Chattin’ live! Babineaux, coordinators, Woodson, Wren!

It’s live chat time, and we’ll keep going until 1 p.m. You’re free to ask anything and everything, but I thought I’d start the festivities with a few topic suggestions, some of which came from you. (Thanks!)

• Would Georgia be better served hiring a Big Name defensive coordinator or looking for a guy from a smaller school whose profile is substantially lower? Brian VanGorder came from Central Michigan, did he not? (Then again, so did Willie Martinez.)

• The Hawks are 17-6. Mike Woodson is a lame duck, at least at the moment. Should that be remedied soon, or would Rick Sund be better off waiting until May/June to work a new deal? (But what if Woodson becomes a hot commodity after leading the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals — don’t laugh — and leaves to take another job?)

• Can the Falcons win these final three games? Can they win another game? And if they end up 8-8 or worse, is the season a refutation of the Dimitroff/Smith Method? (I say no, but maybe that’s just me.)

• I have a Hall of Fame ballot. Should I vote for Mark McGwire? Should I write in Greg Norton’s name?

• Bobby Cox is approaching his final season. Will he work extra hard on nicknames for this last go-around?

• Tech basketball: Like what you’ve see so far?

• A submission from Daniel: Does playing Jonathan Babineaux the same week he was arrested give lie to the Falcons’ claims of being a character-first organization?

• A submission from Heath: Kennesaw State football — great idea or non-starter?

• Does Frank Wren know what he’s doing? Will Derek Lowe be traded? Should Derek Lowe be traded?

• Will it get even better for Paul Johnson and Tech, or is 11-2 the summit?

OK, there’s 10 ideas. We can discuss all, some or none. But I will make one request: Having said that you’re free to ask anything/everything, I’ll affix one asterisk. I’d rather not talk about Michael Vick. I’m tired of that one. I expect you are, too.

And with that, the figuarative microphone is open. I’m listening, Seattle Atlanta. (Sorry. Watched “Frasier” one time too many.)

457 comments Add your comment

Jared Jones

December 16th, 2009
10:58 am

Sonny Clusters

December 16th, 2009
10:58 am

Clusters was second, right?

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
10:59 am

Jared is indeed the leader in the clubhouse. Kudos.

Phil from OH

December 16th, 2009
10:59 am

Hey Mark, I had an idea….With Bobby (possibly) retiring after this season, a coaching change must happen, therefore; What if the Braves tried to pursue an already experienced manager, i.e. Ron Gardenhire? And if so, what do you think of making Chipper Jones hitting coach?

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
10:59 am

And Clusters is the worthy runner-up, which means that if Jared chooses not to fulfill his obligations over the next two hours, Mr. Clusters will take over.

m

December 16th, 2009
11:01 am

Mark, why did you keep so quiet while chan gomer gailey destroyed Tech football for 6 long years?

Another Dawg

December 16th, 2009
11:02 am

Worth noting that Woodson’s daughter graduated from high school in May. If he gets a bigger, better offer, his family situation would support him taking it.

Southern Georgia

December 16th, 2009
11:03 am

Monte Kiffin for DC!

I mean really, who wants to coach under Lane Kiffin anyway?

bdawg

December 16th, 2009
11:03 am

any word on the florida dc job? do you think they would go after smart as well?

Orange Bowl Bound

December 16th, 2009
11:03 am

for those on these blogs mouthing off about GT ticket sales to the Orange Bowl. I, for one, bought my ticket through Ticketmaster because I was able to purchase a lower level seat, in fact, it is on row 1 which is what I prefer. It seems the majority of the GT as well as the Iowa allotment is upper level and I do not want to sit there. There will be plenty of GT fans in Miami who did what I did. The party is at South Beach!

greg

December 16th, 2009
11:04 am

why arent the braves in on tryn to get gonz o from the padres

Scooter

December 16th, 2009
11:04 am

It looks like the Braves offensive options are diminishing… do you see any chance that they surprise everyone with a big move (like A-Gon) or do you see them adding a couple of small serviceable pieces that will bat lower in the order??

columbiadawg

December 16th, 2009
11:04 am

What about TCU’s DC? They do a great job with less-than-stellar recruits, and TCU to UGA looks good on the resume. Thoughts?

Sonny Clusters

December 16th, 2009
11:04 am

Julio Franco would make a good hitting coach. So would McCann’s daddy.

What nickname will Bobby have for Takashi Saito? We was betting on “c’mon kid”.

All Cupcake Conference

December 16th, 2009
11:05 am

Markey, what is your grudge against UGA football?? did the Athens Banner Herald deny you a job at somepoint? Why do you and Schultzie take every chance you get to take a stab at them. After the scoreboard at the end of the game at Bobby Dudd stadium read 30-24 after 4 quarters, do you still want to tell us that Paul Johnson is the best coach in Georgia?? Your answers will determine if i ever read your posts again.

Daniel

December 16th, 2009
11:06 am

thanks for using my suggestion.
In terms of Babineaux and the Falcons, yes, by playing him they cannot continue to claim that they are a character first orginization. They had the opportunity to take a stand, instead winning was more important. Interestingly, for me I still completely respect and trust Dimitroff/Smith, which is a far cry from what I felt about Mora after the Coleman incident. Even though playing Babineaux was “worse” than covering for Coleman. I don’t know why I give these guys a pass, but I do.

willie martinez

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

Mark, do the Braves have an opening for defensive coordinator?

still searching, willie

Ric Roc

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

Mark,

Do you feel that Rick Sund is as unimpressed with Mike Woodson as I, as well as most fans, am?? Although he has improved upon his record each season, couldn’t it be argued that most of that progression was due to the natural maturation of a young team??

I still see college teams play better “help defense” and I still offensive play calls that allow Josh Smith to hang out on the perimeter… I also this team take many a night off… the blame should fall to coaching, correct?

Who could/would you see a possible replacement? Any chance that Phil Jackson or George Karl may wanna coach here?

Da Blu One!

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

Do you think UGA will be preseason #1 going into the 2010 season like they were in 2008?

Brucemac

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

M, Mark probably thought that was the AD’s job. You tech fans are so stupid, I can only assume none of you went there since Tech has a good academic rep.

jdl2

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

why would anybody at a big school with a good program at the moment want to make a lateral move to UGA DC? It’s not like it’s ever been a position people move up from, just out of…

I Run This State

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

Mark,

Earlier in the year you wrote a wonderful piece stating that UGA would finish 5th in the ACC.

After the Dawgs ran over the Bees in Atlanta, and South Carolina manhandled Clemson 34-17 (remind you that UGA beat SC) would you like to revise your statement? I think it’s hard to say that UGA would finish 5th now since we see that they are better than the ACC’s two best teams, don’t you?

uga121

December 16th, 2009
11:07 am

This delay in naming a dc at uga is driving me nuts!!!!!!!

squeaky

December 16th, 2009
11:08 am

It don’t matter what the Braves do it will not workout they are what they are 3rd or 4th place team

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
11:08 am

I didn’t think Gailey destroyed Tech football, m. I thought he kept it status quo. But I did write fairly early on — in 2005, I believe — that I didn’t see him succeeding long-term at GT.

atlwolf

December 16th, 2009
11:08 am

I think Nady would be a good fit for us.

Daniel

December 16th, 2009
11:08 am

In terms of Woodson, like him as our coach, really do. But the threat of him becoming a hot commodity is unlikely. No, I do expect the Hawks to make a strong playoff push this year. But, with the NBA economy and the fact that Woodson has grown up with these players. If Sund makes him an offer at the end of the season, he will take it.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
11:09 am

Dick Bumpas is probably the hottest name on these boards. (He’s the TCU coordinator.) But he hasn’t worked in the SEC for a long time. That would be my hesitation.

willie martinez

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

seems being a manager is much like being a defensive coordinator.

you stand on the side ignoring whats going on on the field and dreaming about the pretty girl in the bleachers.

nola atl fan

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

MB – do you see the Hawks beating out the Magic for the division? gettting that home court in round 2 will be key in them reaching your said Eastern finals

Greedy!

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

Do you think the Hawks would be undefeated now if they still had Matt Freije coming off the bench or Bob Weiss as head coach?

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

Daniel, I think you might be surprised. Woodson is held in high regard by other NBA types.

Herschel Talker

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

MB:

1. Keith Law was on 680 last night saying that Saito is in no way an 8th inning guy and that the combination of Saito and Wagner is definitely a step backwards (and older) versus Soriano and Gonzo. I know you mentioned this on Monday, but can you readdress this and how Frank Wreck blew it.

2. Whom do you see as a likely hitter that the Braves are going to get?

3a. What do you think they SHOULD do about Adam LaRoche?

3b. What do you think they WILL do about Adam LaRoche?

You the man!

gtgoguy

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

Regarding Tech reaching a plateau of sorts…maybe for a while. The offense has come in quickly as the team has learned it, and in doing so has baffled most opponents. The defense is the key to continued top level success…and it might take longer to build, as their is nothing secret about strong defense…its just talent executing their jobs consistently. Comes from recruiting better players over the long haul. Until that happens, Tech will just have to continue to score a lot and have the ball last in many of their games. Thoughts?

Brucemac

December 16th, 2009
11:10 am

jdl2, another stupid Tech fan, man did anyone go to school there. That Irk Russell, he sure was a failure during and after UGA. No way we get anyone good like Tech. Please, save yourselves the embarrassment of constantly looking so ignorant.

Eric Dye

December 16th, 2009
11:11 am

I would be shocked if the Falcons couldn’t win all 3 remaining games…that INT call that didn’t go in Grimes favor in 4th quarter killed the Falcons chances of winning the game Sunday!

Eastside Jacket

December 16th, 2009
11:11 am

Given the early success of Hewitt’s basketball team, do you think he’s raised the bar for expectations this year? What do you think he’ll have to do this year to keep his job? Winning record in conference play? Make the NCAA’s? First round win? Sweet Sixteen appearance?

squeaky

December 16th, 2009
11:11 am

The state of Georgia is losers-ville there is no state with so menny teams so menny seasons in all sports and leagues and levels over the last 45 years and so few championships

Sonny Clusters

December 16th, 2009
11:11 am

Nicknaming players is high risk. Bobby Cox can get away with it but sportswriters should never do it. Pet names like “Hoss” or “Sweet Cakes” should make everybody in the clubhouse feel a little uncomfortable – and it could cut down on interviews from some of the other players. We was never allowed nicknames when we was playing ball. That’s why one of us got named Frenchy after getting to the Major Leagues.

Ric Roc

December 16th, 2009
11:11 am

Do you see a light at the end of the tunnel for the Braves? If they are that unwilling to increase the payroll, then I don’t see how they figure to realistically compete for a championship in 2010 — and I mean Division Championship.

If ownership/management refuses to spend money on the team, then why should the fans?

I also hope they don’t feed us more bs about how they choose to field next year’s team like they did last year… case in point: the logic behind not going after Adam Dunn was that he played horrible defense… yet we go out and sign Garrett Anderson??

uga121

December 16th, 2009
11:11 am

Bumpass just doesn’t seem like a good fit to me. Don’t know why just doesn’t

Tide Fan

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

Do you think UGA fans will ever comprehend that Mark Richt isn’t a Top 15 coach, or top 3 coach in the SEC?

jdl2

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

Wouldn’t Bumpas have a better shot at a national championship where he is? Reckon teh money would swing it?

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

I do not think Georgia will be preseason No. 1 in 2010. Unless we’re talking gymnastics.

And I have no grudge against Georgia football. You won’t believe me, but I say it anyway. (You might ask some of your Tech acquaintances how much of a Jacket booster they’ve considered me over the years.)

BALLPLAYER1179

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

With the Angels losing Lackey do you think they become a hot team to come after one of the Braves pitchers and if so who would be the best option for the Braves to get in return for Lowe or Vasquez?

Eric Dye

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

& for what Woodson has done in Atlanta in last 2 seasons and where they are at now…would be VERY WISE to get a deal done ASAP!!!!!

Nasty Nate

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

Can the Braves compete long term with Philly and NYM without an increase in payroll? Or are we relegated to the build a team and make a run every four years type of thing – ie Florida Fish…

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
11:13 am

I think Xavier Nady is probably going to be the kind of guy the Braves end up acquiring — not a true Big Bat like Holliday, but a decent big-league hitter.

Tide Fan

December 16th, 2009
11:13 am

Dick Bumpas should be hired on name alone. His name sounds like a gay rap group.

JSS

December 16th, 2009
11:13 am

Just reposting this for
Topp Dogg and Mark Bradley…
Lambert was a Assistant Game Warden in Western PA. He has retired from that now. He lives in Worthington, PA which is NW of Pittsburgh (the Kittanning area). He came out when we were shooting “Mothman Prophecies” there… Nice, quiet, and keeps to himself (and his family).