Jeff Schultz

AJC columnist

Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger who isn't afraid to share his opinion, which may not necessarily jibe with yours. Also has been known to make a joke or two. Honored by Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and others.

Latest from Jeff Schultz

Braves’ Anthopoulos favors baseball shortening ‘dead time’ in games
 The gold medal for women’s Olympic hockey was just decided by a shootout (the U.S. defeated Canada 3-2 while you were sleeping or ignoring). This isn’t disimilar to baseball ending a game with a home-run contest, basketball with a round of “HORSE” or college football with, yes, each offense starting with the ball...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The gold medal for women’s Olympic hockey was just decided by a shootout (the U.S. defeated Canada 3-2 while you were sleeping or ignoring). This isn’t disimilar to baseball ending a game with a home-run contest, basketball with a round of “HORSE” or college football with, yes, each offense starting with the ball...
How they really stand, from Georgia to Falcons to Braves to ... ugh
 Several years ago, I created a new set of rankings called, “How They Really Stand,” an arbitrary -- but, obviously, incredibly accurate -- ranking of metro Atlanta (and Athens) major pro and college sports teams. This list isn’t just about won-loss records, but also stability, direction, player development, fan appeal and...

Posted: 7 days ago

Several years ago, I created a new set of rankings called, “How They Really Stand,” an arbitrary -- but, obviously, incredibly accurate -- ranking of metro Atlanta (and Athens) major pro and college sports teams. This list isn’t just about won-loss records, but also stability, direction, player development, fan appeal and...
Will Georgia (the state) get blanked in NCAA field again? Maybe not.
 It’s that time of the college basketball season again when people in the state of Georgia turn their attention to ... anything else. How unfortunate. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament remains one of the greatest events in sports, college or pro, but this has the potential to be the third straight year -- and fifth in the last...

Posted: 10 days ago

It’s that time of the college basketball season again when people in the state of Georgia turn their attention to ... anything else. How unfortunate. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament remains one of the greatest events in sports, college or pro, but this has the potential to be the third straight year -- and fifth in the last...
Nick Foles, Eagles stun Tom Brady, Patriots, as worm finally turns
 This was for those who’ve been waiting on the football gods for the equalizer. Those who believed that while the New England Patriots were great, they too often skated between every line of the rule book. Those who believed they should have lost to Seattle a few years ago when the Seahawks inexplicably bypassed handing off to Marshawn...

Posted: 17 days ago

This was for those who’ve been waiting on the football gods for the equalizer. Those who believed that while the New England Patriots were great, they too often skated between every line of the rule book. Those who believed they should have lost to Seattle a few years ago when the Seahawks inexplicably bypassed handing off to Marshawn...
Blank seeks Falcons’ home Super Bowl, but he’d ‘go to moon’ for win
 Arthur Blank arrived at the Super Bowl this week without his football team, which for most of the Falcons’ 52 seasons would not be a startling development. But a year ago, Blank danced on a stage when his team defeated Green Bay for the NFC championship and a dream trip to the title game, so this time his arrival felt a bit empty. &ldquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

Arthur Blank arrived at the Super Bowl this week without his football team, which for most of the Falcons’ 52 seasons would not be a startling development. But a year ago, Blank danced on a stage when his team defeated Green Bay for the NFC championship and a dream trip to the title game, so this time his arrival felt a bit empty. &ldquo...
End of the Patriots’ reign is near! (clip and save ... I think)
 Since the merging of global powers Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in 2001, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 15 out of 17 seasons, won 27 postseason games (nearly double the next closest team), played in 12 AFC title games (including seven in a row) and are preparing for their eighth Super Bowl (having won five). When there...

Posted: 20 days ago

Since the merging of global powers Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in 2001, the New England Patriots have been to the playoffs 15 out of 17 seasons, won 27 postseason games (nearly double the next closest team), played in 12 AFC title games (including seven in a row) and are preparing for their eighth Super Bowl (having won five). When there...
Patriots, Eagles not as down on Falcons as Atlanta folks might be
 Welcome to misery central for the Falcons. New England followed last year’s Super Bowl, born in Atlanta sports Hades, to this year’s hyped up “revenge” rematch in October. The Patriots had a taunting “28-3” on the scoreboard during pregame warmups and a fresh reality of “23-7” at game&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

Welcome to misery central for the Falcons. New England followed last year’s Super Bowl, born in Atlanta sports Hades, to this year’s hyped up “revenge” rematch in October. The Patriots had a taunting “28-3” on the scoreboard during pregame warmups and a fresh reality of “23-7” at game&rsquo...
Tom Brady has a lot but he doesn’t have an ex-Falcons QB’s record (yet)
 Oh, the pittance of treasures that sit in Tom Brady’s trunk. A handful of Super Bowl rings. A couple of MVP awards. Model wife. Pfffft. He doesn’t have what Steve DeBerg has. “It’s nice,” the former Falcons’ quarterback said Thursday of his unique NFL record. “If Tom ever gets there, I’d be...

Posted: 22 days ago

Oh, the pittance of treasures that sit in Tom Brady’s trunk. A handful of Super Bowl rings. A couple of MVP awards. Model wife. Pfffft. He doesn’t have what Steve DeBerg has. “It’s nice,” the former Falcons’ quarterback said Thursday of his unique NFL record. “If Tom ever gets there, I’d be...
Have Patriots surpassed Yankees as most hated sports team ever? Yes.
 Bob Kraft remembers a kinder time, an innocent time, a time when members of his dark empire were . . . liked. The New England Patriots were so cute when they were losing. “When I bought the Patriots I think there were 23 lawsuits (around the franchise) and nobody was thinking of buying the team,” he said. “They were all...

Posted: 23 days ago

Bob Kraft remembers a kinder time, an innocent time, a time when members of his dark empire were . . . liked. The New England Patriots were so cute when they were losing. “When I bought the Patriots I think there were 23 lawsuits (around the franchise) and nobody was thinking of buying the team,” he said. “They were all...
It’s a Super Bowl only penguins (and Minnesotans) could love
 It’s 10 degrees, because temperatures have blasted into double-digits from the morning low of 4, and the airport shuttle driver is smiling as if he’s gazing out his front window onto a tropical paradise, not freshly plowed piles of dirty snow and slush. “You brought the sun with you!” he screamed. And so we have the...

Posted: 24 days ago

It’s 10 degrees, because temperatures have blasted into double-digits from the morning low of 4, and the airport shuttle driver is smiling as if he’s gazing out his front window onto a tropical paradise, not freshly plowed piles of dirty snow and slush. “You brought the sun with you!” he screamed. And so we have the...
Anthopoulos being forced to move slowly with Braves’ roster changes
 Once you get past the organizational maelstrom that sucked the front office into the undertow and led someone at corporate headquarters in Colorado to wonder, “Wait, we own a baseball team?” there isn’t much difference about the Braves today than there was a few months ago. They have a new, eager general manager...

Posted: 26 days ago

Once you get past the organizational maelstrom that sucked the front office into the undertow and led someone at corporate headquarters in Colorado to wonder, “Wait, we own a baseball team?” there isn’t much difference about the Braves today than there was a few months ago. They have a new, eager general manager...