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The Boston Red Sox penned a three-year contract extension with left-handed pitcher Wade Miley to avoid arbitration. Miley was the only Red Sox player eligible for arbitration. The question is, was this three-year contract with an option for a fourth year to the tune of $19.25 million, $30.75 million if Wiley takes that fourth year, worth it?

Continue reading Red Sox Ink 3-Year Deal with Wade Miley »

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1. Some more Patriot stuff:

* On 98.5, they were calling Edelman Teen Wolf after he was surfing the duck boats

* People are outraged about Gronk drinking but not Seattle’s disgusting behavior

* Patriot QB’s postseason wins: Parilli – 1 / Eason – 3 / Bledsoe – 4 / Brady – 21

* Patriots all time record withOUT Tom Brady: 290-330 / With 160-47

* Patriots all time playoff record withOUT Tom Brady 7-9 / With 21-9

* All-time Patriots Receptions: Gronk 9th at 308 / Edelman 12th at 266

* All time Patriots receiving touchdowns: Stanley Morgan 67 / Gronk 54 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: We’re Still Champs! »

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Well the 2014 NFL season came to an exciting — and for some, controversial — end, with the New England Patriots winning their 4th Super Bowl since 2001 under the leadership of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. For all of the diehard and loyal Patriots fans, this was a great experience and being able to silence the people who criticized the Patriots this season just made things that much sweeter.

Deflate-gate was the topic of choice by many and seemed to draw a lot of attention from the league and other outside entities. I don’t condone cheating in any way, but the NFL could have used its resources more effectively in a different manner. Now that the season is officially over, it’s time for the NFL to crack down on off-field activities that poorly represent the NFL. It’s only been 4 days since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but already things are going wild and it’s time for the NFL to step in and put a stop to this. Continue reading It’s Time for the NFL to Crack Down After Flurry of Arrests »

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When Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the fourth time Sunday, they had accomplished a rare feat. It was Belichick’s sixth Super Bowl Championship (fourth as a head coach) and Brady’s fourth as a player. Belichick tied Chuck Knoll as head coaches to win four and Brady tied Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four rings as well. The most impressive part about the Brady-Belichick success is they have done it during an age in which the NFL is set up for teams to struggle at times. With a salary cap, free agency and draft slotting that gives the previous year’s worst teams the best picks, the NFL is meant for no team to have a sustained run of success. Parity is the word of the day when talking with most in NFL circles and what the Patriots have done is make that word of the day out of their vocabulary and return to the pinnacle of NFL success time and again. Continue reading Legacy for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Not So Fast »

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Under 30 seconds to play. Seattle inside the five yard line. Patriots up by four. Of every possible scenario to happen next, an interception by Malcolm Butler may have seemed like the unlikeliest of results. But Butler’s entire season has been unlikely and his brilliant play in the final minute of the Super Bowl sealed the win for the Patriots and cemented his place in New England football lore.

Entering training camp the Patriots secondary was a unit primed to have a great season. They had new additions Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to go along with Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Duron Harmon, and Patrick Chung. Enter in a little known undrafted free agent rookie from Division II West Alabama Malcolm Butler. Butler faced an uphill battle to earn a roster spot, but this wasn’t the first adversity he had faced. Continue reading Unlikely Hero Malcolm Butler’s Long Road Led to Super Bowl-Winning Play »

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Who is the best starting pitcher in the American League East?

On paper, it looks like the Red Sox pulled a bad five-card hand with the starting five they’ll be laying out this season. A rotation of Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Joe Kelly looks brutal, and if it weren’t for an incredible lineup with new additions like Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox would probably be projected last in the East in 2015.

However, the idea that offense is down and pitching strong in baseball as a whole may not be true at all in the American League East. The Red Sox aren’t the only team with a questionable starting rotation–they might actually have the best starting five in the division. Continue reading Red Sox have the best starting pitching in the East »


Malcolm Butler clinched the Patriots 4th Lombardi Trophy with this game winning interception. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Super Bowl XLIX lived up to the hype and then some. Sunday night saw the match-up of the two best teams in the NFL go down to the wire to decide the champion. Every snap counted and every second felt like an eternity, which is exactly how the Super Bowl is supposed to be. As expected, it was nothing like last season which saw the Seahawks embarrass Peyton Manning and best offense in NFL history by the score of 43-8. This game was different because the Patriots are simply better than the rest of the NFL. They have the best owner, the best coach, and now without a shadow of doubt they have the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, Tom Brady. Despite all that it still took an unknown rookie making an improbable play to win the game. That is exactly why they are the best team in the NFL.

- Malcolm Butler is now a New England legend. Even if he never made a good play the rest of his career, no one will ever forget his name. You can blame the play call all you went, and yes it was an awful call, but Malcolm still needed to make the play. He read the route perfectly and timed his break precisely leading to the game-saving interception. On the Seahawks previous drive he helped break up the Jermaine Kearse drop on third down which could have sealed the game for Seattle. Of course we can’t forget that on the play before he defended as good as he possibly could have and Kearse still made that ridiculous catch. It was fitting that Butler was the one to make the clutch play after yet another miraculous Super Bowl catch. Butler looked great in the preseason as a rookie and ended up working his way onto the active roster consistently by out-practicing Alfonzo Dennard. Once Dennard went on IR there was no more question that Butler was their number four corner. Thankfully their confidence in Butler paid the highest dividend imaginable, the Lombardi trophy. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots are Champions Again! »

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