Michael Cunningham

Sports columnist and blogger

Michael Cunningham is a sports columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010. He is the author of the AJC’s Mike Check blog.

Latest from Michael Cunningham

Offense stalls, so Georgia Tech wins with defense
 Georgia Tech could not score an offensive touchdown for three quarters Saturday. That’s five-plus drives and 48 plays. Coach Paul Johnson’s spread offense purportedly cannot be stopped when run correctly, yet Virginia’s defenders were onto most everything the Yellow Jackets tried.  This was worrying for the Jackets...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Georgia Tech could not score an offensive touchdown for three quarters Saturday. That’s five-plus drives and 48 plays. Coach Paul Johnson’s spread offense purportedly cannot be stopped when run correctly, yet Virginia’s defenders were onto most everything the Yellow Jackets tried.  This was worrying for the Jackets...
Weekend Predictions: Jackets and Falcons win, Georgia fattens up on cupcake
 After a great run earlier in the season, Weekend Predictions has settled into reliable mediocrity. That puts me one up on the Falcons, who ended their winning streak with whatever that was in Cleveland last weekend.  The worst part about that debacle is the Falcons took me down with them. They’d convinced me they are a good team...

Posted: 2 days ago

After a great run earlier in the season, Weekend Predictions has settled into reliable mediocrity. That puts me one up on the Falcons, who ended their winning streak with whatever that was in Cleveland last weekend.  The worst part about that debacle is the Falcons took me down with them. They’d convinced me they are a good team...
Tech didn’t quit, and now Paul Johnson has Yellow Jackets on right path
 Win two of its final three games, which will include a bowl, and Georgia Tech will finish the 2018 season with a winning record. That’s after they started 1-3. But is a winning season really all the Yellow Jackets should expect?  The better question, as always, is: according to whose expectations? Not Paul Johnson’s expectations...

Posted: 4 days ago

Win two of its final three games, which will include a bowl, and Georgia Tech will finish the 2018 season with a winning record. That’s after they started 1-3. But is a winning season really all the Yellow Jackets should expect?  The better question, as always, is: according to whose expectations? Not Paul Johnson’s expectations...
Joke’s on Falcons in embarrassing loss at Browns
 Even in the NFL, where parity is king, the Browns are the kind of opponent that other teams use to build confidence or keep it high. They were speed bumps during winning streaks by the Steelers and Chargers. The Buccaneers beat the Browns for their only victory in their past seven games.  The Browns didn’t win a game last season...

Posted: 6 days ago

Even in the NFL, where parity is king, the Browns are the kind of opponent that other teams use to build confidence or keep it high. They were speed bumps during winning streaks by the Steelers and Chargers. The Buccaneers beat the Browns for their only victory in their past seven games.  The Browns didn’t win a game last season...
Falcons not half bad on defense, and getting better
 Halfway through the season the Falcons aren’t half bad on defense. If that seems like faint praise, you should have seen them before.  Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel warned us after two Pro Bowl starters from last season, linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal, went to injured reserve after the first game.  &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Halfway through the season the Falcons aren’t half bad on defense. If that seems like faint praise, you should have seen them before.  Defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel warned us after two Pro Bowl starters from last season, linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal, went to injured reserve after the first game.  &ldquo...
Weekend Predictions: ’Canes clip Tech again, Georgia and Falcons win
 Look who’s back, baby! Who said Weekend Predictions fell off?   Last weekend was a first: I correctly predicted that Georgia, Georgia Tech and the Falcons all would cover the spread. That includes picking the Falcons to win as a road underdog, part of my 4-2 record against the spread in Week 9 NFL games. If you want expert...

Posted: 9 days ago

Look who’s back, baby! Who said Weekend Predictions fell off?   Last weekend was a first: I correctly predicted that Georgia, Georgia Tech and the Falcons all would cover the spread. That includes picking the Falcons to win as a road underdog, part of my 4-2 record against the spread in Week 9 NFL games. If you want expert...
Hawks rookie Trae Young already looks like the real deal
 Full disclosure: I’m rooting for Trae Young to succeed. That’s not because of any allegiance to the Hawks, of which I have zero. It’s also not because of a personal affinity for Young, who has seemed likable in our professional interactions but who I don’t know well.  Rather, I hope Young becomes a good NBA player...

Posted: 11 days ago

Full disclosure: I’m rooting for Trae Young to succeed. That’s not because of any allegiance to the Hawks, of which I have zero. It’s also not because of a personal affinity for Young, who has seemed likable in our professional interactions but who I don’t know well.  Rather, I hope Young becomes a good NBA player...
Now I believe it: The Falcons really are a good team
 For the past month my basic view of the Falcons is that they are not a very good team. Good enough to slog to the playoffs in the parity-focused NFL, yes, but not really a good team.  I’m reassessing after the Falcons thrashed Washington, 38-14, Sunday at FedEx Field. The Falcons made the NFC East leaders look like impostors...

Posted: 13 days ago

For the past month my basic view of the Falcons is that they are not a very good team. Good enough to slog to the playoffs in the parity-focused NFL, yes, but not really a good team.  I’m reassessing after the Falcons thrashed Washington, 38-14, Sunday at FedEx Field. The Falcons made the NFC East leaders look like impostors...
Weekend Predictions: Road victories for Bulldogs, Jackets, Falcons 
 The Falcons can stay squarely in the NFC wild-card race with a victory at Washington. A win at Kentucky would keep Georgia on track for the inevitable loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Georgia Tech is trying to take a step toward bowl eligibility but, if that means Christmas in Detroit, perhaps the Yellow Jackets could reconsider...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Falcons can stay squarely in the NFC wild-card race with a victory at Washington. A win at Kentucky would keep Georgia on track for the inevitable loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Georgia Tech is trying to take a step toward bowl eligibility but, if that means Christmas in Detroit, perhaps the Yellow Jackets could reconsider...