curse

I am no witch, but I am starting to believe that the Red Sox did not reverse the curse in 2004. Or, if they did, the Red Sox somehow put a new curse in place? They re-cursed themselves. Could it have been the 2012 blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodger’s Trade that re-cursed us? If it was that trade, then the 2013 Championship season can be laid to rest as a fluke. Or was it 2014’s pitcher’s liquidation sale that I bore witness to on my Twitter timeline. Perhaps, the Red Sox world spun off its axis during one of those occurrences.

Who knows what the tipping point was, because here we are, beyond over. Continue reading Are the Red Sox Cursed… Again? »

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Boston sports frustration

Dear Beloved Boston Sports Fans,

In case you haven’t noticed, the Boston sports teams are all in a state of disarray. The Red Sox are quickly becoming the laughing stock of Major League Baseball with one of the highest payrolls in the league and a collection of underperforming players.

The only bright spot on the team thus far has to be the emergence of left handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Since being called up on May 29th against the Texas Rangers, Rodriguez has posted impressive numbers by going 2-0 with a microscopic 0.44 era and 21 strikeouts.

In probably the most disappointing team of the year, the Boston Bruins have to make some much needed changes this offseason. It started with Peter Chiarelli departing for Edmonton and hiring Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney to General Manager. The team also decided to part ways with Carl Soderberg. Recent trade speculation has been swirling around that defenseman Dougie Hamilton is seeking a deal worth up to $8 million per season, which may be too rich for the Bruins’ taste and a possible trading partner could be no other than Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, as stated by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Even though the Celtics made the playoffs this year, they may have been better off going into the lottery as they are trying to reposition themselves in the draft to get a higher selection. They have four draft choices this year. They are unlikely to keep all of those picks, as they will be looking for trading partners or use a few on European players and stash them overseas for a few years. Even though a man appearing to be LaMarcus Aldridge was spotted at Logan Airport last week, it is likely that he will sign with a team from Texas, according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher. It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve this summer, but if they keep to this model, it will be a few years until they can seriously go themselves serious contenders and out of the purgatory which is being mediocre in the NBA.

The Patriots have made a lot more noise off the field than they would have preferred. Star quarterback Tom Brady could potentially miss up to four games and they have released their first three starting cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Kyle Arrington respectively. Longtime staple in the defensive line, Vince Wilfork, has moved on to play for the Texans. The Patriots will also have to forfeit a 2016 first round pick and 2017 fourth round pick. The Patriots have to turn to second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to fill the void of Brady’s absence.

In order of fan base confidence, it has to be the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and last and certainly least, the Red Sox. One might feel as though the Bruins and Celtics can be interchangeable based on the number of draft assets that Danny Ainge has to work with and the high volume of question marks surrounding this Bruins team. The two that are not debatable, however, are the Patriots and Red Sox. The Patriots are coming off of a Super Bowl win. Albeit difficult to repeat in the NFL, it anyone can do it, it is Bill Belichick and the Patriots, especially in a weak AFC Conference. As John Breech of CBSSports.com noted, the Patriots have the 11th easiest schedule in the league.

It is tough to look someone in the eye these days and say that you have confidence in these Red Sox. They blew a 7-run lead to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, which is nothing short of an embarrassment. Take into account the clubhouse, especially Wade Miley’s meltdown with John Farrell in Baltimore Thursday night. As a fan, you always want your team to succeed. However, this team doesn’t deserve to win the way they have been playing.

It is an interesting time to be a fan in Boston with a lot more question marks than answers. Hopefully they will be in our favor sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,
John O’Callaghan, an objective Boston Sports Fan

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Promising 19 year old with All-Star potential

With the draft less than three weeks away, the rumor mill has been abuzz with talk of the Celtics potentially trading up in the draft for a lottery pick. Outside of the top three picks, which are almost certainly Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor, and D’Angelo Russell, the rest of the draft remains fairly uncertain and offers an abundance of talent with a variety of skill sets. These names include Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow, and the trio of prospects from overseas: Emmanuel Mundiay, Mario Hezonja, and Kristap Porzingis.

The Celtics front office should should act with skepticism when considering a trade up for any of these options, with one exception: Justise Winslow, who has the potential to be a bonafide star on both sides of the basketball at the next level. Still only 19 years of age, Winslow already has an NBA-ready body; he stands 6’5, weighs 220 lbs, and has a 6’10 wingspan. This past season at Duke Winslow showed flashes of greatness and his upside is through the roof.  If Ainge wants to make a move for a better pick in the draft, this is guy to do it for. Continue reading If Celtics Are Willing to Trade Up in Draft, Must Target Justise »

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It is blasphemous and nonsensical, but even as a Celtics fan I can't help myself from rooting for Lebron James in this year's NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hello, my name is Nick, and I am a Celtics fan rooting for Lebron James in the 2015 NBA Finals.

If there were an AA meeting for fans of other non-Warriors teams who find themselves uncontrollably pulling for the Lebrons, I would be the first person introducing myself.

As a Celtics fan – one who watched his team get unceremoniously swept out of the first round by an earlier iteration of this Cleveland Cavaliers team – I can’t explain why I find myself cheering for Lebron. It is blasphemy. It is heresy. It is wrong.

But I am addicted, and I simply cannot help myself. Continue reading Hello, My Name is Nick, and I am a Celtics Fan Rooting for Lebron James »

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DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

I have already stated that I am not sure is DeMarcus Cousins would fit in Boston but I would still take the risk depending on the package Sacramento is looking for. There are a number of things general manager Danny Ainge could do to get Cousins or some other star, given the cap situation and the number of tradable pieces on the books. Quite possibly the best, and least talked about of these assets is the two large trade exceptions Boston has from Tayshaun Prince and Rajon Rondo. These could be huge in a scenario where Ainge goes all in for next season. If he decides to simply use all cap room, trade exceptions, trades and draft picks between now and next year’s trade deadline, there are endless possibilities — one of which is figuring out a way to bring the Kings big man to Boston.

Cousins is on a great contract, through 2017-18, plays well on both ends of the court (when he wants to) and is possibly the most frightening low post threat in the league. That all sounds great but that last part is what worries me. In an increasingly perimeter oriented league, maybe a guy who plays almost exclusively inside isn’t worth as much as one that can stretch the floor. So there are two questions that need to be answered: Is DeMarcus Cousins worth trading for? And if so, how do you do it? Continue reading Using Trade Exceptions and Bringing Boogie to Boston »

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All (Mookie) Betts Are Off

June 6, 2015 at 2:30pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
Mookie Betts

With a little over a month and a half before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, there are sure to be an increased amount of chatter between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies concerning their ace pitcher, Cole Hamels.

One would suspect that the price tag for Hamels has increased due to his recent surge on the mound. Hamels has given up an impressive seven earned runs in his past five starts while striking out a combined total of 38 batters. He has also had an average ERA of a miniscule 1.69. Continue reading All (Mookie) Betts Are Off »

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What can Danny Ainge do to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy back to Boston? (Mike Segar/Reuters)

In the 21st century, Boston is a city that has become accustom to winning. Since 2000, its major sports teams (Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins) have combined to win nine championships. The Celtics though, despite being the one of the two most accomplished and winningest NBA teams in history, have only contributed one. On top of this, after losing three future Hall of Famers over the course of two years, it seemed like the team was going to be closer to the lottery than the Finals for the foreseeable future.

It seems to me though, that a Championship contender is not that far off. With a great coach in Brad Stevens, a top general manager in Danny Ainge, a young, cheap backcourt locked up for the next three years and loads of cap space coming, this is a team that could be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy sooner than most would think. I am going to take a look at the current roster, free agents and the upcoming draft to determine the likelihood that this team could contend in a weak Eastern Conference next season. Continue reading How to Build the Next Celtics Dynasty »

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