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01-14-2009, 08:24 AM
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Atlanta sports comparison

Atlanta is lucky to be a 4 sport city and I think it's interesting to try to draw comparisons on how each team is run.

The historically abysmal Falcons have brought in a rookie GM from a winning organization and a new coach that was a coordinator for a decent one. The results were stunning. This tandem capitalized on a top draft pick to turn the fortunes of the team around. A franchise that was mired in losses, legal troubles, and fan apathy was immediately transformed into a division winning caliber team.

The historically abysmal Hawks are interesting to watch because they are in our same boat with this piss poor ownership group. They let their previous GM go after last season and in retrospect he took unnecessary heat for his decisions. He had a vision for this team but while the losses piled up and people he passed over in the draft flourished on other teams the fans became restless. The GM ends up being let go when his vision finally finished the rebuilding process. Now the Hawks are in the top half of playoff seeds in their conference and the new GM is reaping the spoils.

The recently abysmal Braves have a new GM as well. I kind of feel bad for him as his predecessor is still in the organization looking down from above. A guy that helped build this franchise historic success in the form of 14 straight titles. He's been slow getting off the mark, missing out on some big name free agents, but has recently roped in a couple players that appear to upgrade the team. Certainly early days for his efforts but it will be interesting to see how the GM grows in that atmosphere.

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