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Current Personnel: Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, Robert McClain, Chimdi Chekwa, Bradley Fletcher, Justin Green

Need Level: Moderate-High

Possible Fits: Jalen Collins (LSU), Doran Grant (OSU), Alex Carter (Stanford), Cam Thomas (Western Kentucky)

The Patriots have gone from one of the league’s best secondary’s to having the cornerback position. Their two key departures, Brandon Browner and all-world Darrelle Revis, have caused them to now potentially need to address the position in this year’s draft. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Cornerback »

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Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Red Sox, but the team has made him a very rich man.

The Red Sox, fresh off a big 8-0 win on Opening Day, have signed the 26-year-old free-agent-to-be Porcello to a four-year deal that covers the 2016-2019 seasons. Porcello will earn a $500,000 signing bonus, $20 million in 2016 and 2017 and $21 million in 2018 and 2019.

Porcello earns $12.5 million this season.

The casual fan will look at the contract and say, “Why didn’t we offer that to Jon Lester?” Decent question. Continue reading Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello to 4-Year, $82.5 Million Contract »

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Clay Buchholz is the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox, hopefully with a few more fist pumps than his counterpart Cole Hamels. (CBS Sports)

Summer is coming.

The 2015 Major League Baseball season kicked off Sunday night, and the Boston Red Sox will follow Monday afternoon with their season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. As exciting as the prospect of real, regular season baseball season is (this is me for the past week), the Red Sox starting pitching situation is exactly the opposite.

After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes to the midwestern Red Sox (aka Chicago Cubs), the Red Sox never did get a big ticket name to lead their pitching staff. Instead, in an announcement surprising no one, Clay Buchholz will be the Opening Day starter for the Red Sox. Opposite him for the Phillies? Cole Hamels, ironically.

Continue reading Red Sox Kick Off 2015 Season with Buchholz as “Ace” »

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1. Red Sox Preview:

* Predictions – 86 wins only because every team in their division went backwards

* All that money and no bullpen – I predict blown saves to go over at 12

* Pawtucket Outfield Payroll – $11.5mm / Astros $9.1mm / Tampa $8.6mm

* Over and Under 4 – Glares by Ortiz at official scorer

* This is a make or break year for Pedroia’s Hall of Fame run

* If Bogaerts doesn’t make a jump this year his greatness will blossom at another program next year

* Sandoval over-under sneak trips to Tasty Burger – 14 (he won’t hit over .278 / 18 HR / 83 RBI at $20mm a year)

* Red Sox goodwill – when Red Sox are out of town they should allow 5 high school and college games a day on their fields during this lousy spring

* Can’t wait to see Hanley in a big left field like New York

2. Bruins:

* Five times losing streaks of at least three games / Five times winning streaks of at least three games

* Chara +/- is at 0 first time it won’t be positive with the Bruins since 2006 when he was a MINUS 21 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Opening Day! »

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Rob Gronkowski in a movie

The summer of Gronk continues.

Rob Gronkowski will apparently play a police officer in the upcoming movie, “You Can’t Have It.”

The movie stars Joanna Krupa and Armand Assant, according to TMZ.

Yo soy fiesta!

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Stevan Ridley

Running back Stevan Ridley has likely played his final down for the Patriots.

According to the New York Daily News, Ridley is expected to sign with the Jets or Dolphins. Continue reading Stevan Ridley Likely to Sign with Jets or Dolphins, Report Says »

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Celtics a Playoff Threat?

April 3, 2015 at 6:10pm in Celtics, Featured, Opinion
Avery Bradley may have been making that face for hitting the shot to put the Celtics up three with seven seconds left, but he may as well have been wondering why one Celtic fan would stab another in a big win Wednesday night. (Boston Globe)

With seven games left on the Boston Celtics schedule, they sit with a 34-41 record, and are tied with the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, (the C’s are placed ninth due to tiebreakers). The Celts are also only a 0.5 game behind the seventh seeded Brooklyn Nets, and are three games behind the sixth seeded Milwaukee Bucks. When the dust settles, I believe the C’s are going to find themselves in the NBA Playoffs. The question is do they pose a threat to upset one of the upper echelon teams in the east?

I am not going to be a Celtics pessimist, but the answer to that question is no. Boston will most likely be the seventh or eighth seed if they are a part of the playoff picture, and that means they will be matched up against the Atlanta Hawks or Cleveland Cavaliers. As it stands now, most experts pick the Cavs to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals, despite Atlanta being 7.5 games ahead of Cleveland in the standings. I think whether the Celts are matched up against the Hawks or Cavs, the C’s will be eliminated in five or six games. I now do think it is more beneficial for Boston to make the playoffs rather than be back in the lottery. Continue reading Celtics a Playoff Threat? »

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