Posted: Monday December 19, 2005 3:07PM; Updated: Tuesday December 20, 2005 11:59AM
The rest of the credit should go to the Hawks management, from GM Billy Knight to owners Atlanta Spirit. They nearly pulled the trapdoor out from under Woody a few weeks back, I'm told, but Knight convinced them to stay the course, and suddenly the team had their best week in two years. This group at least appears to care about the fans, and Knight swears he knows what he's doing. What choice do we have but to believe him?
Perhaps it's a little early to proclaim the Hawks a team for the rest of the NBA to worry about. Looking at the standings can be sobering, particularly when you realize the Hawks just recently achieved as many wins as the Bobcats. But I prefer to think of the Hawks as a team that has turned the corner.
While I fully realize that it's just a week's worth of games, after winning only two games last season between Feb. 1 and April 1, it feels like the Hawks are a juggernaut, an unstoppable object. Finally, I can look forward to coming home at night and seeing a team that will surely compete, if not actually win. Take it from this Hawks fan: It's a novel feeling.
And it gets better. After playing at Miami on Tuesday night, the Hawks get to play 11 of 12 games against teams with losing records. They follow that up by playing six of their next seven games at home. Thank you, NBA schedule-makers, whoever you are.
The Hawks are back, baby. Finally. Finally.
Well, for a week, at least. And that's nearly enough to make up for a six seasons of torture.
Game Of The Week
Sticking with our holiday themed games in December, here's a holiday-colored putt-putt. Actually diverted me pretty well last night while I was trying to avoid that train-wreck of a Falcons game.
New Sport Of The Week
Really late the other night, I stumbled upon a Scrabble competition on ESPN, and I learned that many of the best players in the world don't even speak English, but instead just memorize every word in the dictionary. I thought I'd seen it all, until I found this. That's right, it's the latte art championships. But if they pulled this crap at my local Starbucks I have a feeling the long line of people waiting for their caffeine wouldn't be too appreciative.