Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Terry Fontenot named Falcons’ general manager. The Braves’ Don Sutton dies at age 75. AFC, NFC championships this Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Terry Fontenot named Falcons’ general manager. The Braves’ Don Sutton dies at age 75. AFC, NFC championships this Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.

Atlanta Falcons: Another key piece in the Atlanta Falcons’ new regime is in place. The team announced Tuesday morning that Terry Fontenot has been hired to be its next general manager.

Fontenot comes to Atlanta from the New Orleans Saints, where he has spent the last 18 years of his career. Fontenot just completed his first season as the Saints’ vice president/assistant general manager for pro personnel.

“When we started this process we were focused on finding someone that not only has a track record of identifying key building blocks that result in successful teams, but also someone who focuses on cohesive relationships within the building. We feel very strongly that we’ve found that individual in Terry Fontenot,” said Arthur Blank, the Falcons owner and chairman.

“In his past positions, he has shown the ability to make strong decisions and judgments that result in championship-caliber teams, while also understanding a variety of viewpoints and respecting a collaborative process throughout. Landing a leader of Terry’s stature, I believe our organization, players, fans and community will have confidence in our approach throughout this process as I am certain Terry will represent them and the expectations they have to a high level.

“I’d like to thank Rich McKay and so many across our organization that played a vital role in the comprehensive and well-coordinated process that resulted in Terry joining our family.”

Fontenot had been identified by multiple media outlets as the favorite or at least one of ‘two or three finalists‘ to land the Falcons’ vacant general manager position but according to league rules, he could not sign with any new team until the Saints’ season was officially over, either by losing in the playoffs or winning the Super Bowl.

The Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-20, in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday night.


Don Sutton’s passing comes within a month of the loss of another beloved Brave,  Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro who died at the age of 81. Niekro also passed away in his sleep.


NFL

Championship round:

  • NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs, 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
  • AFC Championship: Buffalo Bills vs.Kansas City Chiefs, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 7.

On CBS. From Tampa. 6:30 p.m.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

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