Promising rookie Mookie Betts takes the field a day after going 3 for 5 at Yankee Stadium

After Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to join the Yankees, Boston fans, including myself, shirked off the Center Fielder’s departure as ultimately inconsequential because of our inflated optimism in Jackie Bradley Jr.  We convinced ourselves that Bradley Jr. was our farm system’s answer to fill Ellsbury’s void and that sharing a position with him was going to impede on his development as a major league player. At that point, our mindset was also of the belief that since the majority of our core from last year’s title was still there, only minor changes to the lineup were in order.  To put it lightly, things fell apart.

Production across the lineup decreased while the list of names on the disabled list increased.  Bogaerts, after a promising beginning of the season, lost a touch on the offensive side.  Bradley Jr., on the other hand, appears to have never had a touch on the offensive side from the beginning, and now with news of his refusing to change his swing, the minor leagues appears to be his destination for the time being. Continue reading What Good Play from Betts, Cespedes Means for Crowded Outfield »

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Greece impressed as one of three unbeaten teams; how far can they take it? (http://www.greek-mythology-pantheon.com/)

The group stage is over in the World Cup, and to nobody’s surprise, the United States cruised. Spain also moved through handily, but what nobody saw combing was how well Greece did, winning all five games and helping push group favorite Argentina all the way down to third place. At least one team in each group made it through with a losing record as well, so it was a tough race for many teams.

With similar picks, our Pick ‘Em is neck-and-neck, so far relying on bonus points from picking the correct place finishers to open up leads. The results so far are below, and be sure to come back Saturday for the Round of 16 selections. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Pick ‘Em: Group Stage Results »

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2014 NFL Expert Picks

September 4, 2014 at 10:25pm in Featured, NFL, Now!, Opinion, Patriots
The 2014 NFL season is shaping up to be a blast. (http://i2.cdn.turner.com/)

The NFL Season is finally underway. The Seahawks are ready to start defending their title, while plenty of other teams will look to get in their way. Denver looks to rejoin them for a Super Bowl rematch; we’ll see if anyone can stop their powerful offense.

For the season, we’re here to bring our picks as to how the season will go. Denver and New England are getting plenty of love again, while the Seahawks have pretenders to their top status in the NFC. Otherwise, a lot of teams look to jockey for position from there.

Scoring in our Pick ‘Em is as follows:

  • Successfully picking a team to make the playoffs is one point, or two points for a correct division winner pick instead.
  • Successfully the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth six points, then five points for #2, and so on.
  • Successfully picking which #1 seed will wind up with the NFL’s best record is worth two points.
  • In the event of a tie, we’ll also be picking which team will wind up with the draft’s #1 pick, then #2 pick, then #3 pick.

So now that that’s out of the way, the complete picks are below. Look them over, and check back when the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 NFL Expert Picks »

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Robert Griffin III might not be best option in Week 1. (Robert Hingle/US Presswire)

Football is finally back as Thursday is the opening night of the 2014-15 NFL season. There are no players in this game who are on this list, so no need to worry about your Thursday players. Well, unless you really don’t have a choice.

Start ‘Em

Nick Foles (vs. Jacksonville): That’s right. Foles is now the full-time starter for the City of Brotherly Love with Michael Vick out of the picture. In Week 1, he gets a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars who gave up an average of 19 fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2013. If Foles can get the ball down the field early and often, then this game will be a laugher. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 1 »

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Though the Patriots QB will reportedly play on Sunday, Tom Brady can't be happy missing Thursday's practice with a calf injury. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Where, oh where can my Brady be?

That may not be exactly how the Pearl Jam song goes, but it’s definitely the tune New England Patriots fans are singing after Tom Brady missed Thursday’s practice with what is being reported as a calf injury.

Those same reports indicate that the injury isn’t serious enough to prevent Brady from playing in Sunday’s Week 1 contest against the Miami Dolphins. So yes, you can stop singing and start breathing, Patriots fans.

Continue reading Where, Oh Where Can My Brady Be? Patriots QB Misses Practice with Calf Injury »

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Former Patriot Wes Welker reportedly will be suspended for apparently taking Molly at the Kentucky Derby, sources say. (AP/MassLive)

When advertisements asked me “Are you ready for some football?”, I thought I could answer with an unequivocal and resounding “YES!”

Turns out I was wrong, because I was not mentally prepared for the NFL news that broke on Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will be suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy. Reports indicate his suspension stems from a positive test for amphetamines, which multiple sources claim are from Welker taking Molly at the Kentucky Derby.

Don’t worry, I’ll wait while you read that sentence again.

Continue reading Former Patriot WR Welker Suspended 4 Games for Doing Molly? »

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Rob Gronkowski (Photo Courtesy of nflspinzone.com)

Labor Day presented good news for Patriots fans, as All-Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski revealed that he will indeed play in the team’s first game against the Dolphins in Miami this Sunday. Gronkowski is a game-changer who can singlehandedly cause a defense to change what they do. The Past two seasons have been riddled with injuries for Gronkowski, and the the Patriots hope this will be the beginning of a fully healthy season for him.

Gronk’s Effect

With the return of Gronkowski, the Patriots offense will have a much easier time moving the ball against the Dolphins’ defense. Although Brent Grimes is a good cover  corner, he is not built to defend a player like Gronkowski. This task will be left to a combination of Miami safeties and linebackers, none of whom are equipped to do so. After missing the early portion of the 2013 season, Gronkowski returned in Week Seven against the Jets and was targeted 17 times and hauled in eight receptions for 114 yards. In the six and a half games he played in, New England had the top offense in football in almost every statistical category. In his last full season, 2011, he set the record for touchdown receptions by a tight end. The most impressive part of the entire equation is that he is still only 25 years old and getting better. Continue reading Yo Soy Fiesta! What to Expect from Rob Gronkowski in Week 1 »

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