Steve Hummer

Sports Writer

Steve Hummer writes sports features for the AJC, mainly for the Sunday section. He covers a range of sports and topics. Hummer has toiled in the fields of sport for 24 years for the AJC. It was shortly after he arrived in Atlanta from Florida that the city’s fortunes skyrocketed – Atlanta won the Olympic Games, the Braves went from worst to first, Evander Holyfield ascended to the heavyweight championship. He thinks it was merely coincidence, but who can know for sure? He has been privileged to cover Bobby Cox back when he had his original knees and Mark Richt when he had his own hips. Man, those guys are getting old. His most prized artifact is a trophy sent him by an angry friend of former Falcons’ coach and cowboy impersonator Jerry Glanville that features Hummer’s column photo taped on the south end of a north bound jackass. In the jargon of every team injury report, Hummer is day-to-day.

Latest from Steve Hummer

Can Ivy League education prepare one for anything - including Falcons OTAs?  
 You don’t necessarily expect to go to a Falcons offseason training session and join into a conversation with a pre-med biology degree-holder from Brown and a Yale economics grad. Oh, there have been a few Ivy Leaguers who have well and truly risked their Intelligence Quotients by plowing into the NFL pile. To name a few, past and present...

Posted: 6 hours ago

You don’t necessarily expect to go to a Falcons offseason training session and join into a conversation with a pre-med biology degree-holder from Brown and a Yale economics grad. Oh, there have been a few Ivy Leaguers who have well and truly risked their Intelligence Quotients by plowing into the NFL pile. To name a few, past and present...
Oh, say have we seen an anthem solution? As good as any, we guess
 After the better part of a year, the roiling anthem debate has been “solved.” The NFL owners did so Wednesday at their spring meeting, arriving at what shall forever be known as The Atlanta Compromise.   I don’t know why we would look to a league that has such trouble defining what a catch is to lay out the perimeters...

Posted: a day ago

After the better part of a year, the roiling anthem debate has been “solved.” The NFL owners did so Wednesday at their spring meeting, arriving at what shall forever be known as The Atlanta Compromise.   I don’t know why we would look to a league that has such trouble defining what a catch is to lay out the perimeters...
Could money change Julio Jones - or our perception of him?
   Nothing is quite so corrosive as money. It can eat away at marriages and dissolve the iron bonds of old friendships. The question these days around a certain Flowery Branch facility is: Can it break up a Brotherhood? There is the persistent but unconfirmed belief – no one has actually spoken aloud on the subject – that...

Posted: 3 days ago

  Nothing is quite so corrosive as money. It can eat away at marriages and dissolve the iron bonds of old friendships. The question these days around a certain Flowery Branch facility is: Can it break up a Brotherhood? There is the persistent but unconfirmed belief – no one has actually spoken aloud on the subject – that...
Can it be, does LeBron James look greater than ever?
   LeBron James’ greatness is undergoing a fascinating transformation here in his 15th NBA season. Previously he was defined/defiled by “The Decision” – the unfortunate circus that preceded his move to Miami, and the contrivance of joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Now, he is in the midst of &ldquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

  LeBron James’ greatness is undergoing a fascinating transformation here in his 15th NBA season. Previously he was defined/defiled by “The Decision” – the unfortunate circus that preceded his move to Miami, and the contrivance of joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Now, he is in the midst of &ldquo...
Long after last field goal, Bulldogs’ Butler makes good on academic goal
 Let’s see, where will the college degree fit? The walls and shelves and crannies of Kevin Butler’s home office in Duluth are already heavily weighed down by the treasures of a full and sporting life. It should go somewhere special, that much is obvious. For how many people live a life like this in reverse – where they go...

Posted: 14 days ago

Let’s see, where will the college degree fit? The walls and shelves and crannies of Kevin Butler’s home office in Duluth are already heavily weighed down by the treasures of a full and sporting life. It should go somewhere special, that much is obvious. For how many people live a life like this in reverse – where they go...
Atlanta United falls, but I still like its chances in a rematch
 Obviously bored by the sheer ease of recent victories, numbed by the effortless climb to first place, Atlanta United decided to challenge itself Wednesday. Hmmm, this loaded team wondered, how to make things interesting? Play blindfolded? Dress out in penny loafers? Perhaps engage in a drinking game – everybody shoot an Irish Car Bomb...

Posted: 14 days ago

Obviously bored by the sheer ease of recent victories, numbed by the effortless climb to first place, Atlanta United decided to challenge itself Wednesday. Hmmm, this loaded team wondered, how to make things interesting? Play blindfolded? Dress out in penny loafers? Perhaps engage in a drinking game – everybody shoot an Irish Car Bomb...
That first win elusive, Schniederjans gears up for first Players Championship 
 Ollie Schniederjans had one of those tempus fugit moments just a week ago, in preparation for a little golf tournament outside Charlotte. It had been but three years since the once-upon-a-time top-ranked amateur in the world left Georgia Tech, ready to burn up the playing fields of the PGA Tour like 180 pounds of Roundup. He, today,...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ollie Schniederjans had one of those tempus fugit moments just a week ago, in preparation for a little golf tournament outside Charlotte. It had been but three years since the once-upon-a-time top-ranked amateur in the world left Georgia Tech, ready to burn up the playing fields of the PGA Tour like 180 pounds of Roundup. He, today,...
Might Bulldogs be getting serious about baseball again?
 Baseball, defined in Athens as an undertaking for those who could not get on the field for the G-Day spring game, is once more something of a thing at Georgia. It is safe, Bulldogs aficionados, to pay attention to the spring alternative to Kirby Smart’s weekly instruction to turn the page. In fact, come the next couple of weeks, dare...

Posted: 15 days ago

Baseball, defined in Athens as an undertaking for those who could not get on the field for the G-Day spring game, is once more something of a thing at Georgia. It is safe, Bulldogs aficionados, to pay attention to the spring alternative to Kirby Smart’s weekly instruction to turn the page. In fact, come the next couple of weeks, dare...
Braves lost weekend: Buzzkill times three  
 For the Braves, this weekend was the construction nail in your new tire. It was the hotel repair bill after your bachelor party. The overflowing storm sewer at the end of the rainbow. No, it was no fun at all. The fall from build-up to let-down was precipitous. Over three games against San Francisco, reality and perspective took equal, bloody...

Posted: 18 days ago

For the Braves, this weekend was the construction nail in your new tire. It was the hotel repair bill after your bachelor party. The overflowing storm sewer at the end of the rainbow. No, it was no fun at all. The fall from build-up to let-down was precipitous. Over three games against San Francisco, reality and perspective took equal, bloody...
This Braves kid Soroka can really pitch, eh
 It was 1980 when Calgary spirited Mike Soroka’s favorite hockey team out of Atlanta to the far province of Alberta. It wouldn’t be the last time that strange, cold game skipped town.  Thirty-eight years later, Calgary has given back in a way, in the form of a young, tall, square-cut pitcher who is as cool as Banff in November...

Posted: 19 days ago

It was 1980 when Calgary spirited Mike Soroka’s favorite hockey team out of Atlanta to the far province of Alberta. It wouldn’t be the last time that strange, cold game skipped town.  Thirty-eight years later, Calgary has given back in a way, in the form of a young, tall, square-cut pitcher who is as cool as Banff in November...
Leaving Atlanta, will Coach Bud win big? Not if history holds 
 I just wonder what Mike Budenholzer is going to do from here – what heights he is going to scale in the NBA, how many championship rings will adorn his fingers – now that the Hawks let him just skip off onto the open market? In general, coaches and managers do not rise to greatness once they are unshackled from one of the faltering...

Posted: 21 days ago

I just wonder what Mike Budenholzer is going to do from here – what heights he is going to scale in the NBA, how many championship rings will adorn his fingers – now that the Hawks let him just skip off onto the open market? In general, coaches and managers do not rise to greatness once they are unshackled from one of the faltering...