Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mid-Morning Briefing: Ilya Kovalchuk, Salman Rushdie, and Philip Frobos Dominate Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta '09 Issue

I thought the FBI warnings would be hockey blog fodder enough for the morning, but apparently there's all this other stuff as well.

- Creative Loafing has just published--both online and in print--its annual Best of Atlanta edition. Who do you think wins Best Underrated Local Athlete?

Best underrated local athlete: Ilya Kovalchuk

Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellence — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime. Overshadowed or forced to share the spotlight at various points in his career with superstars Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa, Kovalchuk put together arguably his most impressive campaign last season when he was the team's sole source of offensive firepower, scoring 43 goals and netting a total of 91 points — the second-highest total of his career. Kovalchuk's sustained level of dominance in his sport place him on a tier far above any other current local athlete, including Braves all-star Brian McCann and Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan. Keep your fingers crossed, though — 2009 was the last year in his contract and it's unknown if he'll renew with the team.


I don't know about "sole source of fire power," but any "hey, wake up Atlanta" type recognition for Kovalchuk is a good thing, of course. But the best thing about Creative Loafing's Best Of list is their choice for Best Local Record Label. What, you've never heard of Double Phantom?

- How do you spell "inevitable?" Ben Wright tweets it out:

Special guest at morning skate today- AJC arranged for Evander Holyfield to come out and meet Evander Kane. Video later.

- And finally, it looks like Pavelec is starting tonight against the Preds. Rawhide wonders, "Is this wise?"

- Manny Legace (will we ever get to, you know, SEE him?) loves "the Kozzer." The Kozzer. The Koz. The Fonz's Russian cousin.


Speaker of Truth said...

Love the fact Manny and Slava have such a good rapport. And the nickname is priceless (Kozzer!). I shall proclaim the name Kozzer from the rooftops in "barbaric yawp" fashion when I'm not singing the praises of the rock band that should be named The Slava Kozlovs. Best. Name. Ever. After Ilya Valeryevich Ko-VAL-chook!!

PS - Were y'all the ones who tipped me off to the French Canadian wonder known as The Dale Hawerchuks??

Big Shooter said...

Very good and accurate right up on Kovy. I's likes the Double Phantom. They's good boys. AND, Fox Bros won best BBQ.

Wayne stuck in AL said...

Creative Loafing is still in business?