Coach Belichick and the Patriots have had problems with Baltimore in their postseason career; will they exorcise that demon this time around? ("Family Guy," '3 Acts of God,' 3/16/2014)

With the Divisional Round here, it’s time for the top teams of the season to play. New England and Seattle each face hungry teams, Peyton Manning faces his replacement again and Dallas faces Green Bay in an Ice Bowl rematch. All four games should be very hard-fought and competitive.

On our panel, three of the four contests were picked unanimously, while the fourth was much closer in the selections. And while Seattle and Carolina projects to be a tactical, defensive game, the others should see the ball aired out more.

As before:

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So with that, picks are below, and check back Sunday night for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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1.PATRIOTS – RAVENS PREVIEW:

* Ravens Kicker Justin Tucker 4 for 9 from 50 yards out

* Dumervil and Suggs combined for 29 sacks

* 350 pound Haloti Ngata leads the Ravens with 2 interceptions

* 2014 Regular season – Ravens are 1-4 when a team throws for 300 yards / Ravens are 1-5 when they have at least 2 turnovers / Ravens are 2-3 when a team runs for 100 yards

* Patriots are favored by 7 – they have not covered in the last three Baltimore playoff games being favored by 7.5 / 7.0 / 4

* Last three playoff games with Ravens: Patriots 10 turnovers to 3 for Baltimore

* Patriots are 7-1 against Baltimore regular season and 1-2 playoffs (got lucky on the win)

* Ray Rice and Aaron Hernandez will not be playing in this game Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Like Christmas Eve! »

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Pedro Martinez was a Red Sox Legend, providing absolute dominance at the top of the rotation for years. He was rewarded for his effort by being inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.

But in an even bigger honor, Martinez, along with fellow 2015 inductees Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz, were invited onto “The Late Show With David Letterman” to do a famous Top Ten List. Their topic was, “Things I Said When I Learned I Made the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
Continue reading VIDEO: Pedro Martinez Does Top Ten List on Letterman »

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Take a bow, Pedro: You are now officially a Hall of Famer. (Wikipedia)

What we Red Sox fans have known for a long time is finally official: Pedro Martinez is a Hall of Famer.

The wiry, fiery starter, who already was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame earlier this year, was elected to Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, receiving 91.1 percent of the BBWA vote (500 ballots).

Martinez won three Cy Youngs in his 18-year career, including back-to-back awards in 1999 and 2000 with the Red Sox. He was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts, and helped deliver the 2004 World Series Championship to Boston after 86 years (in case you didn’t know).

Continue reading Pedro Elected into Hall of Fame on First Try »

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Baltimore finally defeated Pittsburgh in the postseason, but now they have to pull off several more upsets to get back on top. (http://www.onwravens.net/)

The first round is complete. Detroit gave Dallas a run for their money, while Baltimore finally got a postseason win over Pittsburgh. Carolina became the second team out of two with a losing record to win a playoff game, while Indy took down a Cincy squad that still struggles in the postseason.

The AFC produced a tougher time for our panel, through guessing touchdown totals and yardage helped inflate point totals some more. Plus, there’s plenty more chances to get more points in future rounds.

But for now, updated results are below, and check back on Saturday for the Divisional Round picks. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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Carolina will host a playoff game despite having a losing record; can they pull off a big upset or two and make some noise in January? (http://fliptroniks.com/)

The playoffs are finally here. Things kick off with a losing team (Carolina) against one working on a third-string quarterback (Arizona). The Lions have made it back in, while Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off in the AFC (always a great game). With how long it took to settle so many spots, this should be a very good postseason to watch.

To that end, we’re here once more to bring you our selections for how the postseason will turn out, starting with the Wildcard Round. Only one game was picked unanimously, while two others were relatively clear to our panel, and the final game being much closer.

For our Pick ‘Em, scoring is as follows:

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth one point if guessed to within one, or two points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth one point if guessed to within 50, or two points if guessed to within 10, or five points if guessed exactly right.

So with that out of the way, our selections our below. Results will be presented following the conclusion of the Wildcard Round. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round »

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2014 NFL Expert Picks: Results

December 29, 2014 at 10:10pm in Featured, NFL, Now!, Opinion, Patriots
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The NFL season is over, and what a season. Just the second losing team has made the playoffs. Every other playoff team racked up at least 10 wins. Plenty of rookies made large waves, and plenty others barely made a ripple. Half of the divisions were decided in Week 17. After such a great season, it’s time for a playoffs that should be even better.

But that’s for next weekend. For now, it’s time to present the results of the regular season Pick ‘Em. With so many pieces and seeds decided so late, it made for a great contest that was anyone’s games. So without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NFL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NFL Expert Picks: Results »

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