23 Days Until the Atlanta Hawks’ Season
We are counting down the days until the Hawks’ season-opener in Dallas by giving you 50 things to be excited about this year. With 23 days left, today’s reason is…
Hawks 6th Man
The Hawks will again have one of the most passion groups of “superfans” this season when the 6th Man return to Philips Arena for all home games. For those who don’t know, the Hawks 6th Man is a rowdy group of mans who sit at the top of section 118 and are the essential “spirit leaders” at all Hawks games. With their clever chants, noise making devices and always humorous signs, the group gets not only the Hawks going, but the rest of the fans going as well.
Each year before the season starts, the group holds “tryouts” to see who has enough passion, commitment and knowledge about the Hawks to be deemed worthy of joining. Only a few dozen actually get to be a part of the section each season.
Last season the group took a particular liking to both Ivan Johnson and Zaza Pachulia. With neither player on this year’s team, it’ll be interesting to see who they latch onto as the “fan favorite.” I could see Pero Antić and DeMarre Carroll filling those roles simply because of how they play and how they act off the court. Of course, Al Horford and Jeff Teague will always be popular among the group too.
Last year the 6th Man also took a road trip, traveling to Memphis for Atlanta’s game against the Grizzlies (a game the Hawks won). No word on if they’ll take a trip this year or where they will go, but we hope they join us. They certainly make a difference at Philips Arena.
We also want your input. What are you most excited about this upcoming season. Leave a comment below to let us know, and we may feature your idea in our countdown!
Day 50 – New Faces
Day 49 – First Pelicans Visit
Day 48 – Hawks Social Media
Day 47 – Dennis Schröder
Day 46 – Celebrities at Philips Arena
Day 45 – All-Star Game
Day 44 – Hawks Footwear
Day 43 – Sky Hawk and the Sky Squad
Day 42 – Bakersfield Jam
Day 41 – John Jenkins & Mike Scott
Day 40 – SkyView Atlanta
Day 39 – Drew and Pachulia’s Return
Day 38 – Junior Cheerleaders
Day 37 – Production Day
Day 36 – Hawks Intro Video
Day 35 – Overtime Games
Day 34 – Fan Experiences
Day 33 – Learning Foreign Languages
Day 32 – Gustavo Ayón
Day 31 – Open Practice
Day 30 – Live Streaming/Hawks.com
Day 29 – Ryan Cameron
Day 28 – Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins
Day 27 – Paul Millsap
Day 26 – Hawks Shop
Day 25 – Players On Twitter
Day 24 – Kiss Cam
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