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Tech sweats out a win over Wofford. Yes, Wofford
Quarterback Justin Thomas completed 11 of 15 passes for 282 yards. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

5:04 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

An FBS team invariably beats an FCS team on the scoreboard, but that’s the only place where the bigger school wins. If it thrashes Elon 70-0, as Georgia Tech did last season, a guy like me is bound to write, “So what? It was only Elon.” But if Tech leads ...

In the nick of time, Georgia State’s losing streak ends
Tight end Joel Ruiz scores Georgia State’s first touchdown of the 2014 season. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

10:29 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

On the Friday before Labor Day in 2010, Georgia State defeated Shorter 41-7. The Panthers played before a lusty crowd of 30,237 at the Georgia Dome and outdrew the first-place Braves, who were working two miles away at Turner Field. More than just the school’s inaugural football game, it was ...

Is UGA’s run of underachieving about to cease?
Speaking of bad luck: This (mis)play was the utter definition of the term. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Updated: 3:31 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Our media bus was bound from Newport Beach to the Rose Bowl for the final BCS title game. Two journalists seated behind me were discussing the 2014 season, then more than eight months away. We’d just exited the 605 onto the 210 when I overhead this: Journalist No. 1: “What ...

Even if it didn’t count, the Falcons looked pretty good
Julio Jones breaks free on his 52-yard scoring excursion against Tennessee on Saturday in the Georgia Dome. (David Goldman/AP)

Updated: 8:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

If there’s one exhibition game to take semi-seriously, it’s the third. The first is a training exercise for guys who probably won’t make the team. The second offers a slightly longer look at the starters, the emphasis on “slightly.” The fourth isn’t worth playing, which is why first-teamers don’t. The ...

Why Nick Saban is the only coach who matters

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

The SEC takes great glee in announcing how many credentials it issues for its annual Media Days — this year’s total was a record 1,267 — but what outsiders don’t grasp is that such a number isn’t crammed into one spot at any one time. The various TV outlets have ...

A breakthrough year for the Bulldogs? Er … maybe

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Given that the Georgia Bulldogs have a new quarterback and a new defensive coordinator, it sounds strange to say that the season ahead could be their best chance to break through — and by “break through” we mean win the SEC title and grace the College Football Playoff — over ...

Proud Georgia Tech again stands embarrassed
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson smiles as he greets fans during Georgia Tech’s annual fan day at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Updated: 7:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Georgia Tech graduates have reason to be proud. They gained admittance to one of the nation’s most prestigious technical institutions. They put in their four years and passed the dreaded calculus and emerged with a degree that leaps off a LinkedIn page. Like all grads of all schools, Tech folks ...

The Braves are batting .500 with the Uptons
Justin Upton rounds third his three-run homer Tuesday night. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Updated: 10:53 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

For those keeping score at home, the Braves are batting .500 on Uptons. No, that’s not 1.000, which is what they hoped when they added B.J. Upton and brother Justin in the same offseason, but it’s not .000, either. And Justin Upton, whose massive April pointed the way toward a ...

Sam Baker’s loss doesn’t mean the Falcons are doomed
Introducing Jake Matthews, the Falcons’ left tackle for the next decade. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Updated: 5:06 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

The Falcons have lost their left tackle, and we stipulate that left tackle is among the five most important positions on a football team. But the left tackle in question wasn’t Art Shell or Anthony Munoz — it was Sam Baker, who’d long been considered (wrongly, in this view) the ...

Would the Braves profit from a ‘Moneyball’ approach?
Josh Reddick, the Oakland outfielder from Effingham County, meets his Georgia constituency. (Mark Bradley/AJC)

Updated: 3:28 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

We’ve spent the summer discussing the Braves’ lineup and the flaws therein. The arrival of the A’s this weekend prompted a thought: What if the Braves, who stink in the awarding of big-ticket contracts, were to emulate Oakland and seek to do more while spending less?Granted, Braves general manager Frank ...

The baseball strike made runners-up of the ‘94 Braves
Marquis Grissom caught the fly ball that made this possible.

4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

It was 20 years ago this week that a baseball season halted, never to resume. The players’ strike commenced Aug. 12, 1994. For the Braves, the walkout arrived at a peculiar moment: They’d won their division the previous three seasons and would finish first every year from 1995 through 2005, ...

Next on the Braves’ agenda: What to do with B.J. Upton
One Upton has been pretty darn good. The other, not so much. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Updated: 8:25 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Now that Dan Uggla has been dispatched, the Braves’ attention can shift to their other salary drain. If the past five games were any indication, they haven’t yet figured out what to do with B.J. Upton. He didn’t play in Seattle last Tuesday. He started and batted eighth the next ...

Are the Braves chasing the Nats, or vice versa?
The beating goes on: Justin Upton after hoisting a homer off Stephen Strasburg. (David Tulis/AP)

Updated: 9:06 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

Given a chance to put their nemesis to sleep, the Washington Nationals arrived at Turner Field on Friday and trailed by a touchdown at halftime. (Actually by seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.) The famous Stephen Strasburg, who’d never yielded more than two homers in a game, was ...

Falcons take baby step on the road to redemption
Matt Ryan threw no incompletions and took a seat. (David Goldman/AP)

Updated: 9:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

It was against the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium, or whatever that place happens to be called now, that the plunge of the 2013 Falcons commenced. They had opened with a narrow loss to New Orleans in the Superdome, but the history of this franchise is strewn with narrow losses ...

Football Outsiders: Falcons will be better but not good
The AJC's Mark Bradley.

Updated: 2:49 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

When Football Outsiders speaks, I listen. You should, too. A year ago, the data-based website predicted a Seahawks-Broncos Super Bowl and a playoff berth for Carolina (!) and, most notably for us locals, a plunge by the Falcons, who were coming off a 13-3 season. All of the above came ...

The Braves’ season could be done by Labor Day
Evan Gattis is thrown out at the plate after Andrelton Simmons’ wrong-headed bunt. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Updated: 3:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

No team looks good when losing six in a row, but the cold truth is that the Braves haven’t looked very good since April. It’s August. School — at least in Cobb County, their future home — is again in session. And Baseball Prospectus, which 13 days ago assessed the ...

Can the Braves improve enough to make the playoffs?
The AJC's Mark Bradley.

Updated: 6:14 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014

True confession: For a while now, I’ve operated on the assumption that the Washington Nationals are going to rouse themselves some week and build a working lead on the Braves. That’s not to say I don’t think the Braves are good – all things considered, they’ve done pretty well – ...

Atlanta Falcons 2014: Urgency could spawn a turnaround
Coach Mike Smith and some of his Falcons in minicamp. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Updated: 1:09 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014

When the 2012 Falcons went 13-3, more than a few folks wondered how they’d done it. They didn’t have a great defense. They didn’t blow anybody out. The best thing they did was win a lot of close games, which some savants attributed to the presence of a really good ...

Maddux and Glavine: Pitchers, artists, Hall of Famers
Pitchers Tom Glavine (left), and Greg Maddux reached career milestones with the Atlanta Braves.

12:52 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014

In the famous “Chicks Dig The Long Ball” Nike commercial, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux played to what was widely seen as nerdy type. “We got Cy Young winners over here!” Maddux whined to the worshipers (Heather Locklear chief among them) swooning over the sight of Mark McGwire taking batting ...

Landing Uggla should have worked. It just didn’t
B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla: One of these men is still a Brave. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Updated: 6:35 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014

They tried just running him out there. They tried benching him. They tried a different hitting coach. They tried contact lenses. They tried Lasik surgery. They even tried — actually, this was an accident — bringing in B.J. Upton to join the misery-loves-company support group. Nothing worked. For Dan Uggla ...

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