About Brad Rowland:
My name is Brad Rowland and I am the newest staff writer on Soaring Down South. I am a die-hard Atlanta sports fan and have grown up in the city obsessing over the sports teams (chiefly the Hawks) since I was 5 years old. My basketball playing career didn’t exactly take off (i.e. ended with a “supporting” role on the end of the junior varsity bench), and I focused my time into being “that guy” who knew all of the sports facts, and had his friends showing him off for trivia purposes. My love for the Hawks formed organically in the fact that a) I loved basketball and it was (and still is) my favorite sport, b) the Hawks were the best basketball team that happened to reside in the city that I lived in, and c) I love a good underdog. Put those factors together with the passion for fandom itself that I have, and it was a match made in heaven. I’ve lived through the days of Cal Bowdler and Priest Lauderdale, I’ve lived through the 2005 (Marvin over Paul and D-Will) and 2006 (Shelden over anyone) drafts, I’ve lived through the Terry Stotts era, and I’m still standing, so nothing can keep me away from the Atlanta Hawks.
After previously searching for an outlet to the seemingly endless thoughts and opinions in my mind, I’ve spent the last 4-plus years blogging on my own site, and have grown to love the daily grind of covering the ins and outs of sports from a unique perspective. This is my first foray into team-centric blogging, and while I’ve spent the majority of those four years ranting and raving about the Hawks in a way that I don’t do about any other team or story, I’m excited about the challenge and opportunity to take the conversation to an even more in-depth place. Writing about basketball professionally has always been, and still is, my lifetime career goal, and because I’ve been a big fan of the guys from SDS for a long time now, when the opportunity presented itself, I was on board immediately. Covering the Hawks is a life-long dream, and my effort and productivity level will reflect that passion.