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Even if Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is willing to trade draft picks in order to bring back cult figure Tony Gonzalez, don't expect the Atlanta Falcons to be willing to deal the veteran tight end.
Even if Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is willing to trade draft picks in order to bring back cult figure Tony Gonzalez, don't expect the Atlanta Falcons to be willing to deal the veteran tight end.
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The Falcons dropped their third straight game. They're at 1-4, and it's going to be an uphill battle to get back to a winning record, much less the playoffs. As always, though, we're in the business of learning from Atlanta's mistakes, a...
The Falcons dropped their third straight game. They're at 1-4, and it's going to be an uphill battle to get back to a winning record, much less the playoffs. As always, though, we're in the business of learning from Atlanta's mistakes, as the Falcons should be. Here's five things we learned from that hideous, hideously close game. I would have posted this yesterday, but you know...Julio Jones and all that. Close games just aren't going their way. The Falcons a year ago went 7-2 in games decided by a touchdown or less. This year, they've gone 1-4. Some of that is just the inevitable turning of the tides of luck, but much of it is just the Falcons playing some lousy football for entire quarters or halves of games, which puts them in holes they can't fully dig back out of.The fact that all these games are close despite the way the Falcons are playing remains encouraging. At the same time, it's troubling that the Falcons aren't being more aggressive knowing how these close games go, particularly in the first half. The right side of the line needs help. Justin Blalock has quietly put together a very solid season. Lamar Holmes has quietly improved at left tackle. Neither is a world beater, but the pressure on Ryan off the left side is fading a little bit.The right side, though? Woof, Buzz, your linemen. Peter Konz has struggled all season, Garrett Reynolds was lousy in this one and Jeremy Trueblood is every bit as good in pass protection as advertised, which is to say he's not at all. The Jets were doing the most damage on the right side and up the middle, particularly on the Ryan fumble that proved to be so costly. What's the answer? I don't think it's "continue to trot the same three guys out there," so expect to see some kind of change. I think the team will be inclined to stick with Konz at center and let him grow, but certainly Joe Hawley and Harland Gunn are considerations at right guard and the Falcons will mull how they're going to use Sam Baker and Holmes going forward at tackle. The status quo is a killer. Time to turn to Levine Toilolo. I don't think Toilolo is the answer in the passing game, per se. He's still learning the NFL game, particularly as a blocker. He's made his mistakes. After watching that impressive touchdown catch, though, you can see the raw potential here.The Falcons aren't getting Harry Douglas very involved. Roddy White is limited. Julio Jones is gone for stretches as he battles his leg maladies. The Falcons need to start using other weapons to take pressure off Jones and Tony Gonzalez, and Toilolo fits the bills in a lot of ways. He runs well for a big guy, his size makes him a matchup problem and teams must account for him in the red zone. He's going to have his growing pains, but he should be seeing more than one or two targets a game for this offense until Roddy's back at 100%. Someone has to step up. The pass rush exists! Sort of. The frustrating thing about this game was seeing how easily the Falcons got after Geno Smith when they decided to really blitz. When they set up a nice little gap blitz, Osi came around the corner untouched and threw Smith to the ground. He, Corey Peters and Joplo Bartu combined for four sacks in this one, and when the Falcons were sending four or more guys they were generally at least putting a little pressure on Smith.I know that This season is probably over. If the loss didn't do it, the injury to Julio Jones will. At 1-4, missing key starters all over the place, these Falcons will have to go on a miracle run just to make the playoffs. They've played some tough, close games, but they haven't won them. Time to come to terms with this new reality and hope 2014 brings brighter days. What did you learn from this game? More from The Falcoholic: The Falcons Should Trade Tony Gonzalez Report: Julio Jones Has A Foot Injury, Could Miss Rest Of 2013 Season Jets vs. Falcons: Well, That Was Awkward Falcons Drop Three In A Row For First Time Under Mike Smi
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Bow Shares His Thoughts & Extends A 106 Invite Last night's episode of MTV's Catfish featured a girl that thought she was developing a relationship with Bow Wow online, but it turned out to be a lesbian from Atlanta. Following t...
Bow Shares His Thoughts & Extends A 106 Invite Last night's episode of MTV's Catfish featured a girl that thought she was developing a relationship with Bow Wow online, but it turned out to be a lesbian from Atlanta. Following the show's airing, the "real" Bow Wow released a video sharing his thoughts on the situation, and inviting both girls to come up to 106 & Park.
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Julio Jones is "positive, upbeat" today as he gets his second opinion on his foot injury:
Julio Jones is "positive, upbeat" today as he gets his second opinion on his foot injury:
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No need to panic, we are still 3-2 and in the thick of it. For what was predicted that is not the worst place we could be. Although our win over Atlanta is not looking so hot right now. The Indy win has shown we can beat the best. He...
No need to panic, we are still 3-2 and in the thick of it. For what was predicted that is not the worst place we could be. Although our win over Atlanta is not looking so hot right now. The Indy win has shown we can beat the best. Here is what we need to happen over the next 2 weeks. 1) Sherman and Philbin to get back to calling great plays and using our formations to hide and confuse the defense (Like beginning of Indy game). Get Wallace, Thigpen the ball in space (screens to WR, may be a new thought for our offense, but is all the rage with Brady and Manning). Both these guys are sharper than many give them credit for, but I'd like to see some "spice" with our calls. We are a little predictable. To me this is the #1 issue (even before the OLine) as good play callers hide areas we struggle. And if we run a freaking stretch on 3rd and 1 again to Daniel Thomas someone needs to be fired. The zone-read is our best running play so build off of it some. Roll outs and boots are a QB's best friend (and an Oline's) 2) Make a move on the Oline. In an early fanpost I listed 3 options. I'd say we have only 2 now. Move Garner to the starting lineup is the quickest, but in my opinion not the best (although better than the line as is). The other option is make a trade for a decent tackle or I'd even look at elite guys (Joe Thomas, etc...) if the price is reasonable. Anyone have a problem giving up a 1st rounder for an All-pro Tackle?? 3) Get healthy on defense. When healthy we are elite over there. Grimes and Patterson are very good corners and I'd say Carroll will be solid as a nickle back. Wake makes a ton of difference. 4) Figure out how to get Dion Jordan on the field. The man makes plays. Quick going so slow with him. Put him out there with Wake and let them get after the QB's!!! 5) Get the ball to Gibson more. I was screaming at my TV he has a mismatch every play against a nickle corner. The man can make stuff happen. Hartline and Wallace are our studs and rightfully so, but Gibson is the guy that tends to draw the mismatch each week (as well as Clay at times). 6) Get a clue on defensive adjustments. Grimes on one side only is a joke. Put him on the best WR of the other team. The double A gap blitz hasn't worked since week 1. Mix up the blitzes (I love bringing Jones and Ellerbe). Be as simple as this fan in how we play defense: Bring Wake and Jordan and cover with our best on their best. To many times in the New Orleans game did we let them dictate terrible matchups (Ellerbe on Colston, any LB on Sproles). I think this team can still be a 10-6 team (which was my guess to best-case this off-season) with a few adjustments. We have to beat Buffalo in the upcoming game. Remember: Playoffs is a success this year, we are building for the future.
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WR Roddy White is taking things "day-by-day" with his hamstring injury:
WR Roddy White is taking things "day-by-day" with his hamstring injury:
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The fifth annual ASCAP Women Behind The Music series kicked off on Tuesday, October 8th at Bardot Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles. The series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighting not only ...
The fifth annual ASCAP Women Behind The Music series kicked off on Tuesday, October 8th at Bardot Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles. The series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighting not only female songwriters and artists, but women working in all facets of the music business, including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers. The Los Angeles stop of the series honored singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona, singer/songwriter LeToya Luckett, Title 9 Productions CEO Carmen Murray, and songwriter/producer Andrea Martin. The series moves on to New York on Wednesday, October 23rd, with its final destination in Atlanta on Tuesday, October 29th. Click through the gallery to see more photos of the lovely ladies on the red carpet. ( PHOTOS: GETTY )
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As Bakersfield Jam Assistant Coach John Bryant walked off to the side to speak with RidiculousUpside.com at Suwanee Sports Academy this past weekend, he joked that he was beginning to lose his voice. Such an assertion shouldn't have com...
As Bakersfield Jam Assistant Coach John Bryant walked off to the side to speak with RidiculousUpside.com at Suwanee Sports Academy this past weekend, he joked that he was beginning to lose his voice. Such an assertion shouldn't have come as a surprise, however. His team had just concluded its two-day open tryout period in the Atlanta area. As expected, Coach Bryant played an integral role in the session as he coached the aspiring D-Leaguers, mentoring them all through drills as he helped his staff assess the talent level available. This time of year is a special one for Coach Bryant, as he can reflect and even relate to what some of the more promising young guns are going through when it comes to the tryout circuit. Of course, usually being able to relate is easier said than done. But as fate would have it, it actually comes easy for Coach Bryant, because he has actually already done it. Despite being a member of the team's coaching staff now, Bryant got his start with Bakersfield by, at one time, strutting his stuff at open tryouts. He received his D-League contract through the Jam, and they selected him in the 2010 NBADL Draft just a short time later. Thus, he's a testament that such a process works, both for players hoping to get noticed, and the minor league staffs hoping to uncover potential diamonds in the rough. After playing in twelve games and emerging as a key member of a successful Jam team in 2010-11, Bryant was forced to submit to a career-ending injury. That said, his past perseverance up to that point (paired with some international experience and three seasons playing for Bakersfield head coach Will Voigt in the ABA) made it clear to the organization that he deserved to stay aboard in the role he still has today. Going into his third season as an assistant coach, Coach Bryant is clearly a role model for those trying to catch on with the Jam this fall. Assistant General Manager Brian Levy asserted, "It should motivate them all greatly. He got into the D-League because he got his contract through an open tryout. He played and started for the Jam, a playoff team, after going through that tryout. Now, here he is going into his third year coaching this team. It's all different paths, but it's right there in front of you." Coach Bryant added that the tryouts were part of a component of the NBA D-League that is certainly near and dear to his heart. He said, "I think my journey is motivation for all these guys. Whenever I start the camp off, I tell them I've been where they are all sitting. I've been to almost every tryout there is, trying to get my shot. It's not about me though, it's more about all of their respective journeys, because you never know where this takes you." "I genuinely believe that in my heart," Coach Bryant continued. "That's why I sweat when I give that speech at the start of camp. It's because I truly believe this opportunity...I don't want to be cliché and say this is where dreams come true, but it's certainly a place where opportunities can present themselves. It led me to be a part of something special in Bakersfield as a player, and because I proved myself, Coach Voigt then gave me another opportunity to be a coach. This is very valuable for all these guys." The Jam alumni also believes that his past experience in the D-League helps him relate to players even more so than most coaches can or ever will. He pointed out, "It's easy, because you wouldn't know what they're going through unless you've actually been through it yourself. There's a lot of coaches who either didn't play, or were (only) in the NBA. There aren't too many in between guys, like myself. Since I've been through this process, it's closer to my heart." As for what's next for Coach Bryant, it goes without saying that he's focused on potentially leading Bakersfield to a second straight top seed finish in the D-League. That said, as he reflects upon where he's come from and what may lie ahead, the coach takes prid
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The Dolphins’ Week 2 win over the Colts has been the most impressive win in the AFC East thus far. The Dolphins’ flaws have been put under a microscope in the aftermath of consecutive losses. And while that is certainly warranted g...
The Dolphins’ Week 2 win over the Colts has been the most impressive win in the AFC East thus far. The Dolphins’ flaws have been put under a microscope in the aftermath of consecutive losses. And while that is certainly warranted given the ineptitude of Miami’s offensive line, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that we’re talking about a 3-2 football team that survived what was said to be a gauntlet first five games of the season on the plus side of .500. Here are five positives from the team’s first five games of the season: 1. Dolphins on playoff pace Before the season began, many suggested that 3-2 was the aim for Miami before the bye week. The first five games of the season appeared to be especially daunting and escaping them north of .500 was said to be a major accomplishment. Some even suggested 2-3 as an acceptable feat. Well, the bye week has arrived for Miami, and Joe Philbin’s team has a winning record. Sure, the last two games — losses to the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens — were discouraging, but the Dolphins are on pace to compete for a playoff spot in 2013. The schedule projects to soften for Miami, which means mirroring their play in the first five games should be able to produce a 7-4 record the rest of the way, which would equate to a 10-6 season. 10 wins would likely suffice for a wild-card spot. 2. Win over Colts most impressive in AFC East The AFC East is a tight race at the moment. The Patriots sit atop the division at 4-1, but the Dolphins and Jets are right on their heels at 3-2. But records don’t always indicate which team is the best in a division after only five games, especially considering the difficulty of schedules can be widely contrasting. Only the Dolphins have beaten a team that currently owns at least four wins. That came in Week 2, when Miami went on the road and topped an Indianapolis Colts team that has won games over Super Bowl contenders in the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks since. The Patriots best win? You can’t say over the Atlanta Falcons, who are now 1-4. It probably came against the 3-2 New York Jets in an ugly three-point point victory on September 12. New England has also beaten the Bills in quarterback EJ Manuel’s debut and the winless Buccaneers. They don’t look to be as good as their 4-1 record would indicate. The Jets, meanwhile, also have wins over the Bills, Buccaneers and Falcons, which means the opponents they’ve beaten thus far have a combined record of 3-11. The division’s second most impressive win arguably came in Week 4 when the Bills beat the 3-2 Ravens at home thanks to five Joe Flacco interceptions. The Dolphins’ 24-20 win in Indianapolis is looking better and better as the season progresses. 3. Patriots are no lock to win division The AFC East is legitimately wide open for the first time since 2008, which was the last season a team other than the Patriots took home the division crown. Tom Brady isn’t sidelined with a knee injury this time around, but his supporting cast is drastically depleted. The six points New England managed in their Week 5 loss in Cincinnati was their lowest point total in a game since their shutout loss to the Dolphins on December 10, 2006, and Tom Brady saw his streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped. The Patriots are no longer the dominant team they’ve been for the majority of the new millennium, and that has finally resulted in their first blemish in the win-loss column this season. They could certainly still win the division, being that Tom Brady is still under center, Bill Belichick is still on the sideline and the Patriots’ defense is much improved. But make no mistake, they’re beatable. The Bills and Jets came awfully close to upsetting them in Weeks 1 and 2. Will the Dolphins be able to complete that task in Week 8? 4. We’ve yet to see how good Dolphins can be at full strength The Dolphins haven’t been at optimal health since Week 1 in
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Filed under: Mortgages, Family Money, Personal Finance, Debt, SpendingShutterstock/ARENA Creative By Kimberly Palmer Russell Holcombe, a certified financial planner based in Atlanta, says he's tired of constantly warning clients against...
Filed under: Mortgages, Family Money, Personal Finance, Debt, SpendingShutterstock/ARENA Creative By Kimberly Palmer Russell Holcombe, a certified financial planner based in Atlanta, says he's tired of constantly warning clients against making bad money choices. Part of the problem, he says, is that popular financial advice is often wrong. That's why he finds himself urging people to rethink purchasing houses that would max out their budgets, or putting so much money into retirement accounts that they're unprepared for emergencies. "I had a certain level of exhaustion from having to protect people from a bad decision-making process," he says. Through his work with clients, he says he realized that their ability to recover from negative financial events depended more on how they had structured their lifestyle than on any investment strategy. That's why in his book, "You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once," he offers counterintuitive advice that's centered more on life decisions than stock market ones. Holcombe offers these five under-the-radar strategies to help you avoid what he calls "financial suicide": Buy a smaller house. "During the housing boom of '04 and '05, you would hear people go out with real estate agents who said, 'Your income lets you buy an $800,000 house,' " Holcombe recalls. Most people would go ahead and buy a house at the highest end of what they could afford, while just a fraction would hold back and say, "We're only going to buy a house based on one income," Holcombe says. The people who made that choice ended up coming out ahead during the turbulent economy, when many people lost jobs, he adds. Don't save for retirement. Okay, save for retirement, but don't tie up so much of your savings in post-tax retirement accounts like 401(k)s that you can't weather financial storms when they hit, Holcombe advises. "The ability to survive is based on the ability to adapt," Holcombe says, and tying up money in certain types of restrictive savings accounts, such as retirement and college savings accounts, means you have less flexibility to invest in other things or pay bills. Many people end up paying fees and penalties when they have to withdraw from retirement accounts early, Holcombe points out. So yes, save for retirement, but don't forget to prioritize shorter-term savings accounts, too. If you're an entrepreneur, you might want to consider investing in your business instead of your retirement account, he adds. Forget about stocks. "For financial advisers, all roads lead to stocks," Holcombe says, adding that such a one-track mindset is a problem. "For the people that I know who are successful and endure financial traumas, the market is irrelevant to them. It's not the reason for their success, it's a tool," he adds. So while investing in stocks might be part of a larger financial strategy, Holcombe recommends against getting too preoccupied with investment strategy. Instead, focus on a "perpetual income stream." Holcombe says everyone should consider how they can build their own "perpetual income stream," which consistently pays out cash over time. A doctor might buy a medical building that generates rent, a writer might generate royalties off of a book, a retiree might invest in a dividend-paying portfolio. "Perpetual income streams are the holy grail in business, from Comcast to Netflix. Everybody is trying to move to that model because they get paid whether you tune in or not. Some people have the talent to create them and some don't," he says. "There's no one size fits all," he adds. Holcombe urges people to avoid traditional investments that generate income, like annuities, because he says "they are super expensive and you can't change your mind." Calculate your "lifestyle cash flow." When people try to get on top of their money, Holcombe says they often start tracking all of their expenditures, from gas to food, or their net worth. He calls such calculations "totally meaningless." Instead,
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