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Furman Bisher

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BISHER: Whatever happened to Denny McLain

Talented pitcher once made his way through Atlanta

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BISHER: Former Gator's success puts faith in forefront

A look at Tim Tebow's amazing winning streak

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Call it the "Game of the Century," if you will, but what century?

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Bisher's thoughts on the LSU-Alabama showdown

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BISHER: The other side of Al Davis

What you may not know about the NFL football legend

BISHER: The other side of Al Davis

It is usually common practice to put the best finish the media can apply to one who has just died, and that was the case when Al Davis passed away the other day.

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BISHER: Rangers stock up on Braves' mistake

It's a subject so old it has grown a beard. Tough to get away from, though, when it comes raking across your television screen, and your mind starts racing again -- what might have been.

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BISHER: Rangers stock up on Braves' mistake

Revisiting a failure of a trade

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BISHER: Braves fall apart in September

First year a tough ending for Gonzalez

BISHER: Not even Cox could stop skidding team

Just as I stepped in the elevator, a man in a rose-colored sports shirt rushed in behind me. It was late in the game and the Braves were on the short end of a 7-0 score with the Phillies.

BISHER: Not even Cox could stop skidding team

Atlanta sputtering to the finish

BISHER: Patience pays off for Braves, Uggla down stretch

For the first two months of the season, the Atlanta Braves were playing with about half a second baseman. Meaning Dan Uggla, the refugee Florida Marlin in whom they had obligated themselves for 62 million bucks. Uggla had delivered some home runs, which is his stock in trade, otherwise his

BISHER: A memory of Ernie Johnson Sr. and a collection of other thoughts

A few things in passing (and punting, too):. Not every body out there was able to share Ernie Johnson Jr.'s wondrous memories at his dad's services, and this is one that should be shared. Ernie Jr. was telling of the time when he was breaking in on TV

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BISHER: Surprise winner at the PGA Championship

Columnist Furman Bisher takes a look at the PGA Championship.

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BISHER: Surprise winner at the PGA Championship

Columnist Furman Bisher takes a look at the PGA Championship.

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BISHER: Nothing can detract from Woods' return to the Tour

At that very same time Tiger Woods was about to tee off, emerging from his sabbatical, or whatever he chose to call his three months away from the PGA Tour.

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BISHER: Tiger's firing, trade bait and other musings

Cruel as it might seem in one way or another, Tiger Woods has found a way to win back a portion of his critics, if only a few: When he fired his caddie, Steve Williams, he rid himself of a most irksome presence.

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BISHER: Let's revamp all-star manager selections

Well, let's begin with the managers. In the first place, it doesn't take much to get there as a player, for each league is required to have every team represented.

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BISHER: Golf's disruption and other musings

What I would like to do is have an assassin's bullet aimed at the head of the freak spectator who cries out, "IN THE HOLE!" at any and all golf championships.

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BISHER: Teixeira deal ranks as Braves' worst

It might be that the Texas Rangers view the Braves as their chosen source of talent and so we welcome our American League affiliates. Our locals have made some horrendous deals in their time. Such stars as Adam Wainwright and Jason Marquis have been sent packing — John Schuerholz has said that that is the worst deal he ever made, and who is to dispute the club president? (Remember, what he got in return was J.D. Drew, a nomad who was just passing through, not to mention the silent Cuban, Eli Marrero.)

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BISHER: Uggla always gives a good day's work

Well, it’s May now, and I’m sure Dan Uggla can read a calendar as well as any of us. But his batting average still dawdles, and you know what they say in baseball about slow starters. The implication is that you can throw out April. A “wasted” month. But just hang in there.

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BISHER: Mucho Macho Man gives Gwinnett a Derby hope

Yep, it comes up ever so often. About as often as somebody in/or/from Georgia, or has passed through the state comes up with a good-looking three-year-old, or even owns a piece of one.

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BISHER: South African golfers rise while Americans fade

For the first time since golf began designating its crowning championships as “majors,” not one of the U.S. or British Opens, or the PGA Championship, or the Masters title is held by an American. Shut out, concluded Sunday at Augusta.

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BISHER: Chipper's spring training started after last year's surgery

Larry Wayne Jones, otherwise known as Chipper, had his introduction to the major leagues interrupted by a stopover at a surgeon’s station and missed his rookie season in recovery.

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BISHER: Paying $700 million for what?

As I understand it, the ownership of the Atlanta Falcons proposes that an outdoor stadium seating 65,000 spectators be built to replace the stadium now in place that seats 73,000 under cover, served by a Marta rail line.

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BISHER: Farewell to the graceful Duke Snider

After seasons of watching Duke Snider turn playing center field into a work of art, I finally met him four years ago. He was 80 years old then and favoring a knee that had been surgically invaded a number of times.

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BISHER: Daytona the biggest upset I've ever seen

He’s the youngest driver who ever won the jewel of NASCAR racing. You wondered if he’d be late for his Boy Scout meeting. You also wondered if he’d ever wipe that boyish grin off his face. You also wondered how the oldest race team owner in NASCAR ever trusted his car to a kid just one day removed from his teens.

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BISHER: Anderson creates teaching hub on Ga. coast

ST. SIMONS ISLAND — About 30 years ago, Todd Anderson pulled stakes and left Rockland, Mich., in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, and headed south on a personal mission.

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BISHER: Tale of Tech's south-footed punter

That’s “south” as in southpaw, referring to “the left,” having nothing to do with politics. Now, having dragged you that far, I’m compelled to complete this wanderlust.

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BISHER: Signing Day success only the beginning

“Signing Day A Huge Success” was the headline, and the first thought that leaped across my mind was (1) who decides, since not one kid has played a down in college, and (2) what makes a ‘signing’ a success, and (3) signing for what?

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BISHER: UGA honors legendary Magill on 90th birthday

The University of Georgia and a few hundred others, Bulldogs and otherwise, put on a birthday fling for Dan Magill the other night on his 90th, in Athens, of course.

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BISHER: Misery loves company for prognosticators

How could we have all been so wrong at the same time?

BISHER: World just lost a pair of fine men

This is not a column, as in sports column. It’s a heartfelt feeling about two fellows who just passed away. One was an athlete and a leader of men, the other I never met — but I knew him by his broadcast personality. I’ll get to him first.

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BISHER: From 'Roll Tide' to 'Roll Toomer's'

So there was little to be changed in the new location of the NCAA football championship, only the postmark. It never left the state of Alabama. From “Roll Tide” to “Roll Toomer’s.” From Tuscaloosa to Auburn. From the state university to what used to be known as Alabama Polytechnic Institute to Auburn University, a switch from an agricultural and mechanical institution by order of the legislature in 1960.

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BISHER: Liking what I see in Braves' tough Uggla

When I saw the Uggla name in a Marlins box score for the first time, I was sure it was a typo. (That’s “typographical error” for those of us who deal in short-cuts.) I mean, whoever heard of such a name?

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BISHER: When death takes the headlines

This is not the issue of Sports Illustrated I look forward to. (Nor is the swimsuit thing, which covers all the interesting parts.) It is, however, nearer to my heart than any of them, and at the same time, the most tearful one. This is the SI that says its farewell to so many athletes, coaches, men who ran the games, and men and women who left their marks on their sport.

BISHER: What I like about these Falcons

It’s not that the Atlanta Falcons haven’t been this close before.

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BISHER: Feller more than just a Hall of Fame pitcher

Bob Feller died Wednesday night about 9:15, and the United States lost a kind of citizen hard to find these days. He was a helluva pitcher, and has a plaque in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown to prove it.

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BISHER: Auburn quarterback Newton best I've ever seen

It hasn’t taken me this long to come to my conclusion on Cam Newton, the quarterback. It has just taken me this long to arrive at how to say it.

BISHER: Even the hate has lost its sting

It’s a long tumble down from a year ago, when Georgia put Georgia Tech away in the stadium that bears the name of its revered old coach, Bobby Dodd.

BISHER: Rough weekend for UGA, Tech football

It was, for you of the old school loyalty, the kind of weekend to forget.

BISHER: About the BCS...

Look, I’m not a fluent observer of the BCS — which stands for Bowl Championship Series, as I understand it. I have hovered over it, read critiques of it from coast to coast, some righteous observations, some meanly critical.

BISHER: Clyde King's meandering path included stop in Atlanta

Clyde King passed away in North Carolina the other day, and yes, he did do all those things. Managed the Braves. Managed the Giants. Managed the Yankees. Worked at George Steinbrenner’s elbow for the better part of 20 years, managed, general managed, answered to his beck and call.

BISHER: World Golf Rankings way too confusing

It occurs to me, that since we have a new No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings we’d better get to the matter before there’s a change — which there almost surely will be this weekend.

BISHER: World Series a reminder of Braves' nightmare Teixeira trade

Look, John Schuerholz is out of office, the office Frank Wren now occupies.

BISHER: Young Dooley faces tough road ahead

It was not something his mother, Barbara, had in mind, nor his father, Vince, for that matter. “What, I’ve got to go through this again?” she cried out, reflecting on the career she endured with Vince. “Isn’t once in a lifetime enough?”

BISHER: Braves season offers too many mood swings

Frankly, I've had enough attitude changes about the Braves this season to require the services of a psychiatrist.In the spring I didn't think they were going to be very good. By May, I was wondering why Troy Glaus hadn't been a first baseman all his life. By August I was wondering why he was still in town, then I found out he wasn't. He was playing third base in Lawrenceville.

BISHER: Braves finally lost grasp of first place in NL East division

From the first of May until the 6th of September, the Braves lolled about in first place. A lot of us kept waiting for the crash, but none came. Trades were made. Alex Gonzalez came to play shortstop, and equally as much to brighten the clubhouse atmosphere, so they say.

BISHER: Jersey price, agent make Green deal fishy

Yes, of course, colleges make money off athletes and their performances on field and on court. On the other hand, athletes can get an education — a high-priced one — free of charge from their colleges — if they take advantage of it.

BISHER: Can the Braves pull off the NL East title?

For the life of me, I don’t know how the Braves had held on this long — and I assure you, that since they have, I’m still not throwing them to the dogs.

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