With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

1. Patriots Preview:

* Lions are 4-6 against Patriots lifetime

* Movie Paper Lion about writer George Plimpton who workied out with the Lions in exhibition season starred Alan Alda and Lauren Hutton – it grossed $1.7mm at box office

* Bobby Layne was QB for eight years (1950-1958) and number is retired- threw for 118 TD and 142 INT

* Heisman Trophy winner that played for Detroit – Barry Sanders, Steve Owens, Doak Walker, Billy Sims, Leon Hart, Andre Ware

* Steve Belichick ran for 118 yards and 2 TD’s for the Lions in 1941

* Best draft pick – kicker Eddie Murray with the 166th pick in 1980 played in 250 games

* Hope boy named Suh doesn’t get near Brady’s knees

* Kicker Matt Prater is capable of 60 yards and more and might hit the concession stand between kicks Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Best Holiday Around the Corner! »

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Joe Flacco might be coming off a bye, but should he be started in fantasy leagues on the road? (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

With Josh Gordon active and Ben Tate now on the Minnesota Vikings, Week 12 should be the week that most teams know their fate (and possibly seeding) for their fantasy teams. With the final two teams on bye this week, it is the last time you will have to bench a proven fantasy commodity for bench fodder. Here are this week’s starts/sits:

Start ‘Em

Matt Ryan (vs. Cleveland): Matt Ryan has been a beast at the Georgia Dome in his career and should be a solid start against a beat-up Browns defense. It might be a lot of throwing to keep pace with Brian Hoyer as Josh Gordon and Andrew Hawkins will keep this game close. A close game equals more throws for the BC alum. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 12 »

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Nobody in the NBA wants to be the first team to lose to the 76ers. Thankfully, the Celtics did not become that team on Wednesday night. However, the Celtics can still accomplish this feat when the  two teams face each other again December 15th, and with the way Philly is currently playing, I would not be surprised if the hapless 76ers do not win a game before then.

Say what you want about the ethics of tanking, but its impressive to see how devoted to the philosophy 76ers GM Sam Hinkie is and how little effort he exerts in disguising his efforts. While Hinkie has not explicitly stated that his team is tanking (there would likely be a fine for such candor), the talent he is putting on the floor is clearly not designed to win games this season. Continue reading Celtics Defeat Winless 76ers, Avoid Embarrassment »

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Bill Belichick jumped at the chance to bring back LeGarrette Blount after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. (US Presswire)

Cue up the AC/DC: The New England Patriots are back in Blount.

Even having galloped over the Indianapolis Colts in last year’s playoffs, which earned him a Sports Illustrated cover with his record setting postseason performance, running back LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots this past offseason to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But after departing from the field early during the Steelers’ 27-24 on Monday Night Football, however, Blount was released amid reports of being malcontent with his role. Reports indicate Blount is at Gillette Stadium just two days later, and has signed with the team for two years after clearing waivers. The deal is for the veteran minimum, plus incentives, according to an ESPN report.

Continue reading Back in Blount: Patriots Sign LeGarrette Blount »

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Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer

November 19, 2014 at 8:35pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made Jon Lester an offer according to an inside source, reports ESPN’s Gordon Edes. The source stated that Lester plans on taking his time to make a decision about the undisclosed offer made by Ben Cherington and other Red Sox management.

Before the 2014 season began, the Red Sox talked about a 4-year $70 million offer. Lester did not accept it and went into the season without further negotiations. Then at the trade deadline on July 31st Lester was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. Lester threw the Athletics into the postseason wildcard game against the Kansas City Royals with a regular season 2.35 ERA with Oakland. Continue reading Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer »

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According to a source close with the team, the Red Sox are close to signing free agent 3B Pablo Sandoval to a 5 year, $100 million dollar contract with an option for a 6th year. This is not done yet, but in the words of the source, “90% he comes here.”

This is an interesting deal, if it turns out to be true. Sandoval is a proven playoff performer and he is surprisingly reliable in the field for his size. However, that’s a lot of money being thrown at someone his size and that money could be better spent on pitching. Either way, Sandoval will be a fan favorite very quickly if he can stay healthy and produce the way he has in San Francisco.

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When the Patriots face the Lions on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, they will have to defend the NFL’s best wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson is in his eighth season and has been dominant in each of them. He has had over 1,000 yards in 5 of his previous seven seasons and has 520 yards and three touchdowns this season despite only playing seven games due to injury. His best season was 2012, in which he had 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big play machine who is averaging 16 yards a catch and has averaged the same number through the course of his career.

Johnson is routinely double and tripled teamed and is always the focal point of his opponent’s defensive game plan. He is 6’5” tall, 236 pounds, and is one of the fastest receivers in the league. He has great hands and high football intelligence, meaning that he is rarely out of position and does not make many simple mistakes that hurt his team.  In the GIF below, one of Johnson’s best plays of his career is shown. He is triple covered in the end zone and is still able to come up with the catch. The special piece about Johnson is plays like this are not once-in-a-career plays, but rather plays that he can make regularly. Continue reading All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense »

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