Keep an eye on that clock, Pats fans - with NFL free agency approaching at 4:00pm, the Revis Watch is underway. (NY Daily News)

The clock is ticking.

At 4:00pm today, NFL free agency officially begins, and the flurry of free agent “signings” that have leaked over the last three days during the “legal tampering period” will become official.

Of course, as it’s known in New England, this afternoon is also known as Revis Watch, as 4:00pm marks the time that Darrelle Revis will either have reached an extension with the Patriots or be a free agent able to sign with any team.

Tick tock, tick tock… Continue reading Countdown to NFL Free Agency: Will the Patriots Re-Sign Revis? »

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As the AFC East tries to catch up to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (c.) the Dolphins add Ndamukong Suh (bottom l.), the Jets trade for Brandon Marshall (top l.) while the Bills bring in Rex Ryan (top r.) and LeSean McCoy. (nydailynews.com)

The Patriots captured that elusive fourth championship, which did all it could to elude New England again, but New England still reaffirmed their spot as a dominant team in the NFL, and certainly over the AFC East. Long considered pretenders to New England fighting for second place in the division, the Bills, Dolphins and Jets are getting really sick of playing second fiddle, and all three are hoping major moves just recently made major moves hoping to gain a leg up on the might Patriots.

We all know by know how coach Rex Ryan was fired by the Jets and wound up in Buffalo, but in the past week, all three of the aforementioned teams have made significant moves, either by trade or by free agency, in an effort to bolster their roster to better compete. The question now becomes, “How will these moves affect the Patriots and division as a whole?” It’s a question that can’t be fully answered until free agency and the draft finish up, and a freak injury is always a possibility in the NFL, but for now, let’s take a quick look at the moves, which I have ranked, as I see them, from least worrying to most worrying relative to New England’s divisional dominance: Continue reading All Three Patriots’ Divisional Rivals Make Huge Impact With Free Agency and Trades »

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T. J. Graham, Devin McCourty

The Patriots re-signed starting free safety Devin McCourty to a five year, $47.5 million contract on Sunday night. The move will keep the star safety with New England through the 2019 season. The $28.5 million of guaranteed money puts McCourty at the high end of the market.

The Patriots have to be happy about their ability to retain McCourty, who is viewed as a top three free safety in the league and it is a year with a weak (outside of him) free agent and draft class. His ability to play the deep middle of the field and make correct decisions consistently allowed the Patriots to feel comfortable playing tight man coverage underneath on defense. Continue reading Patriots Re-Sign Devin McCourty to 5 year, $47.5 million Deal »

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1. Red Sox stat:

* If I was another team, I would make a run at Jackie Bradley while his value is down – best defensive outfielder in baseball counts for something

* Brock Holt would have a place on my team any day

* Allen Craig has two hits – trade him right now

* Loved Ortiz’s comments on playing first base that it wears him down – work in a coal mine one day!

* Victorino is sitting out already with sore legs

* Bogaerts two home runs already – he’s untouchable

2. Danny Paille:

* Goals before he was not dressed for February 20th game – 1

* Goals after being sent to the press box – 4 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Russians Are Coming, Obama in Selma »

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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo is back on the sidelines due a strained oblique, leaving one less competitor (for now) vying for a chance to play centerfield.

It was almost as if I saw Jeff Probst, host of Survivor, put out Castillo’s torch, and say “the tribe has spoken,” when I heard the news. Jackie Bradley Jr. may be the only one happy about the strained oblique. Everyone thought Bradley would be headed to Pawtucket. Now he could be on his way to Fenway to play centerfield, or at least in the Boston dugout. It reminds me of 2013, but I think it’s a bit too early to say he will be playing in the opening game.

Continue reading Castillo Sidelined with Strained Oblique, Door Opens For Betts, Bradley »

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1. Red Sox stat:

* The 1949 Red Sox hit into 207 double plays in 154 games – eight players hit into double digit double plays: Doerr (31), Tebbetts, Goodman, Stephens, Pesky, Zarilla, Williams, DiMaggio

2.  Like father like son: The Hulls scoring 50 goals

* Brett Hull 1990-1991 – 50 goals in 49 games

* Brett Hull 1989-1990 – 50 goals in 50 games

* Bobby Hull 1965-1966 – 50 goals in 52 games Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Daylight Savings, Pistol Pete and 6-4-3 »

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Brett Connolly (USATSI)

Brett Connolly Injured

In a year that’s been riddled by injuries and under-performance, the trade deadline brought really only one player to the Bruins with any offensive upside. Wednesday morning, that player got hurt and will miss the next 6 weeks. Brett Connolly joined the Bruins for his first practice as a member of the team, but he took a Dennis Seidenberg slapshot off the hand and broke his finger.

Of course this happens. The little beacon of hope we had coming in never got his chance to dress as a member of the team and now the outlook is shaky. He’s basically out for the remainder of the regular season, giving him no chance to develop any kind of chemistry with his new teammates and hurting the Bruins’ chances of postseason in the first place. They’re already without center David Krejci for month or so as well.

Bergeron to be the next Captain

Continue reading Connolly Injury and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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