The Falcons seem to be done with free agency, and won’t make any significant moves until the draft. The Hawks are off until Thursday. The Jason Heyward show rages on, but otherwise it’s been a pretty slow week in the Atlanta sports world. Here are a few things to get you through hump day.
- Brent Grimes will remain with the Falcons after signing an exclusive rights contract with the team yesterday. Undrafted in 2006, the former Shippensburg Raider was a huge surprise in the secondary last year, leading the team and tying for 5th in the league with 6 interceptions in 2009. His freakish athletic ability was always known by Atlanta’s coaching staff, but it wasn’t until the MNF game in New Orleans, when he intercepted Drew Brees with what seemed like a 60-inch vertical, that people around the league took notice. With the addition of Dunta Robinson and the re-signing of Brian Williams, it’s unlikely he will be a starter next season, but if we’ve learned anything about Grimes, it you can never count him out. Along with Chris Owens, Chevis Jackson, and Williams it should be a spirited competition for the second corner and nickel positions.
- Per David O’Brien, the talk of spring will sit today with a sore back. Jeff Porter tells DOB that it’s just a precaution, but as the unofficial chair of the Atlanta Department of Homeland Anxiety, I’m issuing a Yellow Alert advisory to the fanbase. Also included in the blog, a mention of Troy Glaus’ encouraging start to spring, which includes a streak of eight straight singles. It’s only spring training, but Glaus and Eric Hinske are already in mid-2002 form.
- Jair Jurrjens threw another pain-free PB session and is officially ready to pitch, reports Mark Bowman. He’ll make his spring debut Thursday night vs. the Yankees and should be ready by opening day barring anything going horribly, horribly wrong. Between Jair’s shoulder, McLouth’s eyesight and J-Hey’s ailing back, the fanbase anxiety levels may actually be higher than Yellow Alert.
- Michael Cunningham wonders what, exactly is wrong with the Hawks. Included is an illuminating quote from Marvin Williams: “Sometimes offensively, sometimes defensively.” Thanks Marv, good insight indeed. You forgot to mention the two biggest reasons, both named Mike: Sometimes Woodson, sometimes Bibby.
- Bret Lagree over at Hoopinion provides a great response to Cunningham story, and dispels the notion that the Hawks have been a good defensive team under Mike Woodson.
- 48-year old defensemen Chris Chelios is back in the NHL after being called up by the Thrashers. Sure to be a hall-of-famer whenever he hangs it up, Chelios will join a Thrashers team that has lost 3-straight and sits 4-points back of Boston for the final playoff spot.
That’s all for now, enjoy your Wednesday. We got Braves-Mets this afternoon, before an exciting Thursday, when the Hawks will travel to DC to take on the Wizards, Chelios will make his Thrashers debut vs. the Blue Jackets, and Jurrjens will pitch against the Yanks. To close us out, here’s the number-1 song from January 25, 1962, the day Chris Chelios was born: