1- The Hawks will go hard after Chris Paul and Dwight Howard but will end up with Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bynum
2 - Brian McCann will hit .286 with 19 HR and will make a lot of money from an AL team next season
3 - Desmond Trufant will be called Marcus 364 times by the Atlanta media before the Falcons season begins.
4 - BJ Upton will still finish with 20+ HR and hit .238
5 - Mother's Day Brunches are really overpriced.
The Falcons picked two cornerbacks in the 1st two rounds of the NFL Draft which I am ok with but I still wonder about the lack of pass rush on this team. In fact Thomas Dimitroff has only taken 1 Defensive lineman in the 1st two rounds of the draft once in 6 drafts.
Ok so I have no idea if these teams had good or bad drafts but I know they had really interesting drafts.
1 - 49ers - took Marcus Lattimore in 4th Round
2 - Ravens - Picked Matt Elam to play Ed Reed's spot and picked Arthur Brown to play Ray Lewis spot.
3 - Arizona - picked Tyranne Mathieu in 3rd round
4 - St. Louis traded down and got Olec Ogletree at # 30 in 1st round
5 - Seattle - Picked Jesse Williams from Bama in 4th Round and Tharold Simon in the 5th and Spencer Ware from LSU in the 6th.
We knew the Braves were going to rely on the HR to score a good bit this season but it can't be the only way they produce runs. When Freeman and McCann are back I think Fredi has to juggle the lineup. Especially at the top until BJ and Heyward get going. Here is what my order would look like.
1- Simmons - SS
2 - Chris Johnson - 3rd
3 - Justin Upton - LF
4 - Freddie Freeman - 1B
5 - BJ Upton - CF
6 - Brian McCann - C
7 - Dan Uggla - 2nd
8 - Jason Heyward - RF
Here are 5 really deep thoughts for the week.
1 - Right now Justin Upton and Evan Gattis are the best 3-4 combo of hitters in baseball
2 - Frank Wren did a great job putting this Braves team together. Adding Chris Johnson, Ramiro Pena, Jordan Walden and Gerald Laird this offseason were not headline grabbing moves but have already paid big dividends.
3 - Golf is still a snooze fest to watch when Tiger is not winning majors.
4 - I'm intrigued by the Hawks in the 1st round of the playoffs. I think all things being equal they have had a good season.
5 - I would never pay for PSL. Then again I never have had season tickets but the idea of paying for the right to buy the seat is insulting to me.
1 - Matt Ryan and his agent smiled bright when they saw Tony Romo's new deal in Dallas.
2 - CBS is hoping Tiger Woods carries his hot play into Augusta this weekend. Nothing is better for ratings than Tiger mattering late on Sunday afternoon at The Masters
3 - I can't watch the Kevin Ware injury ever again.
4 - I am beyond excited to watch this Braves offense for 162.
5 - I have to set the DVR for The Americans, House of Cards, Justified, and Homeland immediately
1 - I'm concerned that Tony Gonzalez is going to make his decision to return but it will come after the free agency rush forcing the Falcons to miss picking up a key player.
2 - I'm concerned that Tim Hudson will have 38 year old moments this year.
3 - I'm concerned that we will once again have a meaningless March in college hoops around these parts.
4 - I'm concerned the Hawks are not going to be able to convince any big names free agents to come play here.
5 - Speaking of the Hawks, I am concerned that the mystical powers of my bell have once again ruined a local teams season.