Moving on up: Against the Cavaliers, Rajon Rondo passed Paul Pierce to move into fourth all-time in Celtics history in assists. (Celtics Hub)

Sure, Rajon Rondo may be a point guard, and Paul Pierce a small forward, but it was still somewhat startling to learn on tonight’s broadcast that Rondo had already surpassed the longtime Celtics captain on the franchise’s all-time assists list.

Rondo’s first assist of the game broke a tie with Pierce and moved him into fourth place in franchise history with 4,306 assists in his nine-year career. Continue reading Rondo Passes Pierce for Fourth on Celtics’ All-Time Assists List »

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Tom Brady and Andrew Luck square off on Sunday Night Football with not only important AFC seeding on the line, but an imaginary midseason NFL MVP trophy, too. (Boston.com)

Last week, ESPN’s 32 NFL beat writers cast their votes for who they thought was the MVP through the midway point of the 2014 NFL season.

With 22 touchdowns and only 3 INTs, and a particularly hot stretch before the bye that saw his offense average 40 points over five games, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received more votes than any other player, tallying precisely half  of the vote total (16). But even with the top seed in the AFC heading into Week 11, is Brady really the best choice among the NFL’s MVP candidates?

Continue reading Tom Brady, Midseason NFL MVP? Not If Luck Has Anything to Do With It »

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1. Patriots Preview:

* Tight ends always scare me against the Patriots – Fleener – 22 catches / 4 TD

* TY Hilton is on pace for 100 catches / 1,666 yards

* They have 24 sacks to opponents 14 (six guys have at least three)

* Adam Vinatieri is 20 for 20 this year (that makes him and Gostkowski 44 for 45)

* Colts TD passes per game – Manning 1.92 / Luck 1.75 / Unitas 1.39

* Best draft pick – Raymond Berry – 232nd in 1954 – hall of famer Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: I’m Sick of Night Games »

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Redraft King: Week 11 2014 Advice

November 14, 2014 at 5:23am in Fantasy, Featured
Photo Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Week 10 was a high scoring affair. Most fantasy stars had predictably reliable performances. Several of these players appeared in my week 10 advice. But there were a few bad calls too.

Week 10 Recap:

Russell Wilson had a nice game, mostly due to his legs. Derek Carr had a disappointing 13.7 points, and while he scored mostly in junk-time, the Raiders were actually competitive with the Broncos—for awhile. Mark Sanchez threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, and was able to avoid any butt-fumbles. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 11 2014 Advice »

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Ryan Tannehill will likely be under siege  on Thursday night, but is he still fantasy worthy (Photo Credit: Reuters)

With only a couple weeks until the fantasy postseason begins, it is time to rely on your big options to help you down the stretch. Sure, there are still a couple tough matchups going forward for some players, but it should only get easier to choose who to play with less teams on bye. Even if you are all but certain that you won’t make the playoffs, make sure to set your lineups so nobody gets an easy victory down the stretch. What is better than playing spoiler?

Start ‘Em

Jay Cutler (vs. Minnesota): The matchup might not look enticing on paper, but Cutler should be able to have a big day against this Vikings secondary. Alshon Jeffrey picked them apart last year for over 200 yards and two scores which could mean a big day for the signal caller. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 11 »

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Meet the Minutemen

November 12, 2014 at 7:15pm in College, Featured
Trey Davis

College basketball has never been a focal point in the Boston sports scene, in fact college sports in general haven’t been a hot topic among every day Boston sports fans since Doug Flutie threw that unforgettable pass that handed him the Heisman on a silver platter. Out in western Massachusetts (yes, the state continues past Worcester) the Massachusetts Minutemen basketball team got some attention in the mid 90s thanks to a guy named Marcus Camby, but since Camby’s departure the Minutemen slowly faded into obscurity among the Boston faithful.

Last season, the Minutemen were able to recapture some of that ’90s glory in a bit of a see-saw season that saw them jump up as high as number 12 in the AP Top 25, then struggle slightly in conference play, and finished with the team finally getting the nod from the girl they were staring at for years from across the room, the NCAA tournament. With an early exit thanks to Tennessee and the graduation of Sampson Carter, Raphiael Putney, and the guy many credit as the biggest reason for the program’s turnaround, Chaz Williams, it’s time to meet the new group of Minutemen who take the floor for the first time Friday night against Siena. Continue reading Meet the Minutemen »

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T.Y. Hilton, Coty Sensabaugh

When the Patriots face the Colts on Sunday, much of the hype surrounding the Colts offense will be centered on quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so. Luck is already a star and is in the process of becoming the next great NFL quarterback, a generational talent. However, the person at the top of the Patriots’ priority list on defense this week should be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

When most of the elite receivers in the NFL are brought up the conversation generally shifts to larger, stronger body types such as Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon. Hilton may not be as naturally gifted as those receivers at 5’9”, 178 pounds but he can create matchup nightmares for defenses. Continue reading How the Patriots Can Contain T.Y. Hilton »

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