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2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round

By on September 30, 2014 at 8:07pm
Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/) Kansas City finally ended a lengthy playoff drought; can they pull off more magic? (http://www.zastavki.com/)

The playoffs are here. Oakland and Kansas City are starting things off in the AL Wildcard game, followed by San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Oakland really fell off the mark during the regular season, having to clinch a spot on the final day, while Kansas City is in the playoffs for the first time since 1985. San Francisco, like Oakland, fell off in the middle of the season, while Pittsburgh stuck to its guns in the home stretch. Whatever happens, these should be good games.

To start our annual Pick ‘Em, correctly guessing the winner of each Wildcard game is worth two points. Complete picks are below, and the Divisional Round picks will be up later in the week, so check for them soon, and see our picks for the Wildcard winners below. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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Patriots, Chiefs

PATRIOTS STARE DOWN THE GUN OF A 9-7 SEASON

1. MISC

* Patriots need toughness and now (fullback Sherman went for Hightower’s knee – that should have been a fight!) – Browner better show up this week and starting throwing haymakers in practice

* Blue Hoodie

* Patriots falling all over the place – change your spikes and compete!

* Edelman the only fighter on that team: Fought to make the tackle on interception, fought for the fumble in the end zone, amazing down field block on a Lafell screen

2. OFFENSE

* If you did the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument test on Josh McDaniel you would find that he has no creativity or imagination

* No hurry up?

* Yet another half shutout under McDaniels

* Three and out yet again on the first drive (remember when Ramon Martinez struggled in the first inning so they simulated an inning in the bullpen – try something) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: The End for Tom Brady and the Patriots? »

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Join us for Fantasy Hockey!

September 29, 2014 at 2:14pm in Fantasy, Now!
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We know we’ve got some die-hard hockey fans among our readers and a wealth of fantasy players. Now you have a chance to join us in a Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey league for the upcoming season. I will be covering fantasy hockey for Sports of Boston this year, and this league is a great chance to get some interaction with us the writers and show off your fantasy skill!

We can have some fun with it, too– I’ll post some draft analysis, player rankings, sleepers picks, and more. I’ll also post a weekly reader email response to answer your fantasy hockey questions.

If you’re interested, email me at [email protected] and join the fun. You can challenge the experts to the Sports of Boston Fantasy Hockey Championship!

1. Red Sox Recap:

* Nava hit .270 – hats off to a great comeback year

* No Red Sox played 145 games, had 160 hits, scored 75 runs, only Ortiz had over 17 HR, Second to Ortiz in RBI was Napoli with 55, only one player had double digit SB

* Nineteen Red Sox had at least 90 at bats

* When an celebration event is orchestrated – you can’t have guys walking from the dugout to shortstop – the downtime kills the flow

* John Lackey led the team with wins with 11

* Clay Buchholz had 13 quality starts out of 28

* With Red Sox winning Saturday their draft pick went from 4th to 6th

* Napoli extension in the offseason was like the Mike Lowell extension after 2007 championship

* Season ended perfect – a loss and a 3:14 game

2. Ryder Cup:

* Bubba can’t be telling the crowd to make noise and then go 0-3 for the weekend

* How about Rose and Stenson shooting birdies on ten straight holes Saturday Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Adios Red Sox; Patriots Visit Loud Arrowhead Stadium »

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Jeterpalooza

September 26, 2014 at 7:43am in Featured, Now!, Top Story

1. Brady vs. other QB’s statistically:

* Yards…………………..632……24th….(2007 after 3 games 877)

* Completion %……..55.5%….27th….(2007 after 3 games 80%)

* Yards per attempt 5.54……30th…..(2007 after 3 games 10.12)

* TD’s………………………3……..18th…..(2007 after 3 games 10)

* QB Rating…………….82.9%…23rd….(2007 after 3 games 140.00%)

2. Offensive Line – Big isn’t necessarily better:

1976 Patriots Line: Averaged 132 yards rushing per game Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jeterpalooza »

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And thus Derek Jeter ends his career at Yankee Stadium in story book fashion, with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. (USA Today)

Don’t hold your breath, Red Sox fans.

Something’s telling me you might not be seeing much of Derek Jeter on the field at Fenway Park in the final three games of the season and his career.

On Thursday night, in hisĀ final game at Yankee Stadium after a 20-year career as a New York Yankee, Jeter drove in the winning run with a walk-off single to right field. How’s that for a story book ending?

Continue reading Derek Jeter with Walk-Off in Final Game at Yankee Stadium »

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Rob Gronkowski

1. Patriots Survive Loser Oakland:

MISC

* Boy are they boring

* Patriots were in last place two weeks ago and now in first

* Evan Washburn on the sideline for CBS confirming Pam Oliver’s claim that you have to be blond and pretty to be on the sideline

* 70% of red seats empty at kickoff

* Amazing this is Belichick’s 15th season with the Patriots

* The effort of Matthew Slater is a joy to watch

OFFENSE

* Another boring, uncreative, disconnected and failed offensive game plan Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Average Patriots Make Sunday Boring »

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