Atlantan Malaise

I sat in a Ted’s Montana Grill last night and watched the Braves lose to the Red Sox and thought about how sad I was that Ted Turner was gone from Atlanta.

Sure, The Ted still bears his name and Turner Broadcasting is still here, but he isn’t. Turner sold the Braves, so how Atantan is our hometown franchise anymore?

Ted isn’t even on the Time Warner (owners of Turner Broadcasting) board and spends much of his time elsewhere (Florida, Montana).

He left and all we got in exchange was a steakhouse chain and Jane Fonda. Somehow, I just felt gypped.

10 Comments so far

  1. Annie (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 8:37 am

    Methinks you are just sour grapes about the Braves being back 2.5 games, which is perfectly understandable.

  2. Seth (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    You’re probably right, but I do miss Ted.

  3. Atlpaddy (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    I miss not having a reliable 3-5 starter and AJ’s bat. I also long to see the sadness on Mutts fans faces as we take another series from them.

  4. codymc (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    well, he didn’t sell the braves — he was basically pushed out of the company after the aol merger — they faxed him to let him know, and removed his honoary owner badge from the braves. I too am sad he’s not as big a part of our community as he once was, but it’s not like he had much of a choice in many of those things.

  5. True Believer (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    I went to lunch at Ted’s downtown yesterday and Ted Turner was sitting in the booth next to ours. About fifteen minutes later he got up to leave. On his way out the door, he stopped by a table, picked at random, I think. He asked the very ordinary group sitting there if everything was OK and whether they needed anything.

    That is quality service. How many billionaires would stop by a table in their restaurant to ask if everyone was comfortable?

  6. d.ortiz (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 9:18 am

    A belated har har.

  7. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    I agree with Seth…my opinion has been that the sale allowed Time Warner (even pre-AOL merger) to demote Atlanta to a handmaiden for NYC and L.A. So, the best thing to be done with the Turner properties would be to write them off and start over. Yes, even CNN.

    It sucks, but hey, our best friends are zombies now. And what are we supposed to do with our zombie friends?

  8. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:20 am

    That was supposed to read ‘handmaid’, sorry about that.

  9. atlpaddy (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    What are you supposed to do with your zombie friends? Shoot them in the head with a shotgun, that’s what.

    (Rule #1 of Zombie Film laws)

  10. roxie (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    or keep them chained up in a shed playing PS2 all day, a la Shaun of the Dead

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