Can St Louis overcome the sheer ability of Clayton Kershaw to advance to the NLCS? (http://dutchlakefarm.files.wordpress.com/)

With the Divisional Round about to begin, we should see some great games. Wildcard winners Kansas City and San Francisco face dangerous aces without their best pitchers in Game 1s. Detroit and Baltimore are all set for a slugfest. St Louis will use Adam Wainwright to counter potential NL MVP Clayton Kershaw.

In preparation for the four series, we’ve brought you our choices for how the round will turn out. Picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last is worth one point.

Check below for the picks, and come back once the round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round »

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San Francisco earned the win in a dominating performance in PIttsburgh. [http://www.andrethegiant.com/]

The Wildcard games are now complete. Kansas City came from behind twice to beat Oakland in a 12-inning thriller, while San Francisco just dominated in their 8-0 thrashing of Pittsburgh. Though having used up their best pitchers before facing Jered Weaver and Stephen Strasburg respectively can’t feel too good for them.

But before that, the Wildcard Pick ‘Em results are below. See who gained a slight edge heading into the next round, and check back shortly for the Divisional Round Picks. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Wildcard Round Results »

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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!
Fantasy Hockey (nhl.com)

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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