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To Boo or Not to Boo? Ellsbury Returns to Boston with Yankees

By on April 22, 2014 at 5:44pm
Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Fenway Park, this time in a Yankees uniform. Should the Red Sox faithful bring out the boo birds? (The Boston Globe) Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Fenway Park, this time in a Yankees uniform. Should the Red Sox faithful bring out the boo birds? (The Boston Globe)

To boo, or not to boo? That is the question Boston Red Sox fans are presented with as Jacoby Ellsbury makes his return to Fenway Park adorned in the pinstripes of the New York Yankees.

On the one hand, he’s a Yankee. On the other, he helped bring two World Series trophies to Boston in ’07 and, of course, last year. What’s a fan to do?

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Dustin Pedroia

Should fans begin to panic about the Red Sox lineup, or is it still too early? Many among us have been asking ourselves that question. Perhaps our cummulative anxiety has helped. Perhaps it had some affect on Sunday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. We saw glimpses of last year and again felt the faith. Then, Monday rolls around and Clay Buchholz just could not handle those Baltimore bats. He cannot keep pitching this way. What happened to him? What happened to our offense? Answers are needed before we begin the series with the New York Yankees tonight.

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Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman (Jesse Johnson, USA Today Sports)

Many Patriots fans and pundits, including yours truly, believe that the Patriots should look to address the defensive line in the first round. The days of the Seymour, Wilfork, Warren trio seem like centuries ago, and the team could use some improved physicality and athleticism upfront. The Patriots defense is constantly adapting, having gone from a 3-4 in years past to what is now primarily a 4-3, or even 4-2-5 base defense. Because of this, Belichick and the front office may be looking for different skill sets on the defensive line than in years past.

Minnesote DL Ra’Shede Hageman would appear to be an interesting prospect for the Patriots. Some scouts say that he has the potential to be a Richard Seymour-type player, but his game film shows constant inconsistency. Hageman is a tremendous athlete, and measured in at 6’6″ 310 lbs at the combine in Indianapolis. He figures to be a perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end, but the question is how would he fit into a New England defense that is now primarily an even-front? Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Ra’Shede Hageman »

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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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NBA First Round Predictions

April 19, 2014 at 10:00am in Featured, NBA, Opinion
Miami Heat (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

It is that time of year again, as the 2013-14 NBA Playoffs are one day away from commencing. Questions have been pondered about the first round of the playoffs since the NBA season came to an end this past Wednesday. Questions such as: Can any of the top seeds be challenged? Will the chalk prevail? What higher seeds are dangerous? Will there be any upsets?

These questions will be answered in two weeks’ time, but here are my predictions for each first round matchup.

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Milan Lucic (Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again, and what better way to start the Bruins 2014 playoff journey than an Original Six match up against the Red Wings? Led by the elusive Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit has booked their reservation to the postseason for 23 years in a row now. I’ve already projected the Bruins to beat Detroit in 6 games, but let’s take a deeper look at how they match up.

Offense

The Bruins finished 3rd in the league with 3.15 Goals/game, whereas Detroit sat at 16th with 2.65. The Bruins boasts four deep lines that Julien can roll through regularly, which only a small handful of teams have the ability to do. Krejci-Lucic-Iginla is as talented, but more importantly well-balanced, as any line in the league. Go on down the line and Bergeron, Marchand, Smith, Eriksson, and Soderberg all provide great secondary scoring that creates a match up nightmare for opposing teams. Continue reading NHL Playoff Series Preview: Bruins vs. Red Wings »

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"Pro Wrestling," NES

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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