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Predictions: Jolly old loss for Falcons

  • 5:07 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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According to Thursday’s London Mirror (“The Intelligent Tabloid”), under “Football” news, Tottenham was looking for a win over Asteras Tripolis, a Spanish goalie may rehab with Manchester United, and Balotelli threatened a woman who took pictures of his Ferrari.

According to the London Sun (the more interesting paper), there is still time for women to enter the “Curvy Cover Girl” contest and win 1,000 pounds and a modeling contract with Milk Management (I’m not making that up). Also, Natasha tells her heartbreaking story, “I hid under fella’s bed… as rat romped with another.”

I’ve come to this conclusion: The Falcons left the [More]

Will a fresh perspective elude Braves?

  • 11:44 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
John Schuerholz got his man (John Hart), just not as GM. (Curtis Compton)

It was clear to anybody who spoke to John Hart on the day the Braves fired general manager Frank Wren that he did not want the job. When a baseball executive gets to be of a certain age, they learn to embrace the schedule and minimal responsibility that accompanies the semi-retirement jobs of consultant and television analyst.

“The difference now is when you step off the (television) set, you can put the problems that you’ve been discussing aside,” Hart told me when asked about the possibility of becoming a general manager again. “That’s part of the fun of it. It also [More]

Why yes for Mo’ne Davis but no for Gurley?

  • 9:31 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Little League star Mo'ne Davis was cleared to do a car commercial by the NCAA. (Brian Garfinkel)

This blog has been updated with the news that Georgia is filing a request with the NCAA for Todd Gurley’s reinstatement. A full column will be posted later today.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column.

Here are two updates on the Todd Gurley situation:

•  The Georgia tailback is still under suspension, but school officials announced it will file a request for reinstatement with the NCAA later today and hopes to have him available for “our next game,” which against Florida next week. The question is whether the NCAA will relatively rubber-stamp this and limit Gurley’s suspension to two games [More]

Short takes: Falcons’ offense goes belly up

  • 4:02 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spent a lot of time in this position Sunday. (AP photo)

I’ll be back shortly with a full column to wrap up some of the ugliness associated with the Falcons’ 29-7 loss to Baltimore. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes.”

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column.

1. So where’s the explosive offense? The Falcons were expected to struggle defensively this season. But nobody could have anticipated the offense would border on anemic at this stage of the season, even with injuries to the offensive line. They had only 61 yards in offense at halftime and until the final minutes botched what few chances they had. It was five [More]

LIVE: Falcons try for something new — a win

  • 11:40 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Mike Smith needs to figure out a way to end his team's losing streak. (AP photo)

BALTIMORE – Good morning. I just arrived in Baltimore after covering last night’s Georgia Tech game in Chapel Hill, N.C., where I watched a former 5-0 football team continue to stomp on hope with its second straight unexpected lost.

If the Falcons also lose today, at least it won’t be unexpected. I know, Mr. Nattering Nabob of Negativism, right? (Credit: Spiro Agnew. Kids, Google.) But consider the backdrop to today’s game against the Baltimore Ravens:

– The Falcons have lost three straight and four out of five since a season-opening, 37-34 win over New Orleans.

– They are have lost 10 of [More]

Short takes on Tech’s 48-43 loss to UNC (updated)

  • 10:28 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia Tech's defense allowed too many plays like this one: a 36-yard touchdown pass to Mack Hollins in the fourth quarter. (AP photo)

My full column on Georgia Tech’s 48-43 loss to North Carolina will be posted soon. Until then, here are my three “short takes” on the game.

UPDATE: Click here for a link to the full column:

1. Tech’s defense gets an “F”: I know Georgia Tech has expressed confidence in defensive coordinator Ted Roof, but the Jackets struggled again, and you have to wonder if this is really just a case of a team being weak and undermanned up front. Before the third quarter was over, North Carolina already had five touchdowns, 424 yards in offense  (259 passing) and a [More]

LIVE: Jackets hope to bounce back vs. UNC

  • 6:53 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — One week ago, Georgia Tech was coming off impressive victories over Virginia Tech and Miami and appeared in control in the ACC Coastal Division. Then the Yellow Jackets lost at home to Duke, and the noise and public doubt returned.

What Jackets will show up tonight? Tech plays a team it should beat, North Carolina, even if winning on the road sometimes is problematic. The Tar Heels lost four straight and their only two wins this season have come over Liberty and San Diego State.

Paul Johnson is an offensive coach. North Carolina is a defensive wreck.

The Tar [More]

Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, Jameis safe

  • 3:56 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
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With Mississippi State ranked No. 1, the Kansas City Royals going to the World Series and the usually profitable Weekend Predictions struggling in the first half of this economic season — there’s hope: I’m in the NFC South with the Bucs and the Georgia state ethics commission — let me stall a paragraph before getting to the uncertainty surrounding this week’s featured event: Arkansas vs. No Todd Gurley again.

Down in Tallahassee, home of the police force with selective investigations and future Baltimore Ravens executive Jimbo Fisher, No. 2 Florida State faces No. 5 Notre Dame. It’s such a big event [More]

Georgia being realistic, unlike Jimbo Fisher

  • 7:53 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Jameis Winston, Florida State

I understand Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s desire to stand up for his guy. But at what point does even he realize how silly he sounds?

In regards to more than 950 items with quarterback Jameis Winston’s authenticated signature being claimed by a company, James Spence Authentication, Fisher told media in Tallahassee Tuesday. “Feel very good. Talked to [Jameis] and everything, people have talked to the owners of the company and different people, from what I understand. We’ll see.”

More: “He’s never taken a dime for anything. He’s signed thousands of things. I mean, the guy sits for an hour and a [More]

Short takes: Georgia responds in big way (34-0)

  • 3:59 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Hutson Mason and John Theus celebrate Mason's 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. (Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — For my full column on Georgia’s 34-0 win over Missouri, click here.

Here are my three “Short Takes” on the game.

1. DEFENSE GROWS UP: Georgia’s young defense had some erratic moments in the first five games of the season, which was expected given the number of personnel changes and the overall youth. But the Bulldogs dominated Missouri. The Tigers had five turnovers, including four interceptions. They managed only 28 net yards on their first five possessions. They failed to convert a third down  (0-for-7). Some of it was the result of their own ineptitude but a [More]

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