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

Does Tech have a chance at UGA? Yes. A good chance? No
 The run-up to Tech-Georgia is more intriguing when the underdog – almost always Georgia Tech – stands a real chance of winning. I’m not sure this underdog does. ESPN’s Football Power Index assesses the probability of the Yellow Jackets’ winning at 9.3 percent. We ask: Is a less-than-one-in-10...

Posted: a minute ago

The run-up to Tech-Georgia is more intriguing when the underdog – almost always Georgia Tech – stands a real chance of winning. I’m not sure this underdog does. ESPN’s Football Power Index assesses the probability of the Yellow Jackets’ winning at 9.3 percent. We ask: Is a less-than-one-in-10...
Down and surely out: The fading Falcons fall to 4-6
 Ten points down, time flying, season on the line. The offense finally did its bit, emphasis on “finally.” Now it was 19-all, 1:52 remaining, and with a three-and-out the Falcons might well have won in regulation. But there’s a reason this defense is rated the NFL’s worst by Football Outsiders, and that defense is why...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Ten points down, time flying, season on the line. The offense finally did its bit, emphasis on “finally.” Now it was 19-all, 1:52 remaining, and with a three-and-out the Falcons might well have won in regulation. But there’s a reason this defense is rated the NFL’s worst by Football Outsiders, and that defense is why...
This NOT just in: Matt Ryan is a top-shelf quarterback
 The odds are against the Falcons making the playoffs, but let’s say they do. (They’ll need to beat Dallas here Sunday; let’s say they do that, too.) Should they qualify, it would mark their third consecutive postseason appearance. Know how many times in their history they’ve done that? Once – from 2010 through...

Posted: 2 days ago

The odds are against the Falcons making the playoffs, but let’s say they do. (They’ll need to beat Dallas here Sunday; let’s say they do that, too.) Should they qualify, it would mark their third consecutive postseason appearance. Know how many times in their history they’ve done that? Once – from 2010 through...
Is the UGA-Florida Cocktail Party headed for last call?
 Here’s what Kirby Smart told reporters after Georgia announced the scheduling of home-and-home sets with Texas (in 2028/2029) and Clemson (2029/2030): “When you come to Georgia, you want to play against the best. And I’ve always believed in playing Power 5 opponents. … Georgia people will travel. They want great...

Posted: 4 days ago

Here’s what Kirby Smart told reporters after Georgia announced the scheduling of home-and-home sets with Texas (in 2028/2029) and Clemson (2029/2030): “When you come to Georgia, you want to play against the best. And I’ve always believed in playing Power 5 opponents. … Georgia people will travel. They want great...
Ronald Acuna, rookie of the year. Soon: Ronald Acuna, MVP
 We need to be careful. Not every hotshot winds up in Cooperstown. We note Joe Charboneau, gone from the majors two years after being named the American League’s 1980 rookie of the year, or Chris Coghlan, the 2009 NL ROY who finished with a career WAR of 0.2, but why look afar for cases to cite? As a hitter, Jason Heyward’s rookie...

Posted: 5 days ago

We need to be careful. Not every hotshot winds up in Cooperstown. We note Joe Charboneau, gone from the majors two years after being named the American League’s 1980 rookie of the year, or Chris Coghlan, the 2009 NL ROY who finished with a career WAR of 0.2, but why look afar for cases to cite? As a hitter, Jason Heyward’s rookie...
Why the 4-5 Falcons are only half a team
 The giddiness over winning three in a row was understandable. Winning three in a row beats the heck out of losing three in a row, which these Falcons had already endeavored to do. But two of those three victories came at home against teams that are a collective 4-13, and one thing you could say about Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood is that...

Posted: 6 days ago

The giddiness over winning three in a row was understandable. Winning three in a row beats the heck out of losing three in a row, which these Falcons had already endeavored to do. But two of those three victories came at home against teams that are a collective 4-13, and one thing you could say about Dan Quinn’s Brotherhood is that...
Bobby Petrino, bad guy, is fired for being a bad coach
 As many jobs as Bobby Petrino has had – and he has had many, though not as many as Brian VanGorder – it was easy to read of his firing and think, “So what else is new?” But this was technically the first time Petrino has been fired for losing. Not losing was the reason, for all his foibles, people kept hiring...

Posted: 6 days ago

As many jobs as Bobby Petrino has had – and he has had many, though not as many as Brian VanGorder – it was easy to read of his firing and think, “So what else is new?” But this was technically the first time Petrino has been fired for losing. Not losing was the reason, for all his foibles, people kept hiring...
Game theory: Should Bama sit Tua until it meets UGA?
 The question was posed to Mecole Hardman, special teamer and special player: Have the Georgia Bulldogs begun to think about Alabama?  Hardman’s response: “Who?”  At first this seemed a case of Georgia being coy, as Georgia under Kirby Smart can be. But no. Hardman hadn’t heard the entire question. (Postgame...

Posted: 7 days ago

The question was posed to Mecole Hardman, special teamer and special player: Have the Georgia Bulldogs begun to think about Alabama?  Hardman’s response: “Who?”  At first this seemed a case of Georgia being coy, as Georgia under Kirby Smart can be. But no. Hardman hadn’t heard the entire question. (Postgame...
UGA marches toward December, Auburn in its wake
 For all Georgia’s talent, there was no guarantee these Bulldogs would be where they are, which is 9-1 with another SEC East title in the bag and a puncher’s chance at a second consecutive conference title and playoff bid. They had to perform. They had to win games. They had to prove they weren’t just a pretty good team that...

Posted: 8 days ago

For all Georgia’s talent, there was no guarantee these Bulldogs would be where they are, which is 9-1 with another SEC East title in the bag and a puncher’s chance at a second consecutive conference title and playoff bid. They had to perform. They had to win games. They had to prove they weren’t just a pretty good team that...
UGA-Auburn: The old rivalry is getting lopsided
 Lewis Grizzard famously described Georgia and Auburn as “two brothers wrestling,” and sometimes brothers get sick of one another. After his Bulldogs beat Kentucky, Kirby Smart said of his next opponent, “They don’t like us very much” – the clear implication being that the feeling was mutual. For Smart,...

Posted: 8 days ago

Lewis Grizzard famously described Georgia and Auburn as “two brothers wrestling,” and sometimes brothers get sick of one another. After his Bulldogs beat Kentucky, Kirby Smart said of his next opponent, “They don’t like us very much” – the clear implication being that the feeling was mutual. For Smart,...