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2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round

By on April 19, 2014 at 12:51pm
Miami is facing perhaps their toughest road yet to a title, with Indiana and several West teams waiting in the wings. (erh.noaa.gov) Miami is facing perhaps their toughest road yet to a title, with Indiana and several West teams waiting in the wings. (erh.noaa.gov)

The NBA Playoffs are upon us, and the should be good. Toronto and Washington are back in the postseason, Miami will try to three-peat from #2 in the East and a tough finish for Indiana demotes an Indiana/Miami Eastern Conference Finals from a sure thing. And that’s not to mention the loaded Western Conference.

This year’s Pick ‘Em reflects that, with three out of four unanimous first round picks coming from the East. That power out West is also leading to some picks for longer series. Still, nobody can afford to let their guard down in the least.

Scoring for the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

So check below for the complete pick sets, and come back once the first round is complete for updated results. Continue reading 2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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The NBA season is over, and several seeds for the playoff teams were decided on the final day. That shifted around our Pick ‘Em results a bit. That’s especially true when the Thunder bested the Clippers for #2, securing home-court advantage in the second round. The Raptors were a surprise division winner in the East, and while the Pacers were a popular choice, rising all the way to the East’s #1 was unforeseen.

The East was a significant jumbling of seeds from what was predicted, and other the Clippers and Rockets, the West wasn’t too much better. And with the Spurs easily winning the NBA’s best record, the West was even better than the East than usual.

But how did that affect the Pick ‘Em results? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NBA Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NBA Expert Picks Results »

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With a huge turnaround from last season, Colorado is well-positioned. Now what can they do with it? (nsidc.org)

The NHL playoffs are here, and the annual playoff Pick ‘Em is back. And it should be a good one this year with the Wildcard format leading to divisional match-ups in the first two rounds, except for Wildcard Dallas shifting over to the Pacific Division. East newcomers Detroit and Columbus face tough challenges as Wildcard teams themselves.

In our Pick ‘Em, four of the eight series have unanimous winners selected, though most series look to be tightly contested. New York and Philadelphia was the hardest series to choose, though defending champion Chicago will have a difficult contest against St Louis.

Scoring in the Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Correctly picking the winner of a series is worth two points.
  • Correctly picking how many games a series will last is worth one point.

And with that out of the way, complete picks for the first round are below. Updated results will be posted when the first round is complete. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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One year after two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we’re looking back at how horrible that day was and how resilent the city proved to be.

First, here are my thoughts:

“I was in the newsroom at WMUR when we heard over the Boston police scanner that there were two major explosions near the finish line. Unfortunately, in my line of work I have no time to reflect, I can only react to the updates as they come in. We work closely in conjunction with WCVB, and together, we delivered as much information as we possibly could in order to keep the public safe. Several hundred runners were from New Hampshire, and we had some of our crews near the finish line when the bombs went off, so we were very concerned about what was going on in the city. Continue reading Thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings, One Year Later »

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With the NHL season over and the playoffs about to begin, it’s time to announce the results of the 2013-2014 Regular Season Pick ‘Em. The Blackhawks and Red Wings could have been better for us, while the Avalanche and Lightning mucked around with the standings.

With the Penguins, Bruins and Blues coming through, the Pacific seeding hard to choose, and the Rangers settling in behind the Penguins, it was a close contest this year. And who managed to eke out a win amid stiff competition? Without further ado, the winner of the 2013-2014 NHL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2013-2014 NHL Expert Picks Results »

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1. Red Sox

* Don’t like Grady Sizemore’s fluorescent batting gloves – that’s for Seattle where pot is legal

* Victorino has played in 122 of 175 possible regular season games (70%) – that is Drew-ish

* Why is Carp, with 2 career stolen bases, stealing yesterday in the 7th down 6-4 with Napoli on third?

* I think the Dubront experiment should come to an end

* Pedroia, Uerhera, Middlebrooks and Victorino all hurt – not a good start (Vegas knew something at 88 wins)

2. Masters

* What Dixie car is Bubba gonna buy now Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Masters, Sox Struggle, Liverpool Getting Closer »

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Keenan Thompson portrayed Red Sox slugger David Ortiz on Saturday Night Live this week after the recent selfie controversy with President Obama.

Check out the video:

Thoughts?

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