Atlanta sports teams are making national headlines. But maybe not quite the kinds one would hope for. Both the New York Times and Washington Post had some fun with an AP story on Atlanta sports following the Braves’ epic collapse and failure to reach the postseason. The headline in the Times read:
“In Atlanta, Hopes for a Title This Fall Rest on the Dream.” And included the ever-so-clever lede, “The Braves blew it. The Falcons are struggling. The Thrashers are gone. The Hawks? Who knows when they will play another game.”
The Post took their own spin on the same story:
“While Atlanta mopes over its sports teams, Dream provides hope with second trip to WNBA finals.“
Well, it’s nice to know that Atlanta’s WNBA team is getting some recognition, but did it have to come at the expense of our other teams?
“The Braves squandered a seemingly comfortable lead for a baseball wild card and were eliminated from the playoffs on the final day. The Falcons, expected to be a Super Bowl contender, are off to a sluggish 1-2 start. The Hawks are sidelined by the NBA lockout, which shows no signs of ending before at least some games are lost. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg after last season, costing the city its second NHL team.”
The Falcons take on the Seahawks this afternoon on Fox. The Dream play the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals tonight on on ESPN. Let’s hope these two teams can give the city a little redemption on the national stage.