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Seven games in, we ask: What is UGA under Smart?
Georgia Bulldogs oach Kirby Smart walks off the field after falling to the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

1:42 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

In Year 1 as Auburn’s head coach, Gus Malzahn came within 14 seconds of a national championship. In Year 1 as Florida’s head coach, Jim McElwain won the SEC East. In Year 1 as Georgia’s head coach, Kirby Smart lost to Vanderbilt. Fatalists among Bulldog Nation will see this as ...
Owing to their bad defense, the Falcons suffer a bad loss
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, left, walks off the field as the San Diego Chargers mob kicker Josh Lambo as his sudden death field goal defeats the Falcons 33-30 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta-Journal Constitution via AP)

9:09 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Ouch, babe. (Curtis Compton/AJC) What happened in Seattle was as close as the NFL gets to a good loss. What happened Sunday in the Dome was an out-and-out bad loss. Favored for the first time since Sept. 11, the Atlanta Falcons blew a 17-point lead and lost to a 2-4 opponent ...

Playoffs? The Falcons are almost halfway there
Wide receiver Julio Jones of the Falcons can’t make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks defends on Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

We’ve been here before. Football Outsiders assesses the 4-2 Falcons’ chance to make the playoffs at 83.1 percent. A year ago, ESPN’s Football Power Index handed the Falcons a 91 percent chance of qualifying for postseason when they reached 4-0. Moral of our story: If you stop winning, your odds ...
October lessons: It helps to have Andrew Miller – and a shortstop
El relevista de los Indios de Cleveland, Andrew Miller, posa con el trofeo al Jugador Más Valioso de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Americana, el miércoles 19 de octubre de 2016 (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Miller’s time. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) It’s human nature — well, it’s the nature of this human, and maybe one or two others — to seek to ascribe greater meaning to the events of every baseball postseason. Full disclosure: Sometimes there aren’t any. This time a year ago, ...

When will it get good again for Johnson and Tech?
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson receives applause from fans after Tech defeated Georgia Southern 35-24 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN/HSHIN@AJC.COM

2:02 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

It’s time we salute the Georgia Tech coach who has, despite an apparent lack of institutional commitment to the sport, generated results of comparative high caliber. So here’s to you, Ted Roof. Your defense ranks 32nd nationally in yards against. Kudos. This makes two seasons running that Roof’s oft-criticized defenders ...
Cold numbers suggest a chilly finish for Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson stands on the field during an NCAA college football game against Georgia Southern in Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

11:28 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

Paul Johnson and friends. (AP Photo/David Goldman) A complete list of teams Georgia Tech has beaten since routing Mississippi State on New Year’s Eve in the 2014 Orange Bowl: Alcorn State, Tulane, Florida State, Boston College, Mercer, Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern. Georgia Tech’s record against Power Five teams (plus Notre ...

An unscripted Dan Quinn is an impressive Dan Quinn
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, greets Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

10:29 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Dan and Pete, together again. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Surely it had something to do with the charged setting — his new team had come within a Richard Sherman armlock of toppling his old team in the fortress where that old team has gone 34-5 since 2011 — but one Dan Quinn ...

Dan Quinn’s Falcons are ‘coming together’
The Falcons are now 4-2 following Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Updated: 3:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

We took that opening loss to Tampa Bay – and by “we” I mean you and especially me – and figured the Falcons wouldn’t be favored again until the Chargers arrived in the doomed Dome on Oct. 23 and might be 0-6 by then. The first part happened: The Falcons ...
The Falcons didn’t win, but they made one guy believe (me)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, right, and Earl Thomas (obscured) break up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Falcons 26-24. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

9:08 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

No harm, no foul? (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SEATTLE — I’m not a fan of moral victories in pro sports, but today I make an exception. The Atlanta Falcons gave a winning effort and, had an official called what seemed a blatant case of GPI — grievous pass interference — on ...

The Falcons got jobbed but did themselves proud
Wide receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons can’t make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks defends at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

8:44 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Sometimes you play your guts out and deserve to win, but a flag stays in a zebra’s back pocket and you lose. Had pass interference been called against Richard Sherman, the Falcons would have been within Matt Bryant’s range of one of the most stirring regular-season victories in franchise annals. ...
Having taken down Denver, the 4-1 Falcons head for Seattle
Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

8:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Tevin Coleman dives and scores. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) DENVER — Vic Beasley Jr. was asked how it felt to beat the reigning Super Bowl champs in their elevated backyard. “Everyone’s happy,” he said. “Everyone’s excited.” Then, channeling his inner Belichick: “And now it’s on to Seattle.” And maybe then we’ll know. ...

The Falcons rock a rookie in the Rockies
Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch is hit by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley during the second half of a game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

8:27 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Due to circumstances beyond their control, this wasn’t quite a Statement Game, upper-cased. But the Falcons did make a rather bold assertion — that this season won’t become last season, that they’ve grown capable of winning the games they should win. If that sounds like faint praise, it shouldn’t.The Falcons ...
McDowell had become the wrong pitching coach for these Braves

1:19 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

The bubble burst. (AJC file photo) Roger McDowell is a good pitching coach: His record tells us so. That said … For what the Atlanta Braves have become, he was the wrong pitching coach. His best work — and his best work ranked with that of any big-league pitching coach’s of ...

Hart: Braves’ rebuild is going faster than expected
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella discuss the 2016 season and the process of selecting a manager for 2017 on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

3:41 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

John Hart became the Braves’ caretaker on Sept. 22, 2014, the day Frank Wren was “terminated” as general manager. Two years and 11 days later, Hart – the officially titled president of baseball operations – sat in the same room at Turner Field and cast a backward glance. “If you’d ...
Bumgarner’s playoff domination began against the Braves
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) delivers against the New York Mets during the first inning of the National League wild-card baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

9:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

The man, the legend. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The Atlanta Braves met the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NLDS. The series was tied coming to Turner Field, Tim Lincecum having won Game 1 in a masterly display, the Braves having overridden a 4-0 deficit to win Game 2 on Rick Ankiel’s ...

The Falcons look great! (Didn’t we say that last year?)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones makes a catch against the Carolina Panthers during the first half on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updated: 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

The Falcons are playing as well as a team with the league’s third-worst defense can play. They’re moving the ball and even scoring touchdowns as if — to quote the former Pirates announcer Bob Prince — tomorrow’s lunch was around the corner. They lead the NFC South by two games ...
Memo to Braves fans: There’s a case to be made for Bud Black
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black (20) looks on against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

10:24 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Bud Black robed in Friars; regalia. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Over the weekend, the wave of sentiment to make Brian Snitker the Atlanta Braves’ permanent manager rose to “Poseidon Adventure” proportions. Had the brass been forced to make a decision Sunday, they’d have tapped Snitker. But they didn’t have to decide Sunday, and ...

Why wasn’t Ted at Turner Field’s farewell? The Braves don’t know
WORLD SERIES GAME 6 10/28/95: Standing for the national anthem are (L-R), Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, actor Bill Murray ,and former president Jimmy Carter. (AJC photo/Jonathan Newton)

7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

The night the Braves became world champs. (AJC photo/Jonathan Newton) If I had a nickel for every time in the past 24 hours I’ve been asked, “Why wasn’t Ted Turner at Sunday’s farewell to Turner Field?” … well, I’d have a dozen nickels, which would come to 60 cents. Seeing ...

The Braves must decide if Snitker, a good guy, is the right guy
Braves interim manager Brian Snitker (from left), president of baseball operations John Hart, and general manager John Coppolella discuss the 2016 season and the process of selecting a manager for the 2017 season on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

2:27 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Brian Snitker has made this hard for the Braves. He did his job too well. He became something more than an interim manager. He became the man for whom John Hart and John Coppolella have nothing but esteem and affection. Put simply, Snitker — known universally and unfortunately as “Snit” ...
Draft downer: Only the Braves could lose by winning too much
Fans celebrate after the Atlanta Braves defeated the Detroit Tigers, 1-0, in a baseball game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Atlanta. The game was the final contest to be played at Turner Field, as the Braves move to new ballpark for the 2017 season. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

9:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

These folks are not celebrating the No. 5 pick. (Curtis Compton/AJC) On the morning of Aug. 21, the Atlanta Braves had a five-game lead in the race — the words “lead” and “race” are used advisedly — for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 MLB draft. They were 44-79 ...

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