- 10:20 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
When “reformed” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino hired former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, it seemed like a perfect marriage — if one were to assume a petroleum truck parking in a warehouse full of plutonium is a perfect marriage.
So maybe this won’t come as a surprise:
According to SI.com, Petrino has “feuded often” with Grantham since hiring him in January. The relationship between the two is so bad, one unidentified source told S.I., that Petrino would have fired Grantham by now if he had not given him a five-year contract worth nearly $1 million annually (which, by the way, wasn’t [More]
- 10:25 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
There have been two general reactions from Falcons’ fans since Sam Baker was lost for the season: 1) OMG, we lost our starting left tackle; or 2) That’s OK, we only loss Sam Baker.
Both are understandable. The left tackle protects the quarterback’s blind side. Kind of important. But Baker widely has been considered a bust since the Falcons traded up to draft him late in the first round in 2008, and part of the reason is he’s been injured so often.
He played only eight games (five starts) in his rookie season. He started only six games in 2011 and four [More]
- 2:59 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Florida State is No. 1 , Georgia is No. 12 and eight SEC teams are in the top 25 of the Associated Press’s preseason poll. Well, that certainly means . . . nothing.
Preseason college football polls are great for stimulating debate. But they invariably mean little by the end of the season, and their significance has been diminished even more by the four-team playoff beginning this season. Polls are great for feeding perceptions about how good or bad a team may be but those perceptions last only until a highly ranked team loses or a non-ranked team keeps winning.
This was [More]
- 8:39 am Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
So is it over?
The Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Thursday. If you missed the almost-too-perfect inglorious ending, here’s a free link to my column on the game.
In brief, Justin Upton had to leave the game with a strained hamstring. His lesser brother B.J., who had been benched from the starting lineup because he’s hitting .209, was sent in as a pinch runner. He stayed in the game, and, of course, wound up being the key at-bat in the ninth inning. With runners on second and third base, B.J., batting in Justin’s spot, struck out.
The strikeout numbers [More]
- 9:00 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
As the Braves begin to slide out of the playoff race — or at least show no sign of having interest in it — they also are sliding off the radar in Atlanta.
Crowds for the first two games of the weekend series against Washington last week drew over 30,000 but the Sunday night game saw only 18,191 in the stadium. I realize it was the night before the first day of school for many kids, but for a late-summer weekend series against the Nationals with first place on the line, the numbers were disappointing. It also was stunning that the [More]
- 9:19 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
The Braves are back home after an eight-game road trip. There will be no parade today.
They lost all eight games — swept in consecutive series in Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle. It’s the first time something like that has happened since the 1949 Boston Braves went 0-8 on a trip. That’s so long ago that, as historian David O’Brien noted, Warren Spahn was in the starting rotation.
More miserable numbers: The Braves scored only 18 runs in the eight games (three of which went extra innings) for an average of 2.25 runs per game. They also are 6-13 since [More]
- 7:39 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
FLOWERY BRANCH — In the Twitterverse, where too often the silly becomes serious and the serious turns silly, Roddy White says he learned a valuable lesson.
“Never bet anything unless you’re willing to pay up,” the Falcons’ wide receiver said Wednesday.
White actually more than paid up for what in reality was a goof bet with a fan last March. He told a follower on Twitter before the first-round NCAA tournament game between Duke and Mercer that if the 14th seeded Bears from Macon upset the heavily favored Blue Devils, he would buy the man Falcons season tickets.
Mercer won. White paid off … [More]
- 1:04 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
I understand this probably isn’t going to elicit much sympathy, given that Dan Uggla still has about another $18 million coming his way (and unless he has been using stacks of hundreds for kindling in the winter, he doesn’t need another $18 million).
But seriously: What happened to him?
It’s rare that the bottom falls out of a player’s career as dramatically as we’ve seen with the former Braves’ second baseman. Having been signed by San Francisco two weeks ago following his release in Atlanta, Uggla is out of a job again. The Giants designated him for assignment and there are [More]
- 9:01 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
UPDATE: As you probably know by now, the Braves made a minor trade, dealing catching prospect Victor Caratini to the Chicago Cubs for utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell. It was exactly the kind of deal that general manager Frank Wren was expected to make, but I’m not sure it’s going to be enough to get the Braves to the postseason because of fundamental flaws on the roster and in the clubhouse. I wrote a full column on this topic over at MyAJC.com. Here’s a free link. Thanks, J
Good morning. The major league trade deadline is at [More]
- 8:17 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
It was never my intention to write another blog about Tim Tebow or why he’s not cut out to be an NFL quarterback (still). But then Urban Meyer told the assembled media at Big Ten Media Days, “I still don’t get that part of it. He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football.” And that sound was me slapping my forehead.
If you ever wondered whether Meyer could work in the personnel department — or coach — in the NFL, there’s your answer: no.
Tebow obviously was a great college quarterback at Florida and remains one of the greatest [More]