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After celebrating their 4th Super Bowl victory, it's back to work for the New England Patriots. (credit Getty Images)

The NFL season concluded almost three months ago and we’re already itching for the start of 2015. With the NFL Draft next week and the schedules being released this week, the excitement is already starting to build as we gear up to watch the Patriots defend a championship for the fourth time. Along with playing division rivals twice and last year’s AFC division winners, the Patriots will be playing the AFC South and NFC East. At a glance things are looking good for the Patriots as the AFC South as a whole went 25-39 last year and the NFC East was 32-32. There is one glaring negative on the schedule and that is the less than ideal week 4 bye. Looking at it with a “glass half full” mentality, since the Patriots played longer and had a delayed start to the off season, the early bye can give them a chance to ease into the season. With that said let’s take a look at the games. Continue reading 2015 New England Patriots Schedule and Predictions »

Rick Porcello was taken deep twice on Sunday moving his total to 5 home runs allowed on the season. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Going into this season the biggest question mark was the pitching, notably the starting rotation. With Jon Lester going to Chicago they weren’t able to land a credible “ace” pitcher. Instead they filled the rotation with pitchers who have all shown the ability to be very good, but have all lacked consistency. That was never more evident than in week two of this short season.

– Clay Buchholz has shown in his few starts that he still posses the Jeckyll and Hyde personality disorder. On opening day against a weak Phillies lineup he was dominant. Sunday night in prime time against the Yankees he gave up seven runs in the first inning. Then on Saturday against the Orioles he really pushed his way through six very difficult innings against the Orioles. He only allowed two runs which was impressive considering how many times the O’s loaded the bases with no outs. Unfortunately for Clay, the offense was shut down by Chris Tillman.  Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitchers Post League Worst ERA »

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The Boston Celtics kicked off their first round matchup in the NBA Playoffs with a 113-100 road loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon. Despite the C’s being a part of the playoffs, this is a good time to take a look at how Celtics rookie Marcus Smart progressed this season.

If you take a look at Smart’s numbers, they are not very gaudy looking on paper, as he averaged 7.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.48 steals per game. Despite Smart’s numbers not being overly impressive, The No.6 pick in the 2014 draft is off to a good start to his NBA career. Smart’s worth to this current C’s team and for the future is something you have to take a look at further than paper. Continue reading Marcus Smart’s Progression Through his Rookie Season Impressive »

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* I think this series is going to be too fast for Bass and Sullinger / Mozgov is going to be too strong for Zeller

* Avery Bradley 1-6 from three point land (including two air balls) and was absolutely torched by Irving (surprised Smart wasn’t switched over)

* I think the one advantage the Celtics have over Cleveland is coaching – look for Brad Stevens to go to school on that game film and Game 2 be much closer but still a loss

* If you are serious about winning then don’t let Lebron stare you down as he did after his dunk at Evan Turner and at Kelly Olynyk when he fell down

* Fifteen offensive rebounds not acceptable Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Marathon Day! »

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The Celtics failed to contain the Cleveland Cavaliers’ big three in Sunday’s playoff matinee at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. While it was the first career playoff game for much of this Celtics team’s young core, it happened to be Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love’s introduction to the postseason as well. For Irving, who led the Cavaliers with 30 points on 11-21 shooting, his lack of experience proved inconsequential. For the Celtics, however, they’ll have their work cut out for them if they wish to extend this series beyond four games.

After a hot shooting first quarter, the Celtics managed to escape the first with a 31-27 lead. However, the Cavaliers responded swiftly with a 35-23 point second quarter, appropriately ending the half with a Kyrie Irving buzzer beating three pointer. After several questionable refereeing calls in the third quarter, the Celtics’ expressions transitioned from determined to defeated, all but sealing the fate of this game prior to the fourth quarter. Continue reading Celtics Lose Battle to Cavaliers, 113-100, but Not the War »

Lebron. Celtics. Destiny. We're back in the NBA playoffs! (Boston.com)

Some Celtics fans were probably hoping for the team to lose its last two games and avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers and their league best record 34-9 over the last three months in Round One. A first round matchup against the struggling and banged up Atlanta Hawks certainly seemed preferable, right?

Well, destiny took the decision out of our hands, as the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 95-93 on a long Jae Crowder jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the second to last game of the season, sealing the seventh seed and setting up a nostalgic date with Lebron James and the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs. The series tips off today at 3pm on ABC.

Bring it on!

Continue reading Date with Destiny: Celtics Set to Face Lebron, Cavs in Return to Playoffs »

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Boston made it back to the postseason despite being in a rebuilding season; can they keep it going again old foe LeBron James and the Cavs? (wrestlezone.com)

With the playoffs underway, get ready for some great games. The Celtics barged their way in despite not being finished rebuilding. The Spurs dropped several seeds with a final day loss. Some very potent teams are getting ready to face off, so we’re here to give you our annual predictions on how things will turn out.

Our panel is largely in agreement as to who will advance, with one non-unanimous series winner per conference. It was a little trickier to decide which series would be struggles and which would be breezes, with only one unanimous choice there.

As usual, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, while guessing how many games a series will last is worth one point.

So there you have it. Complete picks are below; come back after the first round is complete to see the results. Continue reading 2015 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round »

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