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Somebody made a big mistake! The Washington Nationals 2016 calendar features an image of Fenway Park instead of Nationals Park.

After much laughter and backlash on the internet, Major League Baseball issued a statement about the calendar which falls under their license. Continue reading Fenway Park Featured on Nationals 2016 Calendar »

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It became official on Monday what many in New England had feared following Sunday’s game: Patriots running back Dion Lewis will be out for the season with a  torn ACL. Lewis, who had been a major contributor out of the backfield for the Patriots, will undergo surgery with the goal of being ready for the start of next season.

Throughout the Bill Belichick/ Tom Brady run in New England, the Patriots have always had a shifty pass catching running back who can make key plays in the passing game. First it was Kevin Faulk and then Shane Vereen. With Vereen’s departure this past offseason, the team looked to fill that hole and had Lewis competing with James White for reps. Lewis won the competition and quickly established himself as an important component of New England’s offense. His ability to break tackles and maneuver through crowded areas made him very difficult to match-up with. On several occasions, Brady would target Lewis over Rob Gronkowski or Julian Edelman based on favorable match-ups.

This is not to say that losing Lewis is on the same level as losing Gronkowksi or Edelman, but he proved to be much more than just a safety valve out of the backfield and he will be missed. James White and Brandon Bolden will need to step up in order to shoulder the load left by Lewis. Bolden filled in admirably against Washington, but he does not have the speed or shiftiness of Lewis and White has had trouble cracking the lineup in recent weeks.

With Lewis out, the Patriots will need to hope either Bolden or White can fill his role. It can’t be expected for either one of them to play at Lewis’ level, but they will need to produce. If they cannot, the Patriots offense will have more difficulty moving the ball.

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1. Patriots go 8-0:


* Patriots are so good – the regular eason almost seems like an exhibition season for playoffs

* Injuries Lewis, Vollmer, Harmon

* Watching Gronk positioned in multiple sets / offensive line playing multiple positions – this must be the smartest team in NFL history

* Jimmy Garoppolo has turned into Chuck Nevitt the human victory cigar

* Didn’t matter but what a terrible holding call on Gronk (who blocked great all day)

* I thought John Lynch was excellent as a color commentator

* Gotta love the onside kick

* NFL will be investigating the position of the sun to see if Belichick was trying to blind Redskin receivers.

* Patriots ahead by three games in division – almost time to start talking magic number in November again


* Brady is desperate to get Scott Chandler going in the Red Zone – on the post route incompletion at the goal line Brady nodded his head right as if to say he ran the route to flat Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling – Keeps Those Doggies Rolling »

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Zack Greinke (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

We’ve already been over how the Red Sox need starting pitching, particularly a top-end starter. National League Cy Young contender Zack Greinke is one of the most readily available options on the free agent market, and some have suggested that he should be the next great Red Sox Ace. There have also been reports that Greinke suffers from social anxiety, making a market like Boston a less than ideal fit for him. Even if that were the case, it should be left off the table entirely because it is not the fans’ (or reporters’) place to diagnose or judge any player’s personality or mental competence. But even excluding the alleged disorder, Greinke is not the right fit for to lead the Red Sox rotation.

Continue reading Greinke Not a Fit for Red Sox »

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stork IR

The Patriots on activated Bryan Stork of the short term injured reserve on Saturday. Stork was recovering from a concussion. By rule, the center’s placement on short term IR meant that he had to miss the team’s first eight games. In a corresponding move, the team placed offensive lineman Ryan Wendell on season ending injured reserve.

Both moves highlight the health issues the Patriots have had along the offensive line season. Wendell and Stork were both starters on last season’s Super Bowl XLIX champion team. New England will also be without starting left tackle and Super Bowl XLIX winner Nate Solder the rest of the season due to injury. With only a limited number of healthy linemen, the Patriots may choose to get creative in their approach.

Undrafted rookie David Andrews has filled in well in Stork’s absence, but Stork is the better player and would play center if everyone else was healthy. This could still end up being the case, but with the injuries up front the Patriots could choose to play both at the same time with Stork kicking out to guard or even tackle.

Stork, in his second season, began starting in week four last season and remained the starter through New England’s Super Bowl victory. As well as starting experience last year, he also has experience playing with rookie guard Tre Jackson, both were on the Florida State team that won a National Championship in 2014.

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Clay Buchholz (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

When the news came out on Wednesday that the Red Sox had exercised their option on Clay Buchholz, it seemed obvious and mystifying at the same time. The news itself was largely unsurprising, but the next step in the process remains unclear. For some reason the Red Sox were expected to pick up the $13 million option, even though Buchholz has become the very definition of unreliable in recent seasons. While some see the price as a relative bargain given how much starting pitchers are being paid around baseball, there is also a legitimate argument that the Red Sox could have been better off by allocating that money elsewhere. That argument is what makes Buchholz’s future team a mystery, as it is starting to make more sense by the day.

Continue reading Red Sox Keep Buchholz…For Now »

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1. Patriots – Redskins Preview:

* Redskins playoff wins since Dan Snyder bought team in 1995 – TWO

* Redskins wide receivers guaranteed monies $46mm / Patriots $12mm

* Field goal kicker Dustin Hopkins has a long of 54 yards

* Interestingly there were four Native American’s on the Redskins first team in 1933

* Previous owner George Marshall refused to sign a black player until Bobby Kennedy forced him to draft Ernie Davis (Davis would later force a trade to Cleveland)

2. College Football:

* Game of the week: Utah vs. Washington Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bring on the Fighting Snyder’s »

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