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Has worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 25 years. Has won some awards but lost many more. Is taller than you’d think. Isn’t as smart as you might believe. Is a University of Kentucky grad but grew up rooting for Louisville, which probably says something. Lives in unfashionable South Cobb with his wife and their two daughters, all of whom are much nicer than he is.

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Jim Morris

March 25th, 2009
1:25 pm

Mark — I remember you when you were at the Cats Pause and I was at the Louisville sports information office. Thank goodness you didn’t let all that Blue go to your brain and you’re making the thinking man’s choice for the NCAA. Best wishes, Jim Morris

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Mark Bradley

March 25th, 2009
1:45 pm

I remember you, too, Mr. Morris. Thanks for the note.

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Nancy Osborne

March 31st, 2009
3:20 pm

Mark!!!
Found you! Saw your Mother and brother last year and had a nice little visit. When are youall in LA next? Your Mother said you travel with the team. Let’s get together. Would be nice to see you. The pics of your family were lovely. Email me.
Always,
Nancy

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Jim Wright

April 2nd, 2009
4:56 pm

I have not seen noted that 2 kids from Gwinnett county schools are headed to the final four. Miss Moore from Collins Hill with U Conn and Chris Allen from Meadowcreek with Michigan State. You can recognize Chris easy enough on the court. He is the one without tats. Great kid.

Which should bother you more? Your coaches name mentioned for every opening. Or, your coaches name not being mentioned for any opening. My coach being Mr. Hewitt is what brought up the thought.

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Carl "Buddy" Mahan

April 11th, 2009
12:32 am

Mark, You don’t know me but your mother does. Please say “hellow,” to her for me. When we were small and I visited my grandmother in Paintsville,KY., we played games together. Also when I was in the dental supply business I called on your dad in Maysville. So I go a long way back with your parents. Saw your Buzz on the internet, thought I would drop a note to you. I enjoy your writing. Buddy Mahan

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Mark Bradley

April 11th, 2009
12:36 am

Sure I remember you, Mr. Mahan. You had a son named Cole, if I recall, a golfer. Were you guys from Winchester?

I’ll definitely say hi to Mom. She’d be tickled.

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Dee Rickerson

April 19th, 2009
12:47 am

Here’s link to a story you might like for one of your aggregator columns. It’s from some other Georgia paper about how Bobby Cox has a propensity to saying a certain phrase: “Always Bobby Cox”
http://www.macon.com/163/story/678761.html

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Ponto Downing

April 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

Whatever happened to David Davidson?

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Mark Bradley

April 23rd, 2009
10:55 am

Retired a few years ago. Still lives in Atlanta.

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Jose' Junco

April 24th, 2009
12:04 am

Please share with the caption writer (the caption under the Gonzalez picture) that fans would have “shuddered” not “shuttered” at previous GM’s decisions.

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Patrick in the FB

April 24th, 2009
8:29 am

Mark…FB rustic…we got us a Targets and a Home De-po. We big city now.

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Joseph

April 30th, 2009
12:05 pm

It is obvious that you are a Atlanta Hawks homer with your article about Heat vs. Hawks series. Atlanta beat Miami with a hurt Dwayne Wade. The Hawks have not proved anything yet, and they do not even have a player on there roster that comes close to Wade. He is playoff & Championship tested. I would rather take my chance with Wade, and his depleted roster than what the Hawks have any day. If they were so much better than Miami how come they got blown out in 2 games of series.

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bob sherrod, jr

May 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

I would like to inclide you on my e-mail list. What is your e-mail address? What is a twitter?

thanks, bob

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bob sherrod, jr

May 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Enter your comments here

what is your e-mail address?

thanks

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bob sherrod, jr

May 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

I am not vewry good with computers. I just want to know your e-mail address for my media newsletter.

bob sherrod, spors miracles

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Brian T

May 2nd, 2009
10:18 am

Thanks for deleting the prior post, coward. Who was “demonstrably better” last night, coward?

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Mark Bradley

May 2nd, 2009
1:18 pm

It works like this: Use an obscene image — even one with a key letter x’ed out to beat the spam filters — and your post gets deleted. Don’t and it won’t.

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docsbro

May 6th, 2009
7:01 am

Hey Mark this is a good story about a local “kid” making it to the Big Leagues.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4140809

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KP

May 6th, 2009
8:29 am

“For one thing, they have to live in Cleveland”

Mike – You are ignorant …have a nice stay.

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Rob

May 6th, 2009
5:33 pm

Hey Mark Bradley YOU BLOW!

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MrsStigg

May 8th, 2009
8:06 am

Mr. Bradley, just stick to sports. It’s sad that you admit you took this slam at Cleveland for the benefit of Atlanta because they don’t have much to look forward to…..that’s an even lower slam at your own city. I’m not a huge Bill Martin fan and I don’t care for the way he responded, but I am pleased that he stood up for Cleveland rather than take the road you did and slam both cities.

btw…I disagree with Bill about newspapers….read them cover to cover, daily!

http://www.fox8.com/wjw-billatlantafeud-0507,0,4248017.story

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Ricky Shade

May 8th, 2009
11:37 am

Mr. Bradley, I just listened to this whole bit and you sounded so freakin scared it was pathetic. You can have Atlanta and your crappy basketball team.

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ron b,

May 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

Mr. Bradley, I am sorry you find joy in slamming others.You live in a great city, but not always so great-so you should realize how it hurts when things are not going good. Things change, and when the jobs return reasonable people will see how many great things are here

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Tom

May 8th, 2009
5:22 pm

Mark, you made Deadspin:

http://deadspin.com/5246162/feuding-reporters-briefly-enliven-terrible-cavs+hawks-series

Some of the comments:
“America, get to know the a**holery that is Mark Bradley. A truly awful sportswriter.”
“Mark embarrasses Atlanta again…if this guy has kids, then i feel bad for them.”
“I haven’t seen a guy (Bradley) back down that quickly since the last commenter fight.”
“Bill Martin just pwned Mark Bradley. Good for him. F*** Mark Bradley, seriously.”

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Marcus W.

May 9th, 2009
12:34 pm

LOL @ the deadspin article. Mark, you have to read it to see what some of your “fans” say about you.

Are you going to respond to this? Or will you pretend that you don’t read these comments and ignore it? Haha, you’re a sad man.

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Vince

May 10th, 2009
2:10 pm

Give me a break, has anyone taken Bradley seriously? He’s always been a joke.

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Vince

May 10th, 2009
2:10 pm

Even his wife and kids think he’s a joke. Haha

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Ron Bailey

May 19th, 2009
3:18 pm

Mark, enjoy your blog and your articles. One of my favorite column by any writer is yours on your Dad. It was published , when you were with the Herald Leader and it is an awesome article. You need to get it out and dust it off for Fathers Day. You have came a long way since the Advocate days at MHS.

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Jabarbanol

May 29th, 2009
2:30 pm

Brian T,
You’re one of those that can’t talk or type without cussing. It is crude. Stop blaming Mark Bradley for your bad habits. Grow up.

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Go Panthers

May 31st, 2009
1:07 am

Mark – Any truth to the rumors the Braves are considering drafting home grown product and Georgia State senior Derek Simmons?

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Lefty Turner

June 2nd, 2009
11:20 am

Who goes to UK and roots for Louisville ??
That is incredibly disturbing. I read your nascar blog today, and thought “who is this guy ?”, so I read your “bio” and saw you went to UK. I thought, “he can’t be too bad.”, then I saw you were a Louisville fan and have come to the conclusion you are insane and delirious.

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Lanierland Auburn Club

June 2nd, 2009
3:57 pm

Mark-
Please join The Lanierland Auburn Club Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at Eagle Ranch in Oakwood, Ga as we welcome New Auburn University Head Football Coach Gene Chizik to the Auburn family.

Social Hour Begins at 6:00 PM with a Bar-B-Q dinner at 6:30 PM.

RSVP to lanierlandauburnclub@yahoo.com

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Paul R. Thomas

June 4th, 2009
1:35 pm

Mark, your evaluation of the McClouth trade maybe right but if it weren’t for our bungling GM it might not have been necessary. First, he insults Smoltz driving him off to Boston. Then he knee jerk signs Glavine (who has nothing left in the tank and now forced to release him).Third, he trades away Josh Anderson(CF) for virtually nothiing (just because he is a singles hitter who steals bases (leadoff type hitter). And now trading away another CF and 2 pitchers for a CF who doesnt hit for average but can hit HRs. It is sheer lunacy. In the meantime, we all are waiting on the Franceour mess to sort out. CF HR production isnt the problem, RF and LF lack of HR production is. Get over Andrew Jones, he was a freak that comes around rarely.

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Jim R.

June 8th, 2009
5:43 pm

Wow Mark—Scrolling down I see a wide variety of opinions on a wide variety of subjects, some actualy amusing. What I don’t see are accolades directed towards our very own National Champions right here in Atlanta. How about some well deserved kudos and maybe a little space in the AJC for the Stormy Petrels (yes you read that correctly) of Ogelthorpe University in Brookhaven for winning the Division III golf championship! How ’bout them Petrels, Go you feathery Petrels, I’m a Ramblin Petrel from…. OK they need a cheer but they worked hard and desereve a SHOUT OUT!

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Mark Bradley

June 8th, 2009
6:01 pm

You’re right, Jim. A hearty congratulations to the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels, champs of Division III golf! Kudos!

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Jim R.

June 9th, 2009
9:11 am

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Jim R.

June 9th, 2009
9:12 am

Thanks Mark–Keep up the good work!

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Jim R.

June 9th, 2009
9:13 am

Thanks Mark, Keep up the good work!

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Jim R.

June 9th, 2009
1:28 pm

OOPS–Sorry for the multiple posts. Must b-b-be t-t-t-he c-c-c-coffee.

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mesejs

June 9th, 2009
2:52 pm

Mark I consider you to be the most credible sports writer in ATL. Thanks for good work – NOW TELL ME WHY JASON HEYWARD IS BACK IN DANVILLE ??????

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Mark Bradley

June 9th, 2009
2:57 pm

Thanks, Mesejs. And I think he’s in Myrtle Beach.

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mesejs

June 10th, 2009
11:54 am

Mark unless they changed overnite – the Braves report on minor leagues do not list him on Myrtle Beach but at Danville?????

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John Kirkland

June 12th, 2009
2:22 pm

Once again the AJC misreports. The wins were vacated not forfeited and most media sources have gotten this right or retracted. Please get your facts correct.

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jcs 77

June 13th, 2009
8:05 am

I saw the adjetive “splendid” in you column this morning and thought maybe Terrence Moore was ghost wrting for you. Probably not though since his other adjective, “lovely”, wasn’t there.

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Jim R.

June 16th, 2009
12:59 pm

Mark, Any idea what Frank Hyland is up too these days? Where does he go to do his ‘research’?

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Mark Bradley

June 16th, 2009
1:01 pm

I haven’t seen Mr. Hyland in a long time, Jim. I wouldn’t hazard a guess on his library of choice.

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Jim R.

June 16th, 2009
5:07 pm

Yep–Good libraries are getting harder to find.
Thanks

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mesejs

June 17th, 2009
12:56 pm

Mark I’m still wondering what has happened to Jason Heyward. I think the Braves had planned on him being their next big bat in the outfield. He must have got demoted to Danville – WHY???

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Mark Bradley

June 17th, 2009
1:24 pm

Apparently Jason Heyward is hurt.

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Dick

June 19th, 2009
11:02 am

Interesting column this morning about Cox. It’s a shame that, in this day and age, players don’t react well when they’re treated with respect. Instead, they seem to take advantage of it. maybe the boneheads like Escobar or the Frenchys need to have a hard case manager first in order to appreciate Cox (in Escobar’s case, I doubt anything will ever penetrate that thick skull). But the sad answer often is that it’s easier to get rid of a manager than a larger number of players. I know that you weren’t calling for Cox’s departure, and it’s a very sad reflection on a generation that seems to want respect, yet reacts poorly when it’s given.

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Ted Striker

June 19th, 2009
4:05 pm

Mark — I just saw the video of you with the mayor of cleveland, ohio (City-State Intentionally Non-Capitalized) and it was hilarious. You make a great straight man, especially when the push push push non-funny comedy guy is falling on his face. (That probably means you fulfill both roles quite admirably. Kudos!).

Keep up the good work, keep the faith, and most importantly of all — don’t fall off your roof adjusting any newfangled antenna so you can watch the digital version of Channel 2 News. And have a good weekend.

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Mark Bradley

June 19th, 2009
5:28 pm

Thanks, Ted. I do have a converter box I need to get working.

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Jaleesa

June 20th, 2009
10:41 am

I may have the wrong Mark, but did you ever participate in one of Vox’s Raise Your Voice internship programs as a mentor? This makes me sound like the most senile 21 year old ever, but I think you were my mentor in the summer of 2005.

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Brian

June 20th, 2009
6:29 pm

I have always been a fan of your work Mark….but how on earth can a true Louisville fan ever pick UK in anything? UK has become the Yankees of college basketball. They out spend everyone, and now they have hired a coach that is as crooked as Eddie Sutton, but just does not drink as much…yet.

Remember, you can’t spell suck with out UK!

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zorba

June 25th, 2009
10:05 am

Mark, why don’t you do an article based on Johnson and Bennett. Which one do the fans want to have gone the most? Why Cox continues to put Bennett in crucial situations is beyond me. I guess his short term, and maybe long term, memory is gone. Of course ballplayers love to play for him; he keeps putting them in to fail – doesn’t give up on them when maybe he should. I do enjoy your incisive writing.

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keith cheek

July 2nd, 2009
12:28 pm

Mark, just read your blog about Escobar..your use of our language has always fascinated me, but, I
must say, the “comes with an inherent disconnect” is sheer genius!!! kc

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Tom In Decatur

July 5th, 2009
9:40 am

totally agree with people hopping in on the race. ran it again yesterday with my wife (her 1st) after not running since 1993. i saw people left and right hopping in on the course; makes you think what else they cut corners on. ironically, sports section today photo of finish line shows runners in the 10Ks and 20Ks yet to the right there is a guy with a 90K number crossing the finish line right next to them… cox should have let hanson pitch the eighth….

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Thom

July 7th, 2009
3:21 am

Mark,

-Here are Frenchy Fact’s that are never mentioned by anyone in ATL.
-The Braves are 0-3 since they sat Francoeur. Yes, hitting is an essential tool for an outfielder, but so is fielding, throwing, base running and hustle/passion. Francoeur wins games with his fielding and throwing that’s never acknowledged.
-He’s ranked 6th in the national league in fielding assists by outfielders.
-His hustle and passion for the game is 110%.
-He’s second in stolen bases for the Braves with 5.
-He has 292 at bats, 18 more at bats than any other Braves player, even after sitting the last 3 games. He doesn’t get hurt and he can be counted on day in and out.
-His batting is 33 points off the mark, just 10 hits shy of 280 and having the 4th best batting average for Braves with 200 at bats. Only Chipper, McCan and Escobar are higher.
-He’s 4th in # of hits for the Braves as of 7/6/09.

So all of Atlanta wants to give up on Frenchy when he’s only 10 hits off the mark. I would say his fielding assists are worth at least 2 -3 hits.

So you give up on a young man who’s only sub-par stat is just about 7 hits or 10% off the mark. All of his other stats are either in the top % for either the Braves or MLB-National.

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

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Kirk Rankin

July 7th, 2009
3:28 pm

Your are on the money. Thanks. The worst is the very large people that walsk 4 abreast well away from the curb in the middle to time Groups 1 and 2. People legitimately in these groups awant to run the entire way. Cheaters clogging the road are are real problem.

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Frank

July 7th, 2009
4:32 pm

Mark- You briefly mentioned this in your Frenchy column (in jest, I think), but my buddies and I have been wondering – could he still go play football at Clemson? I know the Quincy Carters and Chris Weinkes of the world took such a route, but not sure if they ever made it past AAA. Does one at bat at major league level disqualify you from playing any NCAA sport?

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Scott Fant

July 9th, 2009
10:09 am

Mark,
I share your opinion of the Peachtree cheaters. I’ve always coverege the 6.2 miles and cherished my t-shirt – evne though I never run more than 3 miles at a time training for the race, I “nut up” for the event every year.
I hate the cheaters! Over the years I have spotted friends and famous people on the sidewalks ready to jump into the race (some as far as 5 miles in). Two years ago I spotted Arthur Blank waiting to cheat around the 1.5 mile marker. I was shocked, but realized when Vick was busted that it might just be Mr. Blank’s fault for bringing bad karma on himself for being a cheater!

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carober

July 18th, 2009
12:09 am

Mark,

My father always told me you were a UGA-homer so I did not seek out your articles. I have recently (the past six months or so) started reading them. I want to share my appreciation in your writing, the Maddux story is the best I’ve read yet. Keep doing what you’re doing. By the way–I have no idea if my Dad was right or wrong.

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stanley sisson

July 19th, 2009
3:04 pm

mr bradley if you think greg maddux is a phony you are out of your mind. playing with the batters mind is just part of being good baseball player. if anybody is a phony it is you sir.

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Guy

July 21st, 2009
4:31 pm

Mark, I’m a UGA fan, but I’ve found myself very intrigued by the program being started at Georgia State. Although, it’s still somewhat early in the process, I would love to see the occasional piece about the new football program and it’s progress. Maybe it’s just me, but the potential that surrounds GA State reminds me of South Florida. Because of it’s location and resources, I think GA State could put a good product on the field rather soon. Many big D-1 prospects leave GA, and even moreso the Atlanta area, to go play out of state. Many of these athletes end up transferring to smaller schools throughout the Southeast, whether it be for personal, family, disciplinary, or academic reasons. Now these players can come play at the Dome in Atlanta, GA under Bill Curry, without sitting a year, and don’t have to settle for Valdosta State, West Georgia, or Georgia Southern. Antonio Henton (Peach County/Ohio State)is a perfect example. If GA State had there program up and running, there is no doubt he would have transferred there instead of GA Southern. He’s just 1 of many. Not to mention, many athletes, over time, are going to start choosing GA State over the likes of GA Southern, Furman and App State, because of location and exposure, alone. Pretty sure the incoming QB from Henry County had some D1 offers. I honestly think the support will be there from both students and alumni, as well. Who knows, it’s not saying much, but attendance could surpass that of GA Tech in 4-5 years. Will I attend a game or two? I don’t see why I wouldn’t. Especially, if expectations are surpassed early on as I think they will. I would love to hear your thoughts on the new GA State Football Program.

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DARLINGSTON WILLIAMS

July 22nd, 2009
12:47 pm

I WANT TO KNOW MICHEAL VICK WILL STILL PLAY FOR ATLANTA FALCONS?

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Robert Crawford

July 25th, 2009
6:28 am

When does the AJC college football preview come out?

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Chris

July 27th, 2009
12:29 pm

Mark,

I love reading your articles. I’m a Atlantan born and raised and I was wondering if you’ve ever written a piece on Dale Murphy and the Hall of Fame. I 100% believe he deserves to be there… he was a dominant player in a non-steroid era and I believe if Jim Rice can get into the HOF, the Murph deserves to be there.

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Mark Bradley

July 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

I’ve never written a Murph in the Hall story, Chris. Maybe I should.

Thanks for the kind words.

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Chris H.

August 3rd, 2009
8:53 pm

Mark:

I just read your blog on the notion of Michael Vick being a perfect fit for the Vikings. While I am all for giving anyone a second chance, I felt compelled to point out that the Vikings picked up Sage Rosenfels from Houston. Since you did not mention him, I can only assume you are not familiar with him. I can tell you that he is in exactly the same position that Matt Schaub was in when the Falcons traded him to Houston-i.e., good enough to be a starter, but unheard of outside of the local fan base. The Vikings will do fine with Rosenfels….wait and see.

In the meantime, I like Vick to the Rams a lot more. Bulger is old and broken, and there are not a lot of expectations for him to step into.

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Mark Bradley

August 3rd, 2009
8:55 pm

I’m familiar with Sage Rosenfels. Also his siblings Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme.

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PT

August 7th, 2009
12:29 pm

Mark, I heard you on the radio, and have read your pre season stuff on UGA and Ga Tech. Look, I give credit to Tech for finally winning in Athens, they werwe due. Even UCLA beat USC a few years back. But that did not mean UCLA was better. Tech will be good, maybe even a top 15 team. I dont think they will beat va Tech and go on and win the ACC. They could beat UGA. They could have beat them any of the past 5 yrs. The reason whay is they dont have the talent. They were not last year nor will they this year be better than UGA. They won the game. Thats football. Tech almost lost to Gardner Webb, does that mean Gardner Webb is close to Tech. Not Hardly. I also believe that as Tech continues to run this offense it will be adapted to. If UGA had any D Ends last year they dont beat UGA. That is the #1 reason why LSU dominated Tech. They played discilplined GAP football, and had great D End play. I know it is your opinion, and this is mine. I also dont believe you really think Tech will be better. I beleive you are just doing your job.

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chuck allison

August 8th, 2009
9:39 am

Calling anyone Darryl Strawberry is NEVER a good thing. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody!

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Deb

August 8th, 2009
4:42 pm

Could not agree with you more about Mr. Smoltz. He did the right thing by going where he could get the most money. . . no issues with that at all. But boy was he a baby about it! Whining about the Braves not taking care of him – good lord if he really wanted to be taken care of he should have stayed in Atlanta, received all the glory from the crowd and retired. End of story. I want to win a World Series, base ball is a business so let’s all get real! P.S. love to read your column!

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Thom

August 8th, 2009
6:05 pm

Mark,
Frank Wren has you drinking his kool-aid!
Wren, who as GM of the Baltimore Orioles, left Cal Ripken Jr. behind as the team plane left for a road trip Ripken at the time, was making the run for Gehrig’s record. When terminated at the end of the season, the press statement said: “Orioles management cannot and will not abide having a GM operate in such an unreasonable, authoritarian manner and treat anyone this way, especially someone such as Cal who has done so much for the Orioles and for baseball.”
Wren has brought the same unreasonable, authoritarian approach to Atlanta. Smoltz, after 20 years as a Brave, cleaned his locker out months before he was forced to accept a superior offer from Boston as a result of Wren’s arrogant treatment. You defended Wren’s decision. Glavine was treated even worse. Francoeur’s demotion to Pearl Miss. was Wren’s decision, yet Kelly Johnson is placed on the DL and sent to Gwinnett. Same issue, yet players were treated differently so Wren could trash Francoeur for being un-professional. There are too many more examples to mention.
Atlanta has no chance to win any title; except ‘worst GM’ as long as Frank Wren leads the Braves.

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Erina Green

August 13th, 2009
9:35 am

Hi Mark, Is it possible for you to find out where some of the sports figures, with large feet, buy their socks? I know this may seem like a strange question, but I am a mother of a 15 year old who is 6′9″ and wears a size 18.5 shoe. And although there are a handful of sites that offer that size shoe, they do not sell complimentary size socks. I found one web site that sells that size for about $9 a pair. But it would seem that all the basketball and other sports figures have other options. Thanks

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Mark Bradley

August 13th, 2009
9:43 am

I’ll ask, Ms. Green. It might take me a few days, but I’ll think of someone to ask.

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Benjamin F. Logan, Sr.

August 13th, 2009
11:05 am

Mark, some of my friends and I were talking the other day and we are wondering what happens to the money that the NFL Players are fined for holding out for a new contract. For instance Roddy White was fined $15K per day for the 8 days that he held out. This per day amount is approved by the NFLPA, so the over $120K that White was fined, where does that money go. Does is go to the NFL Players Pension Fund, or is this just money that the owners don’t have to payout. If you can give us an explanation as to what happens with the money, we will certainly appreciate it .

Thanking you in advance for your concern and cooperation.

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zorba

August 14th, 2009
10:05 pm

Mark, you are a gutsy writer. Do you have the ball to tell it like it is relative to Bobby Cox tonight. Gonzalez comes in and shuts down the Phillies in the 8th. Ryan Howard starts off the 9th. Soriana, in a slump giving up home runs, a right hander, is put in. Bye bye game. Nice move, Cox. Do yah think maybe Gonzalez could have gone after Howard?! Again mistake by Cox to ruin this season. C’mon Mark, do your job.

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Erina Green

August 18th, 2009
12:51 pm

Thanks Mark, I will look forward to any information you can find.

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zorba

August 19th, 2009
7:55 am

Hey, Mark. Are you ever going to have the courage to question Cox’s decisions. 4th inning, he leaves Lowe in for 8 runs. We have pitching but poor hitting. Big hole to put the Braves in as they try to make a stretch run with every game important. No wonder players want to play for him. He lets them stay in there far beyond what most on top of it managers would. Time for the icon to go. Would you raise the question and get some public dialogue going?

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Inspector

August 21st, 2009
6:38 pm

Auburn is 11-1 and loses to Florida & Bama is 11-1 and loses to LSU?
Can you not be aware tha Auburn and Bama play – every year – The Iron Bowl?????

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GT Fan

August 27th, 2009
9:33 am

Mark, would you and the other sports writers of the AJC PLEASE stop calling Tech’s offense the ’spread option’. The spread option is what Pat White ran at West Virginia and is an entirely different offense than what Tech runs. Tech runs the ‘triple option’. The spread is run out of the shotgun and Tech doesn’t even have a shotgun formation in their playbook.

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Beauj

September 10th, 2009
12:28 am

Mark, I’m glad you finally wrote something about Cox. I’m younger, but I’ve been reading for years. Cox was a great manager. Was. And just like all good things, an end eventually comes. After seeing the struggles all year with players like Schafer, Johnson, Norton, etc, then the bullpen over usage, and now tonight, I just can’t take it anymore.

Hanson was on fire tonight. He looked great. At 98 pitches in the 6th inning, I can see the manager stepping in and saying “good job, you’re done”. But this was the 9th and he was dominating. I know you probably watched the game, and you had to see the look of disgust on Hanson’s face while he watched from the dugout, not the mound. He wanted to be out there. What more does this team have to lose? They playoff hopes are done! At least give this kid a shot at the ROY. If he blows it, oh well. He looked great regardless. Better than blaming someone else. Instead, they bring in a beyond struggling Soriano. I can’t remember his last 1-2-3 inning or him getting ahead of any hitter and doing something right.

I don’t like to make scape goats, but in this case the judgment is obvious to all.

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Kenny

September 10th, 2009
12:21 pm

Mark,

I am wondering that you get a kick out of reading some of the racsit comments. Why you insist on keep these folks active and never report these folks ? Then our Fans can post clean and enjoy others comments on our Teams. My son stop reading the comments, because of the racsit remarks. Thanks in Advance.

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LLTM

September 12th, 2009
1:00 am

Mark, it seems that you should probably change your “title” from “AJC sports columnist” to Football & baseball columnist. I don’t see you reporting anything about hockey and the Thrashers, even though the Traverse City prospect tournament just ended; with Evander Kane dominating the tournament. There’s no reporting of the Kovulchuk Negotiations, or Zherdev signing rumors. No mention that training camp, which starts this weekend, and will have the largest number of participants in The Thrashers history.

It’s just getting a little old.

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Ed Orr

September 13th, 2009
9:58 am

Dear Mr. Bradley,

I’ve written to you before; at the time complaining of your treatment of the Georgia Tech quarterback.

At this time, however, I would like to compliment you on your treatment of the Dawgs in this morning’s paper. You hit it fairly, referencing their “Bulldog sized hearts.”

I disagree with your assessment that “this isn’t a great team by any measure.” It is too early to make that call. We need to see how they develop over the course of the season. They were significantly better than last week. The turnovers were errors of young players. Take into account that they were facing a good SEC defense, a young quarterback in Garcia who has improved immeasurably since last year, and a very well coached team. Mr. Spurrier, whatever else you want to say about him, has developed a good team this year. The gist of the matter is the jury is out on this Georgia team; they can be what they want to be; and quite frankly, heart is the major ingredient of very good teams.

You hit the nail on the head with your assessment of their heart. They showed it to the 92,000-plus faithful last night and you did very good job in bringing that to your readers’ attention.

Sincerely yours,

Ed Orr

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alex

September 18th, 2009
3:00 pm

Bradley:

That was a rough “5 Reasons…” you gave re: the GT/UM game. I think you were dead wrong on ever single one, from the coaching mismatch to owning the other team. Eh. Maybe you’ll be right with your Falcons predictions…maybe not.

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Scott Holton

September 20th, 2009
6:02 pm

Please, Mark, use your considerable influence to get Arthur Blank to go back to the uni’s worn today or even better, the 1980’s red tops with gray numbers and gray pants. The stuff they wear now belongs in the AFL2. Just be sure to drop the Tech stripe.

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mg

September 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

Is East Lake going to start on time?

I see no news storys from the one on Monday that says it’s flooded.

Should I travel?

Thanks

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LLTM

September 29th, 2009
4:13 pm

If you knew anything about hockey (not just football & baseball), you would know this is news worth reporting.
“Maxim Afinogenov has signed a one-year deal with the Thrashers”.

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Kenny Gannon

October 4th, 2009
10:31 am

Dear Mr. Bradley,

I’m wondering why the paper no longer includes audio of Coach Richt. Has UGA restricted audio and video rights? Those of us who live far away ought to be able to have some access and I believe AJC used to provide it. We can’t get the Mark Richt show, can’t listen on the radio easily. I would pay to listen if it were on Itunes but the UGA’s method is very unpredictable and often fails. Usually fails. I can listen on XM but they always end the broadcast before the coaches’ show. And WSB can’t or won’t let you listen either. I love the coverage you give but those of us 500 miles away are getting short changed in an era when we should be getting more not less. Any info you can provide would be great.

Thanks!

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Randy Roberts

October 5th, 2009
5:31 pm

Not a comment on the game, as everything has pretty much been said, but did ANYONE see the cheerleaders come out on the field before Saturday’s game against LSU. The Bulldog mascot ran over the cheerleader holding the flag with the letter “I” on it, causing both to fall down, just ahead of the charging football players. It was hilarious — played it several times over on the DVR, but would like to know if there’s online footage somewhere. Can’t find it on You Tube.

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Bradley

October 5th, 2009
9:29 pm

Thanks for the well balance review of the Georgia-LSU game. All of the other writers at the ajc only blamed the celebration call and give no credit to LSU. Nor did they ask UGA to take any responsibility for the poor kick-off coverage and poor tackling tha lead to the winning score. Thanks for seeing and writing the clear picture.

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MrAUDIO

October 6th, 2009
5:49 pm

Thank you……Nortons cousin..!!!!

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M

October 9th, 2009
9:38 am

Mark,

I wanted to float an idea concerning future ownership of the Falcons. Thinking ahead, shall we say.

The Atlanta Falcons are more the Arthur Blank Falcons than the Atlanta Falcons. He’s a great private owner, but it’s his team, not the team of the citizens of Atlanta. And, at least to me, it is annoying when private owners ask for tax cuts, stadiums, etc., from the public.

My proposal: that Mr. Blank commit to an ownership succession plan modeled after the Green Bay Packers. A public corporation with no owner having more than a 5% interest. And, unlike Green Bay, have ownership restricted to citizens of the State of Georgia, something that can legally be done by limiting stock offerings to in state persons. See http://www.packers.com/history/fast_facts/stock_history/ and
http://www.packers.com/history/fast_facts/most_unique_team_in_sports/

for some info about Green Bay.

No, all the citizens of Atlanta will not own the team- God forbid any government ownership- but at least only citizens of Georgia will own the team, and it would be more close to the “Atlanta Falcons” rather than some private owner’s personal fiefdom.

What do you think?

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Cancelled Subscription

October 11th, 2009
11:29 pm

Congrats on another douchebag column. Makes me smile that I stopped paying for that rag you write for years ago. Enjoy the upcoming unemployment checks.

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william plumer

October 12th, 2009
12:44 pm

I am tired of the lynch mob sports writers (”who aren’t from around here”) in the AJC attacking Mark Richt and the UGA football program.

“Saint Vince” Dooley’s record was much worse than Richt’s for his first 8 years. Dooley’s career bowl record was 8-10-2.

Mark Richt is a good coach and runs a good program that is comparably much better than Dooley’s first 8 years. Quit critizing Richt and the Univ of GA.

Overall

201-77-10
Bowls 8-10-2

Georgia 1964 (Sun Bowl) 7 3 1
Georgia 1965 6 4 0
Georgia 1966 (Cotton Bowl, SEC Champions) 10 1 0
Georgia 1967 (Liberty Bowl) 7 4 0
Georgia 1968 (Sugar Bowl, SEC Champions) 8 1 2
Georgia 1969 (Sun Bowl) 5 5 1
Georgia 1970 5 5 0
Georgia 1971 (Gator Bowl) 11 1 0
Georgia 1972 7 4 0

Overall yrs 1-9 66-28-4 (67% winning percentage)

2001 Georgia 8-4 5-3 T-3 (East) L Music City Bowl 25 22
2002 Georgia 13-1 7-1 1 (East) W Sugar Bowl † 3 3
2003 Georgia 11-3 6-2 T-1 (East) W Capital One Bowl 6 7
2004 Georgia 10-2 6-2 2 (East) W Outback Bowl 6 7
2005 Georgia 10-3 6-2 1 (East) L Sugar Bowl † 10 10
2006 Georgia 9-4 4-4 T3 (East) W Chick-fil-A Bowl NR 23
2007 Georgia 11-2 6-2 T-1 (East) W Sugar Bowl † 3 2
2008 Georgia 10-3 6-2 2 (East) W Capital One Bowl
Mark Richt: 82-22 46-18
Total: 82-22

2009 Georgia 3-3

Total YTD 85-23 (80% winning percentage)

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Willie Martinez

October 14th, 2009
8:19 pm

bradley, are you trying to make me lose my job?

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willie martinez

October 15th, 2009
10:06 pm

bradley, this coaching sucks. you think i can become a writer?

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rickie

October 18th, 2009
12:17 pm

Hey, Mark. Please explain the penalty on Vandy when Georgia was kicking the field goal. did the referee say “assistance?” I sure did not see any assistance on number 49.
Any explanation?

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Mark Bradley

October 18th, 2009
1:46 pm

The penalty was for “leaping.” Beyond that, I don’t know what to tell you.

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mesejs

October 18th, 2009
5:42 pm

Mark- GTech is going good now but have you noticed all the stars are Chan Gailey pro-style recruits i.e. Nesbitt, Dwyer, Thomas, etc. Will Johnson be able to recruit these types to Tech in the future? Most HS kids like pro-style not grind it out. Has he been able to recruit the blue chip kids since at Tech? Or, are we just looking at Tech becoming like Navy – a good, sound team with 8-4, 9-3 years while he was there. If we maybe in the beginning of something really BIG I would like your affirmation and view????

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Jonathan Goldstein

October 20th, 2009
7:12 am

I heard that you vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame. What is your opinion on Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Andre “the Hawk” Dawson, and Alan Trammell? I think all four belong in Cooperstown, do you?

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Whizzer

October 26th, 2009
4:46 pm

Mark – great column re Herschel today. Because of my age and having been a DB growing up in GA, I’m a huge Terry Hoage fan. Do you think a single recruiting class ever produced two more dominant players than the UGA class that signed Herschel as its #1 signee, and then tossed a bone to the kid from Texas with its last scholarship? I’m biased but I think Hoage is the best SS I’ve ever seen in college.

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jacket3

November 5th, 2009
9:24 am

Enjoy all of your provocative and insightful work.
So one funny story that you will appreciate: The sportswriters traveled via a greyhound bus to all of the schools – and interview each coach and team before media days was implemented. One night we had a layover in Charlotte and were taken to the Motor Speedway for dinner and a few laps around the track in a race car. Well we talked the bus driver into doing the same thing in the greyhound – I will never forget the faces when we went into the far turn and were almost on 5 of the 10 wheels. Nor will I forget there was always more beer than luggage.

Have you had any of those crazy trips or moments of dare?

Regards,

Jacket3

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Tom Thunderccloud

November 5th, 2009
7:46 pm

Mark,

Do you follow the cartoons that are now posted on the Atlanta Falcons message board? This week’s one depicting the beating of Native Americans is particually racist. I suggest the cartoonist in question be romoved from the website for such blatant racism against my people.

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Tom Thunderccloud

November 5th, 2009
7:47 pm

Here is what I am talking about. This superfan person is very racist. This is not funny at all.

http://superfan.blogs.atlantafalcons.com/

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Larry Trueblood

November 5th, 2009
7:56 pm

WOW..The Falcons actually allow this type of racist content to be uploaded on their web!! It looks like he even has a blog. They just lost a Native American fan..disgusting.

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Bryan Johnston

November 5th, 2009
8:03 pm

Where on earth did that come from? Who would condone such a thing? Most people don’t understand that “redskin” is a racial epithet. That’s right, anytime you hear that word, you should remind yourself of any of the offensive words that we hear today, because this is no different. To have a group of native americans being depicted that way, in association with an already controversial team, is nothing short of deplorable. That is just downright shameful. This country is in deep trouble.

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Larry Trueblood

November 5th, 2009
8:07 pm

Marak, what are your thoughts on this Cartoon?

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Fernando Vargas

November 5th, 2009
8:59 pm

Woah. Those are a little past the line imo, Tom. Apparently the Falcons pay this guy to come up with horrible drawings every week and it looks like he may have some racial issues to work through. I hope somebody pulls that cartoon and gets rid of the author ASAP.

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Chief Hickory

November 5th, 2009
9:08 pm

My ancestors were not ankle biting midgets.

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Tom Thunderccloud

November 6th, 2009
10:44 pm

Quickpost this image to Myspace, Digg, Facebook, and others!

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Tom Thunderccloud

November 6th, 2009
10:45 pm

Metal Jacket

November 7th, 2009
7:31 pm

Mark, I had someone ask me why GT was not in the SEC. Someone else said after GT left they tried to get back in the SEC but weren’t allowed to. Can you clear this up for me?

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Not an English Teacher

November 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Mark, do you EVER proofread? There are two typos and a misspelled word in the opening paragraph alone. WOW! I’m sure the Cox sisters are very proud to have you on staff.

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Not an English Teacher

November 8th, 2009
11:35 pm

Mark,

Thanks for cleaning up the article. I think today it is important, especially for journalists, to not let public discourse fall to the level of phone texting from Athens. If only the link to your email address wasn’t broken, I wouldn’t have to call you out as I did. Perhaps the web team can take care of that for you, assuming you actually are open to receiving emails directly. And by the way, if I make typos of my own, please remember I’m not paid to set a standard. Have a great week!

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bridges34

November 9th, 2009
6:12 pm

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bridges34

November 9th, 2009
6:21 pm

Mr Bradley,
if memory serves wasn’t Damon Evans on the ‘92 team for the Dawgs. If so how does he have the audacity to hint at anything to CMR considering he was on the most underachieving team in the history of football. Richt is better than anyone else we have ever had.Suddenly the dawg fans think we have never had a bad season. Maybe you should write an article on all those bad seasons Dooley had.

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Mark Bradley

November 9th, 2009
6:22 pm

Didn’t the 1992 Georgia Bulldogs finish 10-2?

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Lee

November 10th, 2009
3:21 pm

Mr. Bradley,
I have what may be a strange request. Back in 1993, Florida State played Notre Dame in what was billed as the ‘Game of the Century’. Notre Dame pulled the upset (much to the media’s dismay) and you wrote an article describing all the media build up to the ‘Game of the Century’ and then told how ‘the wrong team won’. Do you still have a link or a copy of it?

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bridges34

November 10th, 2009
4:06 pm

Th ‘92 team did finish 10-2 but like so many other teams lost to TN and FL. The TN team should not have been able to stay on the field with UGA that year. I guess my point is that looking back at UGA over the years the fans act like our former coaches always coached up to our potntial and Dooley never had a bad year. I think we need a reality check about the history of UGA football. By the way keep up the good work.

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Bubba Joe

November 12th, 2009
8:49 pm

If Florida and Alabama are 1-2 at the end of the season would the SEC cancel the league title game so they could play each other for the National Title?

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Newnan Jacket

November 13th, 2009
12:43 am

Please help me understand why there is a very quiet shift in GT’s bowl projections among the national sports writers (Sporting News, ESPN, et al…). Last week, Tech was slated in the Orange Bowl, this week its the Champs Sports Bowl. No reasons given – although I would think that the possibility of a #7 team losing to either an unranked Duke or Clemson would generate some discussion. This is odd and verging on Area 51 and Grassy Knoll territory, know what I mean?

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seed

November 13th, 2009
5:23 pm

Read your article about BK a while back.

Was over at Hawksquawk. Thought BK wasn’t that bad.

Beat the moderator on points (actually a knockout)…

Got “suspended”

http://www.hawksquawk.net/community/index.php/topic/340915-kudos-to-billy-knight-and-rick-sund/

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ScottE

November 16th, 2009
11:23 am

Mark/Anyone

Trying to find out the time and TV listing for the Ga/Ga Tech game Sat Nov 28. No luck searching so far.

We may be out of town and would like to tape the game.

Any help would be appreciated.

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RB

November 19th, 2009
7:39 am

Mark – OK…so for the past few years, I have sat and spoken to you many times during E’s Upward BB games and practices. For some reason, I never put two and two together. Oh…your that Mr. Bradley!!! Guess that’s why your always so nice to me, cause I never mention your day job. : )
Anyway…see ya at the courts soon! Ryan

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Mark Bradley

November 19th, 2009
7:47 am

I try not to mention my day job, Coach Byers. And Elizabeth is looking forward to another Upward season. Thanks much.

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dawgs1

November 20th, 2009
3:18 pm

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MICHAEL

November 22nd, 2009
11:33 am

face it, tech will never be able to keep coach johnson should we have two or three fabulous seasons. remember ross and o’leary left. i just don’t think it’s in the cards, but that’s everywhere. win win win then THEY leave. oh, have you ever wondered how tech’s defense would’ve faired with teunta?

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Just the Facts

November 29th, 2009
8:47 am

The person who needs to be fired is Damon Evans. Damon Evans is the reason Brian VanGorder is not at UGA. Damon Evans along with the UGA Athletic Association filed a law suit against VanGorder when Brian left UGA for the NFL. What a nice going away present for VanGorder and his five kids. a $90,000.00 law suit. If it wasn’t for VanGorders defense during the first four years of the Mark Richt helm UGA would have never gotten of to such a fast start. When VanGorder left UGA he was one of the lowest payed coordinators in the SEC. As the top coordinator in the country (Frank Broyles runner up and Frank Broyles recipient) and under paid way to go UGA and Damon Evans.

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Lane Kiffin

November 29th, 2009
2:56 pm

Mark, How about that 4-8 prediction for UT this year? You nailed that one. Maybe you should handicap for Vegas. Signed, Vols own Dawgs

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Debra McCormick

November 29th, 2009
8:46 pm

I enjoyed your column about your fondness for the long line of Ugas, starting, I believe with Uga III. I had no idea you’re from Maysville. Small world–I’m from Augusta & also went to UK. Have been down here since the mid-90’s. My question is how does one grow up in Mason County and become a Luwavul fan? Seriously. BTW, I enjoyed Ricky’s “beneficial” loss to UNLV yesterday. Tee-hee-hee.

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Competence Police

November 30th, 2009
12:05 am

I think an audit of your pre-season pick for Tennessee is in order:

6. Tennessee: Lane Kiffin is the new coach. He’s a humble sort of fellow. His humility will be tested. He’ll finish 4-8, one game worse than in the record that season saw Phillip Fulmer shoved out the door. But UT will win on Signing Day, which is all that counts. Regular season: 4-8, losses to UCLA, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

You had no freaking clue what was going on in Knoxville since LK was hired. No clue. Strive to be competent next time.

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Dawg Fan

November 30th, 2009
3:05 pm

Hey Mark,
I’m pretty sure that UGA finished 1st in the ACC this year(Although you predicted around 4th or 5th). UGA wins over Tech, USC wins over Clemson, UGA wins over USC= UGA – ACC Champs! Go Dawgs!

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Bill Dillard

December 1st, 2009
7:49 pm

In the week before a Fla-Ala SECCG back in the 90s, you wrote a fabulous article entitled “Alabama is the Truth”. UF won that year regardless, but how can I get a copy of that article?

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Ken Speir

December 3rd, 2009
10:05 pm

The 2009 Div 1 FCS assistant coach of the year is just right up the road at 3 time champ, App State. He is a friend of Stacy Surrells at UGA, is the Recruiting Coordinator at App State, and Defensive Ends Coach. Sounds like a good fit for the Dawgs.

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Dawgballer

December 4th, 2009
9:43 am

Are there any rumblings whatsoever for Bumpas out of TCU?

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David

December 4th, 2009
9:53 am

Mark, with all due respect where are you getting your information? It’s always amazing when you hear any writer or sports “expert”, who is outside of a particular teams area, say things about a program as if they are in the know. Why would you think that Ellis Johnson would leave South Carolina? I suppose in the end it could happen, but the reasons you give, such as not knowing about whether Spurrier is going to hang around, and South Carolina peaking, are not even close to being accurate! If you look at South Carolina’s talent (returning and incoming) and compare that to UGA, SC’s is either equal or better at this time. Spurrier has made it clear on many, many, many occassions that he is going nowhere anytime soon as his goal is to leave SC as the winningest coach in history (that would likely take another 4-5 years at least) and Ellis Johnson is home and has said so before. I happen to be an SC fan but please look at facts before you write something that has very little merit and certainly is factually inaccurate. Thank you.

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Leigh

December 4th, 2009
1:11 pm

Mark….you always make me laugh! In the stressful times of today, humor is much appreciated! Thanks for what you do!

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Thetruth

December 10th, 2009
7:58 am

Rx for Mark Richt:
Alabama is a demonstrably a better program than Georgia? Since when?
Last ten years Georgia is 3-1 against Bama. Georgia’s record 97-29 and Bama’s is 77-48. They do play in the same conference don’t they?

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Jim

December 10th, 2009
9:52 am

Mark
How bout John Wall. Wow!

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Jesse

December 10th, 2009
12:27 pm

Mark, I read you have a Heisman ballot, but hadn’t seen you blog about it this season. How did your top three end up looking?

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Ric Roc

December 10th, 2009
8:34 pm

hey Mark,

what’s your email address?

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George

December 14th, 2009
8:42 pm

Mark,

My nephew had a scholarship for the OSU baseball team till he was paralyzed by a hit and run driver. Robbie’s spinal cord was severed.
He’s been in rehab for 3 1/2 years, 2 years at the Christopher Reeves Rehab center in Louisville, Kentucky. I was hoping I could send you a 1 page summary of Robbie’s story and successful surgery. the doctors now say he will have a full recovery. It would be a great human interest story
for you. My objective is to ask you to give the one page story to the Braves media relations person
in the hope that the Braves would send Robbie a team – signed baseball.
What are my chances of you talking to the Braves media person and using the story in your column?

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Mark Bradley

December 14th, 2009
8:44 pm

I’ll pass it along to the Braves, George. I wish you and your nephew all the best.

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Jason Morace

December 24th, 2009
11:14 am

The albatros allusion in your column “Out of the playoffs, the Falcons still can take a giant step” is exactly the opposite of what it should be, no? The albatros should have been a symbol of hope, but the ancient mariner kills it, causing his troubles. It’s his misplaced blame of the bird and lack of trust in nature/divinity that causes his problems, so if ATL shoots it’s albatros, we have the curse hanging around our necks. If we don’t, things get better. Happy holidays, and don’t shoot the albatros!

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Jason Morace

December 24th, 2009
11:16 am

But you did nail the second “s.” Again, HH.

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Bill J

December 26th, 2009
10:31 am

After reading you initial response to the Troy Glaus deal I was shocked. Maybe Adam Laroche is a distant cousin and you feel that there is some merit to signing him to a multiyear pricy contract when we have a potential first basemen coming up in a year or so. I’ve never seen such overt negativism from a sports writer that wasn’t writing from New York. (Whatever dude) Especially when the Glaus deal could possibly work out really well. Glaus is an MVP caliber major leager with potential to really help the team. It might be time for you to look for a different style job where you don’t print the first knee jerk thing that pops into your head. I think you have Nick Essasky syndrome.

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Rico

December 27th, 2009
11:19 am

Mark – Rumor is that Athony Allen withdrew from all classes (grade problems)to enter draft. Have you heard this??

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Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2009
11:23 am

Have not, Rico.

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Jim

December 29th, 2009
12:11 pm

Mark, what is a “5-4 combo” (mentioned in your December 20 Tech basketball blog). I have asked a few roundball fans, one who asked a college basketball assistant coach about it, and no one knew.
(could you send your answer to my email address?).

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Colorado Dawg

December 31st, 2009
11:12 am

Mark,
Would love for you to do a piece on the various DC’s being mentioned for the UGA spot and what their schemes/philosophies appear to be for running their defense (e.g. 3-4, 4-3, blitz happy, bend but no break). Also, if you could discuss how UGA’s personel “fits” with these schemes. I for one would like to see UGA’s defense go to a 3-4 and get very aggressive and create turnovers.

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Tech Forever

January 6th, 2010
10:38 pm

Why would Anthony Allen withdraw from all his classes when he was in good academic standing? That would make zero sense.

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Tech Forever

January 6th, 2010
10:39 pm

Mark,

The question I have which you might know the answer to is why does CPJ’s offense require smaller less powerful O-linemen? For that matter why does it exclusively require cut blocks?

Thanks.

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J.R.

January 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

Mark,

After much thought I have figured out whats going on with the weather. The Falcons finally put together back to back winning seasons, and Hell can’t handle the over-flow.

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Greg

January 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

Mark,
Brent Musberger mentioned last night that Kirby Smart is interviewing for the Texas Tech job and its president was at the game last night as an Alabama alum. Have you heard the same?

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R O M'ville

January 11th, 2010
2:08 pm

Hey Mark, Happy New Year (a little late), things happen a little slower in Maysville (Mark Twain??). Covering SEC or ACC this year?

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Magic Hog

January 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

Mark You Are A True AZZ WIPE

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Chris Mack

January 14th, 2010
12:27 pm

Mark, What are your thoughts about UGA interviewing Ruffin Mcneill for DC job in Athens?

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Derek Horner

January 14th, 2010
9:47 pm

Mark, you should have the same ire for Calipari. He’s Lane’s big brother (or father depending how you see it). Your alma mater is about to hit the toilet just like USC.

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Dillon G

January 19th, 2010
12:17 am

So any word if Tech and/or UGA will run 3-4 defenses next season? If UGA does, do you think that’ll help them against Tech?

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Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
12:25 am

Both will play the 3-4.

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Mark Bradley

January 19th, 2010
12:27 am

And I don’t know if the 3-4 will make a difference against the spread option. Guess it could, though.

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Tim

January 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

Mark who is going to jump over to ESPNAtlanta.com first? You or Jeff?

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Bwilson

January 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Why didn’t we get Gary Matthews Jr. ?

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Sara

January 25th, 2010
4:40 am

Mark, Why such a Brett hater? He is in the top five greatest QB, has more records than any other, and has a heart for the game larger than your dumb head. He is an outstanding athlete who could crush your stupid melon in a split second. Let me think… in 5 years from now, who will people remember…. Brett Favre, great QB, or Mark Bradley, stupidest sports writer ever?!?

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Betty

January 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Mark, any idea how to get an autograph from Ralph Johnson, former Negro League baseball player now living in Atlanta? Any info on him? Thank you, Betty

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Mark Bradley

January 25th, 2010
11:30 am

Betty, I have no idea about how to get autographs. Sorry.

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MM from Georgia

January 26th, 2010
1:57 am

You’re obviously a fine writer and I am impressed with your willingness to help those who write in with requests, also your kind responses to those who remember you “back when.” . Those are good traits and you should be commended for same. You provide good information. Regards, MM

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Andrew James

January 26th, 2010
4:48 pm

Why doesn’t Hawks Coach Mike Woodson have a contract extension? Is there another coach in the league that Atlanta is wants? I think Mr. Woodson is one of the best coaches in league, and rumors say that he code even coach the eastern confrence allstars? I hope he stays; he’s a key part to our success this season. We’re #3 in the East!

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Wordy

February 1st, 2010
10:24 am

Mark- Any of the AJC troupe know whats going on with Rashanti Harris at GST. He was supposed to be playing center this year according to rivals. I haven’t seen anything on AJC about this.

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Greg

February 10th, 2010
12:30 am

Mark, the Hawks are now 33-17 after their win tonight at Memphis. Looking at their remaining schedule, I’m convinced that they can win 54-56 games and possibly grab the #2 seed in the East. Only 10 of their remaining 32 games are against teams with records that are currently above .500. Of those 10 games played versus teams above .500, 6 of them will be played at Philips Arena.

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Tantor

February 10th, 2010
5:15 pm

Hi Mark- I left a comment yesterday at the bottom of the blog, wanted to see what you thought about the idea…How about this idea for a top 5 or 10 list? “Deception on the Diamond- Guile in the Clutch”
Baseball has so many opportunities for spitballs, stealing signs, etc. it would be a hoot to try to rate those memorable masters of subterfuge.
For example- 1-Chuck Knoblauch and Greg Gagne dekeing Lonnie Smith on Terry Pendleton’s drive to the fence- keeping him from scoring when everyone in the metrodome saw that ball hit the fence…..except Lonnie Smith!!- a painful memory for us Braves fans- but what a masterpiece of deception.
2-Any one of twenty games twirled by Greg Maddux- the master of the setup…..etc

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Top Dawg

February 13th, 2010
5:40 pm

Mark, The Hawks played Cleveland at Cleveland not too long ago. The Cavs shot clock mail functioned near the end of the game causing the Hawks to rush into shooting the ball. The Hawks challenged that like the Heat did a few seasons ago when the Hawks clock mail functioned. What is the status of that appeal?

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Jim Brewer

February 17th, 2010
5:00 pm

Today’s column is the most prejudice journalism, I have witnessed in 62 years. I don’t know what Paul Hewitt is doing to deserve your prolonged campaign to get him fired and/or discredit him to the point of hurting Georgia Tech’s recruiting but this time you have gone too far and it was obvious to every reader of today’s paper. Due to your prolonged campaign and this last piece of the campaign being under an article about Georgia Tech’s victory over North Carolina last night, everyone will realize it. Just transpose everything you said in today’s article about GT’s coach with NC’s coach Roy Williams. Makes Hewitt look great and if anyone should be accused it should be the one with the worst record. Do you think NC is going to fire Williams this year? Do you think readers cannot see through this type of journalism?

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Robert Price

February 22nd, 2010
11:28 am

Mark,
Happy Monday! My son is a sophomore at Northgate HS in Coweta County and is very interested in
sports journalism and broadcasting. Is there any way you could spare an hour of your time over lunch for some professional advice and guidance. I would greatly appreciate your time if at all possible.

Sincerely,

A proud parent

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Tom Barfield

February 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Hello Mark, I just want to take a minute and tell you how much I enjoy your articles. I am now in Rock Hill, SC and I read the AJC sports section every day. I grew up in Columbus, GA listening to the Braves, Hawks and Falcons’ games on a portable AM radio. I have always loved these teams.

I am a marathon runner, have done 38 of them and hope to do Boston Marathon one more time. Running keeps me sane, as we continue to raise our 19 year old triplet daughters. I look forward to your articles before heading out to run each morning! Thanks for good work.
Tom Barfield

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Mark Bradley

February 25th, 2010
11:30 am

Why, thanks, Mr. Barfield. I’m much obliged.

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Tom Barfield

February 26th, 2010
2:20 am

Have you ever considered running the Atlanta Marathon? Or possibly the Boston or NYC?
There is nothing like running the Boston Marathon!

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MD BB Fan

February 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

Paul Hewitt and Bobby Cremins
1) Both could recruit.
2) Both are clueless in a close game with 2 minutes to go (and the players know it).
When Bobby was winning the big ones, he had 2 EXCELLENT assistants he turned to at crunchtime. They left for head coaching jobs and Bobby’s fortunes plunged almost immediately. You can check it out. Paul apparently doesn’t have that kind of help. Good and great head coaches take over with 2 minutes to go. Now, I feel like turning off the game because it hurts to see us blow one the talent we have should win.

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Sutton's Fro

February 27th, 2010
6:18 pm

Mark, I think it’s time for all of you AJC Sports guys to do a round-table on the state of Atlanta pro sports. It’s seems that the city only has sports franchises because large cities are supposed to have them. Say what you want about the Atlanta sports fan base — they will respond to a quality product; and they will support it as long as the organization keeps showing it cares about its fans and about winning. We deserve to have teams that are either all-in or out of town.

The Falcons and Hawks seem to be progressing slowly forward in their relative leagues, but with varying success. Both teams face crucial personnel decisions with labor strife on the horizon.

The Braves seem more concerned about the payroll figures than winning right now. Maybe that’s why they moved the triple-A affiliate to Gwinnett — so Atlanta fans can see the best talent the Braves organization has to offer.

And the Thrashers should change their name to the Titanic, as players are now abandoning this sinking ship piloted by the worst GM in all of pro sports (and I’m including Mike Dunleavy and AL Davis in there!).

What do you think, Mark? You guys have any insight or answers on this?

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Mfon fan

March 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

Mark – I’ve appreciated your coverage of the GTech bball over the last few months.

I like many other locals have followed Mfon Udofia’s career over the years. His fans are in distress. What has happened to our local star? Back in late December, nbadraft.net had him pegged as the #4 PG in the NCAAs.

As Mfon is a point guard, it is not surprising that his play has suffered after being moved to the wing. So I have some questions:

Why has CPH lost confidence in Mfon? Is Tech really playing better without Mfon at the point? CPH has shown patience with his other freshman (esp. Derrick Favors), by why not Mfon? His reputation is staked on being a hard-nosed leader and game controller. That’s why GaTech recruited him. What has changed? Why was he good enough to start the season at the point but not now?

Regarding next year, assuming Iman and Moe are still here, does Mfon stay or bite the bullet and transfer to a team that will utilize his skills appropriately?

What does CY (his recruiter now at Ga So) think about all of this? Assuming he has time to pay attention to Tech, he must be pulling his hair out (figuratively speaking, since he has none).

Do you think there is a story here? Would you be open to asking some questions to the Tech Coaches on behalf of the locals who care about Mfon? I understand that the season is long and things change, but Mfon’s diminished role and playing time really stinks with me, and I’m sure with a lot of other Atlantans, and we want to know why and what happens next.

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John

March 14th, 2010
8:03 am

u are a talentless jerk, racist, misguided, and i pray for u.

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John

March 14th, 2010
8:06 am

why do you hate paul hewitt so much is it because your wife lust after him. maybe its because he makes more money than you. you won’t be satisfied until the coach at tech looks like you. but guess what we are not going anywhere, we have resilance you could only hope for. loser loser loser

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Tony

March 14th, 2010
11:49 am

What is it, this is sooo personal your hatred of Paul Hewitt. Get a life please I can see through it. Say what you really mean get it off your chest and move on. Give us a break

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Bubba Dodd

March 14th, 2010
4:18 pm

Mark, I have always enjoyed your comments and analysis of college ball – hoops and football. From time to time I may have not agreed with you on your comments but have remained respective of your opinions. I am an avid,analytical fan of ACC B-ball since GT entered the ACC. Over the past 20+ years of viewing almost all ACC televised games and almost all GT B-ball games I have come to the conclusion that “the fix is in” regarding officiating of ACC games.

It’s almost like Swofford is instructing the Refs to favor the higher ranked team. I will have to review today’s game again but it seems…especially in the first half….that there were some hard inside fouls by Duke that were not called but touch fouls by Tech were called. As you know, it only takes three or four such calls in such a game to alter the outcome. The motivation for the adverse calls was….if Duke wins…..the ACC gets a #1 seed in the Tournament. There appears to be a long history of “game changing calls or lack there of” by ACC officials over the course of years that seem to be directed in favor of teams that the ACC directors would deem beneficial to the conference.

Since I have recently retired from an executive position in a major US corporation, I’m inclined to start accumulating video evidence to substantiate my observations.

What is your opinion of ACC officiating?

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Mark Bradley

March 14th, 2010
4:23 pm

I didn’t think the officiating was bad today. There were some iffy calls each way, but that happens. This wasn’t a Duke love-in by a good bunch of officials.

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GT in CT

March 15th, 2010
10:02 pm

“More on Mark Bradley” doesn’t sound too good. Oversight or commentary?

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Senior Citizen

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

I am 63 years old and have been reading the AJC since the early ’60s when they were two seperate newspapers – one an AM paper and the other a PM paper. Both had great Sports Editors with great knowledge, insight and were good positive reading. What happened? I am convinced Mark Bradley’s wife’s maiden name is Cox. How else does he continue on in supposedly a major market? I quit reading him years ago, but cannot avoid his column’s headlines. I guess his goal in life is to be the negative sports thought in Atlanta. I finally got that off my chest. I do not do computers, but my daughter is here visiting and I am using hers. Tuning out for eternity.

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J.Price

March 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

Enough already on Hewitt. The guy is an excellent coach. Just admit that you failed to chase him out of town.Tech is lucky to have him.Why do I think that it is a personal thing with you? Even when you try to say something positive ( which is rare) it is always a backended compliment. Is Mark Ritch your next target to chase out of GA. Paul Johnson is Tech fais to win the conference next year? Should Cox feel safe with you?

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anita cox

March 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

agree with chad regarding UK bb fans, without it they have no life!

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thadd

March 30th, 2010
11:58 am

Mark i told you duke could win a title!

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ray

April 3rd, 2010
10:10 pm

is there a dress code for ncaa coaches?????

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ray

April 3rd, 2010
10:15 pm

huggy bear look like a jv coach……

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Just saying..

April 6th, 2010
4:29 pm

I guess they didn’t realize Paul decided to stay…

It’s Duke, Again: An Early ‘10-11 Top 25
NCAA TOURNAMENT, UNCATEGORIZED

Nolan Smith and Andre Dawkins may be celebrating another title one year from now. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS — After all Duke’s photo opportunities had been exhausted, the national championship trophy was placed, oddly, on top of a garbage can in the Blue Devils’ locker room. Reporters surrounded Jon Scheyer and Brian Zoubek, two stars whose careers were officially over; and they were packed around Kyle Singler, a star who may use his Final Four Most Outstanding Player award as a springboard into the first round of the NBA draft. The one Dukie not wearing a jersey sat alone in a back corner of the locker room, smiling, but detached from the scene.

Seth Curry was wearing dress clothes, sitting out the final game of his transfer year after leaving Liberty for Duke last March. Stephen’s gunner of a younger brother (he averaged 20.2 points for the Flames as a freshman and was a key member of the U.S. Under-19 gold-medal team last summer) took his visit to Durham on the day after the Blue Devils suffered a 23-point loss to Villanova in the Sweet 16. “The mood there was pretty somber,” he said. “Their goal is to get to the Final Four ever year. I wouldn’t say they were panicking, but the situation wasn’t good.”

Curry spent this season battling in practice with Scheyer and junior guard Nolan Smith — and watched them rebound from that ‘09 tourney embarrassment to win Duke’s fourth national title under Coach K, and first since 2002. Now it’ll be Curry’s turn to chase a title of his own, as he joins a backcourt so loaded — with Smith, incoming five-star point guard Kyrie Irving, and sophomore-to-be shooting guard Andre Dawkins — that it makes the Blue Devils an easy pick as SI’s way-too-early preseason No. 1 for 2010-11.

Smith, despite having a stellar NCAA tournament, gave no serious thought to testing the NBA draft. He didn’t want to miss out on what comes next in Durham. “This squad coming in could be something special,” he said. “Back-to-back championships could be in our future.”

The lineup of challengers for the ‘10-11 national title looks like this:

(For the sake of more realistic rankings, I’m assuming that Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh; Georgetown’s Greg Monroe; Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors; Kansas’ Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry; Kentucky’s Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton and John Wall; North Carolina’s Ed Davis; Ohio State’s Evan Turner; Oklahoma State’s James Anderson; Syracuse’s Wes Johnson; West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks and Xavier’s Jordan Crawford all turn pro. And I’m not making any assumptions about unsigned recruits, such as Brandon Knight or Josh Selby.)

1. DUKE: The Blue Devils are here for the backcourt-related reasons stated above, and the breakout year I expect from sophomore Mason Plumlee, who missed time this season with a broken wrist.

2. MICHIGAN STATE: Point forward Draymond Green and shooting guard Durrell Summers are on the verge of becom ing national stars. The Spartans will bring in five-star freshman 6-foot-10 center Adreian Payne.

3. BUTLER: The Bulldogs lose stopper Willie Veasley, but if they can keep coach Brad Stevens (who’ll surely receive big-time job offers) and Gordon Hayward (who’s considering the NBA draft), they’ll be called a powerhouse, not a mid-major.

4. KANSAS STATE: The Beard is back: Jacob Pullen will be the marquee guard in the Big 12. He and the Wildcats’ glass-crashers — Curtis Kelly, Wally Judge and Jamar Samuels, as well as 6-11 juco transfer Freddy Asprilla — will keep the Octagon rocking.

5. PURDUE: The Boilermakers lose Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer, but a healed Robbie Hummel (torn ACL), along with 6-10 JaJuan Johnson and guards E’Twaun Moore and Lewis Jackson, could help Purdue finally break through to the Final Four.

6. VILLANOVA: Sophomore point guard Maalik Wayns is primed for breakout stardom in Scottie Reynolds’ absence, and center Mouphtaou Yarou, who missed part of his freshman year due to hepatitis B, should make huge gains in his first full season.

7. PITTSBURGH: The Panthers were Big East contenders a year ahead of schedule, tying for second in the league. Junior guard Ashton Gibbs is one of the nation’s most underrated scorers — he shot 44.4 percent on threes during Big East play in ‘09-10 — and on the verge of becoming a national name.

8. OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes are sure to lose Evan Turner, but they’re bringing in Rivals.com’s No. 2-rated recruiting class, which includes homegrown center Jared Sullinger and power forward Deshaun Thomas, to join senior wings David Lighty and Jon Diebler, as well as William Buford.

9. BRIGHAM YOUNG: If shooting guard Jimmer Fredette rejoins Michael Loyd Jr. in the backcourt after testing the NBA draft waters, BYU will be the best team west of the Rockies for the second straight season, and a sleeper pick for the Final Four.

10. TEMPLE: With Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez (Venezuela) out of the picture, Owls star Juan Fernandez is the best South American in college hoops. But will he continue to score as efficiently (12.6 ppg. 45.3 percent on threes) after moving from shooting guard to the point as a junior?

The Next 15:

11. KANSAS
12. BAYLOR
13. NORTH CAROLINA
14. OLD DOMINION
15. WISCONSIN
16. GEORGETOWN
17. FLORIDA
18. VANDERBILT
19. SYRACUSE
20. GONZAGA
21. MISSOURI
22. XAVIER
23. WASHINGTON
24. MEMPHIS
25. MURRAY STATE

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B Mac

April 8th, 2010
8:57 am

Mark– Will some one please write a column on the hypocrisy of Augusta National and Billy Payne for his comments on Tiger yesterday? I mean, who do they think they are? First and foremost, Tiger is a golfer, that’s it. Second, how in the world does the chairman of a club that does not allow minority or female members (and will go to great lengths to protect that “right”) have the shear audacity to comment on a social issue like adultery? Again, he is a golfer. But, more importantly, is Billy Payne trying to say that none of the middle aged white wealthy male members of Augusta National have ever cheated on their wives?!?!? Give me a break. That spectacle yesterday made me sick. Who does Augusta National in general and Billy Payne specifically think they are? Why is no one commenting on this?

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Paul Tosone

April 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

Hey, Mr. Bradley! Been a long time Braves fan (I was six in 1991, so I have all of the good Braves memories without the bad stuff before, and I’ve been reading your blog recently with some regularity.

I have a question that I was wondering if you’d considered writing an entry about. I read your piece on attendance, and I attended the opening day game. There, they gave a long montage about ‘Braves Country’ and how people from all across America had such fond memories of the Braves.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on the current Braves TV broadcast situation? Yunel Escobar, as a kid in Cuba, was able to watch the Braves play on TBS broadcast signals coming from Florida. People all over America watched the Braves on TBS. Now, I can barely watch the Braves and I live in Atlanta. There three different stations, with a rotating cast of broadcasters,

By contrast, in recent years, many other teams have launched dedicated broadcasts. I understand the fact that Ted Turner is no longer the owner and thus the TBS situation is a bit more complicated. But I was wondering if perhaps the Braves are only part of a diminishing market because they’ve placed themselves in a smaller market area?

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Chris P

April 15th, 2010
11:31 am

You forgot. He’s an Idiot.

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Gus

April 19th, 2010
6:27 pm

Mark Bradley,

TECH baseball team is 31-5 (!!!) and ranked 3rd in USA Today poll. What do they have to do to get a little more coverage in the local press (print and TV)?

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Udahman

April 27th, 2010
12:55 am

FOR A SO-CALLED JOURNALIST OF twenty five YEARS IN SPORTS…YOU NEED TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR SPORTS KNOWLEDGE…Luc Richard a Moute of the MILWAUKEE BUCKS is not a ‘journeyman’ as you wrote tonight…he’s a 2nd year player drafted by the BUCKS who never played college ball..but he sured schooled the hawks didn’t he?!

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Sam in the Burg

May 2nd, 2010
10:48 pm

Mark i think its time to do a column on the correlation between the braves and the hawks. When the hawks won game 2 the braves hit 3 HR to beat Philly. After that the braves lose 9 straight and the hawks lose the next 3. But then Friday the Hawks and braves won again, the braves swept the Astros and then the Hawks won again. I think the braves must beat the Nats tueday in order for the Hawks to win

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bubba

May 7th, 2010
7:46 am

The caption says Mark Bradley is a blogging fool………….somehow I suspect he ain’t but half that!

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Former Joe Johnson Fan

May 10th, 2010
8:22 am

Mr Bradley, I enjoy your articles, don’t always agree with everything you say but your writing and opinions make me think. I do however disagree with your article in regards to Joe Johnson unless an open appology is made to the fans. Any francise that keeps a player who does not care about the fans is not worth supporting.

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ChasZee

May 15th, 2010
8:09 am

Mr. Bradley,
I am so looking forward to top-notch biographies on Greg Maddux and the years of Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine. Any in the works that you know of?

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Karl M

May 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

Thanks Mark. You inspired me to write a LeBron column when I should have been doing Marketing homework:

http://www.prosebeforehos.com/sports-editor/05/16/being-lebron-james/

Keep it up!

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Jim Nichols

May 20th, 2010
10:37 am

Mark…
Just wondering if you have your airfare and game tickets yet, for “The Cocktail Party Re-Match” at Mile-Hi Stadium, on August 21st? With any luck at all, when the Detroit Lions come to Denver, we will again, and maybe for the final time, see Matthew Stafford and his Lions square off against Tim Tebow and his Broncos. Since it’s a pre-season game, and they’re paying them BOTH ob$cene $alarie$, how can they NOT play? We have our tickets, and will be driving down from Billings, MT…it’s only 550 miles…one way. I can’t wait…
PS/ I have YET to see the re-match even mentioned on the Web, ESPN TV or Radio, Sports Illustrated, or any newspaper Sports page. I guess unless you’re a Bulldog fanatic ( like me, Class of ‘60) or a chompin ‘Gator fan, it’s no big deal…But I’ll bet it is to those two QB’s…

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Tom Fisher

May 26th, 2010
5:28 pm

Mark, please consider doing a story on this. See Below……

Dear Frank Wren,

As a long-time Braves fan, I’d like you to reconsider a move you made last year. Please hear me out. You traded one of our best prospects, and a guy who had proven himself at every opportunity given. I’m sure you remember Josh Anderson. Sure, he’s no kid, but he’s not old either. He has a lot of baseball ahead of him, given the opportunity.

Josh is the guy who tore up the International League in 2008 and had an all-time Richmond Brave record 27 game hitting streak. But so much for minor league stats you already know.

Josh early in the 2008 season filled in admirably for the oft-injured Mark Kotsay. Upon his recall late in the 2008 year, he played well, and seemed to have sewn up the 2009 starting centerfield job with a .292 average over the year at the major league level. His base stealing and speed unnerved pitchers and make those behind him better. He played hard and was enthuastic. The kind of player fans like me root for.

So in the spring of 2009, not so long ago, the Braves decided to go with a rookie who had a good spring (but had never played above AA) and traded Josh right before the start of the season to Detroit. Neither that nor the trade for Nate McClouth has proven much better in solving the leadoff spot need. McClouth is a good outfielder, but not a prototypical leadoff hitter.

Well. if you look at stats alone, Josh has had an uneven year and a few months since the trade to Detroit. But for that, there are reasons. First, being traded to a different league a few days before the start of the season, and then being moved around in the lineup in disorienting, especially to a guy who is a natural leadoff hitter.

No one seemed to value him much after last year. It wasn’t like he was a total bust anyway. He’s still got a 272 lifetime averave in the majors, on well over 400 at bats…..

I’m not sure who is working with him now, but he seems to be getting his swing straightened out in Nashville. And, he’s 8-0 stealing bases. And with limited playing time in the AL last year, 25-5 in that department. I think about the guys behind him in the lineup seeing more fastballs. And I think about Braves small ball baseball. I like to see us get back to Braves small ball. I think Josh Anderson would help us do it.

And one last thing. He’s a nice guy. But I’m sure you know that. He told me personally leaving the Braves was a big blow to him. I don’t think he’s been the same ever since. I know our leadoff spot hasn’t been.

So please Frank, reconsider. Josh Anderson, Atlanta Brave.

From a baseball fan,

Tom Fisher

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Stefan Spelman

June 20th, 2010
2:34 am

You are delusional. You really think the Falcons will make the NFC title game? Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but come on now, try and be realistic and not over positive!!!!

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GStateBen

June 21st, 2010
5:09 pm

Mark,

Do you mind adding the Georgia State blog: prideofthepanthers.blogspot.com to your blog roll? Many Panther fans and readers of your work would appreciate it.

Thanks!

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Tech

June 23rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Coach Paul Hewitt sabotaged Mfon Udofia..but no worries this year he will prove to everyone his true skill!

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RODERICK BRIGHT

July 1st, 2010
9:16 pm

mark lick your brown eye u mofo

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Anthony

July 2nd, 2010
8:24 am

I read your article about AD Evans this morning and was quite intersted in your comments. It seems to me that you, because of your position and access to the public has found it your place to play judge and jury. I wonder how many things YOU have done that you wouldn’t want anyone to know about, yet you continue to act as though you walk on water. Forgiveness is a part of loving people. Its’ funny how you can love and praise people when they are making you proud and kick them to the curb when they fail as humans will. Mr. Evans has God, his wife, and Dr. Adams to remind him of his mistake and to help him to get turned around, not to mention the many other staffers and supporters out there. I almost suggested that you not play God, but that wouldn’t be an appropriate statement because God is forgiving the last time I checkd. So, I’ll just say don’t be a hypocrite. I understand that at a great institution you must teach persons how to conduct their lives and live above scrutiny; however, you also should show them how you get back up again when you fall.

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Charles Tollison

July 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Mr. Bradley, I read the AJC for four reasons, you, the sports section, the comics and the coupons in the Sunday paper. If it were not for these I would have dropped my subscription a long time ago mainly because of Jay Bookman and Cynthia Tucker. Thank God you guys got rid of Terrance Moore.

All of that to say, please stick to sports, I don’t think the University of Georgia needs your advice on who to hire and fire. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Thank You
Charles Tollison, McDonough GA

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John

July 8th, 2010
7:45 am

Mark, always enjoy your writings. I’d like to see a column about the Soriano – Melky exchange. Yes we have a great closer THIS year. Next? Soriano = All Star, E.R.A. about 1.65. Melky is a mediocre, fifth outfielder. I can see you having fun with this topic.. Good articles recently on Evans and needing to keep iso Johnson.

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Lowell Lawson

July 10th, 2010
8:31 am

Mark,
Perhaps you can write something about other times when owners have spent huge sums of money and did not get a winner. I think especially of George Steinbrenner’s early years….Reggie Jackson, et al. It seems to me that money cannot buy championships. Maybe basketball is different.

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Beach

July 10th, 2010
3:12 pm

Hi Mark, I’ve enjoyed your columns for years but you took it to a new level this morning with the soccer column (in the print AJC — why can’t I find it online?). Had no idea you could write a column with that much detail and history about World soccer. Would love to see more. Keep on pushing …

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Mark Bradley

July 10th, 2010
7:39 pm

The soccer column will be posted tonight, Beach. Thanks for asking. And for the kind words.

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renee

July 11th, 2010
9:20 pm

i don’t know you mr bradley, but within the first two sentences i knew the article wasn’t worth reading. i’m wasn’t a fan of lebron’s before the special, but i am a huge fan of truth.
the truth is lebron and his people did NOT take this special idea to ESPN. jim grey pitched it to lebron’s people at the 2nd game of the nba finals. took a while to pull it together and lebron wanted the ad money to go to charity but espn was agreeable to grey’s idea.
check with jim grey, but if ur like 99% of the other journalists reporting on this story, this “truth” isn’t important as long as there’s a reason to hate on lebron.

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mike

July 13th, 2010
8:21 am

mark

You do know Richt has kicked off 14 players since he came to UAG, not counting walk-ons? Name another coach that has kicked off that many players regardless of them being a starter or major player.

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Deborah Brigham

July 14th, 2010
11:44 am

Mr. Bradley,
My 10 year-old son, Ben, noticed that the red and blue colors had been reversed from their usual positions in the MLB logo shown for the All-Star game. That is, usually the player is facing blue on the left, and red is behind his bat, but he was facing red in the All-Star version of the logo. Why?
Deborah (and Ben)

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C. A. Dockins

July 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

I live in Cleveland Tennessee, and for the last couple of years have not been able to purchase the AJC.
Very disappointed. Also, I can no longer purchase the Knoxville News Sentinel.
I think the almighty dollar rules eveything.

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John DB

July 19th, 2010
6:22 pm

Mark,
I agree with you–the Braves will not trade for one of the big-name outfielders (Hart, Willingham, DeJesus). They don’t want to give up young arms, and Diaz is too good at hitting lefties to bench him. They just need a platoon mate for him. That player is Corey Patterson of the Baltimore Orioles who is very effective at hitting righties but is owned by lefties. He can be had for a song. Make it happen Wren!

John

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Rusell

July 28th, 2010
9:16 am

Mark,
Did you write a column about a guy that always wanted to own a racehorse, bought one, hard times followed and had to sell it; two weeks later the horses sister, Genuine Risk, won the Kentucky Derby.Think it was summer of 1980

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Donovan Householder

July 30th, 2010
10:56 pm

@Jim Thats good stuff

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Big D Dawg

August 8th, 2010
1:47 am

where’s the days to football kickoff countdown on the AJC sports site?

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Brandon

August 10th, 2010
12:23 pm

Can we have an article SOON about a conversation you have with Bobby Cox about Troy Glaus and WHY he is still in the starting lineup??? Please ask Bobby why can’t Ski play 1st while Prado is on the DL and let Melky, Diaz and Ankiel rotate in the outfield. Also recommend on behalf of Braves Country, that when Prado returns to the lineup…The lineup should be as follows: Prado 1B, Heyward RF, Chip 3B, Mac C, Infante 2B, Gonzo SS, Ski/Diaz/Melky LF, Ankiel/Melky CF!! Put Glaus on the 15-day DL for that knee, and then let him keep the books for the rest of the year.

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Hughes Threlkeld, Vidalia GA

August 11th, 2010
7:54 am

Mark; I’d like your take on the play Mon nite as Minor was running to 1st & the 1st baseman was ‘in the way’. To me it looked as if Minor had to slow down due to 1st Baseman and couldn’t run the play thru. Why was that not interference?

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Mark Bradley

August 11th, 2010
8:19 am

First baseman has a right to the bag, Hughes Threlkeld, Vidalia GA.

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Skip Talbert

August 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

Mark…The AJC should write something about our new Little League ballpark down here in Warner Robins…ESPN is televising tonights S.E. Championship game and 2 weeks ago we had the softball chamionship with over 4000 at that game. The ballpark and new headquarters for the S.E. Little league is truly awesome.

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Billy

August 28th, 2010
11:37 am

Re: SEC’s most obnoxious fans. In the comments to your blog post you mentioned that Auburn’s previous head coaches included Bobby Petrino. Your sarcasm is well noted but if you truly understood that situation you would see that it actually reflected well on most Auburn fans. When news broke that President Walker and AD Housel attempted to lure Bobby Petrino to Auburn most fans rallied around Tuberville and expressed their support for him. The overwhelming negative reaction to the administration helped force Housel and Walker out. So, “jetgate,” as it has come to be called, actually showed that Auburn fans were extremely loyal to their coach.

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Jason

August 30th, 2010
8:46 pm

I’ve seen barely a mention of Matt Kuchar’s accomplishments this year (and especially this weekend) in the AJC. He’s likely the leading contender for PGA POY and no love from the AJC?! A local guy who lives in Atlanta and went to Tech (oh wait, I just figured it out… if he had gone to UGA, it would be front cover material). And, it’s pre-football season… not much else to talk about I guess. Kuchar is a hard working, nice guy who deserves what he’s achieved this year and the AJC should take notice!

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Mark Bradley

August 30th, 2010
8:49 pm

He was on the front page of today’s print AJC, Jason. A-1, I mean.

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Travis

August 30th, 2010
10:20 pm

Mark- Can you please tell me this? I live in northern Missouri and watch the Braves through the baseball package on Directv. I want you to write me something or a column or something to explain our crowd, or better words, lack of a crowd for our home games lately. We are in the thick of a pennant race and I look at the other teams that are involved and they are selling out or close to it every night at home. I know we were spoiled in the ninetys and early 2000’s, and people got used to it, but c’mon, Bobbys last year and we haven’t been to the post season in 4 years, I would think that people would start coming out. A little explanation would be appreciated.
Thanks
Travis

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Jason

August 31st, 2010
9:19 am

I stand corrected Mark — glad to hear it. I don’t get the print version… I’m online only!

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patrick

August 31st, 2010
9:00 pm

Could you, or someone, please touch on the new Heisman campaign? I don’t mean “There is one and here it is”. . I, for one, thought it was absurd and the website was ridiculous as I did Spiller’s, and I’m a Tech fan! So I can only assume that our traditional rivals really got a kick out it. But I was shocked to discover, after doing some research, that Eric Crouch had incredibly similar numbers to Nesbitt when he won the heisman. Tebow too…Is it likely? No. But it would be interesting to touch on his lack of “respect” may be indicative of how much the game/media has changed.

Thanks pal

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Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2010
9:07 pm

I wrote about it today, patrick. Here you are.

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angry fan.

September 2nd, 2010
1:19 pm

You’re a complete idiot. Journalists are supposed to be unbiased and from your Aug. 26th article, that’s not evident. You place Tennessee at dead last and Auburn as number 1? Unheard of! As an Alabama fan I can’t see how Tennessee, LSU, Georgia and even we didn’t rank higher than Auburn. Your evaluation of each school was idiotic. You should just stop…

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Peter

September 9th, 2010
10:26 am

Hey Mark….Ankiel has struck out 9 consecutive times……..How is that Wren Trade working out for you………I know you love Farsworth as well !

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Peter

September 15th, 2010
4:24 pm

Mark you seem like a really cool guy …BUT Please stop making predictions about the Atlanta Teams……or predict they will all suck !

Thank you !

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