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

Would the Saints in Atlanta’s Super Bowl be heaven-sent?
 They are, after all, the Saints. Falcons fans might regard them as something else, but the New Orleans NFL franchise wasn’t named for a bird or a four-legged beast (Bear) or a sort of worker (Steeler) or a seafaring mammal (Dolphin) or even a seafaring reprobate (Buccaneer). The New Orleans club was created in the image of those who...

Posted: a day ago

They are, after all, the Saints. Falcons fans might regard them as something else, but the New Orleans NFL franchise wasn’t named for a bird or a four-legged beast (Bear) or a sort of worker (Steeler) or a seafaring mammal (Dolphin) or even a seafaring reprobate (Buccaneer). The New Orleans club was created in the image of those who...
It’s nearly Super Week in Atlanta. Know what that means?
 Hello again. We’re nearing Big Event Time in the A-T-L, and you know what that means. It’s time to dust off our trusty Gloom ’n Doom Meter, for which we always keep fresh batteries on hand – because you never know what ills will befall this city just as the world turns its eyes toward us.  For late tuners-in,...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hello again. We’re nearing Big Event Time in the A-T-L, and you know what that means. It’s time to dust off our trusty Gloom ’n Doom Meter, for which we always keep fresh batteries on hand – because you never know what ills will befall this city just as the world turns its eyes toward us.  For late tuners-in,...
12/1 Heisman odds for Jake Fromm - and Justin Fields
 On the first college football Saturday of 2018, we wrote a little something about the six quarterbacks – at three schools – who would shape the season. On Tuesday, BetOnline released its Heisman odds for the 2019 season, and five of those six are at the head of the list. Difference is, they’re no longer clustered. They&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

On the first college football Saturday of 2018, we wrote a little something about the six quarterbacks – at three schools – who would shape the season. On Tuesday, BetOnline released its Heisman odds for the 2019 season, and five of those six are at the head of the list. Difference is, they’re no longer clustered. They&rsquo...
Hall of Fame 2019: Andruw hangs in, McGriff ticks up
 The early polls – and by this we mean “early poll,” singular; Ryan Thibodaux’s invaluable Hall of Fame tracker is all you need – indicate that Andruw Jones will again stay on the HOF ballot for next season, which is heartening for those of us who believe he’ll benefit from a longer look. The tracker...

Posted: 4 days ago

The early polls – and by this we mean “early poll,” singular; Ryan Thibodaux’s invaluable Hall of Fame tracker is all you need – indicate that Andruw Jones will again stay on the HOF ballot for next season, which is heartening for those of us who believe he’ll benefit from a longer look. The tracker...
Will Atlanta United’s new coach impart a new style?
 This could, we admit, be much ado about nothing much. The best coaches make the best of what they have, and Atlanta United has more than any club in MLS. But the Dutchman Frank de Boer is different from Tata Martino, not to say that anybody is an exact copy of Tata Martino. (Though a close approximation of Frank de Boer does exist: His name...

Posted: 5 days ago

This could, we admit, be much ado about nothing much. The best coaches make the best of what they have, and Atlanta United has more than any club in MLS. But the Dutchman Frank de Boer is different from Tata Martino, not to say that anybody is an exact copy of Tata Martino. (Though a close approximation of Frank de Boer does exist: His name...
Kevin Butler on kicking and - oh, yeah - the Double Doink
 I assume NFL kickers will make every kick. The Falcons’ Matt Bryant, the one I watch the most, comes awfully close. At 43, he missed one field-goal try this season. His career FG percentage is 86.2, which seems to me the signature of all-time great. Then I checked: Statistically, he’s not even in the top five. He’s No. 8...

Posted: 8 days ago

I assume NFL kickers will make every kick. The Falcons’ Matt Bryant, the one I watch the most, comes awfully close. At 43, he missed one field-goal try this season. His career FG percentage is 86.2, which seems to me the signature of all-time great. Then I checked: Statistically, he’s not even in the top five. He’s No. 8...
Did Kentucky’s Eddie Gran really say no to UGA?
 I’m here on a personal errand, and imagine my surprise when the local TV announced at the bottom of the hour: “UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has turned down Georgia.” Because Kentucky offensive coordinators tend not to turn down anybody. They tend to get fired instead. Gran announced that he’s staying at...

Posted: 8 days ago

I’m here on a personal errand, and imagine my surprise when the local TV announced at the bottom of the hour: “UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has turned down Georgia.” Because Kentucky offensive coordinators tend not to turn down anybody. They tend to get fired instead. Gran announced that he’s staying at...
A Vegas over/under isn’t bullish on the Braves
 The friendly Vegas folks at Caesars have set the over/under for the 2019 Atlanta Braves at 84 wins. And here you’re saying: “Didn’t the Braves win 90 games last year? Aren’t they considered a team on the rise?” Yes, they did, and yes, they are. But wait. It gets worse.  Caesars has levied the over/under...

Posted: 9 days ago

The friendly Vegas folks at Caesars have set the over/under for the 2019 Atlanta Braves at 84 wins. And here you’re saying: “Didn’t the Braves win 90 games last year? Aren’t they considered a team on the rise?” Yes, they did, and yes, they are. But wait. It gets worse.  Caesars has levied the over/under...
With Chaney’s exit, a Bama issue has become a UGA issue
 Of all the Alabama imitators, Georgia is the best facsimile. (That Clemson hasn’t modeled itself quite so closely after Alabama is one reason the Tigers have toppled King Crimson, about which more in a moment.) Georgia hired Nick Saban’s best-ever lieutenant, and Kirby Smart – having done every little thing the way Saban...

Posted: 10 days ago

Of all the Alabama imitators, Georgia is the best facsimile. (That Clemson hasn’t modeled itself quite so closely after Alabama is one reason the Tigers have toppled King Crimson, about which more in a moment.) Georgia hired Nick Saban’s best-ever lieutenant, and Kirby Smart – having done every little thing the way Saban...
Why Dirk Koetter? Because he’s good. Because he fits
 Dirk Koetter will hit the ground running. He knows the way to Flowery Branch. He knows Matt Ryan. There will be no time of transition. This will be a case of a proven professional picking up where he left off. The Falcons confirmed Tuesday that they hired Koetter as their offensive coordinator, which is what he was from 2012 through...

Posted: 11 days ago

Dirk Koetter will hit the ground running. He knows the way to Flowery Branch. He knows Matt Ryan. There will be no time of transition. This will be a case of a proven professional picking up where he left off. The Falcons confirmed Tuesday that they hired Koetter as their offensive coordinator, which is what he was from 2012 through...
Why Atlanta mightn’t see the Same Old Super Bowl
 Four teams advance from the NFL’s wild card round, which means that every January we get a bit excited about one or two as long-shot Super Bowl possibilities. Then we’re reminded that there’s a reason they’re long shots.  Not so long ago, we saw a flurry of wildness. In January 2009, the 9-7 Cardinals won three...

Posted: 12 days ago

Four teams advance from the NFL’s wild card round, which means that every January we get a bit excited about one or two as long-shot Super Bowl possibilities. Then we’re reminded that there’s a reason they’re long shots.  Not so long ago, we saw a flurry of wildness. In January 2009, the 9-7 Cardinals won three...