- 1:11 pm Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Dale Murphy lost his final chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame by writers in 2013. Is it possible a new song written about him by another Hall of Famer will give his candidacy new life?
Mike Mills, an avid sports fan and the talented singer, musician and composer for the Athens band R.E.M. (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007), has written a song called, “To The Veteran’s Committee,” which pleads for Murphy’s long overdue induction into Cooperstown. The song appears on the just released CD, “The Baseball Project: 3rd,” which is the [More]
- 2:32 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
From Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz to . . . Teheran, Wood and Hale?
Sure. When’s opening day?
The Braves, who lost two of their top starting pitchers, Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, before making it out of spring training, released veteran Freddy Garcia on Monday.
I’m not going to express shock and disdain at general manager Frank Wren’s decision to release the 37-year-old Garcia because … well, it’s Freddy Garcia. But this is a little bit of a head-scratcher when you consider what the Braves are left with in the starting rotation, and the fact Garcia wasn’t making a ton of money ($1.25 [More]
- 3:32 pm Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
I spent some time earlier in the week with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The column, which can be viewed online now at MyAJC.com and is in print in Sunday’s newspaper, mostly focuses on how quickly Dimitroff lost the benefit of the doubt with many in the public after the team went from a perceived Super Bowl contender to finishing 4-12 last year.
Dimitroff has made several changes to his personnel staff and the Mike Smith’s coaching staff. He has issued a strong message to everybody in the team’s Flowery Branch complex: “OK. We’re 4-12. Adapt and deal with it.”
- 2:56 pm Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Playing in a state starved for college basketball excellence, Mercer University did more than just drop the Macon Whoopee down a notch in Macon’s modest sports history Friday. It emerged as the unlikely program to set the standard for other college programs in Georgia.
The 14th seeded Bears, playing in their first NCAA tournament game since 1985, shot nearly 56 percent from the field against Duke’s crumbling defense, went on a late 11-0 run and stunned the No. 3 seeded Blue Devils 78-71 in a first-round game of the Midwest Regional in Raleigh, N.C.
Yes. That just happened.
It was the first NCAA [More]
- 10:12 am Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
The SEC’s coaches and athletic directors are balking at going to nine-game conference schedules. The latest evidence of this comes from LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, who told the Baton Rouge Advocate, “That means seven more losses for certain teams.”
Well. So much for the Big Bad SEC.
I’ll have a full column on this later today. But the SEC will be making a mistake on several levels if it doesn’t expand from the current eight-conference/four non-conference-game format.
The Pacific 12 and Big 12 already play nine conference games. The Big Ten will expand to nine games beginning in 2016. Of [More]
- 10:04 am Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
There goes that quiet offseason.
By now you’ve probably heard that Georgia, not unaccustomed to unflattering headlines in the offseason, had four football players arrested for “theft by deception,” a misdemeanor.
The four players: starting safety Tray Matthews, wide receiver Uriah LeMay and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach. Their crimes: Double-dipping on $71.50 stipend checks. They would do this by depositing the checks with a picture on their smartphone apps, then quickly cashing the same checks at a convenience store.
If we go on the assumption that the four players are not in the Terry College of Business and weren’t [More]
- 1:21 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has admitted to abusing painkillers in the past and as recently as five months ago claimed to have not had a drink in 15 years. But he was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, and now many are wondering if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will deal with an owner as severely as he does the league’s players.
If Irsay has relapsed, that’s far more significant than anything else that may come his way, including the four felony charges stemming from his arrest. Carmel, Ind., police said they [More]
- 3:44 pm Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
(Updated: 4:30 p.m.)
Here’s your first NCAA bracket tip: Assume nothing with Florida.
The No. 1 ranked Gators took a 24-game winning streak into their SEC semifinal game against Tennessee Saturday and for most of the game looked rather pedestrian. They pulled it out in the end, winning 56-49 at the Georgia Dome, but not before leaving some doubt about how far they’ll go in the NCAA tournament – and for that matter how they’ll fare in Sunday’s SEC title game against the winner of Georgia-Kentucky.
Somebody asked Florida coach Billy Donovan if he would’ve considered a loss such a bad thing before [More]
- 8:03 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Now there’s something we’re not accustomed to: The Braves did not take a wait-and-see approach.
Credit to Braves general manager Frank Wren, who more often than not is not proactive in situations like this. In the past, Wren often hasn’t responded quickly to injuries or other problems, instead letting things play out for a while before making a decision on his [More]
- 5:24 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
A makeover was needed. This was a good start.
The Falcons didn’t sign any of the major names on the first day of free agency but they signed three players who should significantly improve their offensive and defensive lines.
By doing so, the team acknowledged personnel mistakes of the past, while also sending a signal about a change in philosophy on defense.
A quick recap:
– Signed: Nose tackle Paul Soliai (from Miami). He’s 6-4, 344 pounds and his signing pretty much confirms what has been hinted over the past several days that the Falcons will shift their base defense to a 3-4. Soliai [More]