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The Boston Bruins have a long and storied history as New England’s premiere entry in the National Hockey League. From the glory years of the Bobby Orr era through the current cup-worthy group, the team has satisfied a puck hungry fan base with its brand of exciting, hard-nosed play.

Though their fans are extremely loyal, a drought of Stanley Cup wins running from 1972 into the early 2000s began to try their patience. The team had become mired in mediocrity, and no attempt to bring in fresh personnel or coaching staff seemed to help. Continue reading Boston Bruins: A History and Their Effect on Fans »

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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
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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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Right Wing Option for Bruins Top Line

October 29, 2014 at 1:56pm in Bruins, NHL
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Although Seth Griffith has done a decent job playing on the right side of David Krejci and Milan Lucic with an impressive game Tuesday night against Minnesota, it still feels that an upgrade at the positon is necessary if the Bruins wish to regain the production lost from 30-plus goal scorer Jarome Iginla last season. Their offence to this point has been adequate, but it is clear that the Bruins are lacking the type of consistent player that should be flourishing on the top line of one of the league’s best teams.

The trade deadline is still a while away, but it is necessary to start questioning what moves will be made in the Bruins organization to address the need of a right winger to play with Krejci and Lucic. They have other options in house like high-ceiling prospect David Pastrnak, Loui Eriksson, rusty veteran Simon Gagne, and they can always stick with Griffith if he can keep gelling with Krejci and Lucic.

Ultimately, there is one trade target the Bruins should seriously be considering if they want to remain a top-tier team with a feared number one forward grouping.

Continue reading Right Wing Option for Bruins Top Line »

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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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Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock

It has been ten years already since the event that has been dubbed by baseball fans in the US as ‘the sport’s greatest miracle’, and which went down in history books as the most impressive comeback ever staged by a baseball team.

The date: Thursday, October 21, 2004. The place: Yankee Stadium. The stars: the Boston Red Sox, who were battered and bruised after three devastating losses against their biggest rivals, the New York Yankees.

When the two teams met again on that fated date, all the facts were pointing towards one, inevitable outcome. The Red Sox were done for. Continue reading Red Sox vs Yankees 2004: 10 years on from baseball’s greatest miracle »