Warm Up Your DVRs Sportsfans

Saturday, October 31, 2009
By Jon Newberry

As far as anyone can tell, Sunday will be the first time in history all four major North American sports leagues will be in action in games that actually mean something. The NBA, NHL and NFL all have regular season games scheduled, and the Phillies will be hosting the Yankees in game 4 of the World Series. If you buy into the “soccer is the most popular sport in America” line, then you also have two MLS playoff games on the docket. Plus, NASCAR is right in the middle of its Chase for the Sprint Cup and will dominate ABC’s airwaves from Talladega all afternoon.

You get your news “From the Highlight Factory”, so we will assume you are most interested in the Hawks game against the Lakers. One of only two times this season that the Hawks will face the defending world champions. Tip-off is at 9:30 pm EST, and you can catch all the action on Fox Sports South HD or listen to the game on 790 The Zone.

Many analysts (TNT’s Reggie Miller and Kenny Smith among them) have made bold predictions of the Lakers starting 20-1 thanks to an early schedule that is loaded with home games. L.A. earned the title of the best team in the league last season, so it is hard to argue that they shouldn’t be favored against any opponent when they play at STAPLES Center. Still, this is the NBA. The highest level of basketball in the world, and anybody can beat anybody on a given night. These analysts must have forgotten that the Lakers were beaten by Philly, Detroit and Charlotte at home last season ( and none of those teams finished above .500).

All in all, it should be a great day for sports. Let’s see if the Hawks can post a ‘W’ and work their highlights into the first segment of SportsCenter on Monday morning.

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6 Responses to “Warm Up Your DVRs Sportsfans”

  1. atownhawk23

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN HAWKS AND HAWKS FANS!!!

    GREAT HALFTIME SHOW LASTNIGHT TOO.
    HARRY T. HAWK IS THE BEST MASCOT IN THE WORLD. LOL

    IF THE MAVS CAN BEAT MY LAKERS SO CAN MY ATL HAWKS!!!

    GOOD LUCK JJ AND THE REST.

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  2. Hawks Fan From Day One

    Any chance we will be wearing our new road alternate unis on Sunday?

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  3. hawkeye22

    Yes that halftime show was awesome probably the best halftime I have seen in years kudos to Harry The Hawk and the a town girls, please keep them coming.

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  4. TFoA

    I love the red jerseys, but it seems like we’re gonna have to wait until at least around Thanksgiving to see em in action:

    “The Hawks will wear the second road uniforms for two home games during the season, as well as six road contests:
    • November 26 vs. Orlando Magic (Philips Arena 8 p.m.)
    • December 11 at Toronto Raptors (7 p.m.)
    • January 4 at Miami Heat (7:30 p.m.)
    • January 18 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Philips Arena 2 p.m.)
    • February 6 at Washington Wizards (7 p.m.)
    • March 1 at Chicago Bulls (8 p.m.)
    • March 26 at Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m.)
    • April 2 at Cleveland Cavaliers (8 p.m.)”

    That said, Hawks are gonna have to bring their A-Game for this one. The Lakers rarely ever lose back-to-back games (let alone at home), and they don’t get off to slow starts that often. We’ve gotta keep pace from the tip. If we start off slow like we did against the Pacers & Wizards, it won’t be good. Don’t wanna have to dig out of a hole against the defending champs.

    We’ve definitely got a shot at winning, though. We match-up nicely with em, and the Hawks have the ability to beat ANY team on any given night. Hopefully tonight’s the night for us. GO HAWKS

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  5. Anonymous Hawks Guy

    That’s what i’ve been saying all along Hawksgirl, Woody doesn’t know how to adapt to game situations!! But the bench looked pretty well in that loss and I am CLUELESS to why they took out JJ when he was hot…..mind boggling!

    #430
  6. Mr. Hawk

    Ok, I love my Hawks, but why did Horford look as if he was oversized and out matched? Because he was. Ok coach if another player is on fire like Joe was, PLEASE leave him in the game! You shouldn’t let Kobe decide when Joe should play. Josh and Marvin come on fellas that was piss poor. I love Horford, but it looks as though we are going to wear him out again this year. I know Horford has heart and I applaud that, but he needs 3 more inches and 30 more pounds. What in the hell is Jason Collins doing on the bench all the time? I might as well sit on the end of the bench! Come on Coach.

    #431