Big-Game Joe

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I expect the Rapture to begin any second now. Or a meteor to smash into Earth. Or maybe the Cubs will finally win the World Series.

What has me feeling this way? The Atlanta Hawks — sporting the worst record of any of this year's NBA playoff teams and arguably the most pitiful professional sports franchise over the last decade — beat top-seeded Boston last night, 97-92, to even their first-round series against the Celtics at two games apiece. Boston won 66 games during the regular season, the Hawks 37.

What does this have to do with a Razorback blog? Well, former Hog and current Hawk Joe Johnson had the game of his life last night, scoring 35 points — including 20 in the fourth quarter, when he looked virtually unstoppable and uncorked several Jordanesque drives to the basket.

I live in Atlanta, and the sports-talk-radio rap on Joe is that he is an immensely talented player who doesn't have enough alpha male in him to be The Man in crunch time. For one night, at least, it was nice to see him prove his critics wrong.

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