Sunday, April 27, 2008
I thought I would take a little break from the weather talk to do a little Hawk talk! Not something we have an opportunity to do very often! There was a little buzz in the newsroom last night during the Hawks-Celtics game. We won our first play-off game since 1999! I am not sure of the last time there was a buzz about the Hawks. Maybe the mid-90s when Lenny Wilkins became the NBA's winningest coach. If not then, then perhaps during our glory days in the mid to late 80s.
Regardless, the Hawks beat the NBA's best team! Granted I am making no illusion that we will win the 7 game series, but it felt good to win when it mattered for a change. It was more than 20 years ago that the Hawks were THE team in Atlanta. The Hawks were so popular they had their own song and music video...
The Falcons were horrible, the Braves were even worse, & Atlanta's hockey team was in Canada playing in Calgary.
It was in those mid-late 80s that I became a Hawks fan. I had moved to the area a couple years prior and attended my first Hawks game on March 12, 1988 (thanks Google!). That night the Hawks beat the Knicks 122-115 thanks to Dominique's 40 points. I went with a friend and his church group and that night I became a huge Hawks fan. A few months later the Hawks had the Boston Celtics on the ropes in the play-offs only to let them off. I was at 2 of those games & it was heartbreaking. For several years after that my dad and I had season tickets. I can still remember our season ticket location in the Omni. Section 214, Row D, Seats 11 & 12.
Isn't it funny how we remember little things like that? Those nights at the Omni with my dad and the Hawks were some of my favorite memories growing up. I loved the Hawks.
After I went away to college my interest in the Hawks & basketball waned and since I have been back in town lets be honest... the Hawks have not been good. Still, the excitement of last night brought back a little of the magic & passion I had for the Hawks when I was a kid.
Who knows, maybe there will be a little more magic tomorrow night down at Philips Arena. If we win, it will be nice to hear a little more Hawk talk for a few more nights.
Lets Go Hawks!
Posted by Chris Smith at 7:06 PM