Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summer sports & rec guide

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click to enlarge DISC HEADS: Ultimate Frisbee at Georgia Tech
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Our 2009 Summer Guide is chock full o' summertime goodness. We focused on the simple pleasures that make an otherwise blisteringly hot season one of the most enjoyable times of year in Atlanta. Beginning now (!), we'll feature a simple pleasure weekly on Culture Surfing to help you make the most of the upcoming weeks.

SPORTS & REC by Glenn LaFollette

Sports and recreation is the soul of summer's simple pleasures. The great weather and the great outdoors go together like peanut butter and jelly, Spencer and Heidi, Varsity hot dogs and heartburn. Well, you get the idea. It's the smell of freshly cut grass at Turner Field on a Saturday afternoon, working up a sweat playing Frisbee at Piedmont Park, or making fun of Bill in Marketing for his inability to dribble a basketball in your company hoops league.

Summer fun involves being active. That may be as simple as cheering on your favorite ball club in its pursuit of another pennant. (Or failure to even sniff first place in the division despite major offseason moves.) It could also mean finding a new hobby, recreational league, or place to earn your first sunburn of the season.

BRAVES BASEBALL The summer seems to be the best time to catch Atlanta's professional baseball franchise since the prospects of playing deep into October appear to be slim to none. Nonetheless, the Braves are the original way to blow an afternoon. Between May and August, the Braves host 53 home games for your viewing pleasure at Turner Field. Highlights include visits from American League superpowers the Yankees June 23-25 and the Boston Red Sox June 26-28. braves.com.

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