Mr. Chizik (and his recycled shirt) Went to Turner Field


After falling behind 6-0 to the Phillies last night, the Braves scored 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to take the lead. After falling behind 12-8, the Braves scored 5 runs in the 8th to take the lead. After the Phillies sent the game to extra innings, Chipper Jones hit a game-winning two-run homer in the 11th to win the game for the Braves. It sounds like there was some magic in at Turner Field last night.

You bet there was. Gene Chizik and his (recycled) Saturday Night Fever shirt were in attendance and the obvious reason for the Braves monumental comebacks.The Twitter world was all ablaze last night after @ajcbraves tweeted the picture above prior to last night’s game. It went national. People were all over Gene’s shirt. I was not. Why? Because I’m a loyal reader of the ‘Blogle and remembered that this was not the first, nor the second time that Gene Chizik has worn this beautiful monstrosity.

Last May, I posted a picture of Gene wearing this shirt as he signed National Championship footballs. In an update to that post, I was told that Gene was even wearing it that day in the drive-thru of Hibachi Express in Auburn. It’s obvious Gene loves this shirt, and anything that gets near it becomes great, if only for a few moments.

Once the game began, the Fox Sports South broadcast named Chizik the “Fan of the Game.” Here’s video thanks to loyal friend of the ‘Blogle, @radiofreeblake:

Immediately after this aired, Twitter went ablaze again with claims that Chizik was picking his nose. Come on. Who picks their nose without moving their finger at all? What kind of digging technique is that? And his finger wasn’t even in his nose. It was on the end. I’ve seen him do this many times. And now I’m defending a guy accused of picking his nose…

Anyway, they always say you can take the boy out of Florida, but you can’t take the Florida out of the boy, so I accept this shirt as a sign of Gene’s culture and heritage. But I might have to draw the line at jean shorts.