Peach of a bowl for Atlanta | www.myajc.com

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May

Peach of a bowl for Atlanta | www.myajc.com

I was pleased to read that the word “peach” might be returning to the name of Atlanta’s successful college football bowl game, the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I was even more pleased to read the reason why: that it is part of the deal to make Atlanta one of the cities that will host the six BCS playoff games in the Georgia Dome and then, hopefully, some day welcome the BCS national championship in the Falcons’ new stadium.

I am a third-generation Atlantan with a strong family heritage of supporting the city and its college football. I grew up in an era when Bobby Dodd was king of Atlanta sports, and Georgia Tech was a respected force in college football in the South. Pro sports were new and not yet established.

The addition of the Peach Bowl in 1968 was exciting. It was part of Atlanta’s growth as a major sports city. For many years, the Peach Bowl was played outdoors, first at Grant Field and then at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. The weather was often horrible. But the Peach Bowl grew quickly and prospered once the Georgia Dome was built — and it has yet to sleet inside that building.

Since that time, much has changed. The Braves have won a World Series, the Falcons have played in a Super Bowl, and both of these teams are poised to go deep into the postseason this year.

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