Steve Hummer

Sports reporter

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

Berry good news: Chiefs safety hopes to play way into hometown Super Bowl
 One game away from coming back home to Atlanta to play in something of a large football game, Eric Berry remains as enigmatic as any five-time Pro Bowl player, cancer-surviving, Georgia high school legend can be.   This whole season has been an enigma for the Kansas City Chiefs safety who has worn out the “day-to-day&rdquo...

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One game away from coming back home to Atlanta to play in something of a large football game, Eric Berry remains as enigmatic as any five-time Pro Bowl player, cancer-surviving, Georgia high school legend can be.   This whole season has been an enigma for the Kansas City Chiefs safety who has worn out the “day-to-day&rdquo...
New Orleans answers Atlanta: ‘Don’t be mad at us that (Falcons) suck’
 The headline today online from the New Orleans Advocate declares: “Atlanta mayor says ‘it was a joke’ after Saints Super Bowl comment sparks outrage.” Dissecting that header, two thoughts occur. First, it was, in fact, a joke and a quite good one when Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answered the question of who she wanted...

Posted: 2 days ago

The headline today online from the New Orleans Advocate declares: “Atlanta mayor says ‘it was a joke’ after Saints Super Bowl comment sparks outrage.” Dissecting that header, two thoughts occur. First, it was, in fact, a joke and a quite good one when Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms answered the question of who she wanted...
This much we’ve learned about Tech’s new coach: The guy can sell
 The last thing I need is a rototiller. But if Geoff Collins were selling them, I’d probably be out this spring working my 6-by-6 flower bed like it was the family farm. One month on the job, the new Georgia Tech football coach hasn’t yet had the chance to display certain important skills that go with the position. Like, can he...

Posted: 7 days ago

The last thing I need is a rototiller. But if Geoff Collins were selling them, I’d probably be out this spring working my 6-by-6 flower bed like it was the family farm. One month on the job, the new Georgia Tech football coach hasn’t yet had the chance to display certain important skills that go with the position. Like, can he...
A Clemson quarterback ascends, and Cartersville celebrates
 Scott Holder was back at work here Wednesday, hair blower at the ready, tending to his various other customers who didn’t just win a national championship. He’d been away, traveling cross-country to witness a football game. Don’t know where Tua Tagovailoa’s hair care professional spent Monday night, but Trevor Lawrence&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Scott Holder was back at work here Wednesday, hair blower at the ready, tending to his various other customers who didn’t just win a national championship. He’d been away, traveling cross-country to witness a football game. Don’t know where Tua Tagovailoa’s hair care professional spent Monday night, but Trevor Lawrence&rsquo...
At Georgia, Smart builds a hedge against those players leaving early
 News came Friday that Georgia’s three leading pass catchers from 2018, as well as one sledgehammer of a 1,000-yard rusher, were leaving early to chase the NFL dream. Also, the world’s most famous backup college quarterback officially declared he was transferring north.  And the reaction has been, well, muted. No martial law...

Posted: 11 days ago

News came Friday that Georgia’s three leading pass catchers from 2018, as well as one sledgehammer of a 1,000-yard rusher, were leaving early to chase the NFL dream. Also, the world’s most famous backup college quarterback officially declared he was transferring north.  And the reaction has been, well, muted. No martial law...
In time of Falcons upheaval, Thomas Dimitroff remains a constant
 Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been to a pair of Super Bowls, and as a reveler, he’s 0-for-2. In fact, both were downright painful, if for different reasons. One, his team played in, and lost after squandering a big lead like a reckless lottery winner. Another was back in 2011 in Dallas, when Green Bay – which had...

Posted: 14 days ago

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been to a pair of Super Bowls, and as a reveler, he’s 0-for-2. In fact, both were downright painful, if for different reasons. One, his team played in, and lost after squandering a big lead like a reckless lottery winner. Another was back in 2011 in Dallas, when Green Bay – which had...
The Atlanta Super Bowl nightmare I just can’t shake
 Can’t you see it all now, the nightmare scenario: It’s Super Bowl Sunday in Atlanta. The streets teem with shiny, happy people. Many of them are wearing shirts with the numerical shorthand, “28-3.” The rest have broken out in fleur-de-lis all over their bodies. They look like the wallpaper in a French powder room....

Posted: 16 days ago

Can’t you see it all now, the nightmare scenario: It’s Super Bowl Sunday in Atlanta. The streets teem with shiny, happy people. Many of them are wearing shirts with the numerical shorthand, “28-3.” The rest have broken out in fleur-de-lis all over their bodies. They look like the wallpaper in a French powder room....
Yes, please, give me more Alabama-Clemson
 Alabama-Clemson is the game that won’t go away. It is as persistent and predictable as the headache after a night of drinking schnapps. It is the standing appointment, college football’s annual physical. As close to an eventual inevitability as anything this side of a romaine lettuce recall. Such a regular and unsurprising occurrence...

Posted: 18 days ago

Alabama-Clemson is the game that won’t go away. It is as persistent and predictable as the headache after a night of drinking schnapps. It is the standing appointment, college football’s annual physical. As close to an eventual inevitability as anything this side of a romaine lettuce recall. Such a regular and unsurprising occurrence...
Peach Bowl 2018: Florida has peach of a time at Michigan's expense
 OK, so maybe Florida hadn’t played indoors in Atlanta for a couple of years, their fortunes on the wane with Jim McElwain. But the Gators looked plenty comfortable and at home beneath the metallic petals of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, easily stepping over what once was a sizable maize-and-blue stumbling block. Playing...

Posted: 19 days ago

OK, so maybe Florida hadn’t played indoors in Atlanta for a couple of years, their fortunes on the wane with Jim McElwain. But the Gators looked plenty comfortable and at home beneath the metallic petals of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, easily stepping over what once was a sizable maize-and-blue stumbling block. Playing...
Gators have peach of time at Michigan’s expense
 OK, so maybe Florida hadn’t played indoors in Atlanta for a couple of years, their fortunes on the wane with Jim McElwain. But the Gators looked plenty comfortable and at home beneath the metallic petals of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, easily stepping over what once was a sizable maize-and-blue stumbling block.   Playing...

Posted: 19 days ago

OK, so maybe Florida hadn’t played indoors in Atlanta for a couple of years, their fortunes on the wane with Jim McElwain. But the Gators looked plenty comfortable and at home beneath the metallic petals of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, easily stepping over what once was a sizable maize-and-blue stumbling block.   Playing...
Peach Bowl feels impact of more players skipping out for NFL
 When Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and President Gary Stokan looks at the ever-increasing numbers of players opting to skip non-playoff bowls to save themselves for the NFL, he looks at the issue from three angles. There’s the older-guy viewpoint (wherever you care to put 63 on the scale): “I was brought up in a generation where...

Posted: 21 days ago

When Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and President Gary Stokan looks at the ever-increasing numbers of players opting to skip non-playoff bowls to save themselves for the NFL, he looks at the issue from three angles. There’s the older-guy viewpoint (wherever you care to put 63 on the scale): “I was brought up in a generation where...