Fair warning: Come 11 a.m. today, we’ll be chatting live!

We’re going to try something a little different this morning. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Wednesday the 16th of December), we’re going to have ourselves a live chat.

Regular patrons are doubtless saying, “What’s so different about that? You do one of those  every time you cover a game.” And that’s true. But those cyber-conversations tend to be game-related: If I cover a Falcons game, we talk about the Falcons. (And much of the chatting is me saying/typing: “Third-and-four. Big play here.”)

(A personal aside: My brother Brian has never let me forget how many times I said, “Big play here” during the epic Steelers victory over the Bengals in the snow at Riverfront Stadium in November 1976. We were Steelers fans in the enemy camp. Our team won 7-3.  Dwight White recovered a Boobie Clark fumble and Franco scored. Mike Kruczek was our QB. And my girlfriend — now my wife — and I got stuck in Covington, Ky., because the passenger-side window fell out of my Mustang in the blizzard en route back to Lexington.)

The idea with today’s chat is to discuss more and broader issues. I’ve got a list of topics in my dim little mind — Georgia’s search for a defensive coordinator, the Falcons with three games to go, the Hawks in ascendancy, the Braves looking to trade somebody or sign somebody or do something not involving Rafael Soriano — but I welcome any and all suggestions.

So that’s what I’m asking on this pre-chat post: Send me your ideas, and we’ll see if we can indeed get around to them. And please: Check back at 11 a.m. when the real badinage gets underway. I can’t guarantee that a good time will be had by all, but I can guarantee that talking to y’all would beat the heck out of me sitting here by myself and recalling all the Big Plays of Steelers-Bengals ‘76. (Did I mention Dwight White and the fumble?)

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Here we go again

December 16th, 2009
1:14 am

First? No way.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
1:15 am

Here we go again

December 16th, 2009
1:16 am

Maybe we could just all make fun of the city of cleveland. They suck. Plus, you’re good at that mark.

K-Town Dawg

December 16th, 2009
1:17 am

I would like to know what is wrong with Big 10 fans?

On other blogs they are saying that Vandy, Kentucky, or Tennessee might be interested in joining the “big” 10. I know, I could barely stop laughing.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
1:19 am

You know, I really didn’t say anything about Cleveland except that Clevelanders had to live there. That TV guy was just looking for a crusade.

Here we go again

December 16th, 2009
1:19 am

And on a more serious note, I’d like to learn whether CPJ is treating his team’s bowl game this year as “just a reward” vs. a really, really big deal in terms of practice and preparation frequency/intensity. The triple option’s a lot easier to stop when you have more than 5 days to practice for it.

Here we go again

December 16th, 2009
1:21 am

You didn’t say anything terrible on TV, but you kind of did try and fan some flames by posting that you tube video on your blog…

retired on the lake

December 16th, 2009
1:26 am

Cleveland sucks i went to school near there in the 60s and early 70s it sucks. though general bob lee won me a lot of money in a cleveland bar when the falcons beat the Vikes in 73 i think it was good nite from what i remember (not much was drinkin’ a pittsburgh drink boilermakers aghh) but Cleveland still sucks! River burned the actual river caught fire!

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
1:26 am

What can I say? The TV station posted it within the hour. I wanted the ol’ AJC to have equal time.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
1:27 am

See, that’s the thing. Everybody who rips Cleveland mentions the Cuyahoga catching on fire. I didn’t even do that. I was innocent, I tell you!

Heath

December 16th, 2009
1:41 am

How about discussing whether Kennesaw State will ever get their football program going. I’ve been wanting to buy season tickets ever since I was a student 15 years ago. They are always easing the possibility, then they go and do things like build a women’s soccer stadium that holds 8,000 people. 8,000 people! For women’s soccer!

Here we go again

December 16th, 2009
1:46 am

Also, I have a theory (I say all this now because I’ll miss the live chat due to this pesky job that will have me tied up between 11 and 1):

“The Media” (ie ESPN) hypes up some teams (ie the 2005 USC Trojans and the 2007 NE Patriots) when they’re about to play big games, (ie the BCS national championship or the super bowl) with the hope that they will fail. The Media knows full well that every time It predicts that a certain team is head and shoulders above its opponent, the more likely that team is to fail. After hearing for weeks how amazing they are, that team’s players then come out playing as if the championship is already won, and then they get beat. Then The Media has a chance to talk ad nauseam about how the game in question was one of the greatest upsets in history and who could have predicted that Eli Manning would be able to break that tackle and complete such an amazing pass and how perfect was it that Vince Young beat Reggie Bush’s team all by himself after Bush won the Heisman.

This is happening now with Alabama. One of the headlines on ESPN’s college football page simply says “No. 1 Alabama boasts six all-Americans.” The more Alabama hears how awesome they are over the next month, the more likely they are to play like they don’t care. And the more Texas hears about how they’re just lucky to be there because Mack Brown got clock management lessons from Les Miles, the more likely UT (the real UT, sorry Volunteers) is to play like their hair’s on fire.

And the bigger the inevitable upset would be, the more people are going to want to read about how improbable it was in the days and weeks after. Then The Media gets a chance to write all these articles about how Texas proved “The Media” wrong, and ohh why didn’t we see the upset coming, and ohh maybe the SEC isn’t that much better than everyone after all, and ohh Pat Forde you’re so good at mixing football analysis with witty one liners and scantily clad women. And then the Best Damn Sports Show Period can put it on one of their lists and be painfully unfunny when they talk about it.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
1:57 am

Kennesaw State is a great idea. My orthopedist will be pleased. He’s on the football committee.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
2:00 am

There’s merit in what you say, HereWeGo. I think we in the media like to deal in absolutes, when the cold truth is that not many teams are indeed unbeatable.

freshd

December 16th, 2009
2:01 am

Can you explain to me how a guy(Blair Walsh) could finish as one of three finalist for the Lou Groza award and not make 3rd team All-American on any list. Yet he only missed 2 fg and was 4-5 on fg over 50 yards.

Here we go again

December 16th, 2009
2:27 am

Yeah, that’s probably a more accurate way of putting it. Because by hyperbolizing everything, then you have a story angle no matter the outcome. If the underdog wins, it’s a huge upset and one of the greatest games of all time. If the favorite wins then we get to debate where that team ranks against all the other unbeatens and “best teams of all time.”

So if Alabama wins big, then the title game was “a mere formality in a forgone conclusion;” the SEC title game was the “real” national championship game. But if Alabama pulls it out in a close one, then they’ve shown how much heart they have, because all Champions have to pass a gut check when the game is close and the stakes are high.

Jackson

December 16th, 2009
2:50 am

Hmmm… Two UGA alums as D coordinators in BCS championship game could be an interesting conversation. How many times has that kind of thing happened?

BravesFan79

December 16th, 2009
4:01 am

Thank God not ALL schools have football programs. I don’t think having kids with IQ’s of 60 with 2nd grade reading levels, getting diplomas is fair to all the HARDWORKING… actual SMART students out there. (See Florida State!)
Have yall not seen enough Travis Henry’s of the world to know a good portion of these football players are dumb as rocks and not worth a crap!? Hmm… which athlete commited armed robbery on another student at AL? Which 3 athletes tried to jack some kids at a gasstation in Tennessee? Damn sure wasnt baseball, soccer or tennis players!

Thugs, STD’s, fatherless kids, IQ’s equal to middle school kids…… football? No thanks!
Lets reward the actual people with talent (as in Brains) and let the football players go do what they would move on to naturally anyways after highschool. A long career at the local Mcdonalds!

innocent bystander

December 16th, 2009
4:16 am

Mark could you let us know who the best (in your opinion) realistically available DC is for UGA. Leave Kirby Smart off the list.I hope we get him but fear we won’t.Maybe we need someone young and hungry on the way up. Diaz at MTSU sounds like he could be in that category. I’m not sure he played college football. Couldn’t find that data on their website.Interesting how UGA hung all those points on Muschamp in the 2006 upset at Auburn. Evidently being a DC isn’t an exact science. But the way Alabama held Florida scoreless in the Second Half was awesome.I realize Georgia was really helped by interceptions in 2006. Maybe that gets Muschamp off the hook. It will be good to see two celebrated DC’s face of against one another in the NC.

BravesFan79

December 16th, 2009
4:17 am

The ultimate athlete in the World. .and best fighter on the Planet… is a White guy out of Russia named Fedor! Hmmm… what would happen if Fedor fought some of the arrogant big bad football players in the US? Here’s a sample of what ud expect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYBmI9fCOs
By the way, the best sports event of the year that ive seen was Fedor vs Rodgers. A event that didn’t even make sportscenter (guess espn only shows highlights from companies that bribe them).

lanier

December 16th, 2009
5:20 am

why not talk a little about Ga State’s prospects to succeed in football.

thunderstruck

December 16th, 2009
5:27 am

What ever happeened to Boobie Clark? What a great name.

cadilac

December 16th, 2009
6:11 am

Can you explain the rumblings about why the Falcon’s ownership/management think we need to build a new dome; what is wrong with our current Georgia Dome?

Marcus

December 16th, 2009
6:17 am

I would like to talk some about the good and dark sides of recruiting. We have enough fodder between Tennessees recent issues, the FSU scandal and the academic worthiness of past recruits. Along the same topic, address the side issues of how certain schools curry favor with certain HS either by name association or other under the table things.
Also, I would like to know how/why some athletes totally ignore other opportunities, esp. when it becomes clear that Big School X isn’t interested.

Cap'n Nugs

December 16th, 2009
6:19 am

So, Here We Go, you’re saying The Media hypes things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a wordy post to state something so obvious. Oh, and congratulations on being first…your mother must be very proud.

Mark…let’s talk about this joke called the BCS, and how to bring it to it’s knees (can anybody say BOYCOTT?).

Let’s talk about GT basketball…if Paul Hewitt can’t win with this group of athletes, he needs to go.

And I’m sure there’s at least one poster who’d like to talk exclusively about Matt “Choke” Ryan’s noodle arm and the greatness of the great Michael Vick.

And though it’s not sports related, let’s debate who is the greatest rock band EVER (even though anyone with half a brain knows it’s Led Zeppelin).

Let’s talk about Bab’s and this country’s insane war on drugs….and if you give me…weed, whites and wine. BTW…do you think anyone on the Hawks smokes weed? Naaaahhh…I’m sure they’re not that stupid. BWAHHH!

And when we’re done blogging, we can all do a few bong hits and chill.

George

December 16th, 2009
6:20 am

A discussion of the poor grammar used by those who cover games for the broadcast media might be useful. You know how I feel about this Mark. Is it so much to ask that we begin our with a simple discussion of why a double subject is so sinful? Take a stand for the English language!!

Singletary

December 16th, 2009
6:36 am

* After the few Wildcat plays we’ve ever tried, WHY were we running this to start a crucial drive?

* Acknowledging Elam’s career, why did we keep him long enough to substantially & negatively impact 3 games?

* Redman is better than most back-ups in this league. He won TB, almost won NOLA, and the Eagles’ DLine is built like every other NFC East team (not Redskins) to be brutish. Notice how we lost to 3 of those teams, yet no respect?

* Will we go 9-7?

Spike

December 16th, 2009
6:48 am

Mark, waxing nostalgic today?

Motown Hound

December 16th, 2009
6:49 am

Possible conspiracy involving Boobie Clark and Tiger Woods. Could be big.

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December 16th, 2009
7:00 am

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Seriously, I have an 8 to 5 job, so I can’t join in.

But please, for the love of God, someone bring up and talk about one of the BEST defensive minds in the country who would be awesome as Georgia’s DC, and would probably be willing to take the job, as it’s a step up, and not, you know, a lateral move.

ALSO!

The 2009 Hawks. The 2004 Detroit Pistons.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Topp Dogg

December 16th, 2009
7:06 am

What happened to Jack Lambert ,the baddest MLB in the history of the NFL.

haywood...

December 16th, 2009
7:11 am

do i have to talk to participate or can i just sit back
and read along?

BugKiller

December 16th, 2009
7:13 am

Topp Dogg,

Jack Lambert had to retire because of turf toe.

You know, that very same injury that ridiculous losers like “Choke” and his five different names claim only puscatores use as an excuse not to play football.

MiltonDawg

December 16th, 2009
7:30 am

Or what about how we think the ATL Spirit finally got it right with the Hawks/Thrashers yet still there are 5 to 6k seats still open—where are the fans?? Why MLB teams continue to make trades/pick up good players while the Braves have only focused on the bullpen. Pierre, Cameron, all OFs Braves need were recently signed.

JEZ

December 16th, 2009
7:31 am

I know it’s far fetched, but what do you guys think about stealing away Lane Kiffin’s papa for UGA’s DC?

Michael Scharff

December 16th, 2009
7:49 am

Good morning Mark. One thing you might want to talk about is the 30-30 piece on the U last night about the great(?) Miami teams of the 80’s and 90’s. No team today could get away with the thugary and hooliganism of those teams in today’s college football atmosphere. Not even UT.

I Run This State

December 16th, 2009
7:50 am

Good Markey……..

i cannot wait to ask you, and you explain to me how UGA is still the worst thing in the state. And how Tech should be given state bragging rights strictly because they play in the All Cupcake Conference, and are going to the worst of the BCS bowls by default.

Lame Kiffin

December 16th, 2009
8:07 am

I hope you don’t say anything about my Tennessee “ho”stesses giving up the little kitty cat in order to get 5 star recruits for the VolNation.

Reality Check

December 16th, 2009
8:10 am

30-24!!!!! Dawgs whipped Tech’s butts on the field!
30-24!!!! Dawgs provd that Georgia Tech is the most overranked & overrated team in the nation!
30-24!!!! The Georgia Bulldogs are state champions!
30-24!!!! The Dawgs (along with USC whipping Clemson) prove that both ACC division champs are inferior to middle of the pack SEC teams!
30-24!!!! Dawgs prove the SEC is superior to the ACC!
30-24!!!! Dawgs slapped the overranked jackettes right in the face!
8 out of 9!!!! It is business as usual!

saint simons

December 16th, 2009
8:12 am

At least all of us Georgia Tech fans are still #1 at something: WHINING!!!!!!

F-105 Thunderchief

December 16th, 2009
8:20 am

I hope you will conduct the badinage with sang froid.

Someone actually used sang froid in a headline in the AJC. Must’ve been the person’s last day.

F-105 Thunderchief

December 16th, 2009
8:24 am

Oh, I’d like to read some discussion of Mike Woodson. I thought he was the light leaving that wouldn’t go down when Knight was flushed. Might he not stink afterall? Methinks maybe he might be a decent coach afterall.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
8:24 am

Sangfroid, Sigmund Freud … We’ll get around to both.

F-105 Thunderchief

December 16th, 2009
8:28 am

Oh yeah, no space. Sorry, teach.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
8:32 am

I believe Jack Lambert retired because of … turf toe. And I think he became a park ranger or something.

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
8:35 am

I have to admit I’ve come around on Woodson. This after writing he should be fired a half-dozen times.

Brunswick

December 16th, 2009
8:35 am

Reality Check….man are you sour or what? Really if its bothering you that bad. get some help, meds or something but to come on here every hour and type that same stuff over and over surly means you have issues.

Daniel

December 16th, 2009
8:35 am

Mark- Here are my suggestions:

1) Does the signing of Lackey give the Braves a better shot at trading Lowe for something of value?
2) Did playing Babieneux(sp?) change your opinion about Dimitroff/Smith and their “character first” program?
3) With the Hawks playing extremely well, why won’t the AJC hire a full time beat writer to cover the games?

Mark Bradley

December 16th, 2009
8:48 am

Good one on Babineaux, Daniel.

And I believe we have hired a new Hawks beat writer. Not sure of his start date.

Gordon

December 16th, 2009
8:52 am

You’re going to get a lot of people fired, Mark. Fortunately, I have a lot of self-discipline and will resist the temptation to blog with you during work hours. ;)