Dustin Pedroia can't believe it, but the Red Sox are thinking of shutting him down for the remainder of the season. (AP Photo)

The Boston Red Sox are considering shutting down second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the remainder of the season.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Pedroia has been suffering from inflammation and irritation in his wrist and hand for a while, an injury that was confirmed to have worsened in a recent MRI.

The only question I have is, what took so long?

Continue reading Red Sox Consider Shutting Pedroia Down for Season, and Why Wouldn’t They? »

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Tom Brady felt the heat from the Dolphins defense in Miami. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)

No, Sunday was not a replay of last year’s game in Miami, but the Patriots collapsed again in the Florida heat and lost the season opener. Just like last year they had a lead at the half only to be outplayed in every aspect of the game in the second half. The only consolation you can really take out of Sunday’s game is the last two times the Patriots lost the season opener, 2001 and 2003, they won the Super Bowl in both seasons. 

With that said let’s jump right into the talk of the town and that’s the atrocious play of the offensive line. Sure the Belichick haters will chalk this up to the recent trade of Logan Mankins, but if you honestly think that Mankins, who left his own game with a knee injury, was going to make the difference yesterday then you clearly weren’t paying attention.

Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 1: Déjà Vu In Miami as Patriots Fall to Dolphins 33-20 »

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Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after TMZ publicized footage of his domestic abuse. (New Yorker)

Wes Welker was suspended four games for supposedly doing Molly at the Kentucky Derby.

Josh Gordon was suspended for the entire season for testing positive for marijuana for the second time (though it’s probably safe to assume it wasn’t his second time smoking pot).

Ray Rice was suspended two games for a domestic abuse incident in Atlantic City, NJ involving his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.

One of the three didn’t seem to fit. That all changed on Monday when TMZ Sports publicized the footage of the incident from inside the elevator. As a result, the Baltimore Ravens terminated the 27-year-old running back’s contract and the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely. (Warning: The footage may be disturbing to some viewers.)

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With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Round of 16 is over. Spain and the United States each moved on, while Greece couldn’t stay undefeated. Three other games were decided by no more than five points. It was a tough round for the countries involved, but since all our experts picked the same winners, it didn’t matter for us.

Still, there’s plenty of time left for someone to make a move in the standings. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for the quarterfinal picks. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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pats dolphins week 1

The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 33-20 on Sunday in the first game for both teams. It marked the first game for Darrelle Revis in a Patriots uniform and the team chose to use him mostly in zone and off man coverage.

Early in the game, Revis lined up on the left side of the defense and stayed there. The Patriots played a lot of zone early, with Revis covering anyone who lined up against him instead of following one receiver consistently. On the final play of the first quarter, Revis was in coverage on a first down reception by Mike Wallace. As the game progressed, Revis played more physical against the Miami receivers. Continue reading How The Patriots Used Darrelle Revis in Week 1 »

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jemile weeks

On September 1st, the Red Sox traded Kelly Johnson and minor-leaguer Michael Almanzar for former Baltimore Oriole, Jemile Weeks.

Jemile appeared in all three games against the New York Yankees this week, making minimal impact for his new team. It is unclear why the decision was made to bring Weeks aboard. We have many players of very similar pedigree in our farm system, so why do we need Weeks? Was this a case of needing to get rid of Johnson, who only spent a month with the hometown team? Or did they believe that Weeks could make an impact next season if the hitting and fielding specialists worked with him? He did spend the 2012 season with the Oakland Athletics playing in 118 games with a slash of .221/.305/.304. Since then he spent no more than 20 games with the major league team he has been on. Isn’t the writing on the wall?

Continue reading Why Did the Red Sox Acquire Jemile Weeks? »

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Tom Brady and the Patriots look to avenge last season's Week 15 loss in Miami (Robert Mayer, USA Today Sports)

The wait is finally over.

The longest off-season in professional sports is finished, and meaningful NFL football is finally upon us.

The Patriots enter Miami as 5 point favorites on Sunday, and look to avenge last season’s 24-20 loss in Week 15.

Here’s what we’ll be watching for Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Defense, Defense, Defense

We’ve heard all off-season about this new-look Patriots defense. Darrelle Revis is here; Jerod Mayo is healthy; Vince Wilfork is back. Continue reading Week 1 Preview: Patriots at Dolphins, Sept. 7, 2014 »

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