In what was a fantastic effort by a gutsy yet struggling Tech basketball team, the Jackets fell by a final score of 81-80 in overtime to the NC State Wolfpack in Atlanta on Saturday. Tech was down by as much as 14 in the first half but came all the way back, even holding a four-point lead with 19 seconds left in the game. The rally, however, would be in vain as NC State's Trevor Lacey hit a buzzer-beating three at the end of the game to send the Pack home victorious. The loss drops the Jackets to 1-8 in ACC play heading into an impossibly tough stretch of games against Duke, North Carolina (twice), and Louisville to close out the season. Check out the FTRS breakdown of the game right here.
While the outcome of the game itself may have been disappointing, it did mark a major milestone in the career of Georgia Tech's Marcus Georges-Hunt -- the junior scored his 1,000th career point in the loss to the Wolfpack. Georges-Hunt, who has been Tech's only true star since his arrival in 2012, has been one of the few bright spots for Brian Gregory during his time coaching the Jackets. He becomes just the 43rd player in Georgia Tech history to reach the millennium mark for his playing career.
The Atlanta Falcons are currently being investigated by the NFL after reports arose that the team had been "piping in" artificial crowd noise for the past two seasons. Now we just need to sit back and watch as the SportsCenter story reel fills up with conspiracy theories and public outrage at the Falcons all while the media tries its hardest to portray this as the biggest scandal since Watergate. I'm just wondering how one goes about "piping in" crowd noise. It must be some foreign import that comes to us via massive pipelines running from some other country. Next time I'm in the Georgia Dome I'll be sure to look at the ceiling for a pipe labelled "artificial crowd noise" next to the ones labelled "hot water".
Just as William T. Sherman marched to Atlanta and burned everything to the ground during the Civil War, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman went on a similar voyage during his time in Arizona for the Superbowl. The Legion of Boom-ster has taken no prisoners these last few weeks, attacking everyone from Roger Goodell to Robert Craft to the NCAA as he continues to impose his will and blunt opinions on everyone he meets. I've come to the conclusion that Marshawn Lynch doesn't talk during interviews just to offset how much talking his garrulous teammate Sherman does. It only makes sense.
What do you make of the Falcons' not-so-scandal?
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