2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 6

October 9, 2014 at 2:10pm in Featured, NFL, Now!, Opinion, Top Story
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Week five in the NFL was a step in the right direction. My record last week was 3-1, with the Washington Redskins letting me down late to a perfect week. My prediction with the Kansas City Chiefs winning outright against the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t a complete disaster, as the Chiefs covered. I will be looking to replicate or step it up a notch this week, as my record now is 9-8. Continue reading 2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 6 »

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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

Over the course of the last week and a half, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were under the microscope after their 41-14 loss on September 29th to the Kansas City Chiefs. In the days after this game leading up to Sunday, the Patriots were the recipients of many negative comments and there were even talks that Tom Brady was planning to leave the team.

Now to some this might be a valid thing, but to loyal fans such as myself I believe that things are improving and that they simply had a bad week against a good team. It has taken some time for the offensive line to finally get on the same page and this was seen during their most recent game against the Bengals. Despite all of the criticism, I feel that it was helpful in a way. At the beginning of the game against the Bengals, we saw a more focused and motivated version of Tom Brady, albeit a very angry one at that. Continue reading Tom Brady’s Days Numbered with Patriots? We’ll See… »

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2014-2015 NHL Expert Picks

October 8, 2014 at 8:27pm in Bruins, Featured, NHL, Now!, Opinion
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The NHL season is finally here. It’s the second season under the new divisional playoff format, and plenty of big moves happened in the offseason to make things interesting. Will Ryan Miller make Vancouver a contender? How about Jaroslav Halak and Johnny Boychuk for the Islanders? Or perhaps Jarome Iginla for the Avalanche?

In bringing you our picks for how the season will turn out, scoring is as follows:

  • Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point.
  • Picking the #1 team in each division exactly is worth three points, then two points for #2 and one point for #3.
  • Picking the first Wildcard from each conference exactly is worth two points, then one point for the second Wildcard.
  • Picking the best team in the league is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie in the standings, we’ll also be selecting which team will wind up with the NHL’s worst record, then second worst, then third worst.

So with that out of the way, check below for everyone’s picks, and come back once the season is complete to see how everyone did. Continue reading 2014-2015 NHL Expert Picks »

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When the Bills moved up to fourth overall in May’s draft to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they got a physical specimen who was polished enough to be an instant play maker. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said, “We thought it was a calculated risk and a risk we were willing to take.” The Bills are hoping that risk turns into an elite playmaker for a franchise that has been at the bottom of the AFC East for a decade.

A rib injury cut in to Watkins’ training camp, forcing him to miss significant time and preventing him from ever getting in a rhythm with Manuel. Through four games, Watkins has shown flashes of that ability but has also lacked some effort on plays across the middle and did not click with E.J. Manuel. He seemed to be on the same page with new starter Kyle Orton, registering seven catches for 87 yards in a 17-14 win in Detroit. He also made a key 20-yard grab to set up the Bills winning field goal. Continue reading Containing Sammy Watkins Will be a Priority for the Patriots »

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Baltimore easily dispatched the Tigers' talent by breaking into their weak bullpen. Can they now take the next step? (2005, Monte Taylor, http://www.tsuru-bird.net/orioles/)

Wasn’t that a fun round? Both Wildcard teams advanced. Both AL series were done after a three-game sweep. Clayton Kershaw couldn’t get it done. The Nationals and Giants fought into 18 innings in Game 2. Did anyone have Baltimore and Kansas City in the ALCS before the season started?

All that wrecked havoc with our picks, as only one pick for the Orioles was correct insofar as having a team advance. That left it mostly up to getting the series lengths correct to get an advantage going into the LCS picks.

So check below to see how everyone currently stands, and come back Friday for the next round of picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round Results »

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Marcus Smart made his debut for the Celtics last night with 6 assists

A Celtics team without Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo would typically get blown out by 20, and not blow out another team by 20. On Monday night the Celtics did in fact win by 20 points, in a game where their starting five had a combined 10 years of NBA experience.  The Celtics were trailing at the half, and by the end of the third period manifested themselves into a fast-paced, offensively formidable yet defensively-capable squad squared against an unsuspecting away team.

Luckily for the Celtics, that team was the unapologetically-tanking Philadelphia 76ers, who were also without perhaps their two best players, Michael Carter-Williams and the third overall pick in this year’s draft, Joel Embiid. Additionally, their best healthy player, Nerlens Noel, has not played a regular season NBA game yet, seeing as he was sidelined for the entire last season with an ACL tear. To provide some perspective into just how pedestrian this Philly squad is, their two leading scorers were Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson. Continue reading Celtics Show Up in Second Half in First Preseason Game: Player Report Cards »

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How to Fix the Red Sox this Offseason

October 7, 2014 at 11:30am in Featured, Red Sox
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As many of you beloved Red Sox fans saw this year, there was a breakdown in their offense and pitching over the course of the season. We saw the departure of pitching aces Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront, as well as position players Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew. The Red Sox also suffered a slew of injuries to their roster, including key players like Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia. When the dust finally settled, the locker room of the Red Sox organization had drastically changed. Now the question remains- who should the Red Sox pursue in the offseason?

Ace in the hole- The biggest concern right now should be acquiring strong pitching that will help on October 1st, 2015. There will be a long list of five potential players that will help the team, and are as follows:

1. Jonny on the spot- Jon Lester played a major role in the Red Sox pitching staff over the past 9 years, and after being traded to Oakland during the regular season made it very clear that he was open to return to the organization. Lester was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA during his shared time between Boston and Oakland, and his veteran experience would add a lot to the pitching rotation. Continue reading How to Fix the Red Sox this Offseason »

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