Posted: 3:30 pm Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

A really special (or not) opportunity: Free Bradley! 

By Mark Bradley

Does this guy write too much or what? (Joey Ivansco,/AJC)

Does this guy write too much or what? (AJC)

Owing to the storm, the ol’ AJC is making myajc.com, our premium site, available for no charge through Thursday. Which means: Bonus Bradley! Such a deal, huh?

OK, I’m kidding. Personally, I’d never advise anyone to read a word I’ve written. But if you insist, here are some recent offerings. (And if you don’t like the idea of such a listing, blame esteemed colleague Ken Sugiura. I stole it from him.)

On the rampaging Panthers: Georgia State’s Ron Hunter tries not to look toward March.

On Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart: Smart was wrong, but are loutish fans right?

From UGA on Signing Day: Will the Class of 2014 help Mark Richt win the one thing he hasn’t?

On the signings of Freddie and Jason: A big Braves’ day — Freeman locked up, Heyward placated.

A pre-Signing Day effort: UGA plays and recruits well; Georgia Tech plays better than it recruits.

A question partially answered two days after this appeared: How long can the Braves afford their young core?

Speaking of storms: Good in many ways, Atlanta is awful in bad weather.

From the first day of pitching camp: No Braves’ buzz doesn’t mean they won’t win big.

Remember when Tech was in the SEC? No? Fifty years ago, Tech left the conference.

Recalling the Falcons’ greatest victory and their Super Bowl loss: An historic victory in Minneapolis, a cosmic letdown in Miami.

On the current state of the local NFL franchise: The Falcons have fallen, but they can get up.

On a big win for the local NBA franchise: Beating the Heat shows that the Hawks are building the right way.

On the local MLB franchise’s quiet offseason: The do-nothing Braves still seem the class of the National League East.

On Tech football and its coach’s job security: AD Bobinski’s message to Paul Johnson — do better soon.

Looking way ahead: A preseason Top 25 begins with Florida State (and has Georgia at No. 12.)

Off the beaten path: A nostalgic look at NBA (and ABA) travel tales.

On the end of the BCS: College football moves to a playoff, and Jimbo Fisher is leery.

On the BCS title game: A dramatic Florida State drive snaps the SEC’s string of national championships.

A BCS prediction (that came good, if just): SEC-like Florida State will halt the SEC’s run.

Answer: No. Can a bad Auburn defense win a game this big?

On the Heisman winner: FSU’s Jameis Winston, a dreamer of blowout-sized dreams.

On the epic Chick-fil-A Bowl: The basketball school falls just short against Johnny Football.

On the Jackets’ Music City Bowl loss: Paul Johnson loses faith; Tech loses a winnable game.

And that’s it, dating back to Dec. 31, 2013. That’s way too much for anyone to digest, but I offer it nonetheless. And you really can’t beat the price.

25 comments
TideDawg
TideDawg

I read the article on GT leaving the SEC. Here's my memory regarding GT's change.


GT was the elite program and Dodd was like a God. However, he wanted to change the rules. GT wanted to be like Notre Dame(an independent) because they were riding high at the time. Money and rule were the issues. As in independent GT could keep all off the revenue from bowl games and not share with the SEC teams. At that time GT was ELITE and it seemed like a good idea. However, it backfired and turned out to be one of the worst decisions they could have made as you have indicated. GT was then, like Ala. is now, the most coveted scholarship offer of all schools. My high school team sent 3 All Americans to Tech. Tech was THE university of choice. From the rich get richer to hard times for Tech. They are still paying the price for their arrogance and lack of vision for the future. Tech is now an also ran in the ACC and will be for years to come. The ACC has locked in the schools to the point that no one can afford to get out. Sad for a once proud program. Dodd was a great coach, but a lousy business man with a huge ego.

-sting-
-sting-

good story on the cpj losing faith, but not in his mind evah, mark.


a little foretelling as well of the vad saga? threw him under the bus didn't he. did those misreads work better than his genius call where no one blocked? seems on a trick play practiced and practiced defenders shouldn't appear to break it up without being touched, nor having to run around anyone.


"the genius", surprised tech devoted who area good in math and amazingly he still has his blind supporters,  can't see of this. the wins each year? 2 come against teams not even in the same recruiting league of big time football. they will even say how close the games are we lose. not when i looked closely,. the margins were pretty one sided across the board. no question this was the year to beat va tech and uga if there was one and he fell on his sword.


he won't have trouble finding a job when he leaves here because he will still be recruiting the same players but a level down.

-sting-
-sting-

thanks mark


enjoy both yours and jeffs offerings immensely.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Those two errant linkages have been corrected. I'm sorry to have been so sloppy.

PantherWin
PantherWin

Thanks Mark for showing some love to the best basketball program in this state! Hope to see more of it in March when the Panthers go dancing!

Savdon
Savdon

I have a scar on my right shin as a lasting remembrance of the ATL-MN NFCCG.  I got it when the MN kicker missed his FG attempt.  I knew then ATL was going to The Big Game.  (Albeit, I also knew at 0630 the morning of The Big Game that they were doomed.)

Thanks for the freebies!

 

-sting-
-sting-

i thought you were locked up somewhere mark or another contest. context is everything isn't it? 


well wanted to read the cpj story but ended up getting the dookies. selah!

ErnestB
ErnestB

Heads up only, the link for "A pre-Signing Day effort:" is not correct.   Great reads though...

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Thanks for the kind words, folks. I really appreciate them.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Super job Mark. Just stay fair and balanced you're #1.

wompuscat
wompuscat

I don't always agree with his take on things, but I always enjoy his prose. The man can write! Would that those who broadcast sports were so gifted.  

HotDawg
HotDawg

You're an ok guy Mark.

Don't let the blogging critics bring ya down. Their joy in life is to be negative. They somehow feel big by attacking others. I enjoy your columns.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Thanks but no!  Old stuff, hunting those clicks huh, Mark. 

dawg4u
dawg4u

I have always enjoyed reading your columns Mark. Your opinions and analysis are always well thought out however you move a little down to my level when it comes to game predictions. Still pretty respectable in that regard.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

Ever since he raved about Matt Ryan's performance against GT in the fall of 2007, and predicted correctly Ryan would be an excellent (if not yet elite) pro, I've respected MB's talent evaluation skills (if not his game forecast skills).  Stay warm, MB, and don't be so overly humble.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

@TideDawg I have to admit I learned a lot -- mostly from Mr. Mitchell Ginn, whose article in Tech's Alumni Magazine was my starting point -- in doing the story about Tech and the SEC.

MarkBradley
MarkBradley moderator

Thanks, PB. But I should note that I was likewise impressed by another Georgia Tech visitor in 1987 and believed he'd be a great Falcon. His name: Aundray Bruce.

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

@PeachtreeBart  Huw do U figger Rayan is elite? He may be a nice guy but he is a looser at QB and will nevery get the Flacons 2 the Superbowel