Atlanta people and places

Former Falcon Dunta Robinson and friends at Mercedes-Benz this week

9:13 am Mar. 21, 2018

Former Atlanta Falcons player Dunta Robinson and a host of friends from his playing days are gearing up for some intense competition at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this week. Fellow Falcons emeritus Alge Crumpler, Roddy White and Brian Finneran, UGA turned Kansas City Chiefs player Justin Houston and many others are expected at the matchup.

Instead of football, though, the guys will be playing cornhole. The charity toss-off is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Falcons’ new

Falcons QB Matt Ryan, pro golfer Rickie Fowler in epic battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

9:49 am Nov. 20, 2017

What Georgia Dome?

With the dust clearing, literally, at the site of the Atlanta Falcons’ former home, quarterback Matt Ryan went toe-to-toe with pro golfer Rickie Fowler for dominance of team’s new digs, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

And by dominance we mean, who will prevail in a series of ridiculous “sports” events such as extreme golf cart racing, hit-the-button-to-open-the-roof and then what appears to be a freestyle game of tag.

Check out the hilarious video

Why Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman are excited about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

11:47 am Aug. 26, 2017

With the Atlanta Falcons ready to christen Mercedes-Benz Stadium, their new home, QB Matt Ryan and running back Devonta Freeman took a minute to reflect on the eye-popping new structure and on what greatness means.

“Greatness, to me, is being the best version of yourself every day,” Ryan says in a new video released by Mercedes-Benz USA and provided to the AJC.

“You’ve got to have that work ethic,” Freeman says.


High-tech tickets and other gadgetry at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

4:00 pm Aug. 17, 2017

No chance of that moving forward. Instead, fans will scan digital tickets at auto checkpoints upon arrival; they’ll go through one of 140 magnetometer security checkpoints. Ticket holders may transfer their electronic billets or resell them through the NFL Ticket Exchange, a site you may want to check out if you haven’t already lined up season tickets.

“This season the Falcons do not anticipate having any single game tickets available to

Vice President Mike Pence is headed to the Super Bowl

3:39 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – Vice President Mike Pence apparently is on his way.

Pence tweeted a photo indicating he will be in attendance when the Falcons and Patriots meet for Super Bowl 51.

There’s been no indication President Donald Trump would attend. Were that the case, the already extraordinarily tight security would ratchet up even more.

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Who flew a drone over the Falcons’

Watch AJC Falcons writer suit up for the Super Bowl 

12:28 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – AJC Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter is going to be the sharpest dressed man at the Super Bowl today.

Watch him get his look together with a little assist from columnist Jeff Schultz.


Vice President Mike Pence will attend Super Bowl LI

Lady Gaga gets carried away during her Super Bowl warm-up

NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey spotted at pre-Super Bowl parties in Houston 

Super Bling:

Someone flew a drone over the Falcons’ Super Bowl practice. Guess what happened

5:30 pm Feb. 3, 2017

HOUSTON – The Atlanta Falcons have been practicing at Rice University in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, and an eager fan apparently got crafty in trying to sneak a peek.

“With the field situated next to a residential area abutting the Rice campus, there was extra security between the edge of the field (with a fence and high hedges) and the neighborhood, so the Falcons could feel secure

Falcons owner Arthur Blank had no idea his dance moves would go viral

3:32 pm Feb. 3, 2017

HOUSTON – Falcons owner Arthur Blank had no idea he’d become such an Internet star for his dance moves.

“It looks more like chicken flapping to me,” he demurred during a pre-Super Bowl meeting with reporters.

NEW: Someone just flew a drone over the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl practice. Guess what happened.

Player Robert Alford captured his slick moves during a recent locker-room celebration. (See the clip below).

On Friday, someone asked Blank