About Brent Blackwell
Brent Blackwell also writes for College Football By The Numbers at www.cfbtn.com.

Do umpires call strikes fairly on BJ Upton?

May 16, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

BJ had some unpleasant strike calls in the Giants series, and it even sparked some theories that because B.J. Upton has been less than stellar offensively over the last 12 months, he has an expanded strike zone and umps will call it a little less fairly. Luckily, this isn't something we have to guess at.…

Falcons Draft: Round 3, #68 – S Dezmen Southward

May 12, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

The first head-scratcher of the weekend for the Falcons, not so much for why they'd want Southward, but rather because many draft pundits felt like it was a reach for the 3rd round. That said, Southward is an extremely durable, hard-hitting safety with tackling skills and versatility. No player has ever played in more games…

Falcons Draft: Round 2, #37: DT Ra’Shede Hageman

May 12, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

With all personnel moves pointing to a move to the 3-4 alignment, it became clear that Atlanta needed a future replacement for RE Jonathan Babineaux.  The monstrous (6-6, 310) Hageman is that replacement. Yes, edge rushers and linebackers were bigger needs, but there might not have been much more talented a player on the board…

Falcons Draft: Round 1, #6 – Jake Matthews

May 9, 2014 Brent Blackwell 1

Once the Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney first overall, there was very little drama to Atlanta's first round pick Thursday night.  Sure, there was mystery.  Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, and Anthony Barr all made sense, but the drama wasn't really there.  Falcons fans understood that if the team stuck with the 6th pick, it was really…

Mock Draft, because everyone else is

May 8, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Disclaimer here: mock drafts are silly and they never look good in retrospect.  So, why does every blog and website feel the need to try one? Because it's so damn fun, that's why.  Here's mine. The one ground rule is that I won't try to project trades.  Everybody drafts at their current pick.  I debated…

Optimizing the Braves batting order

May 5, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Any time teams struggle to score runs, the masses start clamoring for changes.  So far I've heard: Fire the hitting coaches!  They may or may not be contributing to Atlanta's scoring woes, but they're not going anywhere. Fire Dan Uggla!  There's a worthy debate as to whether or not it's time to bench Uggla in…

Braves Spring Training Preview: Pitchers

March 1, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

A group by group look at the 2014 spring training Braves, starting with a rather large group: the pitchers. Luis Avilan: Avilan had a breakout year last year, sporting a 1.52 ERA buoyed by a .204 BABIP.    While that BABIP almost certainly isn't sustainable, he has had low BABIPs throughout his entire career, which…

Falcons sign Gabe Carimi

February 18, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

The Falcons' attempted makeover of the league's worst offensive line started Monday with the signing of former Bear and Buccaneer Gabe Carimi.  Carimi hasn't made many fans happy since his days at Wisconsin, as so far he is widely considered to be one of the busts of the 2011 draft.  Speaking of Wisconsin, are Wisconsin…

Falcons make some cap space

February 7, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Yesterday the Falcons released SLB Stephen Nicolas and CB Asante Samuel, clearing up something in the vicinity of $6M in space for the 2014 cap.  A quick look at each player's tenure in Atlanta. The Falcons picked up 4-time Pro Bowler Samuel for next to nothing, giving up only a 7th round pick in the…

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