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

How dumping Matt Kemp might affect the Braves’ upgrade plans
 In a laudatory post regarding the local nine – title: “The Resounding Success of the 2018 Braves” – Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus offers one caveat amid the kudos: The offseason dual salary dump with the Dodgers might crimp the Braves’ style in the very short term. Writes Trueblood:  &ldquo...

Posted: 3 hours ago

In a laudatory post regarding the local nine – title: “The Resounding Success of the 2018 Braves” – Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus offers one caveat amid the kudos: The offseason dual salary dump with the Dodgers might crimp the Braves’ style in the very short term. Writes Trueblood:  &ldquo...
Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized
 The Braves moved into first place May 2. They’ve been there since. They’ll be there when they leave Philadelphia. Their lead has never been more than 1-1/2 games, which is what it was as of Wednesday morning, but it remains a lead.  It’s not as if the Braves sit atop a division of mediocrities. The Mets occupy fourth...

Posted: a day ago

The Braves moved into first place May 2. They’ve been there since. They’ll be there when they leave Philadelphia. Their lead has never been more than 1-1/2 games, which is what it was as of Wednesday morning, but it remains a lead.  It’s not as if the Braves sit atop a division of mediocrities. The Mets occupy fourth...
One place where Tech football ranks in the top 10 - overachieving
 Here’s something even Paul Johnson, who doesn’t like many things, will enjoy. Rivals has ranked the Power 5 programs according to NFL draftees produced vis-à-vis actual results over the past decade. Georgia Tech lands among the top 10 overachievers. And why would Tech’s coach enjoy that? Because overachieving...

Posted: 2 days ago

Here’s something even Paul Johnson, who doesn’t like many things, will enjoy. Rivals has ranked the Power 5 programs according to NFL draftees produced vis-à-vis actual results over the past decade. Georgia Tech lands among the top 10 overachievers. And why would Tech’s coach enjoy that? Because overachieving...
Josh Okogie is leaving Tech, which is bad news for Josh Pastner
 It was another Georgia Tech basketball coach – Paul Hewitt, to be precise – who said that, once a player makes himself eligible for the NBA draft, it takes a lot for him, even if he hasn’t retained an agent, to retrace those steps. Hewitt’s rationale: “They get into the process and start looking at everything...

Posted: 3 days ago

It was another Georgia Tech basketball coach – Paul Hewitt, to be precise – who said that, once a player makes himself eligible for the NBA draft, it takes a lot for him, even if he hasn’t retained an agent, to retrace those steps. Hewitt’s rationale: “They get into the process and start looking at everything...
So what’s up with Julio Jones? Probably nothing much
 It’s unclear what, if anything, is ongoing with Julio Jones. One report holds that he’s unhappy with his contract and planned to distance himself from OTAs as a sign of his discontent. (OTA stands for “organized team activity.” The participants start with crafts. Then they sing songs. Then they have a snack, after...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s unclear what, if anything, is ongoing with Julio Jones. One report holds that he’s unhappy with his contract and planned to distance himself from OTAs as a sign of his discontent. (OTA stands for “organized team activity.” The participants start with crafts. Then they sing songs. Then they have a snack, after...
An intriguing idea that flopped: The Braves dump Jose Bautista
 It may have been worth a try, though I’m not sure I’d have  tried it. That’s a classic second-guess, I concede. Still, asking a 37-year-old who’d been mostly an outfielder to move to third base was akin to wishing on a star. Had it worked, we’d be celebrating Alex Anthopoulos as an outside-the-box visionary....

Posted: 4 days ago

It may have been worth a try, though I’m not sure I’d have tried it. That’s a classic second-guess, I concede. Still, asking a 37-year-old who’d been mostly an outfielder to move to third base was akin to wishing on a star. Had it worked, we’d be celebrating Alex Anthopoulos as an outside-the-box visionary....
Mark Lemke on these rising Braves - and the memories of ’91
 In April 1991, nobody in Atlanta would have recognized Mark Lemke had he knocked on the front door wearing his No. 20 jersey. He was a second baseman of modest size and portfolio who worked for a team that hadn’t finished above .500 since 1983. Come October, Lemke was the most beloved man in a city that had lost its mind over a sport...

Posted: 6 days ago

In April 1991, nobody in Atlanta would have recognized Mark Lemke had he knocked on the front door wearing his No. 20 jersey. He was a second baseman of modest size and portfolio who worked for a team that hadn’t finished above .500 since 1983. Come October, Lemke was the most beloved man in a city that had lost its mind over a sport...
Here’s what the Bucks should expect from Mike Budenholzer
 Here’s what the Milwaukee Bucks are getting in Mike Budenholzer – a tremendous developer of talent, a slightly overrated tactician and a bit of a sourball. He’s a good coach, yes. I’m not sure he’s a great one.  Budenholzer took Paul Millsap and made him an All-Star. He took Jeff Teague and, though the two...

Posted: 7 days ago

Here’s what the Milwaukee Bucks are getting in Mike Budenholzer – a tremendous developer of talent, a slightly overrated tactician and a bit of a sourball. He’s a good coach, yes. I’m not sure he’s a great one.  Budenholzer took Paul Millsap and made him an All-Star. He took Jeff Teague and, though the two...
The Baby Braves win the sort of game that good teams win
 Over a six-month season, one game doesn’t mean a lot. (There’s your disclaimer.) That said, one game in May counts just as much – stop me if you’ve heard this one before – as a game in September, and the Atlanta Braves won the sort of game Wednesday night that wouldn’t have been out of place in a pennant...

Posted: 7 days ago

Over a six-month season, one game doesn’t mean a lot. (There’s your disclaimer.) That said, one game in May counts just as much – stop me if you’ve heard this one before – as a game in September, and the Atlanta Braves won the sort of game Wednesday night that wouldn’t have been out of place in a pennant...
When do we stop being surprised that the Braves are good?
 Phase 1 is surprise: “The Braves are winning again! It’s a miracle!” Phase 2 is skepticism: “The Braves, winning again? Fool’s gold. Wake me up when toe meets leather.”  Phase 3 is uncertainty: “They’ve looked really good for almost two months, so maybe they are really good. But they blew...

Posted: 8 days ago

Phase 1 is surprise: “The Braves are winning again! It’s a miracle!” Phase 2 is skepticism: “The Braves, winning again? Fool’s gold. Wake me up when toe meets leather.”  Phase 3 is uncertainty: “They’ve looked really good for almost two months, so maybe they are really good. But they blew...
The Hawks pick No. 3, which could be one spot too low
 Call it Bud’s revenge. The coach who didn’t want to be here -- and who wasted no time in upping sticks once the regular season was done -- took a team that played at a .250 pace over its first 40 games and rendered it not-lousy-enough. As of Jan. 8, the Hawks held the NBA’s worst record. Then, for reasons unknowable, they...

Posted: 8 days ago

Call it Bud’s revenge. The coach who didn’t want to be here -- and who wasted no time in upping sticks once the regular season was done -- took a team that played at a .250 pace over its first 40 games and rendered it not-lousy-enough. As of Jan. 8, the Hawks held the NBA’s worst record. Then, for reasons unknowable, they...