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

Remember when Falcons’ Dimitroff was in trouble? Yeah, not anymore
 Before allowing visitors into his Chamber of Secrets, Thomas Dimitroff walked in, closed the door behind him, digitally whitewashed the walls of his office of all depth charts and player rankings, cleaned his desk, turned off his computer screen and flipped the two big screens to a Falcons’ screensaver and, I think, the Food Network...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Before allowing visitors into his Chamber of Secrets, Thomas Dimitroff walked in, closed the door behind him, digitally whitewashed the walls of his office of all depth charts and player rankings, cleaned his desk, turned off his computer screen and flipped the two big screens to a Falcons’ screensaver and, I think, the Food Network...
Hawks, Budenholzer both could be making mistakes if they split
 The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The Hawks have basically told one of the best coaches in franchise history, “If you want to go, go. We’ll even open the door for you.” Mike Budenholzer, who has two years and a reported $13 million remaining on his contract, has basically told the Hawks, “I think I can do better.” In so many ways, this makes...
Dansby Swanson hid frustration in 2017, now has come back strong
 At no point last season did Dansby Swanson fling his helmet across the dugout in disgust, or scream something at the first person who asked, “What’s wrong?” or make an obnoxious technicolor mess of the post-game buffet, even though he, like most mortals, probably had a “little Dansby” on his shoulder saying...

Posted: 2 days ago

At no point last season did Dansby Swanson fling his helmet across the dugout in disgust, or scream something at the first person who asked, “What’s wrong?” or make an obnoxious technicolor mess of the post-game buffet, even though he, like most mortals, probably had a “little Dansby” on his shoulder saying...
Waiting to promote Ronald Acuna wouldn’t be worst thing for Braves
 There’s an old adage that you don’t pay attention to the baseball standings, or almost anything else, until after Memorial Day. But the person who came up with that never had to blog in April. So, here’s what I’m thinkin’ ... It’s April 16. The Braves are in the clear to call up their (projected) rookie...

Posted: 4 days ago

There’s an old adage that you don’t pay attention to the baseball standings, or almost anything else, until after Memorial Day. But the person who came up with that never had to blog in April. So, here’s what I’m thinkin’ ... It’s April 16. The Braves are in the clear to call up their (projected) rookie...
Biggest Hawks’ question: Is Budenholzer coming back?
 As the Hawks head into the offseason and the focus shifts to the obvious topics -- lucky ping-pong balls, potential draft picks and whether Dennis Schroder can make it through the summer without handcuffs – there’s one subject that has the potential to dwarf all others: Is Mike Budenholzer coming back? This isn’t about whether...

Posted: 8 days ago

As the Hawks head into the offseason and the focus shifts to the obvious topics -- lucky ping-pong balls, potential draft picks and whether Dennis Schroder can make it through the summer without handcuffs – there’s one subject that has the potential to dwarf all others: Is Mike Budenholzer coming back? This isn’t about whether...
Hawks’ tank failed, but lottery luck and Minnesota win would help
 The Hawks met their future Tuesday night, or so they hope. They ended their season with a 121-113 loss to the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Tankopotamusses. Philly is 26-5 in the last 31 games, 50-31 overall and a darkhorse to win the Eastern Conference playoffs -- this from a team that in the previous four seasons did everything...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Hawks met their future Tuesday night, or so they hope. They ended their season with a 121-113 loss to the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Tankopotamusses. Philly is 26-5 in the last 31 games, 50-31 overall and a darkhorse to win the Eastern Conference playoffs -- this from a team that in the previous four seasons did everything...
Patrick Reed writes new chapter for his life, career with Masters win
 This is why it’s a Masters Sunday. Because nothing is simple. Because a final round that’s expected to be a two-man race becomes a three-man race and then a five-man race and then ... wait, where did Jordan Spieth come from? This is why it’s a Masters Sunday. Because we don’t expect Rory McIlroy to fade away again...

Posted: 11 days ago

This is why it’s a Masters Sunday. Because nothing is simple. Because a final round that’s expected to be a two-man race becomes a three-man race and then a five-man race and then ... wait, where did Jordan Spieth come from? This is why it’s a Masters Sunday. Because we don’t expect Rory McIlroy to fade away again...
Patrick Reed turning his imperfect homecoming into perfect Masters
 Nothing seems to bother Patrick Reed. Not the rain. Not the field. Not waking up as the leader of a major for the first time in his career, nor the pressure of playing in the Masters, nor going head-to-head with the likes of four-time majors champion Rory McIlroy (been there, done that). Not even the backdrop of so much baggage from his personal...

Posted: 12 days ago

Nothing seems to bother Patrick Reed. Not the rain. Not the field. Not waking up as the leader of a major for the first time in his career, nor the pressure of playing in the Masters, nor going head-to-head with the likes of four-time majors champion Rory McIlroy (been there, done that). Not even the backdrop of so much baggage from his personal...
Sergio Garcia officially worst defending winner in Masters history
 Maybe one day, Sergio Garcia will learn golf’s definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different natural resource. Garcia arrived at this week’s Masters as a defending champion. He left Friday with the worst performance by a defending champion in history. With a 78 in Friday’s second...

Posted: 12 days ago

Maybe one day, Sergio Garcia will learn golf’s definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different natural resource. Garcia arrived at this week’s Masters as a defending champion. He left Friday with the worst performance by a defending champion in history. With a 78 in Friday’s second...
Rory McIlroy, ‘boring pars’ and all, has a chance to win Masters
 Rory McIlroy does not light incense, meditate or begin speaking in tongues when he travels to Augusta National every April, although nobody would’ve blamed him if that, or electroshock therapy, became his practice after 2011. Some careers are defined by greatness. McIlroy’s is defined by extremes. He has banked both the greatness...

Posted: 13 days ago

Rory McIlroy does not light incense, meditate or begin speaking in tongues when he travels to Augusta National every April, although nobody would’ve blamed him if that, or electroshock therapy, became his practice after 2011. Some careers are defined by greatness. McIlroy’s is defined by extremes. He has banked both the greatness...
Tiger Woods’ return to Masters filled with hazards, comebacks
 There was a standing ovation at the practice range. There was another ovation at the putting green. Then when he walked out of the clubhouse. Then at the first tee. It’s believed to be the loudest and most enthusiastic reception ever at Augusta National for the world’s 106th-ranked player. “Yeah, I was pretty sure the anticipation...

Posted: 14 days ago

There was a standing ovation at the practice range. There was another ovation at the putting green. Then when he walked out of the clubhouse. Then at the first tee. It’s believed to be the loudest and most enthusiastic reception ever at Augusta National for the world’s 106th-ranked player. “Yeah, I was pretty sure the anticipation...