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Weekend Predictions: NCAA over Ole Miss but Ole Miss over Dogs

4:41 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Before getting to this week’s game between Georgia and the next football program to be dropped into the NCAA Tub of Leeches, Weekend Predictions Investments and Assorted Googled Obscure History References would like to remind you: It was 64 years ago Friday when Richard Nixon gave his “Checkers” speech. For ...

Credit to Georgia Tech for going after the right choice in Stansbury

8:55 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Georgia Tech has hired former Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury, a former Tech football player and assistant athletic director, as their new AD. (AP photo) The search was fast. The search was quiet. The search was conducted with far more efficiency than many things at Georgia Tech have been ...

This week will say a lot about where Dogs, Jackets headed
Kirby Smart’s Georgia team has more upside than Georgia Tech because of overall talent, including quarterback Jacob Eason, but will that potential be reached this season? (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

It’s building in Athens because, well, it always builds in Athens after a win. Jacob Eason makes a big throw to win an SEC game on the road and suddenly, the overwhelming thought among Georgia fans is, “If he can do that at Missouri, he can do it at Ole ...
Overreaction Monday: Everybody wins! What can possibly go wrong?
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

3:09 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was all smiles after Sunday’s win, has thrown for 730 yards and leads the NFL in quarterback efficiency rating. (AP photo) Welcome back to Overreaction Monday, where we answer the No. 1 question on your mind this week: Yes, this would be the first time ...

Falcons’ 35 points, 528 yards should quiet criticism of Shanahan
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates with Matt Ryan #2 after a 21-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

10:24 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones celebrates with quarterback Matt Ryan after the two hooked up for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter that gave the Falcons a 10-7 lead. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images) OAKLAND, Calif. — This would be a good time to pull a dart ...

Falcons put on an offensive show — and win
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, here calling out signals in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s win. (AP photo)

9:06 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

This might just be one of those seasons when the Falcons keep us guessing … not merely from game to game but series to series … touchdown drive to too-many-knuckleheads on the field during a punt return … blown lead to, wait-whose-hands-did-that-pass-bounce-off-of? … red zone ineptitude to, um, red zone ...
Falcons try to avoid going from 0-1 to off the rails
Falcons second-year linebacker Vic Beasley Jr., who failed to make a tackle in the season-opening loss against Tampa Bay last week, is among those who need to make significant improvement. (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Hear that? It sounds like a series of splashes. Fans jumping ship. Media dumping on coaches and players. Odds mutating to unexpected forms.Panic … 6.25 percent into the season.The Falcons lost their season opener and now enter a series of games (at Oakland, at New Orleans, home against Carolina, at ...
Weekend Predictions: Dogs rebound, Jackets win, Falcons fall

3:24 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Before we get to this week’s big game between the Missouri Tigers and the Georgia Afterthoughts on Nicholls State’s Schedule, this important update: Sunday is National Cheeseburger Day. This came as a complete shock to me because I didn’t realize there were was only one of these, more like 297, ...

Coppollella acknowledges on Twitter starters have been disappointing
Atlanta Braves assistant general manager and director of pro scouting John Coppolella talks on the phone in the dugout during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

9:43 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Braves general manager John Coppolella acknowledged acquiring Hector Olivera was his biggest mistake and admitted he has been disappointing in the team’s young starting pitchers this season. (AP photo) The first time Braves general manager John Coppolella tried to connect with its fan base on another level came in January, ...

Sports has a hammer: Get used to it
The NCAA and president Mark Emmert have been criticized for several issues but moving seven championship events out of North Carolina, including men’s basketball tournament games, because of the so-called “bathroom law” was the correct decision. AP photo)

Updated: 5:51 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

When will it dawn on people that this is reality? When will some understand that many athletes don’t just run fast and jump high but have thoughts on significant issues facing society and choose to use their platform to further their causes? When will local governments understand that when legislation ...
Overreaction Monday: Red zone, tackling and can anybody run block?

9:35 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Matt had a nice stat line (27 for 39, 334 yards, two touchdowns, 0 interceptions) in the season opener but he and the Falcons again self-immolated in the red zone. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com) Welcome back for another season of Overreaction Monday, where if you can run block, you possess ...

As season opens, it’s Mike Smith 1, Falcons 0
Former Falcons head coach Mike Smith gets a hug from owner Arthur Blank after speaking with general manager Thomas Dimitroff before Sunday’s game. Smith, now Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator, was victorious in his return to Atlanta. (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com)

6:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Allow Mike Smith this departure from his norm. The man was known to speak in shades of beige when he was the Falcons’ head coach, by design. But if there was any day when he might pop just a little bit, it would be Sunday. First game of the season. ...
Smart’s limited media access accomplishing nothing
September 10, 2016  Athens, GA: Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart prepares to take on Nicholls Colonels at Sanford Stadium Saturday September 10, 2016.  BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

7:25 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Georgia coach Kirby Smart has limited media access to players, particularly his quarterbacks. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com) ATHENS — Jacob Eason hasn’t been allowed to speak to the media since signing day. Greyson Lambert hasn’t been allowed to speak publicly since last year’s bowl game. When Georgia’s offensive linemen had their ...

Georgia exposed by team it should’ve handled easily
Georgia coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs narrowly escaped with a victory against Nicholls 26-24 at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 10, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 6:41 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

They’re still Georgia.They’re still sooooo Georgia.Their ranking said ninth. Their performance said Liberty Bowl.You want to obsess over some dazzling freshman quarterback and cling to fantasy that it will easy to turn this program into something greater than what it has been? Have at it. But when a team like ...
Predicting the Falcons’ season
Falcons coach Dan Quinn went 8-8 in his first season in part because the team went only 1-5 against NFC South opponents. That has to improve. (Curtis Compton / jschultz@ajc.com)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Sept. 11, Tampa Bay: The Falcons went 1-5 in the NFC South last season, which included getting swept in two games by the Buccaneers for the first time since 2007. Had they gone 3-3, they would’ve finished 10-6 and possibly made the playoffs. And now look: The Falcons will be ...
Weekend Predictions: Falcons over their exes; Dogs, Jackets cover

3:03 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

According to legend, my second favorite source after things overheard in presidential debates, the dark art of revenge dates back to “Nemesis,” who in Greek mythology was believed to be the goddess of divine retribution. Nemesis was considered a remorseless goddess but she developed a mischievous sense of humor later ...

It’s ‘Sack Schultz’ time, suckers: Win Chick-fil-A Bowl tickets or $2,500

2:06 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

I’m here today to remind you that “Sack Schultz,” the contest subsidiary of Weekend Predictions, Inc., is open for business. Just go to this updated link to register.  To register for the contest you must use or create an AJC.com account log in. You won’t be able to access this year’s contest from ...

Film doesn’t lie, but Matt Ryan learning from mistakes
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spends hours watching game film in the quarterback room at the Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 10:51 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Editor's note: This article was first published on June 11, 2016. Flowery Branch -- The lights are off, the door is cracked open and inside a small meeting room at the Falcons’ practice facility, Matt Ryan is sitting in a chair, holding a remote, his eyes shifting from the two ...
Mets sign Tebow but he looks more like ‘Sideshow Tim’ than player
Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow loses his footing as he fields a ball during outfield drills at USC's Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles during a private baseball tryout on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

8:41 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow loses his footing as he fields a ball during outfield drills at USC’s Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles during a private baseball tryout. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) Take  down the tents and load up the elephants: The circus is moving on to New ...

If Braves sign Tebow, it’s about circus and revenue, not baseball
Former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow finishes his work out for baseball scouts and the media during a showcase on the campus of the University of Southern California, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Heisman Trophy winner works out for a big gathering of scouts on USC's campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport he hasn't played regularly since high school. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

9:32 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Former Florida and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow finishes his work out for baseball scouts and the media at the University of Southern California on Aug. 30. The Heisman Trophy worked out for a big gathering of scouts on USC’s campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport ...

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