College Football Regular Season Classics To Watch While “In Covid-19 Lockdown”

College Football Regular Season Classics To Watch While “In Covid-19 Lockdown”
FILE – Lawrence Cager (15) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Sanford Stadium. )Photo by: Associated Press – FILE)

DAN MATHEWS
680 THE FAN ATLANTA, GA –
College football regular season classics… I’ve got those too!

It is looking more evident that college football could be played this season. Even better, it looks like we could be getting it this fall!

We are in a world where our major sports are still in a waiting game. So, I will build off what I posted last week, about classic postseason games that could fill your college football needs. Now, I will look at the regular season classics that I have been going back to watch.

I have been lucky enough to be in the building for some of those games. Others, I watched them on TV.

My classic favorite regular season games: 

  • 2019 LSU at Texas: Me and Frank Duffy were lucky enough to be in the building that night in Austin. It was also the game that let people know that this was a completely different LSU team. The legend of Joe Burrow grew that night, when he would throw for 471 yards and four touchdowns. His 3rd and 17 strike to Justin Jefferson is the highlight that started Burrow’s Heisman Trophy campaign.
  • 2019 Notre Dame at Georgia: This was the lone primetime game that CBS would have in the 2019 college football season. The atmosphere in Athens was absolutely electric that night. The crowd, the new LED lights and the play on the field are enough to remember this game for years. It was a hard fought win for the Bulldogs. Few believed that this game could be better than the 2017 trip to South Bend. Jake Fromm and company were able to at least match the excitement of that game.
  • 2019 LSU at Alabama: The streak of eight straight wins for Alabama over their SEC West rivals had finally come to an end. The Tigers were able to go into Bryant-Denny Stadium to pull off the impressive win. They also further showed the college football world that they should be taken seriously as a national title contender. Joe Burrow threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns. LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was also a huge difference maker, with his 103 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Tua Tagovailoa was no slouch, with his 418 yards passing and four touchdowns.
  • 2008 Texas at Texas Tech: It was Mack Brown vs. Mike Leach. Colt McCoy on one sideline and Michael Crabtree on the other one. The atmosphere in Lubbock was electric that night. ABC made this their primetime game. Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell found Crabtree from 28 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown with just one second left on the clock. The following kickoff would not be returned by the Longhorns. Fans rushed the field and Texas was held out of the BCS National Championship Game at the end of the season.
  • 2008 Texas vs. Oklahoma (In Dallas): This annual matchup has usually provided classic performances that shaped the path towards a national title. In 2008, it was Colt McCoy against Sam Bradford. The Sooners jumped out to an early 14-3 lead. It wasn’t until Jordan Shipley returned an Oklahoma kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown, where the Longhorns looked like they could be in for another disappointing day at the Texas State Fairgrounds. They would go on to beat Oklahoma 45-35 that day. It would not be the end of the Sooners quest to win a second national title under then head coach Bob Stoops.
  • 2012 Georgia vs. Florida: Georgia needed this win badly! Just three weeks prior, the Dawgs went to South Carolina and got thrashed 35-7 by the Gamecocks. Mark Richt and company needed this win over the Gators in the worst way. UGA’s defense force six Gator turnovers in the win. The most costliest of Florida offensive miscues, came as tight end Jordan Reed was making his way towards the Georgia end zone and had the ball knocked out of his hands by Jarvis Jones. The fumble was recovered by Sanders Commings. The Bulldogs also needed some offensive heroics that day. That came from a third down 45 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Malcolm Mitchell. UGA went on to take the game 17-9 and would eventually go on to represent the SEC East in the conference championship game.

Honorable Mention Games: 2018 Texas vs. Oklahoma, 2014 Alabama at Ole Miss, 2013 Iron Bowl- Alabama at Auburn and 2016 Michigan at Ohio State.

A “Different Math” for the NBA

A “Different Math” for the NBA

CHUCK OLIVER
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – The NBA is now considering a different sort of math. I commend the league.

That Title Island or Playoff Boat, taking over Mandalay Bay or MGM in Vegas and having the playoffs self-contained in a single resort, whatever they were talking about, it’s not the priority anymore. Good for the league troubleshooting this and realizing the very obvious way it plays out is 10 ways of Really Bad.

Imagine the spot that format puts Anthony Davis in. Or LeBron. Or Jared Dudley. The virus does not discriminate, money and power and fame and talent and every other powerful positive thing in anyone’s lives, yeah, Corona don’t care. SO…

I’m either the best player of the past 20 years or I’m Jared, the last guy in sweats who appeared in 2 games. I don’t feel comfortable playing.

In fact, kids, spouse, parents, friends, all of them and more, “I love them more than the NBA paycheck so I’ll honor my contract, I’ll play. Just after this is ALL gone from everywhere, then I’ll be back. I just want to be with my family and stay safe till then.”

If it’s Dudley it’s not news, not really. If it’s LeBron and he says he’s not playing? You either can’t have the tournament or you have it without him and whoever else from whatever other rosters and then you’re looking around thinking, “ . . . this isn’t legit.”

You also have the very real dynamic of, “Well, hell, everybody is looking at me as a bad teammate now, guess I have to go. I don’t want to. This sucks. I have to or I’m a cut-and-run guy.”

THAT, all of it, that’s what’s going through the owners’ and league officials’ minds right now. As well as, what happens when three players test positive after the very first game. You cancel it then, anyway, and correctly so look like you WERE HAVING PLAYOFFS!!!! no matter what.

Up For Grabs – April 6th to 12th

April 6th to 12th

Buck & Kincade

  • Friday: $50 gift card to Grapes & Grains

Chuck & Chernoff

  • Win Chuck’s Dinner – $50 gift card to Haven
  • Win Chuck’s Dinner – $50 gift card to Vero Pizzeria
  • Win Chuck’s Dinner – $100 gift card to The Palm

Join Us For the “Braves At Home Opener!”

Join Us For the “Braves At Home Opener!”

Braves At Home Opener


FILE – In this June 19, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Atlanta.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Braves fans, we’re bringing baseball to you at home. Join us this evening as we celebrate Atlanta Braves baseball on the original date of our home opener with the Braves “At Home” Opener which will include exclusive interviews and elements of your favorite gameday entertainment like:

  • Interviews with Freddie Freeman, Manager Brian Snitker and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos
  • A special National Anthem performed by Timothy Miller
  • The Home Depot Tool Race, RaceTrac’s Beat the Freeze, and more!

Tune in on Braves YouTube, Facebook and Los Bravos Facebook starting at 5:30 p.m. ET today! Then tune in to Fox Sports South at 7 p.m. ET for a replay of last year’s home opener against the Chicago Cubs.

Braves pitcher Mike Soroka joins Chuck and Chernoff

Braves pitcher Mike Soroka joins Chuck and Chernoff
FILE – Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, June 17, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore – FILE)

Chuck and Chernoff are joined by Atlanta Braves Pitcher Mike Soroka and we all catch up on what the Braves Pitcher is doing during the  “COVID-19 Baseball Offseason.”

Ryan Floyd: Sr. Vice President – The Piedmont Bank

Ryan Floyd: Sr. Vice President – The Piedmont Bank

Coronavirus is making life difficult for many Georgians who need supplies, food and more.  Ryan Floyd, Senior VP of The Piedmont Bank joins Buck and Kincade to speak about the  bank’s efforts to assist the community.

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The Braves Will Celebrate Virtual “At Home” Opener This Friday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.

The Braves Will Celebrate Virtual “At Home” Opener This Friday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.

ATLANTA (April 2, 2020) – The Atlanta Braves continue to connect and engage with fans as communities navigate the effect of COVID-19. In times of crisis, sports remain a constant outlet for escape and community.

This Friday at 5:30 p.m., the team will host a virtual “At Home” Opener with a strong lineup of content and hosted by Braves in-game emcee Mark Owens. The 90-minute program will run across most Braves social platforms (Braves YouTube, Facebook and Los Bravos Facebook) and feature:

  • Interviews with Freddie Freeman, Brian Snitker and Alex Anthopoulos
  • Messages from Braves players
  • The national anthem performed by Timothy Miller
  • In-game elements which Braves fans love – The Home Depot Tool Race, RaceTrac’s Beat the Freeze and more

All this will lead up to FOX Sports South airing the 2019 Braves Home Opener versus the Chicago Cubs at 7 p.m.

The Braves will continue to engage with fans through their social platforms and broadcast partners to entertain and inform fans. The Braves have created reoccurring, tentpole initiatives to give fans their fill of baseball, even in the absence of live games. Programming includes access to throwback games, exclusive behind the scenes footage from the team’s 2020 Spring Training, and special messages from Braves players through social media channels.

Additionally, the Atlanta Braves, along with their community and corporate partners, are continuing to come together and support first responders, healthcare workers, and those in the community that are affected by this pandemic.  Two weeks ago, the team announced a $1 million relief fund for our game day workers and certain other affected members of our baseball community to help them in this time of need.  Truist added an additional $250,000 to the fund and several season ticket holders and fans have also donated to help Braves gameday staff.

An overview of how the Braves are staying connected:

Braves Reoccurring Weekly Programming:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays for three weeks, beginning March 30: Hey Blooper (Braves YouTube)
  • Wednesdays:
    • Braves Play-by-Play presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with Braves announcer, Ben Ingram (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook)
    • Selfie with a Brave (Twitter)
  • Thursdays: Behind the Braves presented by Truist: Bonus Footage (Braves YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook)
  • Fridays: Behind the Braves Facebook Watch Party presented by Truist (7 p.m. ET on Facebook)
  • Braves Classics: A look back at memorable Braves games which will be streamed on Braves Facebook and YouTube platforms on the anniversary of when the game was played. The Braves will also create ancillary programming to accompany each “Braves Classic” game to further immerse fans in the experience
    • Braves Classics will kick off with a look back at April 5, 2010, featuring Jason Heyward’s 3-run home run in his first major league at-bat.

Braves Specials:

  • Atlanta Braves “At Home” Opener: Friday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. (Braves YouTube, Facebook, and Los Bravos Facebook)
    • The Braves and Fox Sports Southeast broadcasters will produce a virtual Home Opener for fans to watch which will include Mark Owens as emcee, National Anthem by Timothy Miller, interviews with Braves players, coaches, Home Depot Tool Race, RaceTrac Beat the Freeze, etc. to air right before Fox Sports Southeast airs the 2019 Home Opener vs. the Chicago Cubs at 7 p.m.
  • Braves on Twitch: Braves to stream MLB’s The Show for fans to tune-in and watch. Additionally, Braves players will live stream as they play video games and participate in interviews.
  • Braves Bracket Jersey Challenge: Fans can vote for their favorite Braves jerseys through the years on all social platforms.
  • A-List Viewing Parties: Starting on Saturday, April 4, the Braves will host viewing parties of classic games for A-List Members (season ticket holders) on YouTube. The Braves will leverage the chat functionality to allow A-List Members to interact with each other and enjoy each other’s company while watching classic Braves games from home.

Partner Programming this week:

  • 680 The Fan:
    • Beginning on April 1, they will air 2019 rebroadcasts Monday – Friday beginning at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sundays beginning at 1 p.m.
    • Monday – Friday, “Guys Night Out” with Braves Radio talent from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Fox Sports South:
    • March 31 – July 5, 2019 game vs. Miami Marlins at 10 p.m.
    • April 2
      • June 11, 2019 game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7 p.m.
      • August 7, 2019 game @ Minnesota Twins, 10 p.m.
      • July 19 game vs. Washington Nationals, 1 a.m.
  • Fox Sports Southeast:
    • April 3 – April 1, 2019 vs. Chicago Cubs, 7 p.m.
    • Activating digitally by having conversations with talent via Skype
  • Cumulus – Rock 100.5:
    • “Throwback Thursday” re-airing a classic game each Thursday (except this week, when they will air on what would have been the team’s home opener)
      • April 3 – Game 6 from the 1995 World Series, 7 p.m.

Braves Retail:

  • Every Monday, Braves Retail will release new Braves apparel and novelty items for men, women and kids via social media platforms (@BravesRetail Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)
  • In light of the Braves Clubhouse Store being closed at this time, Braves fans can order gear through email (retail@braves.com) and phone (404-614-3300) during this time
  • Engaging fans on social media with participation games including “See a Braves Cap, Send a Braves Cap,” and “Truist Park BINGO”
  • Offer giveaways to fans on social media each week

Braves Extra Innings – Baseball Replays Begin April 1st On The Fan!

Braves Extra Innings – Baseball Replays Begin TONIGHT On The Fan!

The 2020 Baseball Season is on hold while the country deals with the Coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive the fun of the Braves’ 2019 Baseball Season!

Starting Wednesday, April 1st, 680 The Fan and The Braves Radio Network will be replaying last year’s games in the order they were played! Relive all of the fun of the Braves on their march to the Eastern Division Title!

Weekday games begin at 9:00 PM and weekend starts will be at 1PM!

Plus: For those of you listening online, games can be heard streaming on Tune In!