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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coming soon: Our 27th annual Bracket Fiasco!

  • 2:03 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Mark Bradley

Not trying to sound like Clark Howard, but if you’re going to enter only one NCAA pool this year, you should make it the one that’s paying $1,000,000,000 for a perfect submission. (That’s be the Quicken Loans Bracket Challenge, as backed by Warren Buffett.) But if you’re up for entering another, might I suggest Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco, which offers some fairly fabulous prizes its ownself?

In addition to the traditional Final Four sweatshirt, our winner will receive — courtesy of Verizon, our sponsor — a Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone and accessories valued at $950. Plus you’ll also be entered in [More]

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

  • 3:30 pm Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Does this guy write too much or what? (Joey Ivansco,/AJC)

Owing to the storm, the ol’ AJC is making, 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 [More]

At last, Richt restructures UGA’s special teams

  • 6:41 pm Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Here's how a team like Georgia loses to a team like Vandy. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

In a staff restructuring announced Tuesday afternoon, Georgia coach Mark Richt didn’t designate a single assistant as special teams coordinator. He did, however, split the responsibilities in two.

Offensive special teams (meaning kickoff and punt returns and field goals and extra points) will be the province of tight ends coach John Lilly. Defensive special teams (meaning coverage and kick blocking) will fall to Mike Ekeler, just imported from Southern Cal to coach Georgia’s inside linebackers. This, I submit, is progress.

It’s not quite what I’d have done. I’ve never understand why, with all the lip service paid to the importance of [More]

Mizzou’s Sam says he’s gay; will the NFL care?

  • 9:49 pm Sunday, February 9th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Michael Sam rushes Aaron Murray. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Michael Sam, the SEC’s defensive player of the year, has revealed to the New York Times that he’s gay. The NFL, through spokesperson Greg Aiello, has offered its immediate Tweeted support, saying, “We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage … We look forward to welcoming and supporting (Sam) in 2014.”

The big news — the glad tidings, to this way of thinking — is that an American football player has stepped forward in the way Jason Collins, an American basketball player, did last year. But what’s sobering is that, in the immediate aftermath of Sam’s declaration, ran a [More]