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Torpy: The good, the bad, the ugly on guns
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Torpy: The good, the bad, the ugly on guns

As the argument over guns rages in this election season, two recent killings in metro Atlanta represent the polar ends of the debate ??the yin and the yang of self-defense.
Kempner: Was Trump?셲 ?쁤enius??just Tax Law 101?

Kempner: Was Trump?셲 ?쁤enius??just Tax Law 101?

The word ?쐅enius??was brutally maligned this week. It deserves an apology from Rudy Giuliani.The former New York City mayor labeled his buddy Donald Trump a ?쐅enius??because he apparently used nearly $1 billion in business losses to avoid paying any federal income taxes, possibly for years.
Life with Gracie: Yes, Zianna, it is a shame

Life with Gracie: Yes, Zianna, it is a shame

A little girl, just 9 years old, wept last week as she talked about being black at a Charlotte City Council meeting. ?쏧?셶e come here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel like that we are treated differently than other people,??Zianna Oliphant told the crowd. ?쏧 don?셳 like how we?셱e treated. Just because of our color ??doesn?셳 mean anything to me.
The Falcons look great! (Didn?셳 we say that last year?)

The Falcons look great! (Didn?셳 we say that last year?)

The Falcons are playing as well as a team with the league?셲 third-worst defense can play. They?셱e moving the ball and even scoring touchdowns as if ??to quote the former Pirates announcer Bob Prince ??tomorrow?셲 lunch was around the corner.
UGA should have won. Tennessee did.

UGA should have won. Tennessee did.

Riley Ridley ran past Malik Foreman and gathered in Jacob Eason?셲 rainbow, the pot of gold in this case being pole position in the SEC East, and right then you thought: Justice has prevailed.
Best Braves??memory at Turner Field: Cox?셲 final year

Best Braves??memory at Turner Field: Cox?셲 final year

Sometimes great seasons don’t end with a World Series. Sometimes, sports provides enough moments of drama, courage and resilience to send a team and its fans into the offseason feeling good, especially when a 69-year-old Buddha of a manager is lifted on his players’ shoulders and doused with champagne and beer for nothing more than a wild-card berth.
Startup Atlanta United hires a big-time coach

Startup Atlanta United hires a big-time coach

When you?셶e taken Newell?셲 Old Boys to La Bombonera (Spanish for ?쐁hocolate box?? to face Boca Juniors; when you?셶e managed Paraguay in a World Cup quarterfinal against champion-to-be Spain; when you?셶e ventured into the Bernabeu with Barcelona for an El Clasico against Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid; when you?셶e seen your Argentina side go to penalties against Chile two years running in the Copa America final ?쫁hen you?셶e done all that ??and Gerardo ?쏷ata??Martino has ??you won?셳 be nettled when Arthur Blank makes his first ostentatious appearance on your touchline.
Falcons create a new memory for themselves in New Orleans

Falcons create a new memory for themselves in New Orleans

The homecoming didn?셳 belong to the New Orleans Saints this time. The Falcons provided no moment that would be commemorated in bronze, no joy to a division rival that has owned them for the better part of a decade, no fodder for more lampooning by a Monday night television audience.
From flop to Rocky Top: Tennessee?셲 wild win

From flop to Rocky Top: Tennessee?셲 wild win

Once in a while, the best thing that can happen is for the absolute worst thing to happen. Tennessee was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the opening kickoff.
New Georgia looks like the old Georgia in ugly loss

New Georgia looks like the old Georgia in ugly loss

This is the kind of game that got a head coach fired.This is the kind of game that would cause everybody ??boosters, fans, administrators, media, a series of Ugas ??to look around and wonder: Shouldn?셳 Georgia be better?
A September to remember for, yes, the Braves

A September to remember for, yes, the Braves

It being football season, maybe you?셶e stopped tracking the Braves. Maybe you got so fed up that you tuned out way back when it was basketball season.
This week will say a lot about where Dogs, Jackets headed

This week will say a lot about where Dogs, Jackets headed

It?셲 building in Athens because, well, it always builds in Athens after a win. Jacob Eason makes a big throw to win an SEC game on the road and suddenly, the overwhelming thought among Georgia fans is, ?쏧f he can do that at Missouri, he can do it at Ole Miss.
Falcons put on an offensive show ??and win

Falcons put on an offensive show ??and win

This might just be one of those seasons when the Falcons keep us guessing ??not merely from game to game but series to series ??touchdown drive to too-many-knuckleheads on the field during a punt return ??blown lead to, wait-whose-hands-did-that-pass-bounce-off-of?
The Falcons??Quinn needs to demand better

The Falcons??Quinn needs to demand better

These were Dan Quinn?셲 opening comments after Sunday?셲 game, presented without editing.Quinn: ?쏛fter coming back in the locker room, the guys played hard.
Sports has a hammer: Get used to it

Sports has a hammer: Get used to it

When will it dawn on people that this is reality? When will some understand that many athletes don’t just run fast and jump high but have thoughts on significant issues facing society and choose to use their platform to further their causes?
Is Georgia?셲 issue a lack of ??talent?

Is Georgia?셲 issue a lack of ??talent?

Maybe we had it wrong. Maybe Mark Richt?셲 problem wasn?셳 his failure to coach up the great talent he?셝 assembled.
The Falcons open the season by laying an egg

The Falcons open the season by laying an egg

They?셝 had an offseason to sign and draft better players; to evaluate and presumably correct their inability to score touchdowns; to rush the passer harder; to be better stem to stern.
Thomas sits for a half. Tech wins anyway

Thomas sits for a half. Tech wins anyway

If you liked last year?셲 Georgia Tech football team, you?셪l probably like this one. Trouble is, nobody liked last year?셲 team.
Predicting the Falcons??season

Predicting the Falcons??season

Sept. 11, Tampa Bay: The Falcons went 1-5 in the NFC South last season, which included getting swept in two games by the Buccaneers for the first time since 2007.
Film doesn?셳 lie, but Matt Ryan learning from mistakes

Film doesn?셳 lie, but Matt Ryan learning from mistakes

Editor's note: This article was first published on June 11, 2016. Flowery Branch -- The lights are off, the door is cracked open and inside a small meeting room at the Falcons’ practice facility, Matt Ryan is sitting in a chair, holding a remote, his eyes shifting from the two computer monitors in front of him to a large screen on the far wall.
Georgia worthy of high expectations ??but proceed with caution

Georgia worthy of high expectations ??but proceed with caution

Ready? Prepare yourselves because it’s going to build. Georgia is going to deliver a backhand to the cute little team from Nicholls State (and a prize off the top shelf to the first person who can locate the school on a map).
The Braves??rise from oblivion has begun

The Braves??rise from oblivion has begun

The Braves awoke on Labor Day mathematically alive in the National League East. That mightn?셳 sound like much ??and they were officially eliminated with Monday?셲 6-4 loss to the division-leader Nationals ??but still: When a team starts 9-29 and is 18-46 as of June 14, you?셱e pondering a season of historic awfulness.
For UGA and Smart, it was the best of openers

For UGA and Smart, it was the best of openers

Kirby Smart couldn?셳 have asked for more from Game 1 of Year 1. Had Georgia played nobody and won by 50, he?셝 have been asking: ?쏻hat happens when we play somebody?
UGA holds its nerve and wins No. 1 for Smart

UGA holds its nerve and wins No. 1 for Smart

Not to put too fine a point on it, but there was moment in the third quarter when you?셝 have sworn the Georgia you were watching ??the one that had yielded 17 consecutive points to trail North Carolina by 10 ??was the Georgia of the final days of Mark Richt.
Justin Thomas rescues Tech ??with his arm

Justin Thomas rescues Tech ??with his arm

Paul Johnson called it “a throwback” kind of game. Agreed. If Dublin’s Aviva Stadium were situated just a little bit closer to the Irish Sea, this would’ve been a lovely flounder to throw back.
A solution to satellite camps: Hold them in Ireland

A solution to satellite camps: Hold them in Ireland

It was two days before the start of the season and I?셫 not sure I like what I saw, or at least heard, from the final Georgia Tech practice before its opening game.
With Lambert, UGA is banking on no surprises

With Lambert, UGA is banking on no surprises

It?셲 not that coaches hate the idea of freshmen playing. Lots of freshmen do. (The biggest mistake of Mark Richt?셲 time at Georgia ??well, other than Faton Bauta ??was redshirting Knowshon Moreno.
A big game in Week 1: That?셲 why Smart?셲 here

A big game in Week 1: That?셲 why Smart?셲 here

Going by winning percentage, Mark Richt was the best coach Georgia ever had. (Unless we count Robert Winston, who was 5-1 in his one season, which was 1894.
This actually good time for Georgia Tech to get away for a while

This actually good time for Georgia Tech to get away for a while

The first time two college football teams played a game in Ireland came in 1988. It was such a novelty for countrymen more accustomed to hurling, Gaelic football and bowing at the little leprechaun feet of Rory McIlroy that few understood the significance of the event when Boston College held a practice at St.
UGA?셲 Kirby Smart says little, reveals less

UGA?셲 Kirby Smart says little, reveals less

Here’s what we learned from Kirby Smart’s first game week briefing as head coach: That Kirby Smart won’t be as nervous going into Saturday’s date with North Carolina as in any game as Nick Saban’s No.
Falcons reminding all: These games don?셳 count

Falcons reminding all: These games don?셳 count

Are they ready?Because they didn?셳 look ready the other night when they got whacked by a team projected to win seven games, albeit in an exhibition.
Predicting Georgia?셲 season, game by game

Predicting Georgia?셲 season, game by game

Sept. 3, North Carolina (Georgia Dome), 5:30 p.m.: If I’m Kirby Smart, I love this as an opener — playing a ranked opponent that has lost its starting quarterback and yielded 645 yards in a bowl loss, and you’re doing it on a neutral-in-name-only field.
Top 25: Clemson at the top, UGA at No. 13

Top 25: Clemson at the top, UGA at No. 13

1. CLEMSON Why so high: The nation’s best quarterback — let’s start there. Superb running back in Wayne Gallman — that’s No.
Predicting Georgia Tech?셲 season, game by game

Predicting Georgia Tech?셲 season, game by game

Sept. 3, vs. Boston College (Dublin, Ireland), 7:30 a.m.: Boston College has 15 returning starters. But is that a good thing or a bad thing when you went 0-8 in conference the year before and averaged 9.
Bill Torpy at Large: Emory wants to move into Atlanta?

Bill Torpy at Large: Emory wants to move into Atlanta?

Word that Emory University wants to join up with Atlanta came out of nowhere last week and brought together a room full of DeKalb County neighborhood leaders trying to figure out what the heck was going on.
Will Turner Field be Eden for Georgia State?

Will Turner Field be Eden for Georgia State?

Trent Miles presides over a college football program that played in a bowl game last season and didn?셳 fire its head coach, a combination that puts Georgia State ahead of both Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Advice for the Braves: Stay strong, keep going

Advice for the Braves: Stay strong, keep going

Such a season would try the faith of a saint. Perhaps coincidentally, John Coppolella and John Hart, architects of the Braves’ massive rebuild, are named after one.
What does future hold for Braves??starters ??and Roger McDowell?

What does future hold for Braves??starters ??and Roger McDowell?

When the Braves decided to blow the whole thing up ??though their plans were presented to the public in more palatable and euphemistic terms and served on a silver platter, adjacent to a ?쏝urgerizza????it was assumed there would be moments like this.
Andruw Jones belongs in a bigger Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones belongs in a bigger Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones was inducted into the Braves??Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Friday. He and another famous Jones will be eligible for a bigger Hall of Fame ??the one in Cooperstown ??on the ballot distributed in December 2017.
Tears in his eyes, Dansby Swanson brings hope

Tears in his eyes, Dansby Swanson brings hope

The call came at 5:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday. It was from Luis Salazar, the Mississippi Braves’ manager, though Dansby Swanson didn’t know that until he answered, which he almost didn’t because he didn’t recognize the number.
Can Falcons??pass rush finally put Bryan Cox in good mood?

Can Falcons??pass rush finally put Bryan Cox in good mood?

Bryan Cox isn?셳 from the old school. Bryan Cox is the clay that?셲 mixed with the shale and fired in a kiln that?셲 heated to 2,000 degrees to make the bricks that?셲 brought out to the country on an empty hillside to build the old school.
Matt Ryan: Overrated? Underrated? Both?

Matt Ryan: Overrated? Underrated? Both?

Having observed him on a regular basis since 2008, my feeling about Matt Ryan has been that he’s good enough to win a Super Bowl.
Curry knows: Georgia Tech needs a unifying presence

Curry knows: Georgia Tech needs a unifying presence

The problem at Georgia Tech isn?셳 that the football coach runs an option offense, or that he doesn?셳 pat needy alums on the head enough, or, please, of all things, that some Doritos-and-Yoo-hoo chugging recruiting ?쐅uru??has determined the program didn?셳 sign enough ?쐄our-stars.
Julio Jones looks to stop the losing

Julio Jones looks to stop the losing

Julio Jones plays the most me-me-me of football positions. That?셲 not him. ?쏪ust throw me the damn ball??was a great name for a book (never read it) and certainly captured the essence of Keyshawn Johnson but not every wide receiver or every superstar athlete obsesses over his statistics or which direction the spotlight is pointed.
Georgia Tech was dysfunction junction under Bobinski

Georgia Tech was dysfunction junction under Bobinski

To understand the dysfunction that existed in the Georgia Tech athletic department, thanks largely to the departing Mike Bobinski, consider the clown show that has surrounded planning for the football team?셲 season opener in Ireland.
Paul Johnson at his best when people expect worst

Paul Johnson at his best when people expect worst

Paul Johnson seemingly is at his best when people are hurling insults, not roses. So with all of this projected misery at Georgia Tech, is it too early for him to put his feet up on the desk and light a stogie?
Dwight Freeney won?셳 be some old man joke for Falcons

Dwight Freeney won?셳 be some old man joke for Falcons

So let?셲 address the elephant in the locker room: He?셲 an old elephant. He?셲 36 in real time. After more than 8,000 snaps in 194 games over 14 seasons (plus playoffs), he?셲 really more like 66 in NFL dog years.
Kirby Smart says he?셲 putting player?셲 recovery over football

Kirby Smart says he?셲 putting player?셲 recovery over football

Kirby Smart is trying to fix as much as he can at Georgia. How players hit. How players think. How players develop into leaders and show accountability and walk into a stadium for a big game in Athens or Knoxville or Jacksonville and prove there?셲 substance behind the hype.
Starting for the 2018 Braves ??Mike Trout?

Starting for the 2018 Braves ??Mike Trout?

It?셲 April 2, 2018. It?셲 the second opening day at SunTrust Park. Here?셲 the starting lineup for the Cobb County Braves.
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