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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Entries in Atlanta (138)


Say it Ain't So... Varsity Jr. in Atlanta to Close

The Varsity Jr. in Atlanta is closing it's doors after 45 years in the same location. A big blow for the restaurant and fans of nekkid dogs and frosted oranges.

The family that owns The Varsity has told 11Alive in Atlanta they will close The Varsity Jr. at Lindbergh and Cheshire Bridge in two weeks. The family wanted to build a new Varsity Jr. on the Lindbergh lot. The wanted to demolish the old facility and move it back on the property. Included in the new design, a playground, a green space, bike racks and trees. After months of negotiations with the city of Atlanta, talks broke off.

The family has decided to move it's Varsity Jr. to Dawson County. They will take the same plans that were to be used in Atlanta and instead build across from The North Georgia Outlet Malls.

The Varsity Jr. is expected to close August 23rd.


Atlanta Loses Spring NASCAR Race

Atlanta's loss might be Kentucky's gain as Atlanta Motor Speedway has been informed it has lost their annual spring NASCAR race. 

Atlanta Motor Speedway announced Thursday that it will hold onto the Labor Day Weekend event on Sept 2-4. It will be the first time in 50 years that the 1.5-mile track, owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc., hasn't hosted two Cup events.

Kentucky Speedway, an SMI track, has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, when it is expected to announce it has secured a Sprint Cup date.

Sources have confirmed Kentucky will replace Atlanta on the schedule, but not on the March weekend that Atlanta traditionally has hosted its first race. Multiple reports over the weekend said Kentucky would host a date in July.

"Atlanta Motor Speedway has provided top-quality racing entertainment to spectators from across the nation and around the world for 50 years," Atlanta president Ed Clark said in a statement. "While our schedule will change, our commitment to the racing fans who have been the heart and soul of Atlanta Motor Speedway through these years will be stronger than ever.

"Our entire staff will be even more driven to produce the top annual sporting event in Georgia for many years to come."

Kentucky already hosts NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series events, as well as an IndyCar race. Plans are already in place to expand seating from 65,000 to around 100,000.


John Isner Really is The Marathon Man

This match may have been 9 hours shorter than his Wimbledon epic, but it wasn't any less difficult or demanding for the 6'9" American player.

The match in question was his semi-final victory over Kevin Anderson at The Atlanta Tennis Championships.  With temps on the court over 140 degrees, Isner conserved energy when he could and seemed to get his second wind in the 3rd set to take the win.


Isner said after the match he's glad to be playing in Georgia where many remember his college career in Athens.  He also said he was praying for clouds to cover the sun in the 3rd set.


Isner now will play Mardy Fish who upset Andy Roddick in their semi-final Saturday night.  Fish has been playing extremely well the last couple months, but I still find it hard to bet against John Isner no matter how long the match goes.



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