and adverts for the Olympic games, which would help NBC get back the billions they are spending. HOWEVER to do that Tim Tebow would have to spend 3 years riding in the bus leagues, 3 years not being in mainstream media. Tim Tebow would have to do something he has never been able to do since before his time at Nease High School- take a backseat to being Tim Tebow; and we can all agree that isn’t happening.

Keanu Neal: Great Pick For ATL!

Keanu Neal (AP Photo:David Goldman)
Keanu Neal (AP Photo:David Goldman)

Remember that time when we (me specifically) bitched and moaned after Thomas Dimitroff and company selected Keanu Neal in the first round of the NFL Draft, leaving guys like Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland and Myles Jack on the board? Well, after weeks of carefully reviewing Twitter I have only one thing to say to the Falcons front office…tip of the cap to you, sirs.

Neal’s athleticism and physical play have been the talk of camp so far in Flowery Branch, and his big time hits have already induced a few shoving matches during practice. He has drawn continuous praise from both Dan Quinn and teammates like Ricardo Allen, who called Neal one of the smartest players he has been around. This may be a tad premature, but I have already seen talk of Neal eventually becoming a defensive captain. Many first round picks get penciled in at the top of the depth chart by default, in order to avoid any speculation that the front office made a poor selection. Keanu Neal is penciled in at the top of the depth chart because he is by far the most talented player the Falcons have at his position. His presence has specifically been felt within the tight end corps, which has had to deal with Neal each time one of them crosses the middle of the field. But let’s be honest, he was starting at SS the moment he was taken with the 17th overall pick.

Let me preface this final paragraph my stating that I have already knocked on every piece of wood in my apartment as to not place any jinxes on Mr. Neal with my following comments. Just for the heck of it I thought that we would take a quick peak at the current status of some of the guys we passed on in the first round. Defensive end Shaq Lawson reinjured his shoulder and has not practiced since the first day of mini-camp and Reggie Ragland recently injured his knee during training camp and his time table for return is still unknown. Titans rookie DE Kevin Dodd has been out of camp with a stress fracture in his foot and Robert Nkemdiche has been out of Cardinals camp with an ankle sprain. Injury can strike to anyone at any time, but when you factor in his health to go along with talent and leadership, it sure looks like the Falcons have chosen wisely when it comes to Keanu Neal. Tip of the cap to you, Falcons.

Sean NernyStudio Producer/Operator
Sports Radio 680 The Fan