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Angels vs Nationals: Week 22's prediction for the World Series

The end of the season is inching ever closer. The top of the NL is getting a lot more crowded. The AL is still competitive as well. The Wildcard races are very much up for grabs. Many divisional races are still alive. A lot is still left to play for in the last few weeks of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, September 8, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 22 »

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With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Round of 16 is over. Spain and the United States each moved on, while Greece couldn’t stay undefeated. Three other games were decided by no more than five points. It was a tough round for the countries involved, but since all our experts picked the same winners, it didn’t matter for us.

Still, there’s plenty of time left for someone to make a move in the standings. Updated results are below, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for the quarterfinal picks. Continue reading 2014 FIBA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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1. Patriots Review:

MISC

* Patriots are now 1-2 after trading a team leader the weeks before the opener

* No Hoodie

* Brady could have got 15 yards for leading with the helmet on Gronk after Gronk’s TD

* Blocked punts and stuff like that usually don’t happen to the Patriots

* Might need to make Dante Scarnecchia a Godfather offer to comeback

OFFENSE

* I think Josh McDaniels is the most overrated play caller in the game (any level). ALSO, I will break my TV this year watching him and Brady sitting together on the bench like no one else will sit with them at lunch looking at pictures on the sideline and not figuring it out! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Passive Patriots get Bitc* Slapped in South Beach »

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pats dolphins week 1

The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 33-20 on Sunday in the first game for both teams. It marked the first game for Darrelle Revis in a Patriots uniform and the team chose to use him mostly in zone and off man coverage.

Early in the game, Revis lined up on the left side of the defense and stayed there. The Patriots played a lot of zone early, with Revis covering anyone who lined up against him instead of following one receiver consistently. On the final play of the first quarter, Revis was in coverage on a first down reception by Mike Wallace. As the game progressed, Revis played more physical against the Miami receivers. Continue reading How The Patriots Used Darrelle Revis in Week 1 »

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan (24) defends New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) during the first half of an NFL football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Patriots turned around a rough start to take a two-possession lead at the half, but couldn’t do a thing from there as they lost their first game of the season, 33-20, in Miami. The Patriots started on a bad note, going three and out on the opening drive. On top of that, Ryan Allen’s punt was blocked, setting Miami up at New England’s 15-yard line. Four plays later, the Dolphins took the lead 7-0.

However, taking 6:36 off the clock, New England then methodically marched down the field, tying the game after Shane Vereen punched through into the end zone. To further build up the momentum, New England forced a fumble on the Dolphins’ ensuing drive, recovering it at Miami’s 35. A field goal gave New England their first lead of the game.
Continue reading Rough Second Half Costs Patriots in 33-20 Loss in Miami »

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James Conner (Gregory J. Fisher/USA Today Sports)

Pittsburgh, 30; Boston College, 20

Boston College fell to 1-1 on the season after dropping its home opener to Pittsburgh (2-0) on Friday night. The game was also the Eagles’ first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of the season, and Pitt outplayed BC more thoroughly than the final 10-point deficit indicated. The Panthers outgained the Eagles 414-276 in total yards, including 303-142 on the ground, in a reverse of the way BC dominated UMass in week 1.

Pittsburgh got on the board on its opening drive, courtesy of a 49-yard field goal by kicker Chris Blewitt. But the Eagles came right back, taking the lead after a quick drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown by running back Tyler Rouse. Late in the first quarter, BC linebacker Steven Daniels picked off quarterback Chad Voytik and returned the ball 23 yards to Pitt’s 29, but the offense was unable to gain any more ground and kicker/punter Alex Howell missed the ensuing 46-yard FG attempt, leaving the Eagles’ lead at 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 2 Roundup: BC, UMass Come up Short at Home »

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jemile weeks

On September 1st, the Red Sox traded Kelly Johnson and minor-leaguer Michael Almanzar for former Baltimore Oriole, Jemile Weeks.

Jemile appeared in all three games against the New York Yankees this week, making minimal impact for his new team. It is unclear why the decision was made to bring Weeks aboard. We have many players of very similar pedigree in our farm system, so why do we need Weeks? Was this a case of needing to get rid of Johnson, who only spent a month with the hometown team? Or did they believe that Weeks could make an impact next season if the hitting and fielding specialists worked with him? He did spend the 2012 season with the Oakland Athletics playing in 118 games with a slash of .221/.305/.304. Since then he spent no more than 20 games with the major league team he has been on. Isn’t the writing on the wall?

Continue reading Why Did the Red Sox Acquire Jemile Weeks? »

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