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Hawks finally get honest, Ferry takes leave

  • 4:41 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave from the Hawks. (AP)

The Hawks finally got honest about something Friday: It wasn’t going to work.

It doesn’t matter what side of the debate you were on about Danny Ferry’s remarks or the (latest) continental divide in team ownership. Ferry couldn’t function as a general manager. His image had been tarnished. He had become toxic. He couldn’t operate in an organization where the managing owner who had his back (Bruce Levenson) was exiting in shame and the next most powerful partner (Michael Gearon Jr.) wanted him out.

The Hawks didn’t fire Ferry, nor did he resign. For now, the team’s general manager is in relative [More]

Hawks giving lessons in how not to contain fire

  • 4:05 pm Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Raise your hand if you thought Bruce Levenson's exit was going to end the Hawks' problems. Anybody? (AJC photo)

This was earlier post before the announcement of Danny Ferry’s leave of absence. For the updated post that include elements of this one, please click here or go to

Some day they are going to study this entire ugly chapter in Atlanta Hawks history in public relations schools. The professor will stand in front of the class, clear his throat, maybe take some Dramamine, and tell his students, “This is what a grease fire looks like.”

The Hawks’ situation isn’t getting better. It’s just getting more stupid.

The last chapter in, “How not to run a PR campaign and make yourself [More]

Predictions: Goodell sees alibis, I see Dogs

  • 3:02 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Some of this weekend's rock solid investments. (Photo by W.P. Glamour Shots.)

According to legend, my third favorite source after Netflix and the Google search window, where you can find just about anything except the Ray Rice video, and we know this because Roger Goodell did an exhaustive seven-second search from his Barcalounger before declaring, “Nothing to see here!” and retiring for his afternoon nap, the expression, “The dog ate my homework” predates Goodell by over 100 years.

“There is a lure in power. It can get into a man’s blood, just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do.” – Harry Truman

Last week: 11-2 overall, 7-6 against the line.

Through [More]

Goodell at Masters when Rice video arrived

  • 9:21 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Here's Roger Goodell, in relatively sedate times at Augusta National in April (AP photo)

Please don’t bother Roger Goodell with your unfounded claims that he ignored the Ray Rice video. He was at Augusta National at the time, wearing a green blazer and possibly debating the merits of the pimento cheese sandwiches.

Here, you see a photo of Goodell attending a practice round for the Masters on Wednesday April 9, the day the Associated Press reports a copy of the elevator security tape showing Rice punching his wife was delivered to the NFL’s offices in New York.

Goodell had recently become a member of the Augusta National Golf Club. Either that or he has really [More]

Silver: Ferry’s words not ‘terminable offense’ (UPDATED)

  • 9:35 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
NBA commissioner Adam Silver mandated Donald Sterling's exit over racist comments. (Peter Foley/Bloomberg)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson apparently don’t view Danny Ferry’s inflammatory comments about Luol Deng through the same colored lenses.

Johnson made it clear Tuesday that he wants Ferry out, typing four messages on Twitter (all listed below) that included: “Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry should step down after making racist statements about NBA player Luol Deng.”

But Silver said Wednesday he does not believe Ferry’s inflammatory comments about Deng — which were either read from a background report or ad-libbed, we can’t be certain — do not constitute a fireable offense. “The discipline of a [More]

Hawks’ Ferry wants to stay but can’t survive this (updated)

  • 7:29 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Danny Ferry is under fire for derogatory comments about former free agent Luol Deng. (Curtis Compton, AJC)


Danny Ferry has done an admirable job in his two seasons as Hawks general manager. He implemented a plan, cleaned out the wreckage and made some smart personnel acquisitions that sent the team in the right direction.

But it will be stunning if Ferry’s days with the Hawks continue much longer.

In the latest of a dizzying series of events that began Sunday with owner Bruce Levenson’s disclosure of a racially charged email now comes news that co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. has been demanding Ferry’s exit since June. The reason, [More]

Levenson, Kareem miss point about Atlanta

  • 12:02 pm Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says Bruce Levenson is a businessman, not a racist. (AP photo)

There were more than 70,000 fans in the Georgia Dome for Sunday’s game between the Falcons and New Orleans Saints. I didn’t stop to do an actual breakdown by race but I can verify that there were a high percentage of blacks in attendance, and, shockingly, that didn’t seem to stop panicked suburban whites from venturing inside the Perimeter to go to the game.

What a relief. For a moment there, I thought maybe Bruce Levenson was right about why white fans weren’t attending Atlanta Hawks games.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Atlanta sports market — and most [More]

Hawks’ Levenson has ugly exit because of email (UPDATED)

  • 12:23 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Hawks majority Bruce Levenson announced he will sell controlling interest in team. (AJC photo)


Below is the original blog on the most unexpected story in Atlanta sports in some time.

Somehow it figured that when the ownership tenure of the Atlanta Spirit in general and Bruce Levenson in particular ended, it would not end well. None of the partners have ever seemed destined for a victory parade on the way out the door.

But this is an uglier exit than anybody could have expected.

Levenson, the majority partner who orchestrated the Thrashers’ sell and move to Winnipeg and has been the Hawks’ governor in recent years, [More]

Short takes on Tech’s 38-21 win over Tulane

  • 7:17 pm Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Justin Thomas accounts for first of Georgia Tech's three fumbles after being hit by Tulane's Eric Thomas. (Eliot Kamenitz, Baton Rouge Advocate )

Here are my three “Short Takes” on Georgia Tech’s win. To read the full column on, click here.

1. FORTUITOUS SCHEDULING: So the good news was Georgia Tech fixed some of its offensive problems from Week 1, rushing for over 300 yards. But the Jackets are fortunate the first two games this season have come against Wofford and Tulane. They played poor first halves in each game (leading Wofford only 10-9 and Tulane 24-21 after trailing three times by a touchdown). They were fortunate to be leading the Green Wave after two quarters despite fumbling twice on their first three [More]

LIVE: Georgia Tech tries to spoil Tulane party

  • 3:39 pm Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia Tech is Tulane's first opponent in Yulman Stadium.

NEW ORLEANS — Hello from a Georgia State dream of a stadium and what sort of seems like a potential Georgia Tech nightmare of a game.

Tech plays its second game today against Tulane, which is opening a 30,000-seat, on-campus facility, Yulman Stadium. It’s a nice stadium that could turn into quite a home field advantage for the Green Wave, at least once the team gets a little bit better. Georgia State would love to have a facility like this instead of playing in the cavernous and mostly empty Georgia Dome. Even the Falcons’ new stadium will be too large for [More]

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