Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

When the Broncos play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, they will bring with them one of the NFL’s best offenses. They set records last year and have picked up right where they left off ranking first in points per game, tied for first in touchdowns scored, third in passing yards, and sixth in total yards. It is a well-oiled machine with Peyton Manning deciding which part of the defense to dissect on any given play. Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas are dominant game changers to go along with Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders in the passing game. Emerging star Ronnie Hillman will anchor a running game that is effective when called upon.

Defending such a group is no easy task, but that is exactly what the Patriots will have to do Sunday if they want to end the day with a win. Continue reading Slowing Down League’s Best Offense No Easy Task For Patriots »

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2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks

October 28, 2014 at 9:38pm in Celtics, Featured, NBA, Now!, Opinion
The NBA season is here, and LeBron James leads a series of moves that will change the landscape greatly. (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/)

The NBA season is underway. Cleveland made the biggest splash in the offseason, landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. Paul George is out for the Pacers after breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage. Paul Pierce is in Washington. Many draft and free agent moves, not to mention potential trades, are sure to turn the standings around from a year ago, and that’s what we’re here to predict. Scoring for our annual Pick ‘Em is as usual:

  • Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for correctly guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for the #2 seed, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the NBA’s best record is worth two point.
  • In the even of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will wind up with the NBA’s worst record, then second-worst, then third-worst.

Our picks are below, so be sure to look them over. And be sure to come back when the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks »

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Seven years ago, your average market NBA team could be purchased for a “mere” $250 million or so. Ever since the morally questionable relocation of the beloved Seattle SuperSonics to the puzzling destination of Oklahoma City, things haven’t been quite the same. This move did not set the benchmark for small market teams, as one would think, for two primary reasons: Kevin Durant was part of the deal and now Seattle has become leverage for the NBA in future negotiating deals.

See, the NBA, under David Stern, became infatuated with the notion that each team should have a new, state-of-the-art arena, equipped with cutting-edge restaurants, absurdly accommodating and expensive luxury boxes and multi-functional layouts, all at the cost of taxpayers and owners, for the sake of upping league revenue. When owners of small market teams could not meet Stern’s demands for new stadiums, he would use the threat of relocation of their team to Seattle as a bargaining chip. Continue reading Celtics Owner Wyc Grousbeck Received Two “Serious” Offers to Purchase Team »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

If you’re a die-hard New England Patriots fan, then you already know how Tom Brady feels about the lack of tall wide receivers that are presently on the team. Over the past 5 years, we have seen strong talent like Randy Moss come and go from the team but no one has been able to repeat the dominant numbers that he recorded while with the team. With that being said, here’s a list of potential targets for #12.

1. Vincent Jackson- At 31 years old, Jackson would provide a dominant veteran presence to the receiving corps that appears to be lacking. He has however had a fairly disappointing season so far with only 344 yards receiving and 2 Touchdowns. At 6’5 and 230 lbs Jackson would give the Patriots that much needed boost that they need on offense, if he can repeat the numbers he achieved last season(1,224 yards and 7 Touchdowns in 16 games). Continue reading Patriots Trade Rumors: WRs Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson »

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Rob Gronkowski looked like his old self as he dragged defenders with him on this 46-yard touchdown on Sunday vs. the Bears. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Games like Sunday against the Bears highlight just how different the Patriots are than the rest of the NFL. Four weeks ago the Patriots suffered an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. The media basically wrote off Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as washed up and said it was time to move on. Fast forward four weeks the Patriots haven’t lost a game since then and have posted scores of 43, 37, 27, and 51 while Tom Brady has thrown 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile the Bears suffered their third loss at home last week, and there were reports of locker room dysfunction. Instead of coming out and shutting the critics up, the Bears collapsed against the measuring stick of the NFL.

- In case you were wondering, Tom Brady is far from washed up. Yesterday he completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He very well could have gone 34-for-35 since three of those were drops by Julian Edelman (2) and Shane Vereen (1) on very catchable passes. The other was a throw away. It’s funny there don’t seem to be too many people claiming he’s washed up and calling for Jimmy Garoppolo to claim the throne. Maybe, just maybe the media is finally realizing that this is how Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots operate. They treat September and October as extended pre-season to gear up for November through January. It’s crazy they continually get criticized even though they’re one of the very few teams you can pencil into a playoff spot every single season.

Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 8: Brady, Gronk Dominate Bears in 51-23 Patriots Win »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* You know it’s an announcer that doesn’t have the Patriots much when he says “Brady has so many weapons.”

* Lot of empty seats at kickoff and many of them got a quick jump on halftime actually missed two touchdowns

* Like Chara too much of Gronk in October doesn’t bode well for playoff time

* Surprised no one from Cambridge is petitioning the State House for stricter gun laws with all the musket fire in Foxboro

OFFENSE

* Pats scored on their first drive again Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Throws A Bunch »

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Oscar Taveras

Cardinals top prospect and outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend was in the car with him and also died in the accident.

The accident occurred in Puerto Plata in the D.R.

Taveras was seen as a rising star in the major leagues. Continue reading Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash »

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