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Atlantic Hawks

Atlanta Hawks is pro-level basketball competing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They form part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. All their home games are staged at the Philips Arena.

According to time.com, they were originally known as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks back in 1946 and a member of the National Basketball League. The Blackhawks re-joined the league in 1949,after the amalgamation of NBL and Basketball Association of America to give rise to the National Basketball Association.

In 1951, this team relocated to Milwaukee and thus changed its name to Hawks. Hawks moved to St. Louis later on in 1955. They won the NBA Championship in 1958. In 1968, the Hawks moved to Atlanta. The Hawks are recognized to be the team with the second longest drought of winning the NBA Championship of about fifty-seven. While Hawks were in St. Louis, they happened to make it to the NBA final-showdown. Afterwards, they went forty-eight league years without making it past the second-round playoffs. They accredited this failure to the history of the NBA draft.

Since 1980, the Hawks have traded only four players who were chosen to play in all the All-Star game.They are Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Dominique played from 1982 to 1994, he won the Slam Dunk Contest of 1985 and 1995. While coach Mike Fratello became the Coach of the Year in 1986.

In 2007, there seemed to be some hope with the signing of Al Horford who brought quality into the team. He became a runner-up for the Rookie of the Year honors. He started the season by winning the first game against Dallas Mavericks. During the 2009-10 season, Hawks improved their game and won 53 games. They were swept off by Orlando Magic in the second-round. At the end of this season Hawks fired Woodson Mike from being the head coach.

The Hawks’ performance backtracked and finished the 2010-11 season with 44 wins only to be beaten again in the semifinals by Chicago Bulls. Hawks employed San Antonio Spurs as the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Danny Ferry as the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager in June 2012. Hawks finished with a 44-38 record and appeared for six straight seasons, and were unfortunately eliminated by the Indiana Pacers after six matches in the first round. On May 2014, Atlantic Hawks showed their new logo which is a modification of the “Pac-Man” logo.

Bruce Levenson announced his sale of his share of the team on 7th September 2014. His share was sold in a$850 million-bid. It was reported that he made about twenty-seven percent profit. It was stated that by Bruce’s investor overselling Hawks, they put off other bidders from placing their bids. The auction was won by a group that was led by co-founder Tony Ressler. NBA stated that Atlanta Hawks will retain its location as a condition for the sale. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the team on 24th June, 2015.

Minnesota Dentist Kills Beloved Lion

Walter Palmer went on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe and killed beloved Cecil the lion. This Minnesota dentist paid officials in that country $55,000 to acquire the licenses and permits in order to take part in the hunt. As far as Walter Palmer knew, he had secured all the correct documents and he was only following the advice of his guides as they made their way into the park. After luring Cecil to the outer edge of the park, Walter Palmer killed Cecil with a bow and arrow. The lion was found beheaded and skinned, missing its park collar.

Cecil was beloved by many in the country, he has been a fixture in that preserve for over a decade. How a hunter from the United States can hunt and kill this animal by mistake is of great concern to officials said James Dondero. Investigations have begun into the way the process was handled, who gave the go on killing Cecil, and how Walter Palmer acted during that night. Protestors quickly took to the internet to voice their displeasure, flooding the dentist’s Facebook page and Yelp website, forcing the dentist to take down his website.

Investigators are looking more closely at his record too, noting they have already uncovered evidence he shot and killed a bear illegally a few years back and was cited and fined for not following proper protocol. This dentist is not without some serious baggage. In addition to the bear killing, he has a sexual harassment suit on his record that he settled for $150,000 with the receptionist that worked for him.

Jason Richardson and the Atlanta Hawks

Jason Richardson has been at it a long time for a pro basketball player. The NBA veteran player has made his name with five different teams throughout his career. Until last season, he was a small forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. For most of that time, he has averaged 17.1 points per game. In his early days, he was so good that in 2003 he won the Slam Dunk Contest championship. However, his point average has been slowly getting lower. During his time with his two most recent teams, Orlando Magic and the 76ers, Richardson saw his average drop to an average of 9.1 points per game. In part, this lowering was due to an injury. Two years ago in the January of 2013, the free agent suffered a cartilage tear which forced him off the court. This past February he finally returned to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Now the he is making another big transition. Just a few days ago, Richardson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. This is something the 34-year-old veteran player has desired for some time. Although Richardson’s average is down and he is currently still dealing with an injury, he is still considered a great basketball player and a very good offensive acquisition for the Hawks. Many NBA basketball players never even attain a 9.1 average.

This is still a very lucky break for Richardson who since returning to the court has missed 10 games due to continuing difficulties with his knee and has yet to be cleared by the doctors to play back-to-back games. Despite all of his present medical issues, Richardson still feels very optimistic about his future with the Hawks. He is committed to becoming the player the Hawks need. Before beginning his first season with the Hawks, he will be spending the rest of the summer getting his knee in tip-top shape so that he can play the entire season. The Hawks have determined to place him in the shooting guard position. This will be his 14th season playing basketball. He hopes to make it several more.

Just as Richardson is about to be living his dream through the Hawks, he is coming in the recent departure of an owner who also fulfilled his own lifelong dream through the Hawks. This man is Bruce Levenson. Since childhood, Levenson had dreamed of becoming the owner of a sports team. In 2004, that became a reality when he led a group of investors to purchase NBA team the Atlanta Hawks, NHL team the Atlanta Thrashers, and operating rights to Philips Arena. Up until selling his share of the team, Levenson remained an active owner, having a seat on the NBA Board of Governors and the Hawk’s Board of Managers. And he was great at what he did. Levenson led the Hawk’s to the NBA playoffs seven seasons in a row, the only team in the Eastern Conference to do so. The Hawks did so well during the 2014-15 season, that they had one of the best records in the entire NBA.

Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell Make Up

In a brief press conference yesterday, Robert Kraft announced that he would not oppose sanctions imposed on the team by the NFL, contrary to major saber rattling by the New England Patriot Owner in recent days since the announcement that the NFL announced that star quarterback Tom Brady wold be suspended for four games at the start of the NFl season for using and facilitating the use of a deflated football and the New England Patriots were fined $1 Million dollars and docked a 2016 first round draft choice and a 2017 fourth round draft choice.

Source Bruce Karatz (profile on Forbes) stated that during the NFL owners meeting this past weekend, Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft were seen sitting on a coach talking for an extended period of time and then hugging. Kraft, during his press conference, provided no clear reason for dropping his planned opposition, which many speculate would have included going to the courts. Some do speculate that other NFL owners may have spoken with Kraft about the precedent he would have set by going outside of the NFL to dispute the claims and the penalty imposed by the NFL. Others also believe that information was provided to Kraft which would have made a public litigation option even more embarrassing to the New England Patriots as well as the NFL. New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Will Not Fight Sanctions Imposed By NFL For Deflate Gate Role.

The Memorable NFL Draft

Moments from the 2015 NFL Draft

Every year a new draft class is selected for recruitment into the NFL. And every year there are several stories surrounding prospects and making the draft as a whole something to be remembered.

This year’s draft had some sentimental moments going on, most notable among them was when former Buffalo Bills player and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly went onto the stage to announce a draft pick for the Bills. Kelly received a standing ovation from the crowd upon taking the stage, after his fight with cancer over the last several months. Another tender moment that happened over the draft period was when the New York Giants announced a pick at one point and it was by a couple who had just been married.

The draft also had several moments that humored watchers and the crowd. One of those moments came from commissioner Roger Goddell himself, when he had trouble pronouncing second-pick overall Marcus Mariota’s name, as he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans. Adding to the humor later on was when former Cincinnati Bengals player Ickey Woods came on to announce a pick and performed his famous “Ickey Shuffle” dance on stage.

Some moments include unusual draft picks, one coming from the Dallas Cowboys who ended up selected Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory in the second round, a pick that Alexei Beltyukov (on about.me) says the Cowboys may just regret.

Hardy Suspended 10 Games

It’s already been one year since Greg Hardy played a game with the Cowboys. In fact, his last game was at the beginning of the 2014 season. Now it will be even longer as the star has been suspended for 10 games –without pay. The announcement was made by the NFL after 2014 allegations of domestic violence against the football player. The charges were dropped earlier in 2015 when the original prosecutor, Nicole Holder, refused to cooperate with investigators. It is believed that Hardy worked out some sort of financial settlement to keep her quiet. It is reported by the source AnastasiaDate (Linkedin) that she must remain quiet after the settlement as well.
During their investigation, the NFL found four different personal violations of the Personal Conduct Policy which Hardy had committed. First was the physical violence he used against his girlfriend. Next is the physical force once again used, this time throwing the victim on a bed with semi-automatic rifles. Third was choking Ms. Holder, and forth shoving her against a wall in his apartment.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke on the matter, and while he had a number of things to say, he did mention that any further violations similar to this one could result in his ban from the football association all together.
Hardy will be eligible to play again in week 12 when the Cowboys take on the Panthers. It is expected that Hardy will appeal the decision of the NFL and this 10- game suspension

Fan Jumps Through TV

No one could believe the play call that Pete Carroll pulled out on second down and goal with thirty seconds on the clock in the Super Bowl last weekend. The Seahawks were down by four points and had two time outs, giving them three shots at winning the game by running the ball up the middle. They possess Marshawn Lynch and that is the only logical call to make when faced in that situation. At least if he couldn’t get in then no one could say anything and the team wouldn’t have even been mad at Lynch, but everyone knows that he would have gotten that single yard and given the title to the Seahawks for the second year in a row. Haidar Barbouti has heard that one fan took the call particularly badly. He had his hands on his knees and stated to the camera that no passes can happen because they have Marshawn Lynch. The next thing you see on the video is the fan running full speed and diving into the television head first, breaking the television screen and then throwing the stand down. It was pretty comical, but just shows how badly the Seahawks fans took this one. There has been a damper over the city of Seattle and it truly is depressing to be in Washington right now. Fans simply cannot believe that they came so close to being back to back Super Bowl champions and had it ripped away.

Packers Fans in Seattle

 

It has become a very interesting time and age that we now live in due to the influx of social media and technology that we have at our fingertips at any given second of the day. This has allowed stories to hit the internet and gain vast amounts of popularity in professional sports and a new story is hitting Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers fans. Richard Sherman has even commented on it, as his name and jersey were involved in the exchange that occurred at the game on Sunday when the Seahawks came back late in the game and shocked the Green Bay Packers, ending their season. There was a man and a son at the game sporting Packers jerseys and they were supposedly verbally attacked by a handful of people who were screaming vulgarities at them during the game. However, one Seahawks fan showed them a great deal of compassion and he joked it up with them throughout the game, even snapping a photo with them and offering to give them the Richard Sherman jersey that he was wearing. The story caught media attention after it gained a great deal of popularity as a feel good story on the internet and it has shed a good light on the typical brutal rivalries that some fans turn into fights and violence. I have noticed this kind of negative rivalry when I attend games with friends of mine like Marc Sparks.  Hopefully there can be more camaraderie rather than negativity at NFL games in the future.

Surprise Twist For Super Bowl Teams

 

The teams that made it to the Super Bowl this past weekend has left many wondering, What Happened? It appeared that the Packers had everything wrapped up and simply needed to hold on to their lead for the final minutes of the game. This was far from true, for the Seahawks were not ready to give up.

What is being touted as the biggest win in Championship history, the Seahawks eradicated their 12 point deficit to come back and take their rightful place at the Super Bowl. The turnaround is one that no one saw or expected. According to SF Gate, Russell Wilson obviously did his homework and got his team together to dig deep and take what hey wanted.

Fans of the Seahawks, like Dave and Brit Morin, were grim about the possibility of their team making it to the big game. Why not? They team had experienced four interceptions and five turnovers during the game. They had no score by half time, and the team had appeared to have given up.

After half time it was amazing how the rallying of the team led to an amazing and astonishing win over the Packers. It did not even seem as if the Packers could believe what was going on the field as they were playing. This win has also rallied fans ton hope big and dream for a second win at the Super Bowl by their team. Can it be done? Why not? No one even thought they would get the chance to try.

Kubiak Might Take Fox’s Place

With John Fox stepping down as head coach of the Denver Broncos and apparently moving on to the Bears, the Broncos now have an opening for the position of head coach. They are not letting grass grow under them. According to many reports, they are interviewing Baltimore Raven’s offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, for the job this weekend. Kubiak had said just this Sunday that he would not seek a head coaching position during playoffs, but this was clearly too good an opportunity to pass up.

If he gets the job, it will be a little bit of a homecoming. Kubiak was a backup quarterback and spent 11 seasons as an assistant to the Broncos. Kubiak had been doing well as the offensive coordinator of the Ravens since January of 2014. Before that, he had been the coach of the Houston Texans for 8 years. He brings the Broncos lots of experience. We can all hope that he can go home again, and the Broncos will get a good match in a coach. Rod Rohrich is excited to see if Kubiak will be up for the job.