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1. Patriots:

MISC

* Not close to a Super Bowl team – they are on pace for 12 wins but I don’t think they win a playoff game with this team

* Time of Possession 41 to 19 wow!

* I don’t have a problem with the 15 yarder Devy took defending Brady BUT a number of penalties in the Red Zone knocking them backwards

* Imagine how mad New England would be if the kick was good and Rex Ryan pumped his fist and jumped up and down

OFFENSE

* Patriots scored on first drive – hip, hip hooray! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Hang On, Save Our Weekend »

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Drew Brees could struggle against a tough Lions defense in Week 7. (Getty Images)

It is nearly the halfway point for the fantasy football in most leagues which means your playoff fate might already be set if your team got off to a tough start. Whether your team is 1-5 or 2-4, you still have a chance to get back to .500 over the next few weeks.

Start ‘Em

Tom Brady (vs. New York Jets): With Stevan Ridley out for the season, the New England Patriots will need to rely on Brady and the passing game more the rest of the way. With a Thursday night matchup at home, Brady will have a field day with this secondary to tear it up for the third straight week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 7 »

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Redraft King: Week 7 2014 Advice

October 16, 2014 at 5:38pm in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
photo courtesy of www.standingosports.com

I was pretty happy with the results of my week 6 predictions. Hopefully you followed along and reached the weekly redraft promised land. Without further ado:

Week 6 Recap:

Jay Cutler scored 25 points and continued his high levels of production and consistency. With a juicy 113 passer rating Brian Hoyer led his team to victory, but did not have a great fantasy day due to the dominance of the Browns running game. Blake Bortles did not help the Jags win as I pontificated, but he had a great fantasy day especially for his low cost. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 7 2014 Advice »

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Stevan Ridley was lost for the season on Sunday due to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered against Buffalo. Ridley was on pace to have one of his best seasons as a pro, recording 340 yards, two touchdowns, and zero fumbles up until his injury. The Patriots have a tendency to change up which running back is the focus week to week, but in the two games he was the focus this season, against the Vikings in week two and Bengals in week five, he rushed for 101 and 113 yards respectively.

Ridley is a powerful, violent runner whose mix of strength, size, speed and ability to get downhill are found nowhere else on the Patriots’ depth chart. Currently at the position the Patriots have Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, James White, rookie James White and Jonas Gray, who until this point has been a practice squad only player. None of these players can bring everything to the table that Ridley can, but they can combine to help fill the void. Continue reading Filling the Stevan Ridley Void »

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What to Make of the Post-Derek Jeter Yankees

October 15, 2014 at 8:53pm in MLB
Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter’s last game with the Yankees was the stuff of Hollywood legend. He chopped an RBI single toward third, his 3,465th career hit, and then removed himself from the game. He went out at Fenway, which seems like anathema to a Yankee, but Red Sox fans cheered Jeter for over two minutes. Before the game, Boston arranged a pre-game ceremony where sports greats including longtime Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, legendary Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr and New England Patriots Hall-of-Famer Troy Brown honored Jeter before the entire Red Sox team came out to acknowledge the Yankees captain. As a team, the Red Sox donated $22,222.22 to Jeter’s charitable organization, the Turn 2 Foundation.

The Captain went out at just the right time and in just the right way. However, his absence leaves a big hole not only in fans’ hearts but also in the Yankees infield. Anyone who likes to bet on baseball should start anticipating how Jeter’s departure could affect the Yanks. Let’s take a look ahead to next year. Continue reading What to Make of the Post-Derek Jeter Yankees »

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Bruins sign Gagne and Additional Notes

October 15, 2014 at 2:00pm in Bruins, NHL
Simon Gagne (Bruins.NHL.com)

The Bruins officially announced Tuesday morning that they signed forward Simon Gagne to a one year, $600,000 contract. Gagne, who was invited to camp on a tryout basis, impressed Coach Claude Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli enough to warrant a roster spot.

As a player, Gagne has been a talented goal scorer who can put the puck in the net and make smart passes. However, he has been a bit fragile as he has consistently missed time due to injury over the years. He hasn’t played more than 63 games in a season since ’08-’09, when he put up 74 points  for the Flyers.

It will be interesting to see where he fits in with this Bruins line-up. I think he would be a good fit with Patrice Bergeron (who wouldn’t), but you don’t want to break up the 63-37-18 line. Will he slide in with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on the first line? That’s a tall task for someone who has exactly 12 goals over the past three seasons.

Continue reading Bruins sign Gagne and Additional Notes »

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For Sunday's preseason game between the Celtics and Nets, the game clock will read 11:00 at the start of each quarter for an experimental 44 minute game. (Queen City Hoops)

There’s a Neil Young song called “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” and another titled “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”

This is what this experimental 44 minute preseason game between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets feels like: an NBA decree completely out of the blue as the Celtics venture into both the Jay-Z inspired black of the Barclays Center and the complete unknown that is the 11 minute quarter.

Continue reading Celtics, Nets to Play Experimental 44 Minute Game in NBA Preseason »

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