I’m back, and Happy Father’s Day

I'm back (for a week).

I'm back (until vacation).

Hello all. Open for business again.

Woke up this morning to the sounds of my daughter running out of the house because she overslept and was late for work. She forgot to wish me Happy Father’s Day.

But I’m over that crushing blow — thanks to the sounds of my wife outside with a hedge trimmer.

Thanks for watching over the place for a few days while I was out. Also, thanks to most of you for your kind wishes. (And to the others: Sorry. I came back.)

I’m writing through this week, but then taking some vacation time, which I need to squeeze in before Falcons’ training camp starts.

I’ll post a column later today on the Braves’ upcoming homestand against the Cubs (makeup game), Yankees and Red Sox. I know we’re not even at the midway point of the season but I think everybody knows how important this week is, not just for the standings but also for holding the attention of the Atlanta market before the Falcons open training camp. (That should give you some hint about my focus in the column.)

On another matter, I spent the past few days in Pittsburgh, which has reason to gloat lately. Saw a great T-shirt that combined the Steelers’ and Penguins’ respective titles into one slogan: “On Ice Or Grass, We’ll Kick Your …”

Oh, wow, look at the time.

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June 21st, 2009
11:58 am

Welcome back, man.

I think (most of us) got spoiled with all the extra doses of B.S. (Bradley and Schultz) getting us through the doldrums of summer, that when one part of the equation was missing, well… it hasn’t been pretty.

A city like Pittsburg deserves some reason to crow. I mean, are there even people left in that easternmost of Rustbelt towns? With the record numbers of people leaving the last decade, it’s amazing that there’s enough left to fill Heinz Field.

Good for them.


June 21st, 2009
12:02 pm

Welcome back.


June 21st, 2009
1:06 pm

every one left is Pittsburgh is a Democrat on the welfare bailout….simple as that….


June 21st, 2009
1:16 pm


That doesn’t sound like a sweeping statement with no basis in reality… nah, you’re spot on in your assessment of the political persuasion of every single inhabitant living in the Steel City.

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 21st, 2009
2:33 pm

The “Come In, We’re Open” sign is a nice touch.


June 21st, 2009
2:44 pm

I remember fondly the late Saturday nights, when I would hop onto Papa’s lap to drive the ole’ Mercury home from the bar.

Good times.


June 21st, 2009
2:45 pm


Welcome back, Jeff


June 21st, 2009
5:18 pm

Anyway you can get Bradley to take an extended vacation?

How about Furman Bisher saying the Braves should trade Chipper? Now, there is a conversation piece. I actually kinda agree with him.


June 21st, 2009
8:48 pm

If only the scalpel would have slipped at UPMC; alas more tripe… Please let your vacation begin tomorrow…

Oh sounds like your offspring got it right; I’d walk right by you too!!!