LeGarrette Blount didn't go off like he did in the AFC championship but he did contribute two big touchdowns in Sunday's victory. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

We weren’t treated to the incredible blow out we were all pining for but the way this one went was actually more satisfying. For two and a half quarters the Colts kept it interesting with the help of Mike Adams’ pick-6 off the tipped pass from Julian Edelman. Gronk was virtually non-existent with the exception of his 25-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Andrew Luck was actually making plays when he had to. It seemed like for once the Colts were playing their best football against their most hated/feared rival (I emphasize their because lets face it no one in New England thinks this is a rivalry). Then it happened. The single dumbest play in the history of the NFL. “The fake punt.” After that play the Colts team and their fans were demoralized.

– The absolute best part about that play is that there was not one person in that whole organization that spoke up when they were practicing that play. Apparently they’ve been working on it for a while which makes it even better. In all that time not one of them had the brains to say “hey ya know guys…I don’t think this one’s going to work.” They all that that this was really going to get them. Right now they’re all saying it was a communication breakdown, the ball wasn’t supposed to be snapped, but that’s all a mask. In their heart of hearts they truly thought they had something special and instead it usurped the “Buttfumble” from its thrown of hilariously awful football plays.  Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 6: Colts Run the Dumbest Play in NFL History; Patriots Beat Them Again 34-27 »

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David Price (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Maybe a more accurate question would be: “should the Red Sox want David Price?” Even a casual fan could probably tell that the Red Sox are a team in desperate need of an Ace, and Price will be one of the most easily available options in this coming offseason. In fact, there is an argument to be made that part of Price’s appeal is that he would only cost the dollar value of his contract to acquire, thus saving the team from having to deal from its farm system. In theory, a large-market team like the Red Sox should be all about these kinds of deals, especially when they have some money coming off of the books from Justin Masterson, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, etc. With that being said, Red Sox ownership has previously been unwilling to approve of the type of contract it would take to sign Price off of the free agent market, even when it came to keeping a fan-favorite like Jon Lester. It hurts to say, but ownership might be right in this case, that they should not sign Price this offseason.

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Tom Brady has been fired up all season and it was on display after his one yard touchdown run. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Just about every other team in the league would have taken yesterday’s game for what it was at face value. A 30-6 victory on the road after a bye week. In New England, the team and the fans could only see the things that they could improve on next week. The defense played exactly how it should and didn’t even surrender a touchdown on the road. All Belichick sees is how can the team lower the penalties called against them? Tom Brady continued his dominance with three total touchdowns, completing 20 out of 27 passes, and throwing for 275 yards with zero interceptions. All Belichick sees is how can he get the offensive line to protect Brady better and how can the team finally run a pick play they don’t get penalized for? That’s how spoiled we’ve become in New England that even with a dominant win on the road there is still so much work that can be done.

– Obviously this wasn’t Dallas’ best team. With no Tony Romo and Dez Bryant they were already starting at a huge disadvantage. This game definitely plays differently if Romo and Bryant are healthy, but I still believe the Patriots defense could have matched up against them well. The game plan was perfect as they carried five defensive tackles on the active roster for the first time all season. There were times where they loaded up the box with nine men begging Brandon Weeden to pass on him. He didn’t and they contained the run all game. You can say what you want about the Cowboys sending out the JV offense but the bottom line the defense did exactly what it was supposed to do to that team. If it wasn’t for penalties on their two field goal drives, this game very well could have been a shutout. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Defense Solid After the Bye Week; Beat Dallas 30-6 »

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Three Red Sox Needs

October 9, 2015 at 7:43pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox, Top Story
Hanley Ramirez (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Earlier in the week we looked at some of the Red Sox’ current organizational strengths heading into the offseason, and now we are taking a look at some needs the team will be working to improve on this winter. Most of them are pretty obvious and involve pitching, but let’s get into it. Below are the Red Sox three most glaring needs, in no particular order.

An Ace

This one has already been talked about a lot and is pretty obvious, as 2015 proved the harsh reality that a rotation full of mediocre pitchers gets a team nowhere. The Red Sox are in a good position with some of their younger pitchers, including Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, and Brian Johnson, but those guys are not yet ready to be legitimate number one starters. Fortunately, the Free Agent and Trade markets are likely to be flush with top-notch starting pitching; it will be up to Dave Dombrowski to decide how to allocate his resources and improve the roster. Aside from the obvious talent improvement that would come with an established Ace, such an acquisition would also create more competition among the rest of the roster’s pitchers, as there would be one less spot in the rotation available. This competition would be great for both veterans, like Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and younger players like Owens and Johnson. Competition breeds improvement, which is sorely needed throughout the Red Sox pitching staff.

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It's been a couple of days, but I'm still giddy and grinning that the Yankees lost and former Red Sox/$153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury didn't even start. (US News)

It almost made this season entirely worth it. Another year out of the playoff race by August (and that’s optimistic), another last place finish, and one American League Wild Card game nearly undid all the futility of the 2015 season – and the Red Sox were already home hitting the links.

Such is my hatred and vitriol for the New York Yankees that I can find near complete solace in their shutout loss at the hands of Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros in the AL Wild Card round. Yes, that’s how pathetic this past season was.

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Three Red Sox Strengths

October 7, 2015 at 8:30pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox, Top Story
Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, and Rusney Castillo (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

Now that the offseason is officially upon us a month sooner than most fans would like, the time has come to take stock of the Red Sox organization, see just where they stand, and try to figure out how they will proceed going into and through the offseason. Since there is always a give/take, ying/yang, etc. we will cover both ends of the emotional spectrum, but for now let’s start on a positive note and take a look at three areas of organizational strength that can be built upon going forward.

The Lineup

It’s no secret that the Red Sox need a good amount of pitching improvements if they want to contend in 2016 and beyond. The everyday lineup, however, appears to be in very good shape as currently constituted. Five Red Sox posted an OPS right at or near .800: David Ortiz (.913), Dustin Pedroia (.797), Mookie Betts (.820), Jackie Bradley Jr. (.832), and Travis Shaw (.822). Additionally, the Red Sox as a team finished among the Major League leaders in several offensive categories including:

 

6th in Batting Average – .265

5th in OBP – .325

7th in Slugging – .415

4th in Runs Scored – 748

4th in RBI – 706

6th in wOBA – .321

 

Pretty impressive. Keep in mind that all of this was accomplished despite two of the lineup’s alleged staples – Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval – were worse than replacement level and a complete drain on the offense. The Red Sox had a top-6 offense in the baseball in 2015, with potential to be top-3 in 2016.

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A couple more two home run, five RBI performances, Blake, and we can escape from New York without giving the Yankees the satisfaction of their 10,000th win - together. (Boston Globe)

Lord knows it’s been months since I’ve asked anything of the 2015 Boston Red Sox. Mired in last place and saddled with two free agent splashes that never made it out of the shallow end, what was there to ask?

But with only a few games left, I do have one final request as a Red Sox fan dying a death of a thousand misplayed Hanley Ramirez fly balls.

Please, please don’t give the New York Yankees the pleasure of beating us for their 10,000th win in franchise history. Continue reading Can the Red Sox Avoid Being the Victim of the Yankees 10,000th Win? Please? »

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