The wonderful Atlanta United's MLS championship brought memories of another title won by a city team: The Atlanta Knights captured the International Hockey League's Turner Cup in 1994 by beating the Fort Wayne Komets. Like the Five Stripes, the Knights received a downtown victory parade.
I remember the Knights fondly; I covered the team for the AJC and spent nearly a week of my life in Fort Wayne, Indiana, during the championship series.
Good to see the United's win stirred recollections of the Atlanta Chiefs' 1968 title in the long defunct American Soccer League.
And what about the Atlanta Crackers, who won titles in the old Southern League?
The NFL grows more enticing on cold and rainy Sunday afternoons in December. The games seem a waste on sunny days in October.
Does the NFL have more bad teams now than in the past? I remember when the Saints, the Panthers, the Falcons and the Bucs were all good in the NFC South. Now, outside of the Saints, all are bad. The Giants, the Bills, the Jets, the Browns, the Raiders, the 49ers: horrible football has infected the entire league.
Is it me or have the Christmas commercials fallen off this year? Nothing speaks of the season's spirit like vignettes of rich families receiving luxury cars.
I feel sad when college football is gone. It's bad when the best sports option on TV is a mediocre NBA game.
Is the NBA made up of the same two teams, which just change uniforms?
The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times came out with their 10 best books of the year. None of the selections seemed exciting. Really, a book on taking LSD? I thought we'd gotten beyond that when the Moody Blues sang "Timothy Leary's dead..."
Nick Ayres decided he wanted to spend time with his 6-year-old triplets rather than be Donald Trump's chief of staff. Ayres said he wanted more mature conversation.
Harold Baines in the Hall of Fame but not Dale Murphy?
I've mostly liked HBO's "My Brilliant Friend," depressing as it is, but it's tough to read the subtitles and keep an eye on the action when you're wearing bifocals.