My name is Kyle McClendon, I’m 21 years old and I’m an al—wait, no. That’s not right.
I’m 21 years old and an Atlanta native who has loved sports all my life. Growing up in Atlanta—McDonough, Georgia, more specifically—life was always better in the fall, because my weekends were full of three things: Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons and time with friends and family. My life as a sports fan thus far epitomizes the Atlanta fan experience, as both the Falcons and Bulldogs have been one win away from the big game, only to fall short and, subsequently, spiral into mediocrity.
Back to me, though. I am a senior at Georgia State University and studying for a degree in Public Relations, with a minor in Marketing. I still live at home in an effort to avoid massive student loan debt, but commute to the city two or three times a week. I love the city of Atlanta with all my heart. It’s full of diversity. It’s full of creativity. More than anything, though, it’s full of passion. I am 100% Atlanta and still remain hopeful that the excellence that surrounds the sports in Atlanta will find its way into our franchises. I see the bright side more often than not, but I’m not afraid of an argument—it means we’re both getting smarter.
My twitter, meanwhile, is full of random stuff like the Falcons, school, food, and my faith—something I value and a foundation for who I am.
I also run a sports league in McDonough where we offer flag football, basketball, and soccer, and I coach football and basketball throughout the year. I’ve always been a football fan but I am also growing as a basketball fan, so I’ll occasionally have some basketball takes on my social media as well.
I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to write for this site, because I know how passionate most Falcons fans are and I have high standards for what is presentable. This should be a lot of fun and it hopefully will last a while. I look forward to covering the odds and line for the game, injury news, and the cultural impact that the Falcons and sports as a whole have on Atlanta. I know I have a lot to learn and hope you all help me learn as quickly as possible. Thanks again to Dave, DW, and to all of you. Now, let’s party.