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 will trade for a reliever. Do they also need a starter?
 Every point Alex Anthopoulos made in recent conversation would, had I been a member of Parliament, have been met with a lusty “Hear! Hear!” – every point save one. I agreed with the general manager’s stated intent not to pay big for a rental (meaning Manny Machado, since traded to the Dodgers). I share the belief that...

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Every point Alex Anthopoulos made in recent conversation would, had I been a member of Parliament, have been met with a lusty “Hear! Hear!” – every point save one. I agreed with the general manager’s stated intent not to pay big for a rental (meaning Manny Machado, since traded to the Dodgers). I share the belief that...
A matter of wounded pride: Julio Jones versus the Falcons 
 Pride is at the heart of this. Among humans, it often is. The NFL’s best receiver awakes one morning to find he’s the NFL’s seventh-highest-paid receiver, this on a team that just made its quarterback the league’s highest-paid player and last year minted the highest-paid running back. (Never mind that this same receiver...

Posted: 2 days ago

Pride is at the heart of this. Among humans, it often is. The NFL’s best receiver awakes one morning to find he’s the NFL’s seventh-highest-paid receiver, this on a team that just made its quarterback the league’s highest-paid player and last year minted the highest-paid running back. (Never mind that this same receiver...
The SEC media poll: There’s Bama and UGA and ... Missouri?
 As if four days of the SEC’s media convocation weren’t enough, the no-success-without-excess league delayed the announcement of the results of its preseason poll until Friday morning, presumably to heighten the suspense. In this case, the mission was not accomplished. The voting only underscored what we already knew: The SEC has...

Posted: 2 days ago

As if four days of the SEC’s media convocation weren’t enough, the no-success-without-excess league delayed the announcement of the results of its preseason poll until Friday morning, presumably to heighten the suspense. In this case, the mission was not accomplished. The voting only underscored what we already knew: The SEC has...
A sign of the times: The Hawks trade for Carmelo - to dump him
 The Atlanta Hawks are trading for Camelo Anthony– so they can cut him. This tells us all we need to know about Anthony, once a big deal, and the Hawks, who are systematically removing every trace of the Danny Ferry/Mike Budenholzer years, not that many remained. (The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Esteemed...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Atlanta Hawks are trading for Camelo Anthony– so they can cut him. This tells us all we need to know about Anthony, once a big deal, and the Hawks, who are systematically removing every trace of the Danny Ferry/Mike Budenholzer years, not that many remained. (The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Esteemed...
The SEC has many sons of Saban. Maybe one will even beat him
 If we learned anything from the SEC’s Media Days – of which there are four days’ worth, so the league can Just Brag More – it’s that the “S” and “E” could stand for Saban Envy. Even the schedule told us so.  On Monday, we heard Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M. On Tuesday, Kirby Smart of...

Posted: 3 days ago

If we learned anything from the SEC’s Media Days – of which there are four days’ worth, so the league can Just Brag More – it’s that the “S” and “E” could stand for Saban Envy. Even the schedule told us so.  On Monday, we heard Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M. On Tuesday, Kirby Smart of...
Alabama has issues. It also has Nick Saban, who handles all issues
 It’s good to be King Crimson. When the 2018 college football season ends – Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. – there’s a real chance that Alabama will have its sixth title in 10 years. But even the king can’t control the vagaries of real life, and here’s the reality in Tuscaloosa:  Bama has two quarterbacks...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s good to be King Crimson. When the 2018 college football season ends – Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. – there’s a real chance that Alabama will have its sixth title in 10 years. But even the king can’t control the vagaries of real life, and here’s the reality in Tuscaloosa:  Bama has two quarterbacks...
Kirby Smart restored UGA to prominence. He’ll keep it there
 As a team, Georgia won’t be as good this season as it was last. This isn’t to suggest that it can’t accomplish as much as it did last season, maybe even more. Which would mean these Bulldogs would be …  National champs.  This isn’t quite a prediction. It is, however, a reflection of reality. Georgia...

Posted: 5 days ago

As a team, Georgia won’t be as good this season as it was last. This isn’t to suggest that it can’t accomplish as much as it did last season, maybe even more. Which would mean these Bulldogs would be …  National champs.  This isn’t quite a prediction. It is, however, a reflection of reality. Georgia...
The mighty SEC’s next big thing: Texas A&M under Jimbo Fisher
 Jimbo Fisher, national championship head coach, is now doing his head coaching in the league that lives to win national championships. Keep an eye on this. (Not that, with the SEC’s ceaseless promotion of itself, anything involving a member school ever passes without notice.) If you’re looking for the next SEC program to pull...

Posted: 6 days ago

Jimbo Fisher, national championship head coach, is now doing his head coaching in the league that lives to win national championships. Keep an eye on this. (Not that, with the SEC’s ceaseless promotion of itself, anything involving a member school ever passes without notice.) If you’re looking for the next SEC program to pull...
Alex Anthopoulos in conversation, Pt. 2: Braves pitching and playoffs
 The Atlanta Braves arrived at the All-Star break at 52-42, a half-game game out of first place in the National League East. That’s the good part. Less good is that they’ve lost 13 of 21 and have seen a 3-1/2-game division lead evaporate. Over the weekend, general manager Alex Anthopoulos held forth on his team and its immediate...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Atlanta Braves arrived at the All-Star break at 52-42, a half-game game out of first place in the National League East. That’s the good part. Less good is that they’ve lost 13 of 21 and have seen a 3-1/2-game division lead evaporate. Over the weekend, general manager Alex Anthopoulos held forth on his team and its immediate...
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals
 This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the dynamics of the National League East race, a race...

Posted: 8 days ago

This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the dynamics of the National League East race, a race...
At the break, these Braves are a glass way more than half-full
 The Atlanta Braves began their final series before the All-Star break a half-game out of first place, and here we should remove our gaze from individual conifers to behold Ye Olde Forest. Forget the “a half-game out” part. (With Friday’s loss, it became 1-1/2 games.) Note instead the bit about “first place.”...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Atlanta Braves began their final series before the All-Star break a half-game out of first place, and here we should remove our gaze from individual conifers to behold Ye Olde Forest. Forget the “a half-game out” part. (With Friday’s loss, it became 1-1/2 games.) Note instead the bit about “first place.”...