Happy holidays to all, and to all a good … rest


Saw a guy in LaGuardia Airport at 4 a.m. Monday. He looked like he had combed his hair with a blender. Turns out he was from Sweden and had just taken a bus from JFK, where another of his intended connecting flights had been canceled. He told me he had been up for 38 hours. So we’re standing in the security line and he gets to the front and the ticket-checker security dude tells my tired Swedish friend, “This is just your itinerary. Where’s the boarding pass?” So he has to get out of line and go back to the ticket counter to get a boarding pass.

I’m taking a few days off, heading to the other coast, where it’s very easy to lose touch with the rest of the world. But if news breaks while I’m gone that a mad Swede suddenly went postal at the Nathan’s Hot Dog kiosk at LaGuardia and nobody could figure out why, well, I thought you should know.

Here’s hoping everybody has a great holiday season. I won’t be gone long. Should be back in plenty of time to watch the Falcons close out a 9-7 season, Georgia Tech win the Orange Bowl and the Braves trade for Adrian Gonzalez. (Reasonably certain at least two of these three will happen.)

Good wishes to all, and to all a good rest.

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December 22nd, 2009
7:12 am


December 22nd, 2009
7:15 am

Take care JS- Can we expect to comeback to a Tuesday “Holiday Special” from the Count? Should be back hopefully by the time UGA announces D coach as well.

Charlie Dalton

December 22nd, 2009
7:24 am

Fantastic year of posts Jeff. Take care and have a great holiday season!


December 22nd, 2009
7:25 am

Merry Christmas, JS!


December 22nd, 2009
7:28 am

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year JS. Always enjoy reading your articles. Everyone deserves and couple of days after spending a couple in New York in that mess your wrote about.


December 22nd, 2009
7:29 am

Sorry about the typos. My fingers don’t want to go where my mind is. I think I lost that a couple of years ago.


December 22nd, 2009
7:34 am

really enjoyed 09 thanks

Dawg Days

December 22nd, 2009
7:34 am

Dawg Nation

December 22nd, 2009
7:37 am


I have had more than enough of the “$1.4 million vs. our $14 million bowl” guy.

I think it’s time the AJC bans him from all its blogs.

We can do without this guy!

You can’t spell Shreveport without

What, no Tuesday countdown...

December 22nd, 2009
7:42 am

…and with a built-in 12 day song for reference this week? C’mon, man!


December 22nd, 2009
7:45 am

Thanks Jeff…have a great one!

Top Dawg

December 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

Merry Christmas, Jeff. Oh yeah, and Go Hawkeyes.


December 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

Thanks for a lot of great laughs this year. Hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

F-105 Thunderchief

December 22nd, 2009
8:17 am

How about you bring back some excellent Cali nachos? Con carnitas, por favor. Thanks.


December 22nd, 2009
8:22 am

Damn it! I feel withdrawl coming on.

NM, that’s just the anxiety of traveling to my parents house for a fambly get-togther.

Enjoy the left coast!

C. Strickland

December 22nd, 2009
8:23 am

Hey Jeff, while you’re there, give some thought to staying. You must be miserable working for what has become the worst newspaper in the country and having to cover so many sports teams you despise. But, then again, who else would have you?

this game meant everything to tech

December 22nd, 2009
8:38 am

sesame street has him full time , this is just his part time job..oh and he covers tech football..course that is part time work in itself……30 to 24 buggos…take your batons to the tangerine bowl so the flagboys won’t get lonely..lmfao

NC Braves Fan

December 22nd, 2009
8:40 am

To everyone wishing Jeff a Merry Christmas: Happy Hanukkah! :lol:


December 22nd, 2009
8:45 am

Thanks for a great year of posts. Having moved to NC from Georgia, you and MB keep me informed.

Erin Andrews' Landing Strip

December 22nd, 2009
8:51 am

Happy holidays, Jeff. Enjoy your well deserved vacation, which, from the slobbering tone of this year’s blogs, I assume you’re spending with Super Genius Paul Johnson.


December 22nd, 2009
8:53 am

Have a great Holiday Jeff. Thanks for the good work this year.


December 22nd, 2009
9:03 am

While you’re out there maybe you can interview one of your heroes, Nancy Pelosi.

Herschel Talker

December 22nd, 2009
9:07 am

Schultzie – happy Hanukkah!

Larvell "Sugar Bear" Blanks

December 22nd, 2009
9:09 am

Enjoy your time on the “other” side of the yard Jeff…….looking forward to a 2010 full of countdowns! Oh and Dawgnation…….pretty creative! Kudos!

Michael Scharff

December 22nd, 2009
9:14 am

Well, it’s too late to wish you Happy Hannukah, but I do wish you Happy Holidays, and I hope you enjoy your brief respite. Hurray back soon, nad don’t forget to take the Count with you – he needs a rest for what is sure to be a busy 2010!


December 22nd, 2009
9:15 am

Merry Christmas to all Tech Fans………..And they call us low class……..HBTD


December 22nd, 2009
9:16 am

Have fun and enjoy the holidays Jeff.


December 22nd, 2009
9:27 am

Jeff, thanks for your hard work and opinions. You give me something to do when the work day grinds to a boring standstill. Happy Holidays


December 22nd, 2009
9:32 am


Enjoy yourself… avoid any libations that are offered to you(yeah right)! I hope you are going out to the left coast to negotiate for Gonzalez on the Braves behalf, actually we want all three to happen. Merry Christmas to all!


December 22nd, 2009
9:36 am

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
as are Vomit and ol’ Jock Strap,
Jeff Schultz tanning pool side near downtown Cabo,
and Matt Ryan is doing his best to learn how to rap.

Everybody knows a turkey and his traveling dog show
Help to make the jail cell his rite,
Clandestine Falcons Fans unconcealed,
as Arthur’s jester commands the slight.

They know that Dimitroff’s on the way,
he’s got Smith leading the Birds of Prey,
And every real Falcons Fan in town,
Knows we are 2011 Super Bowl bound.

And so we’ve got two more games to go,
lets kick some Bills and Buccaneer ass,
Jeff already said 9 and 7 is what we’ll sow,
Thank you Falcons Players and Brass!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

9-7 Ain't bad

December 22nd, 2009
9:43 am

Great and safe holiday season to you too Jeff.

I hope the Braves sign a quality bat…

Dr. Phil

December 22nd, 2009
9:46 am

Was the lost Swede a lawyer working on Elin v Tiger. This is one match that Tiger is going to lose.


December 22nd, 2009
9:53 am

Ricky… not bad, not too bad at all.

Happy Hanukkah, Jeff… rest easy.

Gator Mike

December 22nd, 2009
10:05 am

Jeff, thanks for your entertaining candor this year. I enjoyed it. All the best for 2010.


December 22nd, 2009
10:13 am

C Strickland
Worst newspaper in the country covering sports teams you despise???
How can a newspaper be great when it has to cover Loserville USA ???

The Dogfighter Returns

December 22nd, 2009
10:15 am

Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanza Jeff.


December 22nd, 2009
10:17 am

I thought the Count never rested.


December 22nd, 2009
10:22 am

And they are off… Always say that other people are low class, or take shots at their opposition… Or they pile on a person who is already paying a steep price… Or they are trying to “Brown nose!” Yep, the joys of the season… The AJC Blogs are a sleazin’!!!

jesse james

December 22nd, 2009
10:25 am

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! You can’t make me mad on Christmas! I hope all the kids get what they want. I know there were times when I didn’t, but I know my parents did everything they could with Santa that was possible. So if you don’t get what you wanted, be thankful for what you did get. God Bless our Troops and I pray that our country remembers the principles that it was built on. Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robert Ford

December 22nd, 2009
10:32 am

Dang, Jesse, I didn’t know you were this kind of fella,
I never would have shot you for the reward.

jesse james

December 22nd, 2009
10:35 am

Robert – I’m not mad, you had to feed your family.


December 22nd, 2009
10:37 am

Vazquez for Melky? Really?


December 22nd, 2009
11:01 am

I’m shocked on the Vasquez trade. Not really much of an upgrade in OF!!

Don Gill

December 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

Just in time for Christmas. How stupid, stupid can the Braves get? Trading Vasquez for a mediocre hitter. They are filled with mediocre hitters. Sign LaRoche, for crying out loud. He’s the only one that consistently hit wi power last year. And Vasquez was getting close to being as good as John Smoltz in his prime. Just plain stupid.

Three Jack

December 22nd, 2009
11:11 am

Melky? That’s the best they could get…McLouth lite?!

Might as well have stuck with Vazquez and give Schafer another shot…Wren is either the biggest dummy ever or the talk of an increased budget were total BS!

Reid Adair

December 22nd, 2009
11:14 am

Happy Holidays to you too, Jeff. Enjoy your time off.

Frank Wren has already stuck the Braves with Derek Lowe for 2010 by dealing Javier Vazquez to the Yankees, but don’t spoil your holiday writing about that.

Etowah Eddie

December 22nd, 2009
11:15 am

Happy Holidays to all.

GT Brill

December 22nd, 2009
1:59 pm

Happy Holidays to all !!!
“Erin Andrew’s Landing Strip” ?!? I love it !!!

Not Disappointed

December 22nd, 2009
2:17 pm

Happy Holidays to All!

I second the “Erin Andrew’s Landing Strip!” A cruel ingenous name nevertheless. ROFL!

Ramblin Wreck for life all!

Not Disappointed

December 22nd, 2009
2:18 pm

Jeff, I thank you for being a good writer and blogger on AJC. I really enjoyed blogging with you, Mark, Doug Robertson.

Go Jackets!