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Dr. J In A Hawks Uniform, Matt Ryan Vs. Blitzes, And More Dale Murphy: Around The Perimeter

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Hawks: Peachtree Hoops presents its list of Atlanta Hawks Christmas wishes, which curiously does not include this 1972 photo of Julius Erving in a Hawks uniform (ht Hoopinion). Dr. J practiced with Pete Maravich's Hawks and even played in a handful of exhibition games, but contract disputes kept the hands-down most entertaining twosome in basketball history from playing a regular season game together.

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Braves: Does Dale Murphy still have a Hall of Fame chance? Not really, says Behind The Box Score, employing their devil witch math. Murph's best years were good enough, but there just weren't enough of them.

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Falcons: I've always wondered why teams blitz Matt Ryan so often. If the Falcons are operating from the no-huddle and the defense is blitzing, I feel great about our chances. And now cruel demon math agrees with me, as math is a fickle beast.

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SB Nation: Two new blogs joined the team: BT Powerhouse, for Big Ten hoops fans, and Stumptown Footy, for Portland Timbers fans.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.