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Thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings, One Year Later

By on April 15, 2014 at 9:32pm

One year after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we’re looking back at how horrible that day was and how resilent the city proved to be.

First, here are my thoughts:

“I was in the newsroom at WMUR when we heard over the Boston police scanner that there were two major explosions near the finish line. Unfortunately, in my line of work I have no time to reflect, I can only react to the updates as they come in. We work closely in conjunction with WCVB, and together, we delivered as much information as we possibly could in order to keep the public safe. Several hundred runners were from New Hampshire, and we had some of our crews near the finish line when the bombs went off, so we were very concerned about what was going on in the city. Continue reading Thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings, One Year Later »

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With a huge turnaround from last season, Colorado is well-positioned. Now what can they do with it? (nsidc.org)

The NHL playoffs are here, and the annual playoff Pick ‘Em is back. And it should be a good one this year with the Wildcard format leading to divisional match-ups in the first two rounds, except for Wildcard Dallas shifting over to the Pacific Division. East newcomers Detroit and Columbus face tough challenges as Wildcard teams themselves.

In our Pick ‘Em, four of the eight series have unanimous winners selected, though most series look to be tightly contested. New York and Philadelphia was the hardest series to choose, though defending champion Chicago will have a difficult contest against St Louis.

Scoring in the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Correctly picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Correctly picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

And with that out of the way, complete picks for the first round are below. Updated results will be posted when the first round is complete. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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Former Patriot, Aaron Hernandez is under investigation for allegedly threatening to kill a guard and his family.

Looks like former Patriot Aaron Hernandez just cannot keep himself out of the rumor mill. According to reports from TMZ Sports, Hernandez is currently under investigation for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a guard at Bristol County Jail. This incident allegedly occurred sometime late last year when the guard put a stop of Hernandez’s antics of attempting to get more food.

According to the reports, the guard and Hernandez definitely were not friends. According to a former inmate who was cell neighbors with Hernandez, Hernandez was noticeably loosing weight and had been scheming for a while different ways to obtain more food. Apparently, Hernandez had pulled his schemes one too many times and the guard was fed up with his antics and finally put a stop to Hernandez’s schemes. This must have pissed Hernandez off as he supposedly threatened the guard. Continue reading Aaron Hernandez Allegedly Threatened to Kill Guard »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

With the NHL season over and the playoffs about to begin, it’s time to announce the results of the 2013-2014 Regular Season Pick ‘Em. The Blackhawks and Red Wings could have been better for us, while the Avalanche and Lightning mucked around with the standings.

With the Penguins, Bruins and Blues coming through, the Pacific seeding hard to choose, and the Rangers settling in behind the Penguins, it was a close contest this year. And who managed to eke out a win amid stiff competition? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NHL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NHL Expert Picks Results »

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Brewers vs Athletics: Week 2's prediction for the World Series

Two weeks are gone in the MLB season. Plenty of teams that were taken with a grain of salt or even discounted before the season are pulling ahead in the early going. Other predicted contenders aren’t doing so well. Then again, it is early, and that can happen before teams settle into a groove. But as it stands, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, April 15, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2 »

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Texas Tech's Jace Amaro (Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports)

In 2010 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots struck gold at the tight end position by selecting both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The two revolutionized the Pats offense, and it appeared that the two would be staples of the New England offense for years to come. However, with Hernandez behind bars and Gronkowski being chronically injured, the position has become a huge need for the Patriots.

A Position of Need

With the 2014 NFL Draft less than a month away, and Gronkowski’s Week 1 status still in doubt, it’s time to start seriously looking at tight ends that the Patriots might try to land during the first two days of the draft. One name that was commonly linked to the Patriots around the time of the combine was Jace Amaro. The 6’5″ TE out of Texas Tech was a common named displayed next to the Patriots in mock drafts a couple months ago. Since then, however, he has sort of dropped off the radar. Mainly because most believe the Patriots should focus their attention on the defensive line. There is also the fact that this draft is fairly deep at the tight end position, and good value can be found on days two or three. Nevertheless, Amaro is the real deal, and should be considered a real option at #29, or as a candidate to trade up for in the early-to-mid second round.

Potential Hernandez Replacement

One thing that is intriguing about Amaro possibly joining the Patriots is his similarity to Aaron Hernandez. Like Hernandez, Amaro has the potential to play the “Joker” role in the Patriots offense. While Amaro’s combine numbers represent that he may be a step slower than Hernandez, he put together a very impressive combine overall. Unlike Hernandez, who was small for a tight end, Amaro has prototypical tight end size at 6’5″ and 265lbs. At Texas Tech he demonstrated impressive route running ability, a good release off the line, and superb body control. One knock on him, however, is that he struggles to catch contested balls. This may be due to his small hand size. His hands measured at just 9″ at the combine, which is shockingly low for a player his size.

Amaro has also shown improvement as a blocker during his time at Texas Tech, and has become a better all-around player each and every season. While he certainly could play the Joker role that Hernandez has left vacant, he also has the size needed to play as a traditional tight end. Amaro certainly makes sense as a scheme fit next to Rob Gronkowski, but with Gronk’s injury problems, Bill Belichick and company may look to select a more traditional tight end like Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas or Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz in the upcoming draft.

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1. Red Sox

* Don’t like Grady Sizemore’s fluorescent batting gloves – that’s for Seattle where pot is legal

* Victorino has played in 122 of 175 possible regular season games (70%) – that is Drew-ish

* Why is Carp, with 2 career stolen bases, stealing yesterday in the 7th down 6-4 with Napoli on third?

* I think the Dubront experiment should come to an end

* Pedroia, Uerhera, Middlebrooks and Victorino all hurt – not a good start (Vegas knew something at 88 wins)

2. Masters

* What Dixie car is Bubba gonna buy now Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Masters, Sox Struggle, Liverpool Getting Closer »

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