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ANSWERED PRAYERS? YAHOO SPORTS' Jay Busbee wrote, "Knocking down a church for a football team carries symbolic weight, especially in the South." Factor in the fact that Friendship Baptist Church "dates to the Reconstruction and hosted in its basement the initial meetings of what would become Morehouse College, and you've got the makings of a full-on collision of history and progress, with faith and football thrown in for good measure." Friendship and Mount Vernon Baptist each "eyed the other, gauging the other's progress in negotiations, neither wanting to settle too early or miss out on a potential windfall." Busbee: "Did the Falcons take advantage of the churches? You could argue that. You could also argue that the churches fleeced the Falcons and the city of Atlanta; there's no way on God's green earth that those churches would have earned such sums had it been, say, a Wal-Mart looking to set up shop." With their "new millions, and some wise real estate investment, the churches could come out just fine in this arrangement." Friendship BOT President Lloyd Hawk on Sunday said, "We weren't going to make a decision based on what a football team needed. And quite frankly that was the least of our concerns in the decision" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/23).