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The World Series is over, in a thrilling Game 7 no less. That led to a hearty celebration, to be sure. Usually a starter, but with no games ahead, Madison Bumgarner got a very rare five-inning save to cap off the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

The Giants were the favored team among our experts, though nobody saw the series going the full seven games, much less concluding in such a tactical game. Still, points are points in the final round. So who ended up with the big win? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results »

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The 2014-15 NBA season tipped off less than 24 hours ago, with the reining NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs squeaking out a thriller against their in-state rival Dallas Mavericks. The Boston Celtics’ season kicks off on Wednesday when they take on Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets. The C’s are coming off an abysmal 25-57 record last season, which was tied for the fourth worse record in the entire NBA. Las Vegas does not have much higher hopes for this year’s team, as the over/under on regular season wins is 26.5. Will the C’s go over that 26.5 number, or are they in line for another dreadful season?

The answer to this question is the C’s will go over 26.5 wins. Last year two of the Celtics’ best players dealt with injuries that held each of them out for significant amounts of time: Rajon Rondo missed 52 games and Avery Bradley 22. Rondo is dealing with a broken hand now, but is good to go for the opener, and Bradley is finally healthy after signing a new four-year deal worth $32 million. Continue reading Celtics Receive No Love from Vegas »

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Redraft King: Week 9 2014 Advice

October 29, 2014 at 5:00pm in Fantasy, Opinion, Top Story
(photo courtesy of FanDuel.com)

I’ll make this quick. It was one of those weeks for me last week. So I’m a bit frosty toward fantasy football right now. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. Sometimes, for example, you lose in all five of your fantasy football leagues. To top it off, my week 8 picks were very hit or miss.

Week 8 Recap:

In today’s NFL when a quarterback only throws 17 passes it means they must have left the in the first quarter with an injury. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 9 2014 Advice »

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Former Red Sox Jake Peavy got the hook just one out into the second inning as the Royals scored seven times en route to a 10-0 win and a decisive Game 7. (NY Times)

After Madison Bumgarner twirled a complete game shutout to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead in the 2014 World Series, Jake Peavy got the start in Game 6 to try to wrap up the franchise’s third title in five years.

“This is a start you play your whole career wanting,” said Peavy before traveling to Kansas City for Game 6.

Well, it didn’t take long for that dream to turn into a complete nightmare for Peavy.

The Royals jumped all over the former Red Sox starter who was traded to the Giants midseason, knocking Peavy from the game with a seven run second inning despite several broken bats. The Royals would go on to win 10-0 to knot the series at 3-3 and force a seventh and deciding game. Peavy, who was pitching with a swollen thumb on his pitching hand from trying to catch a foul ball, would finish with a line of 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, and 2 K.

Continue reading Former Red Sox Peavy Shelled as Royals Force Game 7 in World Series »

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Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

When the Broncos play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, they will bring with them one of the NFL’s best offenses. They set records last year and have picked up right where they left off ranking first in points per game, tied for first in touchdowns scored, third in passing yards, and sixth in total yards. It is a well-oiled machine with Peyton Manning deciding which part of the defense to dissect on any given play. Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas are dominant game changers to go along with Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders in the passing game. Emerging star Ronnie Hillman will anchor a running game that is effective when called upon.

Defending such a group is no easy task, but that is exactly what the Patriots will have to do Sunday if they want to end the day with a win. Continue reading Slowing Down League’s Best Offense No Easy Task For Patriots »

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2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks

October 28, 2014 at 9:38pm in Celtics, Featured, NBA, Now!, Opinion
The NBA season is here, and LeBron James leads a series of moves that will change the landscape greatly. (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/)

The NBA season is underway. Cleveland made the biggest splash in the offseason, landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. Paul George is out for the Pacers after breaking his leg during a Team USA scrimmage. Paul Pierce is in Washington. Many draft and free agent moves, not to mention potential trades, are sure to turn the standings around from a year ago, and that’s what we’re here to predict. Scoring for our annual Pick ‘Em is as usual:

  • Picking a team to make the playoffs is worth one point, or two points for correctly guessing a division winner instead.
  • Correctly guessing the #1 seed in each conference exactly is worth eight points, then seven points for the #2 seed, and so on.
  • Correctly guessing which #1 seed will finish with the NBA’s best record is worth two point.
  • In the even of a tie, we’ll also be guessing which team will wind up with the NBA’s worst record, then second-worst, then third-worst.

Our picks are below, so be sure to look them over. And be sure to come back when the season is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NBA Expert Picks »

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Rob Gronkowski looked like his old self as he dragged defenders with him on this 46-yard touchdown on Sunday vs. the Bears. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Games like Sunday against the Bears highlight just how different the Patriots are than the rest of the NFL. Four weeks ago the Patriots suffered an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. The media basically wrote off Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as washed up and said it was time to move on. Fast forward four weeks the Patriots haven’t lost a game since then and have posted scores of 43, 37, 27, and 51 while Tom Brady has thrown 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile the Bears suffered their third loss at home last week, and there were reports of locker room dysfunction. Instead of coming out and shutting the critics up, the Bears collapsed against the measuring stick of the NFL.

- In case you were wondering, Tom Brady is far from washed up. Yesterday he completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He very well could have gone 34-for-35 since three of those were drops by Julian Edelman (2) and Shane Vereen (1) on very catchable passes. The other was a throw away. It’s funny there don’t seem to be too many people claiming he’s washed up and calling for Jimmy Garoppolo to claim the throne. Maybe, just maybe the media is finally realizing that this is how Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots operate. They treat September and October as extended pre-season to gear up for November through January. It’s crazy they continually get criticized even though they’re one of the very few teams you can pencil into a playoff spot every single season.

Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 8: Brady, Gronk Dominate Bears in 51-23 Patriots Win »

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