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Video: Dobson Debuts with Can’t-Miss TD Catch from Garoppolo

By on August 29, 2014 at 10:55am
It may have been the preseason, but Patriots fans should be encourage by Aaron Dobson's spectacular leaping catch for a touchdown in his debut. (John Minchillo/AP) It may have been the preseason, but Patriots fans should be encourage by Aaron Dobson's spectacular leaping catch for a touchdown in his debut. (John Minchillo/AP)

Who says preseason games are meaningless?

Sure, the only snap that Tom Brady played in the New England Patriots’ final preseason game was as the holder on an extra point attempt, and typical starters Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, and Sebastian Vollmer, among others, didn’t even dress for Thursday night’s “game.”

Nonetheless, last night’s game was good for a couple notable takeaways, beginning with Jimmy Garoppolo getting the start and playing the entire contest. But perhaps even more importantly, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who began training camp on the PUP list after offseason surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot, suited up for the first time this preseason. And what a debut it was.

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Danny Ainge

With a GM as secretive and prone to throwing out red herrings as Danny Ainge, it’s nearly impossible to understand his train of thought and  predict who the Celtics will try to acquire in their quest to raise banner number 18. Yet we cannot help ourselves as it compels our experience watching a lackluster team compete.

Owner Wyc Grousbeck hinted that this offseason could include “fireworks” and perhaps rival 2007′s groundbreaking offseason that saw the formation of the Big Three, but it has come and gone without any big-name signings. Whether or not Rajon Rondo will be dealt continues to be a mystery as teams struggle to determine what a poor-shooting point guard’s value is in the modern NBA. Continue reading Five Targets for the Celtics’ Rebuilding Process »

1. Cliff Notes:

* Back to school, college kids moving in, college football back – what could be better

* Contrived marketing and build up for U Mass – BC football. Everett vs. Leominster would be a better game

* Celtics owners have been quiet (how long into media day will someone use the word tank)

2. Farrell versus Francona last two years:

* Francona 159-134 with combined $164mm in payroll ($1,031,446 a win)

* Farrell…..155-140 with combined $310mm in payroll ($2,000,000 a win) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten – Enjoy Labor Day Weekend! »

Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers

August 28, 2014 at 8:05pm in Fantasy, Featured
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It’s about that time of year. The start to the 2014 fantasy football season is only a couple weeks away. Sundays, along with Monday and Thursday nights, are about to become relevant once again.

With the start of the season right around the corner, now is a good time to brush up on knowledge of potential sleeper candidates for the upcoming campaign. A quick refresher for those readers new to fantasy football: players who can bring a team good value in the later rounds of a draft are viewed as “sleepers“.

Although some people have varying definitions on what qualifies a player to be a true sleeper candidate, for the purpose of this article sleepers can be considered generally undervalued players. Continue reading Fantasy Football 2014 Sleepers »

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Shipping up to Boston:

As many of you New England Sports fans know, the Patriots recently executed a trade where they sent Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick. This is huge because Mankins was a big presence on the offensive line and provided the veteran leadership when it came to protecting Tom Brady. Many are reporting that the only issue here was the inability by the Patriots front office to come to an agreement in terms of contract and Mankins wanted more money.

It will be tough to replace him on the offensive line, but his departure will allow the Patriots to use extra salary to go after big weapons offensively. Continue reading Recapping Recent Patriots Offseason Moves »

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Rusney Castillo

After losing out on the Jose Abreu sweepstakes and then plummeting to last in the American League East, the Red Sox and their fans needed the acquisition of Rusney Castillo simply for morale’s sake. With Victorino’s injuries and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s sudden inability to hit a baseball, the Red Sox’s outfield grew desperate for reinforcements and Rusney Castillo presented himself as the perfect answer.

Castillo the Player

The 27-year-old Cuban center fielder, inked for 7 years for $72.5 million, is a bit of an enigma when you look into his game, especially when comparing him to the likes of fellow-Roc Sports Nation player, Yasiel Puig, or fellow-Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Of the Cuban outfielder trio, Yasiel Puig is the freak athlete, capable of excelling in all five major facets of the game, while Cespedes is the archetypal power-hitting left fielder. While Puig and Cespedes are 3 and 4 hitters, Castillo is marketed as a leadoff hitter, with his base-stealing ability and line drive producing swing.  So once Castillo makes his entrance into the starting lineup, a lineup with Castillo at leadoff, Pedroia batting second, followed by Puig, Ortiz and Napoli, is actually pretty formidable with all of that firepower. Ideally, Castillo can fill the massive void in centerfield left by Jacoby Ellsbury’s departure. Continue reading Who is Rusney Castillo? Examining Castillo’s Future with Red Sox »

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After getting drilled in the helmet by a R.A. Dickey knuckleball, Mike Napoli follows through on his monstrous 451-foot home run at Rogers Centre. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays started off reasonably well for Mike Napoli, with a first inning single that allowed him to eventually score on a double by Will Middlebrooks.

Then the game took a turn for the worse for the Red Sox first baseman, as he struck out swinging in the third, then was beaned by Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who uncorked a wild knuckler that struck Napoli in the brim of the helmet.

Ouch.

Napoli would ultimately get his revenge (though he would have to wait until extra innings to do so), when he unloaded on an 0-2 fastball from Toronto reliever Sergio Santos in the 11th inning for a three-run blast that gave the Red Sox a 9-4 lead at the time (good thing, too, as the Blue Jays came back to score three runs in the bottom of the frame). Oh, and did I mention his home run landed in the fifth deck at the Rogers Centre?

So that’s what 451 feet looks like…

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