On Friday morning the NBA conducted tiebreakers to determine the order or lottery odds for the upcoming Draft in four cases in which teams had identical regular season records, two of which involved the Celtics. Boston lost its random drawing for lottery odds, but won one affecting its other first-round pick.
Having both finished at 25-57, the Celtics and Utah Jazz were the only lottery teams with the same record on the season, tied for fourth worst in the league. The Jazz won that drawing, and therefore will have an extra ping-pong ball in the lottery, which will be held on May 20. With 103 of the 1,000 balls, the C’s now have a 10.3% chance of owning the first pick in the Draft.
Continue reading Celtics Go 1-1 in Draft Order Tiebreakers »
Tags: Celtics, Jazz, NBA Draft, Nets, Wizards
Continuing with the theme of profiling potential Patriot tight end targets, we shift our focus to Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. Like Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas, Fiedorowicz has the make-up of a more traditional tight end. As a skilled blocker who excels on the line, Fiedorowicz isn’t a guy who is ever going to catch 80 passes or 12 touchdowns in a given season.
However, he has the potential to be a longtime NFL player who can do a lot of good things for an offense like the Patriots who are seeking a tight end to be a supporting piece to an already potent attack. Fiedorowicz is likely to go in the third round, but a team (like the Patriots) might be enticed to select him in round two. If you’re a fan (like me) who would prefer that the Patriots address other needs in the first round, like defensive line or safety, then Fiedorowicz might be a prospect to keep an eye on. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: C.J. Fiedorowicz »
Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Patriots, Rob Gronkowski
It’s that time of year again, and what better way to start the Bruins 2014 playoff journey than an Original Six match up against the Red Wings? Led by the elusive Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit has booked their reservation to the postseason for 23 years in a row now. I’ve already projected the Bruins to beat Detroit in 6 games, but let’s take a deeper look at how they match up.
The Bruins finished 3rd in the league with 3.15 Goals/game, whereas Detroit sat at 16th with 2.65. The Bruins boasts four deep lines that Julien can roll through regularly, which only a small handful of teams have the ability to do. Krejci-Lucic-Iginla is as talented, but more importantly well-balanced, as any line in the league. Go on down the line and Bergeron, Marchand, Smith, Eriksson, and Soderberg all provide great secondary scoring that creates a match up nightmare for opposing teams. Continue reading NHL Playoff Series Preview: Bruins vs. Red Wings »
Tags: Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Playoffs
Xander Bogaerts tweeted a photo of a scantily clad female early Thursday morning after the Red Sox won a 14-inning game against the Chicago White Sox. The 21-year-old Bogaerts quickly removed the tweet and his account.
Continue reading Xander Bogaerts Accidentally Tweets Photo, Deletes Twitter Account »
Tags: bogaerts photo, Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, xander bogaerts twitter
With draft day just under 25 days away, the actual NFL draft and not the Kevin Costner film, speculation about which player a team is going to take are heating up. With the Patriots being one of the most exciting teams to watch in the draft, whether it be trading high picks for multiple lower round picks or drafting punters in the fifth round, New England never fails to surprise. And thus begins the speculation of “experts” and amateurs alike.
Heading into the 2014 season there are a few areas that New England could address. The offensive line could always use more depth, the wide receiver corps has been heavily criticized this past season, the tight end position has not been the same since ol’ what’shisname became one of the most notorious people in New England, and the defensive line could use a little overhaul. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame »
Tags: Bill Belichick, Fighting Irish, New England Patriots, Stephon Tuitt, University of Notre Dame, Vince Wilfork
The NBA season is over, and several seeds for the playoff teams were decided on the final day. That shifted around our Pick ‘Em results a bit. That’s especially true when the Thunder bested the Clippers for #2, securing home-court advantage in the second round. The Raptors were a surprise division winner in the East, and while the Pacers were a popular choice, rising all the way to the East’s #1 was unforeseen.
The East was a significant jumbling of seeds from what was predicted, and other the Clippers and Rockets, the West wasn’t too much better. And with the Spurs easily winning the NBA’s best record, the West was even better than the East than usual.
But how did that affect the Pick ‘Em results? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NBA Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NBA Expert Picks Results »
Tags: NBA Pick 'Em, NBA Picks
Multiple news outlets are reporting Wednesday that the New York Jets and former Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to a two-year deal. Johnson was released by the Titans last week. The deal is reportedly worth $8 million over two years with $1 million in incentives. Johnson joins ex-Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker as the top Jets off-season signings. Since rushing for 2,006 yards in 2009, Johnson has been underwhelming by his standards. He’s averaged 4.5 YPC just once since his breakout season, and last season he was extremely mediocre averaging just 3.9 YPC. Johnson will join Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets backfield, which figures to be one of the deeper rushing attacks in the AFC. Continue reading Jets Sign Running Back Chris Johnson »
Tags: Chris Johnson, New York Jets, NFL Free Agency, Patriots