I’m going into hibernation, but first I wanted to say thanks

Another New Year's resolution, sure to be broken.

Another New Year's resolution, sure to be broken.

I have a problem. (Many problems,  but let’s stick to one.) I’m terrible at taking time off. I never use my entire vacation allotment, and the past two years I’ve hit December having taken exactly one week off in the calendar year.

So I wind up trying to play catch-up ball. Or catch-up rest. I took a week off earlier this month, and I’m sitting out until Jan. 3, 2011. (Which means I’ll miss the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which I’m sure is fine with the folks who run the thing. They hate me.) But I wanted to take this final opportunity to say thanks.

This dumb little blog keeps growing: From 1.976 million page views in 2008 to to 6.8 million last year to 8.954 million so far in 2010. Every time I think we’ve topped out, y’all prove me wrong. And for that I’m hugely grateful to one and all, even the 8.953 million of you who’ve called me an idiot.

Because I pretty much am an idiot. But my New Year’s resolution is to be a rested idiot, so I won’t be posting again until Monday. I’m going into hibernation for a few days. But I plan to return, sillier than ever, and I hope you’ll look me up in Twenty Eleven.

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Fish Bisch

December 29th, 2010
11:43 am

Mark Bradley

December 29th, 2010
11:46 am

Last first of the year. Kudos.

Joey

December 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Get your batteries recharged, Mark.

See you next year!

Jason

December 29th, 2010
11:52 am

Well, Mark, you ARE wrong a lot, but what makes you worth reading is your humility and honesty. Enjoy a well deserved break.

Michael in Dunwoody

December 29th, 2010
11:52 am

Mark, I pray you have one more bad prediction in you (about the Falcons going 12-4). Enjoy your time off.

Worm

December 29th, 2010
11:52 am

enjoy your time off..

Erik

December 29th, 2010
11:53 am

Happy New Year, Mark. 2011 will be sillier for sure!!!

Paul "The Genius" Johnson

December 29th, 2010
11:55 am

Rest up Mark and thanks again for ignoring the egg I laid in Shreveport and in posting a losing season. Oh well, at least you still recognize that no other coach can match wits with yours truly. I am the smartest guy in the room, as you have said before. As you and I know, what is truly important is making good copy and churning out smarmy quotes in the pressers, winning is optional.

Thanks again for all of your support and Happy New Year!

-CPJ aka “The Genius”

nola bradley fan

December 29th, 2010
11:59 am

the thanks is all ours Mark. Great copy, great opinions and tons of laughs in 2010. Looking forward to a great 2011… that might even include a live bradley blog from Big D? Nevermind, lets not put the MB jinx on it yet…

kaminari

December 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Go Mark! 9th! Kyu- 9 in Japanese- dos to me.

P.S. Fire Mike Mularkey lol

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Thanks Mark – enjoyed most of your columns – except for you continuing to call for the firing of CMR while neglecting to criticize Paul Johnson.

Ted M

December 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

the teacher

December 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Mark,

I enjoy your blogs as they usually make me think. I am relieved that with you off until the 3rd of January, all of the moronic, immature, and idiot bloggers from both UGA and Tech will have one less blog to spew their hateful messages on. Do these people understand how bad their silly blogs reflect on their Universities? Probably not, though some may and continue to post just to feel important. I will msii your comments until January 3rd, but not theirs. Enjoy your time off.

todd grantham

December 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

Happy New Year Mark.

Reid Adair

December 29th, 2010
12:05 pm

Enjoy your well-deserved time off, Mark. Happy New Year.

Covers Dixie like the Dew

December 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

Happy New Year Mark.

Go Falcons !

chem

December 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Your self-deprecation won’t save you from ridicule in 2011.

Buckeye

December 29th, 2010
12:21 pm

Come back in Scarlett and Gray and get ready for 2020.

Bing

December 29th, 2010
12:28 pm

Mark-

You wrote the best UGA article this year.

It was something to the effect of “If Aaron Murray’s better than expected, why is Georgia 5-6?” or something like that.

It made me realize I had been measuring the wrong stuff with Murray:
Pass efficiency
Td/Int

Then I dug into his numbers, and realized the kid really was playing all year like redshirt freshman, he was accurate against unranked teams, pretty inaccurate against ranked teams, in pressure situations like 3rd down, 4th quarter & red zone, etc.

Made me realize why everybody pre-season had Georgia doing bad because of inperienced Murray.

They were all right, I was wrong.

Your article, the best of the year, made me get to that.

Murray was ranked in accuracy 75th or worse in:
1) red zone
2) 3rd downs
3) 1st quarter
4) 4th quarter
5) 3rd and 10 yards+
6) against ranked teams

You have a way of getting to the heart of the issue.

So thanks.

Bing

December 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

mark bradley lover

December 29th, 2010
12:33 pm

i love you bradster (my nickname for u) seriously i love u man

kevin

December 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

bring back the mustache in 2011!!!!! lol

Being a writer is a vacation!

December 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Because I pretty much am an idiot. Don’t sell yourself short, Mark. There is nothing “pretty” about it. You are indeed an idiot.

Enjoy the time off. Look forward to reading your nonsense next year!

Dawgdad (The Original)

December 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

I guess working in Sports is like living in the Toy Store, always exciting. It must be nice to have a job, you don’t want to leave, every chance you get, I never was so lucky. I never had a problem using my vacation time.

Enjoy your blogs and insights, and take heart, none of us posters are right as much as we let on either. But do me one last favor and predict a 3-9 season for the Dawgs this next year with a victory for Georgia Tech in old fashioned Hate game.

Heath

December 29th, 2010
12:44 pm

Happy vacation, you Jackwagon!

Darth Hater

December 29th, 2010
12:50 pm

Happy New Year, Mark!

Thanks for not getting (or giving) Herpes like Mike Vick.

Thanks for not bashing the Thrashers like Jeff Schultz.

Thanks for being so much smarter and articulate than the average “Vick Supporter.”

Thanks for being less liberal than most of the rest of the AJC Staff.

Thanks for an entertaining 2010.

Beeeeg Boy

December 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

You gonna be in Athens for the Kentucky game?

Chuck

December 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Mark, the only thing you will miss about the Chick-Fil-A Bowl is the free Chick-Fil-A sandwich they give out to the reporters. The final score is a done deal—FSU wins easily. For some reason unknown, Spurrier can’t get his teams up to play in bowl games—check the results of the last few of them. Jimbo (coach-in-waiting) Fisher won’t have to be looking across the field at a Frank Beamer coached team this time, and get to claim a moral victory in a last-second score (after calling 3 timeouts) to bring his team to within 2 touchdowns.

74 Dawg

December 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

Well, rest up Mark, and Happy New Year in advance. You’ve got 3 days to work on that New years Day / Bowl day Extravaganza hangover.

Lets Go Bravos

December 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

As usual, MB is the biggest hypcrite in Atlanta sports. All we heard for a year and 1/2 was how smart the genius at GT was. Let assume CMR was 0-3 in bowls, loses 7 games in his third year and was 1-2 against GT. Would he have managed to keep the genius tag given to CPJ? You and JS have conveniently given GT football a pass this week but I guess you will do a vacation blog on the UGA program if they loses Friday.

New Sheriff In Town aka Smartest Guy In The Room

December 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

Paul Johnson’s offense: 8 ppg in bowl games.

Dean

December 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

A true vacationer means someone who will ditch any work-related PDA. (No checking the company e-mail either from the home computer.)

I’ve got 50 bucks says you can’t do it–>and I will only have your Word that you did nothing, not anything to do with work while on vacation.

Quitting smoking is a breeze compared to being out of touch for more than 12 hours!

Good luck.

Andy

December 29th, 2010
1:29 pm

Don’t worry Mark, we hate rawdawg more than we hate you.

Bill in VA

December 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

A good new year to you, Mark, from the Shenandoah Valley of VA!

VOLinATL

December 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Have a good break!!!

Paul H

December 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

I wish the Falcons were playing at the Superdome in the playoffs so they can do the same thing to the Saints logo. Oh wait nevermind, the Falcons have way more class than that.

mountain_jim

December 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

Enjoy the time away Mark. We will all still be around when you return. Voraciously clicking for ever more novelty and time-wastability. :)

Jasper

December 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

I always enjoy reading your work, Mark. I hope you have a good break from work and you come back ready to give us more opinion and insight.

Chris

December 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

I love you too man! Seriously, there are blog postscripts to most every journalist from the AJC to Yahoo to ESPN but the reason yours has grown exponentially is you genuinely enjoy the give and take with all of us fanatic yahoos and it comes across. You can tell 99% of the other journalists have accepted it as a requirement of modern technology and comes with the job but they don’t embrace this portion of the job like you do.

I’ve looked forward to reading your column first since I was a kid. You have quite a gift for writing and rational thinking. I still get such a kick and wonder what must go through your mind when you have the audacity to pick against someone’s favorite team and they let you have it for your obvious repeated bias….best wishes for the new year.

Ed Zachary

December 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

WTF

December 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

Do us a favor and don’t come back.
Until you relaize you are not as smart as Cam Newton, or as quick as Vick…or even as literate as one of the above (pick one – you’re in 3rd place either way).
Being wrong is part of the process as they actually pay you to make predictions – sometimes. Even Jean Dixon got a few wrong. It isn’t that you are wrong so much.
What irks most of us is your holier-than-thou side-taking and demonizing athletes without any facts to back up your repugnant and usually incorrect typo-filled printed opinions. If the hubris label could be applied to one with so little real talent, it might fit. As it is, it’s just pathetic…or on a good day, laughable.
As I’ve advised before, walk down the hall and have a long talk with Furman Bisher before it’s too late. For either of you.
Too late to save you’re integrity. Too late to get to a true MAN OF WORDS before he succombs.
Selah

coachx

December 29th, 2010
2:33 pm

Happy New Years Mark and I hope you enjoy the time off.

BTW, I vouge to not call you an idot for the rest of the year.

Supes

December 29th, 2010
2:36 pm

Happy New Year Mark,

good thing is you don’t take this too seriously…it’s what makes people come back to the blog.

why

December 29th, 2010
2:46 pm

see ya idiot.
lol

gdawginkalamazoo

December 29th, 2010
2:49 pm

……. 8.954 million so far in 2010….. Holy crap that is a lot of crap! No wonder “productivity” is at an all time low in the US. I will probably be even less productive next year. But between now and Jan.3 look out!

Oh well everybody have a Happy and Safe New Year!

UGA89

December 29th, 2010
2:51 pm

U(6-6)GA

mediocrity at it’s finest.

bruce mac

December 29th, 2010
2:52 pm

At least you were right about guarantying the Braves would win the East. Please next year, keep your baseball jinxing predictions to yourself. Otherwise, keep it coming.

UGASlobberknocker

December 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

Yeah, but your OUR idiot and we like you.

Rich T

December 29th, 2010
3:24 pm

Enjoy the well deserved break, Mark. See you next year.

Mark

December 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

The only reason the Jackets got a free pass this week was because the entire city was tuned into the Falcons Monday night instead of Tech. But seriously Mark – please spend some of your off time analyzing why Tech cannot pass a lick from the Option, but AF, Navy and Army all have pretty effective passing games in their options????? Why can’t the Genius pull it off too?

Happy New Year Mark – you and Tim Tucker still make the AJC worth reading everyday.