About Terence Moore

After more than 30 years of working for major newspapers, I’ve had several claims to fame. They go beyond the national, state and local awards I’ve won — including those from the Associated Press, the San Francisco Press Club, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Sporting News and various Georgia sportswriting associations.

For instance:

I wrote the first story ever about future baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., the almost-Braves player, who went back to the future with the Seattle Mariners.

Let’s return to the mid-1970s, when  I worked at the Cincinnati Enquirer, and when Griffey was an 8-year-old megastar for his Knothole League team. He played every position, but he primarily was a pitcher. Opponents regularly sobbed when they headed toward home plate with Griffey on the mound.

Griffey’s parents have a copy of the article in their respective homes right now, and the same goes for the younger Griffey, who isn’t that little kid anymore that I wrote about way back then.

Guess he’s getting old.

In addition to the Enquirer, I worked at the San Francisco Examiner covering the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco Giants before I began writing a sports opinion column. I came to the AJC in December 1984.

Along the way, I’ve covered 20-something Super Bowls, along with a slew of World Series games, Indianapolis and Daytona 500s, major prize fights, Olympic Games, NCAA basketball tournaments, huge college football matchups, etc. I’ve also had exclusive interviews with everybody from Pete Rose to Muhammad Ali.

Here’s the biggest thing: I’ve covered three of the six coldest games in NFL history. The worst was the Freezer Bowl in Cincinnati between the Bengals and the San Diego Chargers for the American Football Conference title in 1981. The temperature was minus-9 with a wind-chill factor of minus-59.

I’m still shivering.

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Mr. Larry Ledford

March 11th, 2009
10:29 am

If this man has the same socialist views as OBAMA and his wife,please do not bring him to GEORGIA.Our campus has enough liberals on campus already.I know this is athletics and not politics but,you cannot seperate who you are and what you represent.Let me correct that.I think you can seperate them if you believe there is no right and wrong.If there is no moral standard you think is the truth to guide you, then maybe you can seperate them.PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr. Evans do not let Mr. Moore have this wish.PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hire someone like Coach Richt.PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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t. kenyon

March 17th, 2009
11:29 pm

You are the biggest racist and uniformed sportswriter I have ever read. You should be ashamed of yourself for the awful article you wrote about Bobby Bowden. Get your facts before you write or maybe you have gotten by by being a fly by night sportswriter. Why don’t you ask derrick brooks or warrick dunn or charlie ward or deon about coach bowden nooo you are so biased that you thought you had the oppurtunity to step on someone before knowing the facts. Like it says in the bible let those who have not sinned be the first one’s to throw the first rock. YOU ARE AN AWFUL REPORTER AND AN AWFUL PERSON. THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN CHURCH THINK OF WHAT YOU WROTE ABOUT BOBBY BOWDEN AND MAYBE IF YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU WILL REALIZE THE WORLD ISN’T PERFECT AND WHAT YOU WROTE IS WRONG. GET A LIFE WITH YOUR TRASH SPORTS WRITING. YOU SHOULD KNOW THE FACTS BEHIND AN ARTICLE BEFORE YOU WRITE IT. THE NCAA EVEN SAID THE COACHES DIDN’T KNOW AND WHEN THEY DID THEY SAT THOSE 61 PLAYERS FOR 4 GAMES INCLUDING THE MOTOR CITY BOWL. I’M NOT EVEN A JOURNALIST AND I KNOW THE ACCURATE FACTS BEHIND THE NCAA INFRACTIONS.

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UGA91

April 2nd, 2009
12:38 pm

Mr. Moore, I often wonder why you incite such passion amongst your readers. Many of these people swear they hate you but somehow continue to read your columns. If the goal of a columnist is to foster debate, then you win hands down. However, I think it’s sad that so many of your readers resort to vile language and crude behavior when they comment on your work. Good Luck.

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Miami grad

April 17th, 2009
10:11 am

Terrence-
Heard you may be moving on w AJC cutbacks. I know you didn’t always tell people what they wanted to hear, but sometimes raised issues they needed to hear. Good Job. But my favorite was when you threw the bait out there for Georgia fans with your article on the passing of the latest UGA mascot. Priceless and an example of your independance. Good luck.

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Bumble Bee

April 19th, 2009
6:55 pm

Hate to see you go T.M. I didn’t agree with all your articles, but still enjoyed you feedback. You’re a professional, good writer. Best of luck and keep in touch please.

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Terence Moore

April 21st, 2009
10:07 pm

To Bumble Bee, Miami grad, UGA91 and others: Thanks for the kind words, and also thanks for understanding that a column is meant to get you to think.

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The man from UGA_MSU_GA Tech

April 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

Terrence-

I got to say I always like the way you tell it just the way you see, no matter what!

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tony

April 25th, 2009
2:45 pm

Terence, I have enjoyed reading what you have published and those times when you are on the Jim Rome show are great. What are you going to do next?

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Barbarosa

April 27th, 2009
4:00 pm

For someone who had a decent column one out of 20 times, you were pretty mediocre. Bye.

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Edo River

April 28th, 2009
8:38 am

Mr Moore.
I always thought that if I met you at some event and wanted to shake your hand you would look at my white skin, second not recognize me as being someone “known” , secondly curtly possibly endure my expression of appreciation for your work. I think you have a fine writing ability, and your take on the issues always made me wince and think. So, I stopped reading your work because it was too painful. Yet, when all is said and done, you did your job as you saw it. You never shirked an issue or point that you thought needed to be made. There are alot of narrow minded folks who need to read your opinions. I defend their right even though it makes me as uncomfortable as it would to defend yours. That’s what makes this country have hope for the future. I think I would prefer reading your work if it wasn’t tied to sports. Best of luck, I will try to find your work in the future, because I am curious.

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Susan Hudson

April 28th, 2009
10:24 am

Terence – I hate to see you leaving. I am a huge Falcons fan (my husband loves the Braves) and always enjoyed reading your comments. YOU will be missed.

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All I'm Saying Is...

April 28th, 2009
10:35 am

TM:
You will be missed. Your point of view (and you know what I’m referring to) was especially rare in the press box when you started out and still sketchy these days. Keep writing and voicing your thoughts either in print, online, or on-air. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!

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Uplift

April 28th, 2009
12:58 pm

Terrence,

From one Moore to another Moore I’ve enjoyed you knowledge of sports!

My Lord and Savior continue to bless you and your family!

Uplift

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Uplift

April 28th, 2009
12:59 pm

Terrence,

From one Moore to another Moore I’ve enjoyed your knowledge of sports!

My our Lord and Savior continue to bless you and your family!

Uplift

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Uplift

April 28th, 2009
1:01 pm

Terrence,

From one Moore to another Moore I’ve enjoyed your knowledge of sports!

May our Lord and Savior continue to bless you and your family!

Uplift

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Gary Field

April 28th, 2009
5:19 pm

This is a great day! Terence Moore is leaving the AJC. Hooray! I have never read a more consistent racist sportswriter. He always had a racial agenda. Instead of writing to bring people together and being fair, open minded,and unbiased, his columns always had a chip on his shoulder racial slant. I’m glad he in gone.

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Grand Dragon

April 29th, 2009
2:31 pm

Terrence is being replaced by someone who is not a blatant racist I hope. Take your awards from the National Association of illiterate Negro Sports Doofi and don’t steal too many office supplies on your way out. Say hello to the Kingfish.

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Buy Out Broker

April 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

We gave this clown $37.50 and a subscription to RaceBaiter Magazine.

He jumped on it.

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mike

May 3rd, 2009
10:56 pm

good luck mr. moore i have been reading your work since the 90’s.

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Clete

May 26th, 2009
11:59 pm

I quit reading your crap 12 years ago. Just now realized you were gone. Easy to see why you were the first casualty when times got tough. Your work was terrible. Cant believe it took this long. You suck. Bye!

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Martin

February 21st, 2010
12:41 pm

Wow, Mr. Moore. In how many articles on FanHouse did you predict the Colts would beat the Saints?? Tell us more, professor!

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Kerri B.

March 21st, 2010
10:12 pm

You may get many hits on your blog counter, but I guarantee that very few people actually finish reading the articles. I don’t believe I’ve ever even started reading an article by you that I liked. Also, please don’t put that crap out there that your articles are written for the purpose to make people think…they’re there because you know you will make people angry with your utter BS and get many more views. Thank god your gone and people that read this newspaper don’t have to deal with your wasted space.

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JR

April 6th, 2010
12:48 pm

Have yet to meet one African-American, including Mr. Moore, who didn’t hate Duke Basketball.

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DaMan

July 5th, 2010
12:13 am

why won’t you post my comments?

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DaMan

July 5th, 2010
12:14 am

Sorry A.S.S. paper

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