Steve Hummer

Sports Writer

Steve Hummer writes sports features for the AJC, mainly for the Sunday section. He covers a range of sports and topics. Hummer has toiled in the fields of sport for 24 years for the AJC. It was shortly after he arrived in Atlanta from Florida that the city’s fortunes skyrocketed – Atlanta won the Olympic Games, the Braves went from worst to first, Evander Holyfield ascended to the heavyweight championship. He thinks it was merely coincidence, but who can know for sure? He has been privileged to cover Bobby Cox back when he had his original knees and Mark Richt when he had his own hips. Man, those guys are getting old. His most prized artifact is a trophy sent him by an angry friend of former Falcons’ coach and cowboy impersonator Jerry Glanville that features Hummer’s column photo taped on the south end of a north bound jackass. In the jargon of every team injury report, Hummer is day-to-day.

Latest from Steve Hummer

The TaQuon Marshall plan: Keep right attitude through tough Georgia Tech season
 The 2017 Georgia Tech football season – also known as TaQuon Marshall’s Spinning Teacup Ride – is nearing an end. Looming last on the regular-season schedule is Georgia, a prohibitive favorite with a taste for payback.  About all you need to know about the many moods of Marshall’s first season running Paul Johnson&rsquo...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The 2017 Georgia Tech football season – also known as TaQuon Marshall’s Spinning Teacup Ride – is nearing an end. Looming last on the regular-season schedule is Georgia, a prohibitive favorite with a taste for payback.  About all you need to know about the many moods of Marshall’s first season running Paul Johnson&rsquo...
In Year 2, Kirby Smart shows how he deals with success, duress  
 The second season of Kirby Smart at Georgia has bathed in the brightest kind of light that college coaching can attract. The second season – the one that has served as the ah-ha moment for some of the best in the profession – has likewise foretold a momentous future for Smart. Those who were paying attention saw it coming, the...

Posted: 14 hours ago

The second season of Kirby Smart at Georgia has bathed in the brightest kind of light that college coaching can attract. The second season – the one that has served as the ah-ha moment for some of the best in the profession – has likewise foretold a momentous future for Smart. Those who were paying attention saw it coming, the...
Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship
 The Turnover Plank was practically worn to a toothpick Saturday. There have been Olympic relay batons passed between fewer hands than that poor piece of motivational lumber was during this single afternoon.      The cheerleaders spent far more energy celebrating touchdowns than making statements during the national...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Turnover Plank was practically worn to a toothpick Saturday. There have been Olympic relay batons passed between fewer hands than that poor piece of motivational lumber was during this single afternoon.      The cheerleaders spent far more energy celebrating touchdowns than making statements during the national...
Georgia Bulldogs served urgent reminder on Senior Day
 Senior Day at Georgia is a time to honor all those who have survived the full dosage of offseason mat drills, study halls, temptations to do the kind of stupid things that necessitate a transfer to Auburn and, in some cases, the gravitational pull of a NFL payday.   This particular Senior Day – Saturday afternoon, 3:30, the...

Posted: 5 days ago

Senior Day at Georgia is a time to honor all those who have survived the full dosage of offseason mat drills, study halls, temptations to do the kind of stupid things that necessitate a transfer to Auburn and, in some cases, the gravitational pull of a NFL payday.   This particular Senior Day – Saturday afternoon, 3:30, the...
Do new stadium pleasures steal from the game?
   Mercedes-Benz Stadium is too nice. It is a landlocked cruise ship with a football field attached. It’s a cabana shy of a destination resort. Just add a blackjack table and an imitation Elvis, and you’ve got a casino to rival any on the Las Vegas strip.  What we have here is a pub crawl occasionally interrupted by a...

Posted: 6 days ago

  Mercedes-Benz Stadium is too nice. It is a landlocked cruise ship with a football field attached. It’s a cabana shy of a destination resort. Just add a blackjack table and an imitation Elvis, and you’ve got a casino to rival any on the Las Vegas strip.  What we have here is a pub crawl occasionally interrupted by a...
No longer lead dog, might Bulldogs be more comfortable now? 
 The sun rose. The birds sang. The undergrads stumbled to class still foggy from a hard weekend of beer pong. Just another Monday in the Classic City.  Life did continue following the Bulldogs lop-eared loss to Auburn and their long fall from No. 1. Time to pick up the pieces and move on.  That means, of course, having the head coach...

Posted: 8 days ago

The sun rose. The birds sang. The undergrads stumbled to class still foggy from a hard weekend of beer pong. Just another Monday in the Classic City.  Life did continue following the Bulldogs lop-eared loss to Auburn and their long fall from No. 1. Time to pick up the pieces and move on.  That means, of course, having the head coach...
Cowboys bring out well-hidden best in Falcons
 Beating the Cowboys Sunday would not mean that the Falcons had remedied their mediocrity problem – that is going to require more than a single treatment, along with lots of bleach and angry scrubbing.      Losing to the Cowboys, however, most certainly would have given the Falcons’ public ample reason...

Posted: 9 days ago

Beating the Cowboys Sunday would not mean that the Falcons had remedied their mediocrity problem – that is going to require more than a single treatment, along with lots of bleach and angry scrubbing.      Losing to the Cowboys, however, most certainly would have given the Falcons’ public ample reason...
Auburn intends to provide Georgia its biggest test yet
 OK, I tried to stir the pot. One of the two players Auburn made available Tuesday was a defensive back, a one-time Georgia Bulldog until Mark Richt expelled him, Tray Matthews. Here in advance of the big game against Georgia was certainly a prime candidate to tell us all what a noodle arm Jake Fromm possesses, and what a dink and dunk, thoroughly...

Posted: 11 days ago

OK, I tried to stir the pot. One of the two players Auburn made available Tuesday was a defensive back, a one-time Georgia Bulldog until Mark Richt expelled him, Tray Matthews. Here in advance of the big game against Georgia was certainly a prime candidate to tell us all what a noodle arm Jake Fromm possesses, and what a dink and dunk, thoroughly...
Interesting times, big challenges greet Kennesaw State’s new AD 
 Milton Overton does not officially clock in as athletic director at Georgia’s third-largest football-playing university – Kennesaw State – for a little more than a month yet. So anxious was he to get going, though, he held his introductory news conference Thursday. By his appointed start in mid-December, we’ll know...

Posted: 12 days ago

Milton Overton does not officially clock in as athletic director at Georgia’s third-largest football-playing university – Kennesaw State – for a little more than a month yet. So anxious was he to get going, though, he held his introductory news conference Thursday. By his appointed start in mid-December, we’ll know...
Auburn looks to continue offensive renaissance against Georgia
 The story of the Auburn slide – playing for a national championship in January 2014, winning eight or fewer games each season since – can be told in brief by the rivalry with Georgia. A severe case of scoreboard anemia had befallen Auburn, particularly puzzling given coach Gus Malzahn’s billing as an offensive shaman. Those...

Posted: 12 days ago

The story of the Auburn slide – playing for a national championship in January 2014, winning eight or fewer games each season since – can be told in brief by the rivalry with Georgia. A severe case of scoreboard anemia had befallen Auburn, particularly puzzling given coach Gus Malzahn’s billing as an offensive shaman. Those...
Who’s having a worse time in China: Tech’s Pastner or UCLA’s Alford?
 First of all, let’s acknowledge that it was a bad day for those opposed to a globalized economy. When three American college basketball players leave their Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou, China, and get accused of shoplifting from a neighboring Louis Vuitton store, then, truly, all the world is merely one big Epcot theme park. Second, not...

Posted: 13 days ago

First of all, let’s acknowledge that it was a bad day for those opposed to a globalized economy. When three American college basketball players leave their Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou, China, and get accused of shoplifting from a neighboring Louis Vuitton store, then, truly, all the world is merely one big Epcot theme park. Second, not...