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

Braves deserve the East, in part because nobody else does
 The Braves led the National League East by two games at the close of business Aug. 31. They now lead by 6-1/2 games and are positioned to clinch the National League East with two more victories this weekend. Credit them for doing what needed doing, even as they’ve had a three-game losing streak and a four-game skid in September...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The Braves led the National League East by two games at the close of business Aug. 31. They now lead by 6-1/2 games and are positioned to clinch the National League East with two more victories this weekend. Credit them for doing what needed doing, even as they’ve had a three-game losing streak and a four-game skid in September...
Toussaint pitches. Freeman hits. The Braves stop the rot
 The Braves play a 162-game schedule, each game counting as one. In the grand scheme, Game No. 152 carried no more weight than Game No. 52. But in the here and now – here being SunTrust Park after four wretched losses, now being September – this felt …  “Huge,” said Bobby Cox, who won 14 consecutive division...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Braves play a 162-game schedule, each game counting as one. In the grand scheme, Game No. 152 carried no more weight than Game No. 52. But in the here and now – here being SunTrust Park after four wretched losses, now being September – this felt …  “Huge,” said Bobby Cox, who won 14 consecutive division...
In a big game, the sliding Braves turn to ... Touki Toussaint
 I’m not backing off my prediction. (Actually, it’s one prediction made a half-dozen times, but who’s counting?) The Braves are not – repeat, ARE NOT – going to blow this. But they do need to start winning again posthaste.  The past four games have marked the nadir of these Braves. They’ve...

Posted: 2 days ago

I’m not backing off my prediction. (Actually, it’s one prediction made a half-dozen times, but who’s counting?) The Braves are not – repeat, ARE NOT – going to blow this. But they do need to start winning again posthaste.  The past four games have marked the nadir of these Braves. They’ve...
Lucky Braves: They lose again but draw nearer a title
 Bad news: The Atlanta Braves’ pitching has collapsed.  Good news: They’ll still win the division.  The Philadelphia Phillies must be kicking themselves, although if they kick the way they hit, they’d miss their own rear ends. Philly has lost consecutive games to the Marlins and the Mets, teams playing for nothing...

Posted: 3 days ago

Bad news: The Atlanta Braves’ pitching has collapsed.  Good news: They’ll still win the division.  The Philadelphia Phillies must be kicking themselves, although if they kick the way they hit, they’d miss their own rear ends. Philly has lost consecutive games to the Marlins and the Mets, teams playing for nothing...
Braves’ playoff rotation: Teheran over Newcomb in Game 4
 As postseason auditions go, the weekend turns of Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb weren’t encouraging. Teheran issued a career-worst six walks in four innings Saturday; a day later, Newcomb yielded five runs in three. These would seem the leading – word used advisedly – candidates to start Game 4 of the Division Series, and...

Posted: 4 days ago

As postseason auditions go, the weekend turns of Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb weren’t encouraging. Teheran issued a career-worst six walks in four innings Saturday; a day later, Newcomb yielded five runs in three. These would seem the leading – word used advisedly – candidates to start Game 4 of the Division Series, and...
A few words not in defense of the Falcons’ defense
 Apologies for picking nits, but that’s kind of why I’m here. (Well, isn’t it?) The Atlanta Falcons played well and were deserving winners against Carolina on Sunday. Their offense was terrific. Their defense was, if not quite good, then good enough. Therein rests our quibble.  The Falcons managed 442 yards...

Posted: 4 days ago

Apologies for picking nits, but that’s kind of why I’m here. (Well, isn’t it?) The Atlanta Falcons played well and were deserving winners against Carolina on Sunday. Their offense was terrific. Their defense was, if not quite good, then good enough. Therein rests our quibble.  The Falcons managed 442 yards...
At a needed time, the Falcons - and Sarkisian - have a big day
 Steve Sarkisian will never be Kyle Shananan, but it’s days like these when he reminds us he’s not Elmer Fudd. The man who replaced Shanahan as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator had another in a series of underwhelming showings in the opener at Philadelphia. Ten days later, Sark was a veritable shark. Almost every play he...

Posted: 5 days ago

Steve Sarkisian will never be Kyle Shananan, but it’s days like these when he reminds us he’s not Elmer Fudd. The man who replaced Shanahan as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator had another in a series of underwhelming showings in the opener at Philadelphia. Ten days later, Sark was a veritable shark. Almost every play he...
Braves’ pennant drive stalls, if only for a day, amid 14 walks
 The A-1 headline of the Atlanta Journal on Oct. 4, 1991: “It’s Title Time in Tomahawk Town.” It was brilliant in every way – pithy (six words), alliterative (four T-words) and mood-of-the-city-capturing (that was our summer of foam tomahawks). The Braves were about to open their final homestand of the season now recalled...

Posted: 6 days ago

The A-1 headline of the Atlanta Journal on Oct. 4, 1991: “It’s Title Time in Tomahawk Town.” It was brilliant in every way – pithy (six words), alliterative (four T-words) and mood-of-the-city-capturing (that was our summer of foam tomahawks). The Braves were about to open their final homestand of the season now recalled...
Won’t get fooled again: Why I think the Falcons will be fine
 I don’t remember all the missives I’ve produced for the ol’ AJC. (Loose estimate is a bit south of 10,000.) I do recall the major whiffs. I think of the one offered Sept. 11, 2016, as the counterweight to the semi-legendary likening of the 1996 Braves to the 1927 Yankees. In the latter, I was irrationally exuberant. In the...

Posted: 9 days ago

I don’t remember all the missives I’ve produced for the ol’ AJC. (Loose estimate is a bit south of 10,000.) I do recall the major whiffs. I think of the one offered Sept. 11, 2016, as the counterweight to the semi-legendary likening of the 1996 Braves to the 1927 Yankees. In the latter, I was irrationally exuberant. In the...
The Braves’ magic number is 12. This is really happening
 As of Saturday morning, the Braves had lost four of five. Their lead in the National League was 2-1/2 games. As of Wednesday morning, their lead is 6-1/2. They’ve won four in a row and essentially put Philadelphia to bed.  Not that the Phillies haven’t had a hand in their demise. They’re 6-16 since Aug. 17. They&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

As of Saturday morning, the Braves had lost four of five. Their lead in the National League was 2-1/2 games. As of Wednesday morning, their lead is 6-1/2. They’ve won four in a row and essentially put Philadelphia to bed.  Not that the Phillies haven’t had a hand in their demise. They’re 6-16 since Aug. 17. They&rsquo...
A tough Tuesday: Falcons’ Deion Jones on IR; Tech’s KirVonte Benson out for 2018
 First the Falcons lost in Philadelphia, which, to be fair, they do often. Then they lost Keanu Neal, among their three best defenders, for the season to a knee injury. Now they’ve put Deion Jones, one of the other two, on injured reserve. Were I Grady Jarrett, I’d be stepping lightly. The Falcons have won 21 games over the past...

Posted: 10 days ago

First the Falcons lost in Philadelphia, which, to be fair, they do often. Then they lost Keanu Neal, among their three best defenders, for the season to a knee injury. Now they’ve put Deion Jones, one of the other two, on injured reserve. Were I Grady Jarrett, I’d be stepping lightly. The Falcons have won 21 games over the past...