Jeff Schultz

AJC columnist

Jeff Schultz is a general sports columnist and blogger honored by Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and others.

Latest from Jeff Schultz

These are brighter days for Atlanta pro sports teams (well, two of them)
 Recent odds, according to those with big buildings and $7.99 buffets, have the Falcons listed at 16-1 to win the Super Bowl, the Braves up to 14-1 to win the World Series and the Hawks at 1,000-1 to win the NBA title, give or take a major organ. This should be viewed as relatively comforting news for Atlanta sports fans because it means perceptions...

5:45 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

Recent odds, according to those with big buildings and $7.99 buffets, have the Falcons listed at 16-1 to win the Super Bowl, the Braves up to 14-1 to win the World Series and the Hawks at 1,000-1 to win the NBA title, give or take a major organ. This should be viewed as relatively comforting news for Atlanta sports fans because it means perceptions...
LeBron James shouldn’t feel the need to chase rings
 The only certainty about this next chapter of, “LeBron James Holds Sports World Hostage,” is that the league’s best player will not soon declare, “I want to be a Hawk.” Because this is not sports Neverland. Rebuilding franchises from cities without championship pedigrees don’t get to play in the rich...

7:59 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

The only certainty about this next chapter of, “LeBron James Holds Sports World Hostage,” is that the league’s best player will not soon declare, “I want to be a Hawk.” Because this is not sports Neverland. Rebuilding franchises from cities without championship pedigrees don’t get to play in the rich...
Braves showing what’s possible when team doesn’t think, ‘It’s over’
 If cardiologists were capable of examining a city’s sports heart, Atlanta’s would look more battered than most. It would be flattened by tire tracks from a vehicle with New England plates, dented by a Jim Leyritz-autographed bat, blown into little pieces by an explicable busted coverage and an Alabama freshman quarterback by way...

11:07 PM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

If cardiologists were capable of examining a city’s sports heart, Atlanta’s would look more battered than most. It would be flattened by tire tracks from a vehicle with New England plates, dented by a Jim Leyritz-autographed bat, blown into little pieces by an explicable busted coverage and an Alabama freshman quarterback by way...
Hank Aaron supports athletes who speak out, don’t go to White House
 The words of Nelson Mandela are inscribed on a water sculpture outside the Center of Civil Rights and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Inside the same downtown Atlanta museum, another legend...

9:00 PM Friday, Jun. 22, 2018

The words of Nelson Mandela are inscribed on a water sculpture outside the Center of Civil Rights and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Inside the same downtown Atlanta museum, another legend...
Hawks’ Travis Schlenk just went way out on a limb with Doncic trade
 One day, the basketball world will look at an old picture of Luka Doncic wearing an Atlanta Hawks’ hat from the night of the 2018 NBA draft and think one of two things: 1) “Dumbest trade Travis Schlenk ever made”; or 2) “That man was a visionary.” Welcome to the night of second-guessing. It  took only until Schlenk&rsquo...

12:54 AM Friday, Jun. 22, 2018

One day, the basketball world will look at an old picture of Luka Doncic wearing an Atlanta Hawks’ hat from the night of the 2018 NBA draft and think one of two things: 1) “Dumbest trade Travis Schlenk ever made”; or 2) “That man was a visionary.” Welcome to the night of second-guessing. It took only until Schlenk&rsquo...
Julio Jones not wrong to seek contract adjustment, and he’ll get it
 There is angst among some Falcons executives and fans because Julio Jones skipped voluntary “organized team activities” – Arts and crafts? Three-legged races? – and did not show up for a three-day minicamp, which took place more than six weeks before training camp and nine weeks before the first exhibition and 13 weeks...

3:24 PM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

There is angst among some Falcons executives and fans because Julio Jones skipped voluntary “organized team activities” – Arts and crafts? Three-legged races? – and did not show up for a three-day minicamp, which took place more than six weeks before training camp and nine weeks before the first exhibition and 13 weeks...
It’s time for Hawks to move on from Dennis Schroder
 There are two absolutes about every major pro sports draft. One is that every team has a plan. The other is that no team builder is going to tell you his plan. When a general manager speaks publicly, he will alternate between lies and half-truths, and by half-truths I mean half-lies and half-decipherable substances, the verbal equivalent...

4:46 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

There are two absolutes about every major pro sports draft. One is that every team has a plan. The other is that no team builder is going to tell you his plan. When a general manager speaks publicly, he will alternate between lies and half-truths, and by half-truths I mean half-lies and half-decipherable substances, the verbal equivalent...
Braves also have a Julio question: Is Teheran about to prove his worth?
 So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...

11:44 AM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...
Braves also have a Julio question: Is Teheran about to prove his worth?
 So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...

2:00 AM Monday, Jun. 18, 2018

So about Julio and his contract. Not that Julio, the other one. Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was 23 years old and had pitched only one full season when the team gave him a six-year, $32.4 million contract extension in 2014. The thinking in committing long-term to a young starter was Teheran had “a chance to be a top part of the rotation...
Braves’ starting pitchers are proving something vs. Nationals
 It was more than four hours before the first pitch, and Brian Snitker had started his routine, pregame serenity walk. Out of the clubhouse. Down a corridor. Through the doors and of SunTrust Park. Down Battery Avenue. Over the bridge that looped over the interstate. Down the parkway and onto a trail and that loops near the Chattahoochee River...

11:46 PM Saturday, Jun. 02, 2018

It was more than four hours before the first pitch, and Brian Snitker had started his routine, pregame serenity walk. Out of the clubhouse. Down a corridor. Through the doors and of SunTrust Park. Down Battery Avenue. Over the bridge that looped over the interstate. Down the parkway and onto a trail and that loops near the Chattahoochee River...
Sean Newcomb looks like gem of Braves’ pitching rebuilding project
 In their quest to draft, trade for and sign -- occasionally illegally -- young pitchers in hopes of stocking the franchise for the next several years, the Braves have been unable to answer one question: Who is going to stick? But one starter was reaffirmed Thursday night. Sean Newcomb is in only his second major league season, but the 24-year-old...

3:32 AM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

In their quest to draft, trade for and sign -- occasionally illegally -- young pitchers in hopes of stocking the franchise for the next several years, the Braves have been unable to answer one question: Who is going to stick? But one starter was reaffirmed Thursday night. Sean Newcomb is in only his second major league season, but the 24-year-old...