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

Going, going, gone: The Braves had no further need of John Hart
 It would be hard to claim that the Hart/Coppolella partnership worked, given that neither of the two Johns will be around for a fourth season. To say that it failed wouldn’t be accurate, either. The Braves are in a better place in November 2017 than in November 2014, when the Johns – as was the case in every trade, of which there...

Posted: 16 hours ago

It would be hard to claim that the Hart/Coppolella partnership worked, given that neither of the two Johns will be around for a fourth season. To say that it failed wouldn’t be accurate, either. The Braves are in a better place in November 2017 than in November 2014, when the Johns – as was the case in every trade, of which there...
The ‘disengaged’ John Hart steps away from the Braves
 John Hart has left the Atlanta Braves, the team just announced, “to pursue other opportunities.” This was all but a fait accompli anyway, and now it’s reality. It’s clear that leaked word of MLB’s investigation, while apparently concluding that Hart played no direct role in the  improprieties, was nonetheless...

Posted: 20 hours ago

John Hart has left the Atlanta Braves, the team just announced, “to pursue other opportunities.” This was all but a fait accompli anyway, and now it’s reality. It’s clear that leaked word of MLB’s investigation, while apparently concluding that Hart played no direct role in the improprieties, was nonetheless...
SEC whispers: Petrino to Vols? Gus to Arkansas? Jimbo to A&M?
 Arkansas fired its athletic director this week -- remember Jeff Long from his appearances as chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee? – in a move surely preparatory to the firing of coach Bret Bielema. That would make four vacant SEC jobs, with Texas A&M poised to make a fifth. Today we assess each opening/opening-to-be...

Posted: a day ago

Arkansas fired its athletic director this week -- remember Jeff Long from his appearances as chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee? – in a move surely preparatory to the firing of coach Bret Bielema. That would make four vacant SEC jobs, with Texas A&M poised to make a fifth. Today we assess each opening/opening-to-be...
It sounds silly, but Georgia might have needed a loss like that
 In December 1989, Notre Dame was readying to face unbeaten Colorado in the Orange Bowl. TV cameras caught Lou Holtz briefing his Fighting Irish on the No. 1 Buffaloes: “They’ve been living a lie all season. … They ain’t playing any Kansas State.”  Final score: Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6.  Sometimes...

Posted: 2 days ago

In December 1989, Notre Dame was readying to face unbeaten Colorado in the Orange Bowl. TV cameras caught Lou Holtz briefing his Fighting Irish on the No. 1 Buffaloes: “They’ve been living a lie all season. … They ain’t playing any Kansas State.”  Final score: Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6.  Sometimes...
Georgia’s plunge to No. 7 doesn’t mean the numbers can’t add up
 Unlike at least one other institute of higher learning in this state, the University of Georgia doesn’t require every undergrad to take calculus. That’s OK. In this case, basic math will suffice. Week 3 of the College Football Playoff rankings saw the Bulldogs plunge from No. 1 to No. 7, which isn’t as far as it sounds....

Posted: 2 days ago

Unlike at least one other institute of higher learning in this state, the University of Georgia doesn’t require every undergrad to take calculus. That’s OK. In this case, basic math will suffice. Week 3 of the College Football Playoff rankings saw the Bulldogs plunge from No. 1 to No. 7, which isn’t as far as it sounds....
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos: He’s the right hire at the right time
 When your dirty linen has been held up to public embarrassment, the last thing you need is to get the band back together. You need someone new, someone to take you onward and presumably upward. You also need someone who has done the job before. Alex Anthopoulos is the absolute right hire at the absolute right time. He could well be the Braves&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

When your dirty linen has been held up to public embarrassment, the last thing you need is to get the band back together. You need someone new, someone to take you onward and presumably upward. You also need someone who has done the job before. Alex Anthopoulos is the absolute right hire at the absolute right time. He could well be the Braves&rsquo...
The Braves hire Alex Anthopoulos as GM. It’s a great move
 The Atlanta Braves are hiring Alex Anthopoulos as general manager, the belief being that he will also serve as president of baseball operations. For a franchise that has had a terrible six weeks, this is a splendid move. Two years ago, Anthopoulos was considered one of the best young GMs in a sport where most every good GM is young....

Posted: 5 days ago

The Atlanta Braves are hiring Alex Anthopoulos as general manager, the belief being that he will also serve as president of baseball operations. For a franchise that has had a terrible six weeks, this is a splendid move. Two years ago, Anthopoulos was considered one of the best young GMs in a sport where most every good GM is young....
Adrian Clayborn: Six sacks. The Falcons: One big win
 The first half of the Falcons’ schedule saw them author one convincing performance – on Sept. 11 against Green Bay. They opened the season’s second half with another. They beat Dallas 27-7 and made Jerry Jones’ crew look inept. If this wasn’t quite the Falcons at their 2016 best, it trumped anything we&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

The first half of the Falcons’ schedule saw them author one convincing performance – on Sept. 11 against Green Bay. They opened the season’s second half with another. They beat Dallas 27-7 and made Jerry Jones’ crew look inept. If this wasn’t quite the Falcons at their 2016 best, it trumped anything we&rsquo...
A wipeout loss at Auburn drops Georgia to No. 5 in the MB rankings
 The guess here is that Georgia will be No. 5 in Round 3 of the College Football Playoff rankings, to be revealed Tuesday night. That’s a significant fall from No. 1, but it’s not necessarily a Humpty Dumpty Moment. The opportunity remains for the Bulldogs to put their shining season together again.  Here are the (slightly...

Posted: 6 days ago

The guess here is that Georgia will be No. 5 in Round 3 of the College Football Playoff rankings, to be revealed Tuesday night. That’s a significant fall from No. 1, but it’s not necessarily a Humpty Dumpty Moment. The opportunity remains for the Bulldogs to put their shining season together again.  Here are the (slightly...
Georgia loses horribly. But all, it says here, is not lost
 Here it was. Georgia’s first chance, realistically speaking, to lose since Sept. 9. Its opportunity to show a curious nation that it was No. 1 on merit. Georgia’s moment to prove that it’s no longer the Georgia that would arrive at every big game and trip over its shoelaces. Here it was. And there Georgia went. Splat city...

Posted: 6 days ago

Here it was. Georgia’s first chance, realistically speaking, to lose since Sept. 9. Its opportunity to show a curious nation that it was No. 1 on merit. Georgia’s moment to prove that it’s no longer the Georgia that would arrive at every big game and trip over its shoelaces. Here it was. And there Georgia went. Splat city...
In need of a break, the Atlanta Falcons just got two
 A 4-4 team facing the NFL’s second-toughest remaining schedule – this according to PlayoffStatus.com – could use a break. On Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons got two.  First, Ezekiel Elliott’s latest legal maneuver – we use the word “latest” advisedly because, where the NFL is concerned, there&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

A 4-4 team facing the NFL’s second-toughest remaining schedule – this according to PlayoffStatus.com – could use a break. On Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons got two.  First, Ezekiel Elliott’s latest legal maneuver – we use the word “latest” advisedly because, where the NFL is concerned, there&rsquo...