With the NFL season ending in disappointment for everyone except the Seattle Seahawks, teams are looking to take advantage of the offseason and restructure their rosters to build a championship caliber team. With the offseason also comes free agency and teams are faced with the difficult challenge of deciding which players are worthy of re-signing and which players to just part ways with.
The New England Patriots have some tough decisions to make this offseason. One of them being whether or not to re-sign cornerback Aqib Talib to a contract he deserves or to add him to the long list of players let go by the team because the Patriots were too cheap to re-sign them (Wes Welker, Adam Vinateri, Richard Seymour, just to name a few). Continue reading Why the Patriots Need to Re-Sign CB Aqib Talib »
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Continuing our position by position ranking of the AL East, today’s focus is second base. If you missed last week’s make sure to check it out here. These rankings are a way to ramp up for the baseball season and to incite your own thoughts on the rankings. At the end of the piece feel free to comment of where you think we were wrong (and right!). So without further ado here are this week’s rankings.
1. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: There really should not be much argument here, as Cano’s departure for Seattle makes Pedroia the de facto premier second baseman in the division. Pedroia is a leader at the plate and on the field and does not do anything halfway. While his hard play should be praised, it did lead to a thumb injury on the first game of the season last year, which led to a decline in power (only 9 home runs). With his thumb fully healed, expect Pedroia to be on top of his game this year. Continue reading Ranking the AL East: Second Base »
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Can you imagine 60,000 plus fans letting out a giant WOOO after a Bruins goal? That may be a possibility sooner than you think.
According to Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal, the NHL is considering holding a game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens in Gillete Stadium.
While the Bruins have had an outdoor game before it wasn’t in a stadium as large as Gillette and it was still in Boston. In 2010 the Bruins hosted the annual Winter Classic at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers. Continue reading Gillette Stadium Could Host Bruins-Canadiens? »
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Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just over a week. Besides Jon Lester, Koji Uehara, and other major league pitchers of the World Champion Red Sox team, top minor league prospects will join them on the field in Fort Myers, Florida. Top prospect pitchers that quite possibly could be at JetBlue Park include Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens. Let’s take a look at these three players and see what they may add to the Red Sox major league bullpen.
Continue reading Promising Pitching Prospects: Ranaudo, Barnes, and Owens »
Tags: Anthony Ranaudo, Henry Owens, Matt Barnes, minor league, pitchers and catchers, red sox pitchers, Spring Training
I fully understand the reasoning behind the Boston Red Sox extending David Ortiz, and him bringing the subject up in interviews. For the Red Sox, Big Papi has been a rockstar for the franchise both on and off the field, delivering three parades down the Charles and assuming a huge (omni)presence in the Boston community. For Ortiz, he has the security of an extra year of multimillion dollar earnings and doesn’t have to answer constant questions about his impending free agency from the relentless Boston media. Heck, Carlos Beltran just signed with the New York Yankees for three years, $45 million! So what’s one more year for the face of the franchise?
The Red Sox fan in me says another year is nothing (besides the millions of dollars, obviously). But when, after serious effort, I step back, separate myself from the emotional attachment to a Boston sports demigod, and survey the situation from as objective a perspective I can achieve, why should the Red Sox re-up with Ortiz a year before his age 39 season? Continue reading Should the Red Sox Extend David Ortiz? Survey Says No »
Tags: Barry Bonds, Ben Cherington, Carlos Beltran, David Ortiz, History of 39 Year Olds, Red Sox
The Super Bowl is over, as is the 2013-2014 season. The 2014 draft should provide plenty of exciting moments, with several teams needing a franchise quarterback and several available. But that is a consolation to the fans for what was one of the more lopsided Super Bowls in recent memory. Peyton Manning and the powerful Denver offense looked like a JV squad at best for most of the game, moving up to the 31st overall pick following a 43-8 loss to Seattle.
With everyone picking the Broncos, the touchdown total was where our panelists got most of their final points in a push for positioning. Peyton Manning threw for only 280 yards, limited by two picks as well, which limited our own chances to get points out of the passing yards total.
But with multiple panelists still close together and doubled points, who came out on top? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 NFL Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 NFL Playoffs Expert Picks: Super Bowl Results »
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Big Papi wants a little more of Boston before his career is over. Last week David Ortiz said it may be “time to move on” to spur talks about a contract extension with the Boston Red Sox. Some reporters thought this move by Papi was outrageous. I think it is a pretty shrewd business move by a man that knows his worth.
Continue reading David Ortiz Deserves Contract Extension From Red Sox »
Tags: Big Papi, Brooklyn Nets, Celtics, Contract extension, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Red Sox