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The Hawks are about to embark on a six game Western Conference road trip. Here are five things you should watch for during this six game trip out west: Elton Brand The timetable for Pero Antic’s return to the lineup is unclear. He suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday’s win versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. The injury did not appear to be one in which Antic will miss significant time, but he will probably miss the next couple games. Regardless of whether Pero returns or not, expect an increased role for Brand throughout this road trip. I am excited to see what Brand...Continue reading »

It didn’t take John Hart long to find a lefty specialist to replace Chasen Shreve. On January 7, the Braves announced they had signed LHP Josh Outman to a one-year deal. Not only does he have the most suiting last name of all time for a relief pitcher, Outman is a force against left-handed hitters. He also meets the requirements to join the Braves’ pitching staff as he had Tommy John Surgery earlier in his career. Outman will team up with Luis Avilan for the LOOGY role in Atlanta (Left-Handed One Out Guy). He held left handed hitters to a .169 batting average last...Continue reading »

Up until 4:00 PM Tuesday, the Falcons headquarters remained pretty quiet. There were a few lingering rumors, but there was definitely no sure things. That all changed once the free agency period officially began. At about 4:01 PM there were reports that both Brooks Reed and Justin Durant would be signing with Atlanta. Shortly after, those reports became official and they became the newest members of the Atlanta Falcons. Later in the day the Falcons made a couple of minor moves. They resigned running back Antone Smith and also signed guard Mike Person from the St. Louis...Continue reading »

Shortly after the New Year, the Braves made another under the radar move, signing catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a 1 year, $2 million deal. Pierzynski will backup one of Atlanta’s top prospects, Christian Bethancourt. However, Bethancourt is known more for his defensive ability than his bat. Bring in Pierzynski. The 2-Time All-Star will offer a lot of pop off Atlanta’s bench just a few seasons removed from a campaign in which he hit 27 homers. Pierzynski, 38, won the Silver Slugger Award that season. Though he had a little bit of a down year last season, expect Pierzynski...Continue reading »

A new year, a new look squad. On New Year’s Day, the Braves traded relievers Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter for the Yankees for prospect Manny Banuelos. The Braves have continued to pluck away pieces from the Yankees organization following the hiring of Gordon Blakeley as special assistant to John Hart. As mentioned in previous articles, Blakeley was a top scout in the Yankees organization for over two decades. Banuelos was once a very highly touted prospect for the Bronx Bombers, but injuries have derailed his development. He was rated as high as 13th best prospect...Continue reading »

Like anything in life, basketball is ever-changing. Over the course of time the ball has been changed, the players have changed, but most importantly the style of the game has constantly changed. Before the late 70’s, there was no three-point line. Most great players could finish around the rim. When the NBA introduced the three-point line it was not widely accepted by everyone. Now, the response would be much different. The three-point line has brought multiple aspects to the game. With just a single 23 foot jump shot, the momentum of a game can completely flip. The...Continue reading »

The Braves announced earlier this week that they had signed former fan favorite reliever Peter Moylan to a minor league deal. Moylan will try to make his way back to the Atlanta bullpen in which he dominated for 3 seasons. Whether it was his unique pitching style, wearing long sleeves on both arms to cover up his tattoo sleeves or for having TNT by AC/DC be his introduction song, the thought of a reunion with the Australian pitcher is an exciting one for Braves fans. Moylan’s story is an odd one. He was out of professional baseball in America for 8 years, but the Braves...Continue reading »

The tight end positions is one of the few positions of needs for the Falcons on the offensive side of the ball. The Falcons got very little production from the position last year and have been looking for someone to fill the role of the now retired Tony Gonzalez. While the Falcons should spend most of there money on defense, I would not object to the signing of any of these players because of the unique dynamic they could bring to the offense. 1)Julius Thomas What is not to like about Julius Thomas? As a tight end, he is big, fast, physical, and an absolute matchup nightmare...Continue reading »

  In a Friday night showdown, the Atlanta Hawks will host Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Philips Arena. Hosting the 4th best team in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks look to inch closer to 50 wins this season. The Cavs look to come spoil Atlanta’s incredible record at home (28-4) and to prove to the whole NBA they are a top team. Cleveland is back to being healthy and they come with the Big 3 to face the Atlanta Hawks Big 5. We will preview this matchup and give our predictions on the big game that is set to start at 7:30 ET.   Matchups: Point...Continue reading »

Spring is finally here! The Braves will have 10 live Spring Training broadcasts leading up to Opening Day, and SportsTalkATL has you covered. Here are the dates and TV info so you can stay current with the club (all times are ET): Spring is finally here! The Braves will have 10 live Spring Training broadcasts leading up to Opening Day, and SportsTalkATL has you covered. Here’s the date and TV info so you can stay current with the club (all times are ET): March 9, 1:05 PM: Braves at Nationals (MLB Network) March 12, 7:05 PM: Braves at Yankees (MLB Network) March...Continue reading »