It's the most wonderful time of the year: nope, not the holidays, but Rajon Rondo trade rumors! (CBS Boston)

Death, taxes, and Rondo trade rumors.

Yes, the rumor mill is underway when it comes to Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, and their All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo. December 15th marked the first day free agents that were signed this past offseason are eligible to be traded, ergo: Rondo trade rumors.

This time around, it seems the Celtics have an “increased willingness” to trade Rondo, particularly to the Western Conference.

Continue reading Here We Go Again: Rondo Trade Rumors Have Begun »

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January 2011. The New York Jets traveled to Foxboro to face the red-hot New England Patriots in a divisional round playoff game. Just a month earlier the Patriots had beaten the Jets on that same field 45-3. However, the playoff matchup was a vastly different story. The Jets physically and mentally beat New England en route to a 28-21 victory that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate.

The Jets confused the Patriots, beat them physically, and forced them into uncharacteristic mistakes. Since that day, the two franchises have gone in opposite directions with the Jets losing the AFC Championship game and missing the playoffs the next three seasons while the Patriots went to three straight AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. Continue reading Patriots and Jets: Two Teams Heading in Oppositte Directions »

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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick celebrate their 12th division title in 14 years. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

It never gets old winning the AFC East. At the start of every year, we have to listen to all the “experts” talk about how the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets are all primed to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Granted the Bills actually have an impressive defense, and if they only had a legitimate quarterback they might pose a challenge int he future. But every year in December it’s the Patriots who sit atop the AFC East and remind everyone that it is still their division to lose. This of course is just the first goal of every year for them. The ultimate is still winning the fourth Lombardi Trophy in February. 

- I’ve compared this team to the 2003 team on a couple of occasions, and Sunday’s win was very reminiscent of their 31-0 win over the Bills in week 17 of that season. As you may remember the Bills embarrassed the Patriots in week one by the same 31-0 score. It came after Belichick cut long time captain Lawyer Milloy and the critics hounded Belichick for the way he coached his team. Similarly this year the Dolphins made it look easy in an upset win during week one of the season. Then the Dolphins did what the rest of the AFC East does when they beat the Patriots, they opened their mouths. The Patriots used the remarks as bulletin board material, and they clearly didn’t quit in the second half as they outscored the Dolphins 27-0. Sunday was a friendly reminder that if anyone is trying to unseat the Patriots they’ll have to pry it from Brady and Belichick’s cold, lifeless fingers.

Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East »

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Tom Brady

1. PATRIOTS:

MISC

* Coach went with the old reliable – grey hoodie with cut sleeves

* Speaking of old reliable – Jenny Dell in the house!

* Crowd with a sort of passive aggressive boo of Browner for all of his penalties. If someone called them on it, they could say they were booing the refs – but no doubt Browner is on notice with the fans

OFFENSE

* Again the Patriots are abusing Edelman and Gronk. On the first drive, Edelman returned the punt, caught a pass, caught another pass, ran for a first down on the fly sweep and then caught another pass (7 receptions / 88 yards / 1 TD) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Defense, Special Teams Carry Home Team »

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Should Colin Kaepernick be trusted in the fantasy playoffs? (Reuters)

Your league is in the semi-finals or first round of the playoffs, but there are still full slates of games to think about. Some matchups re worth the stash, but others make it easy to sit those players who have tough matchups. Here are some players you should start or sit in Week 15:

Start ‘Em

Eli Manning (vs. Washington): Manning had himself a day Week 4 against the Washington Redskins and that was on the road! The veteran has played consistently well at home and is due for a big game after several letdown performances in recent weeks. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 15 »

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The Red Sox were pretty active in the final day of the Winter Meetings, trading for Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and signing Justin Masterson to a one-year deal for $9.5 million.

Well it looks like the Red Sox are certainly making big news in the offseason, but is it for the right reasons? First and foremost, the Red Sox missed out on a huge addition to their pitching rotation when Jon Lester signed a 6-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Lester would have been a huge presence in the Red Sox clubhouse and would have given them the veteran leadership that they needed in the rotation.

Second, I’m not entirely sure I agree with the Red Sox decision to trade Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for Porcello. Continue reading Right Idea? Red Sox Bring in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson »

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1. PATRIOTS vs. DOLPHINS PREVIEW:

* Since the first game -Dolphins 4-0 against losing teams / 2-6 against winning teams

* Tom Brady needs nine TD passes for 400

* A Dolphin – Patriots game in December reminds me of Howard Cosell announcing the death of John Lennon – 1980

* The Wildcat game in 2008 by the Dolphins in Foxboro was one of the only times I have seen a Belichick team confused

* Running QB’s do give Pats defenses trouble – Tannehill has run for 295 yards

* Mike Wallace has been targeted 102 times but only caught 57 of them

* Tight End Charles Clay scares me – 41 receptions / 2 TD Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Consider Fish Squished! »

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