Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine has had a rough week. First his sideshow debacle with Kevin Youkilis, and now another loss to the Yankees has the rage of the city of Boston at his office door. It looked like a brilliant day early on at Fenway Park late Saturday afternoon, with Felix Doubront quieting the high-powered Yankees offense over six dominant innings, but then the Boston bullpen showed up and surrendered consecutive 7-run innings in the 7th and 8th, resulting in a terrible 15-9 loss. The game represented everything that has gone wrong for the Sox in 2012.

Sox Bats Still Hitting

The one thing that has gone right all season has been the offense for the hot Sox lineup, which battered Yankees starter Freddy Garcia early and often, knocking him out after just 1.2 innings of work. Garcia was tagged for five earned runs, including RBI doubles from David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning. Ortiz was 4-4 on the day, reaching base five times and raising his average to .436. Continue reading Red Sox Blow 9-Run Lead in Horrific Loss to Yankees »

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Red Sox, Yankees Dress up for Fenway

Fenway Park celebrated its 100th birthday as Boston Red Sox legends gathered before the game for a spectacular showing, but the New York Yankees crashed the party. Led by five solo home runs off of Sox starter Clay Buchholz, the Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname and took the first game of the year in the historic rivalry, handing Boston a 6-2 loss.

Yankees Tee Off

Alex Rodriguez got New York started in the first inning with an RBI single, driving in Derek Jeter. The rest of the offense for the Yankees came via the long ball. Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez both went deep the second to give them a 3-0 lead. Continue reading Yankees Spoil Fenway’s 100th Anniversary »

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Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield stars in the documentary KNUCKLEBALL!, which premieres Sat., April 21 at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Getty Images)

I have always dreamed of being a major league baseball player, but in the last few years, as I’ve grown up from an adolescent benchwarmer on my high school baseball team to a still slightly immature but somewhat more realistic 23-year-old, my baseball idols have shifted. Instead of the Nomar Garciaparras and the Nolan Ryans, I’ve come to want to be the Tim Wakefields and the R.A. Dickeys.

Simply put, I can’t hit 25 home runs or 95 miles per hour on the radar gun, but in the corner of my mind, Wakefield and Dickey’s slow-dancing knuckleball came to represent the my far-fetched fantasy ticket to the big leagues.

But then Wakefield retired, leaving New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey as the lone bastion of the knuckleball tradition, and my last hope for professional baseball stardom was fading with the dying breed of knuckleballers.

Luckily for Red Sox fans, knuckleball enthusiasts, and 23-year-old adult-children, filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern made the film Knuckleball!, capturing Wakefield’s final season and following Dickey as he makes a name for himself after bouncing around the minors for years. Continue reading New “Knuckleball!” Film Features Tim Wakefield, R.A. Dickey »

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I know this is a predominantly a sports website, but we’re all humans and most of us aren’t millionaires.

So, given that the Mega Millions jackpot was a whopping $640 million (a world record), chances are you probably bought a ticket.

Here’s the winning numbers for Friday night’s drawing: 2-4-23-38-46…with a Mega Ball of 23.

Did you win?

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Saints high-low Brett Favre (mage from saintsnation.blogspot.com)

The New Orleans Saints are in some serious hot water today after the NFL announced on Friday that the team’s players and coaches have been offering monetary rewards for knockouts and bounties for injuries.

The league announced that the team was in violation of the “bounty rule” over the course of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 campaigns. The NFL’s headquarters also stated that between 22 and 27 players participated in the program, and that the pool was primarily player-funded. The knockout fund reached nearly $50,000 during the 2009 postseason in which the Saints eventually captured Super Bowl XLIV. One assistant coach, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, has also been implicated in the investigation as the architect of the plan. Continue reading Practice What You Preach: Saints Investigated for Bounty Pool »

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On Sunday evening, Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno died of terminal lung cancer. Media speculation the next day has been centered around whether depression from being fired by Penn State for not disclosing to police authorities information he learned about allegations of child abuse on campus exacerbated the cancer.  These ruminations come, of course, after weeks of a mostly one sided argument that Penn State should have fired Paterno for not taking the more moral route, which was to share these sordid allegations with the police.

At the heart of the matter, however, should not be a debate about whether Paterno should have been fired for not adhering to a particularly moral obligation. Nor should it be about whether Paterno’s death was caused by subsequent guilt and melancholy after his shortcomings were exposed. Continue reading Let Paterno Rest in Peace, but let’s not Forget the Real Issues in Question »

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Rob Lowe Says Peyton's Ready To Retire (Photo Courtesy Bleacherreport.com)

Rob Lowe, the number once source for all your sporting news.

Who knew?

Around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon, actor Rob Lowe dropped a bomb on the sports world.

He was the first to report that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will be announcing his retirement from professional football today.

He took to Twitter to break the shocking news! Continue reading Peyton Manning To Retire… Well, According to Rob Lowe »

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