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

The Braves’ penalties? Devastating. (Coppolella banned for life)
 This was not a slap on the wrist. This was a punch in the nose. I thought it would be bad. It was worse.  The Braves lost 13 minor-leaguers, breaking the Red Sox’s existing record by nine. Their future in the international market has been restricted if not choked off. Their former head of international scouting has been banned...

Posted: a day ago

This was not a slap on the wrist. This was a punch in the nose. I thought it would be bad. It was worse.  The Braves lost 13 minor-leaguers, breaking the Red Sox’s existing record by nine. Their future in the international market has been restricted if not choked off. Their former head of international scouting has been banned...
Heresy alert: If I’m Georgia, I’d rather face Alabama
 Georgia’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium is set to begin at noon Saturday. On the bus ride back to Athens, the Bulldogs – via the wonders of WiFi and streaming video – can watch as the identity of their next Atlanta opponent is revealed. Alabama plays at Auburn. Iron Bowl winner gets UGA. Today’s question (which technically...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium is set to begin at noon Saturday. On the bus ride back to Athens, the Bulldogs – via the wonders of WiFi and streaming video – can watch as the identity of their next Atlanta opponent is revealed. Alabama plays at Auburn. Iron Bowl winner gets UGA. Today’s question (which technically...
The game that wasn’t: What if Tech and UCF had played?
 Central Florida is one of the four remaining unbeatens among FBS teams. The others are Alabama, which is No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings; Miami, which is No. 3, and No. 5 Wisconsin. The 10-0 Knights are No. 15, which tells us what the selection committee thinks of their schedule as played.  Georgia Tech is 5-5 with one...

Posted: 2 days ago

Central Florida is one of the four remaining unbeatens among FBS teams. The others are Alabama, which is No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings; Miami, which is No. 3, and No. 5 Wisconsin. The 10-0 Knights are No. 15, which tells us what the selection committee thinks of their schedule as played.  Georgia Tech is 5-5 with one...
Alas, Tech-Georgia might not be much of a game
 Hey, it’s Rivalry Week! It’s Installment No. 110 – or, going by Georgia’s count, No. 108 – of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate! It’s time to throw the record book out yonder window! And enough with the false chatter.  It was no shock that ABC, which held the option of airing Saturday’s game in prime...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hey, it’s Rivalry Week! It’s Installment No. 110 – or, going by Georgia’s count, No. 108 – of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate! It’s time to throw the record book out yonder window! And enough with the false chatter.  It was no shock that ABC, which held the option of airing Saturday’s game in prime...
Georgia is really good again. It’s apt to stay that way
 It was a day that might have found a team looking backward at a thudding loss or ahead to consecutive Saturdays in Atlanta, so credit Georgia for mostly tending business. The Bulldogs beat Kentucky 42-13, meaning they’re not apt to slip n the next College Football Playoff rankings, which are immaterial since Georgia surely will qualify...

Posted: 4 days ago

It was a day that might have found a team looking backward at a thudding loss or ahead to consecutive Saturdays in Atlanta, so credit Georgia for mostly tending business. The Bulldogs beat Kentucky 42-13, meaning they’re not apt to slip n the next College Football Playoff rankings, which are immaterial since Georgia surely will qualify...
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: 5 days 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: 5 days 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: 6 days 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: 7 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: 7 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: 9 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...