Mark Bradley

Sports Columnist and Blogger

Mark Bradley has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader for six years. He has finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest four times for columns and twice for features; in 1985, he won the APSE award for best columns at the highest circulation level. He has finished in the top five of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association writing contest eight times and won for best feature. He has won the Best of Cox award for sports columns and been named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. 

Latest from Mark Bradley

On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?
 For the second time this silly winter, we’re Ice Station A-town. The only recourse is to stay home, think warm thoughts and note that, for the under-new-management Atlanta Braves, spring training commences in 27 days.  After the constant motion of the past three offseasons, this one – apart from the thunderclap of MLB sanctions...

Posted: a day ago

For the second time this silly winter, we’re Ice Station A-town. The only recourse is to stay home, think warm thoughts and note that, for the under-new-management Atlanta Braves, spring training commences in 27 days.  After the constant motion of the past three offseasons, this one – apart from the thunderclap of MLB sanctions...
Football Outsiders: Falcons’ last series in Philly really was awful
 Anyone who frequents this space occasionally – and bless you for so doing – knows that I’m a major fan of Football Outsiders. At the risk of spoiling the ending, here’s what Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar thought of the Atlanta Falcons’ goal-to-go series against Philadelphia:  Not much. ...

Posted: a day ago

Anyone who frequents this space occasionally – and bless you for so doing – knows that I’m a major fan of Football Outsiders. At the risk of spoiling the ending, here’s what Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar thought of the Atlanta Falcons’ goal-to-go series against Philadelphia:  Not much. ...
The failure of the Falcons’ season was a failure of coaching
 Ask yourself this: Had Carson Wentz been healthy Saturday and the Falcons  reduced to deploying Matt Schaub, how big would the Eagles have won? Something like 24-7, right? In your wildest dream, could you envision the Falcons doing with their backup quarterback what Philadelphia did with its? No? So how did the Eagles win by five on a day...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ask yourself this: Had Carson Wentz been healthy Saturday and the Falcons reduced to deploying Matt Schaub, how big would the Eagles have won? Something like 24-7, right? In your wildest dream, could you envision the Falcons doing with their backup quarterback what Philadelphia did with its? No? So how did the Eagles win by five on a day...
There’s no sugar-coating this: The Falcons blew another one
 The team infamous for blowing the Super Bowl just blew another playoff game. Yes, it was on the road. Yes, it was against the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Yes, it was windy. But this No. 1 seed lost its No. 1 quarterback last month. There can be no excuses. The Falcons had a clear path to the conference championship game and fell flat.  If...

Posted: 4 days ago

The team infamous for blowing the Super Bowl just blew another playoff game. Yes, it was on the road. Yes, it was against the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Yes, it was windy. But this No. 1 seed lost its No. 1 quarterback last month. There can be no excuses. The Falcons had a clear path to the conference championship game and fell flat.  If...
Keith Jackson, 1928-2018: The Georgia boy who became the voice of college football
 Vin Scully worked every sport, but we don’t think of him as the man who called Dwight Clark’s catch for CBS. (Though he was.) We think of him as, on both coasts, the Voice of the Dodgers. We think of him on the final pitch of Koufax’s perfect game: “Two-and-two to Harvey Kuenn …”  Cawood Ledford called...

Posted: 5 days ago

Vin Scully worked every sport, but we don’t think of him as the man who called Dwight Clark’s catch for CBS. (Though he was.) We think of him as, on both coasts, the Voice of the Dodgers. We think of him on the final pitch of Koufax’s perfect game: “Two-and-two to Harvey Kuenn …”  Cawood Ledford called...
Jacob Eason: Not the QB of UGA’s dreams, but a Darn Good Dog
 Some Georgia fans called this shot around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. From the moment Jacob Eason was injured against Appalachian State and Jake Fromm took over and did not stink, there seemed no reason for Eason to stick around. He just announced, via Twitter, that he’s leaving.  It’s believed he’s bound for Washington, him...

Posted: 5 days ago

Some Georgia fans called this shot around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. From the moment Jacob Eason was injured against Appalachian State and Jake Fromm took over and did not stink, there seemed no reason for Eason to stick around. He just announced, via Twitter, that he’s leaving.  It’s believed he’s bound for Washington, him...
Are the Falcons a Super Bowl team? Unclear. Could they get there? Yes
 For the last team into the NFC side of the playoff grid, the Atlanta Falcons have a rather clear path to the Super Bowl. They can make it to Minneapolis without having to meet any team that qualified for postseason last year, although they might have to go through Minneapolis to reach Minneapolis. They can reach Super Bowl 52 without having...

Posted: 8 days ago

For the last team into the NFC side of the playoff grid, the Atlanta Falcons have a rather clear path to the Super Bowl. They can make it to Minneapolis without having to meet any team that qualified for postseason last year, although they might have to go through Minneapolis to reach Minneapolis. They can reach Super Bowl 52 without having...
Calling (again) the roll of woe: The 5 most excruciating Atlanta losses
 We live in Atlanta, which has a metro area population of 5.7 million. We do not live in Twin Peaks (fictional pop. 51,201). But darned if it doesn’t feel as if, sports-wise, we’re trapped in a David Lynch production, which we can all agree isn’t a place you want to be.  In the original run of “Twin Peaks,&rdquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

We live in Atlanta, which has a metro area population of 5.7 million. We do not live in Twin Peaks (fictional pop. 51,201). But darned if it doesn’t feel as if, sports-wise, we’re trapped in a David Lynch production, which we can all agree isn’t a place you want to be.  In the original run of “Twin Peaks,&rdquo...
If you thought you’d seen this UGA loss before ... well,you had
 The final play reminded me of another game I’d covered, and no, not Super Bowl 51. (We’ve covered that one here.) The final play reminded me of the 2012 SEC championship, which also pitted Georgia against Alabama and was likewise played in this city. On that day, Georgia led by double figures. On that day, Georgia did not win...

Posted: 9 days ago

The final play reminded me of another game I’d covered, and no, not Super Bowl 51. (We’ve covered that one here.) The final play reminded me of the 2012 SEC championship, which also pitted Georgia against Alabama and was likewise played in this city. On that day, Georgia led by double figures. On that day, Georgia did not win...
First the Falcons, now UGA: Another title game, another lead lost, another overtime crusher
 They were so close. They led the championship game by 10 points with 10 minutes remaining. They had dominated their favored opponent. They had only to hold on. They could not. They went to overtime. They lost.  And no, this time we don’t mean the Atlanta Falcons.  Maybe there really is something in our water. Maybe Somebody...

Posted: 9 days ago

They were so close. They led the championship game by 10 points with 10 minutes remaining. They had dominated their favored opponent. They had only to hold on. They could not. They went to overtime. They lost.  And no, this time we don’t mean the Atlanta Falcons.  Maybe there really is something in our water. Maybe Somebody...