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Do you remember, long ago, in the history of Atlanta sports, when Georgia Tech Basketball was elite?

This is pretty much what Tech's whole year has looked like.

It was 2004 when they made it all the way to the NCAA Championship Game. That seems like ages ago now. They have always had one of the top recruiting classes in the country but recently they have been getting one-and-done players like Derrick Favors, Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeous Young.


Back when I was a big UNLV fan in 1990, they played “Lethal Weapon 3,″ coached by legendary coach Bobby Cremins.

Georgia Tech used to be an NBA breeding ground for point guards. Look at the list: Mark Price, Travis Best, Kenny Anderson, “Starbury” and Jarret Jack. They were an exciting team.

After losing to in-state rival Georgia at Alexander Memorial last night that should be the final straw. It is time to fire Paul Hewitt. The program is eroding.

I witnessed them get blown out by Kennesaw State. Seriously? Kennesaw State. Unbelievable.

Here is an idea: Hire Bobby Cremins. Yes I said it. Teams and schools do stuff like this all the time. The Redskins did it with Joe Gibbs. Pepperdine did it with Tom Asbury. The Golden State Warriors did it with Don Nelson. Bobby Cremins was the best coach Georgia Tech ever had. The court is named after him. Do what you have to do to get him here. I would like to see Georgia Tech Basketball go back to the National Powerhouse it used to be.

Richard Holdridge


Editor’s Note:  It is my pleasure to welcome Richard Holdridge as a writer here at Sizzle’s Sandbox.  He will regularly contribute his thoughts on sports here.  He is a walking, talking sports almanac, so I am sure you will enjoy his thoughts.  –Sizzle

Do they make hate-proof jerseys?

I have to say I am very excited about seeing LeBron James coming back to Cleveland. He is in for a real surprise. If I were him, I would fear for my life. There is a reason why the city of Cleveland has to beef up security when he comes to town.

In order to understand the city’s hatred for LeBron, you must understand the suffering this city has gone through. They have not won a championship since 1964 when the Browns won the Super Bowl. The Indians went to the World Series in 1995 and 1997, but guys like Tom Glavine and Edgar Renteria broke the city’s heart. The Cavs got their hearts broken by Michael Jordan in the late 1980′s.  This is a city that has known loss, and those losses hurt deeply.

In 2003, the Cavaliers drafted LeBron James in hopes of bringing that championship they have been desiring and chasing for over 40 years.  He boosted the team, and would eventually help them reach the NBA Finals in 2007, but in yet another heartbreak, Cleveland got swept by the San Antonio Spurs, and the city’s losing streak would remain intact.

LeBron played 7 seasons for the Cavs and won 2 MVP awards while there.  But as with all good and promising things, there came a time when a crucial choice had to be made.  When he became a free agent in July 2010, there was a lot of speculation about where he might play next, both on his part and on the part of basketball fans.  A lot of Cleveland fans hoped he would stay but instead he dropped the bombshell in a ESPN One-Hour Special, telling the world that he would “take his talents to south beach”. He signed with the Miami Heat along with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to form what was supposed to be “a dynasty.”

So far they don’t look like a dynasty.  An NBA team can’t win with a no name coach, no big man and no point guard.

Personally, this author hopes Cleveland beats Miami badly.  Perhaps it is time that LeBron gets a taste of the loss that Cleveland has felt for so long.

–Richard Holdridge