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Celtics, Rondo impress in Season Opener

By on October 30, 2014 at 7:37pm
Rajon Rondo (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports) Rondo returned early from a broken hand and carried the Celtics to victory (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Despite low expectations the Celtics came out ready to play in their season opener against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. With a rehabbed Rajon Rondo and some added scoring punch off the bench the Celtics were able to light up the visiting Nets.

Despite breaking his hand prior to the start of the pre-season, Rondo was able to recover enough to participate in game 1. He told reporters on Monday that he was at about 79 percent, and on Tuesday upgraded himself to 83 percent and added that he would decide if he was healthy enough to play after his typical game day nap. As it turns out, Rondo slept like a baby, because he was on the court to play less than five weeks from having his hand surgically fixed. Continue reading Celtics, Rondo impress in Season Opener »

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Redraft King: Week 9 2014 Advice

October 29, 2014 at 5:00pm in Fantasy, Opinion, Top Story
(photo courtesy of FanDuel.com)

I’ll make this quick. It was one of those weeks for me last week. So I’m a bit frosty toward fantasy football right now. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. Sometimes, for example, you lose in all five of your fantasy football leagues. To top it off, my week 8 picks were very hit or miss.

Week 8 Recap:

In today’s NFL when a quarterback only throws 17 passes it means they must have left the in the first quarter with an injury. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 9 2014 Advice »

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Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

When the Broncos play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, they will bring with them one of the NFL’s best offenses. They set records last year and have picked up right where they left off ranking first in points per game, tied for first in touchdowns scored, third in passing yards, and sixth in total yards. It is a well-oiled machine with Peyton Manning deciding which part of the defense to dissect on any given play. Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas are dominant game changers to go along with Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders in the passing game. Emerging star Ronnie Hillman will anchor a running game that is effective when called upon.

Defending such a group is no easy task, but that is exactly what the Patriots will have to do Sunday if they want to end the day with a win. Continue reading Slowing Down League’s Best Offense No Easy Task For Patriots »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

If you’re a die-hard New England Patriots fan, then you already know how Tom Brady feels about the lack of tall wide receivers that are presently on the team. Over the past 5 years, we have seen strong talent like Randy Moss come and go from the team but no one has been able to repeat the dominant numbers that he recorded while with the team. With that being said, here’s a list of potential targets for #12.

1. Vincent Jackson- At 31 years old, Jackson would provide a dominant veteran presence to the receiving corps that appears to be lacking. He has however had a fairly disappointing season so far with only 344 yards receiving and 2 Touchdowns. At 6’5 and 230 lbs Jackson would give the Patriots that much needed boost that they need on offense, if he can repeat the numbers he achieved last season(1,224 yards and 7 Touchdowns in 16 games). Continue reading Patriots Trade Rumors: WRs Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson »

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Rob Gronkowski looked like his old self as he dragged defenders with him on this 46-yard touchdown on Sunday vs. the Bears. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Games like Sunday against the Bears highlight just how different the Patriots are than the rest of the NFL. Four weeks ago the Patriots suffered an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. The media basically wrote off Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as washed up and said it was time to move on. Fast forward four weeks the Patriots haven’t lost a game since then and have posted scores of 43, 37, 27, and 51 while Tom Brady has thrown 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile the Bears suffered their third loss at home last week, and there were reports of locker room dysfunction. Instead of coming out and shutting the critics up, the Bears collapsed against the measuring stick of the NFL.

- In case you were wondering, Tom Brady is far from washed up. Yesterday he completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He very well could have gone 34-for-35 since three of those were drops by Julian Edelman (2) and Shane Vereen (1) on very catchable passes. The other was a throw away. It’s funny there don’t seem to be too many people claiming he’s washed up and calling for Jimmy Garoppolo to claim the throne. Maybe, just maybe the media is finally realizing that this is how Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots operate. They treat September and October as extended pre-season to gear up for November through January. It’s crazy they continually get criticized even though they’re one of the very few teams you can pencil into a playoff spot every single season.

Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 8: Brady, Gronk Dominate Bears in 51-23 Patriots Win »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* You know it’s an announcer that doesn’t have the Patriots much when he says “Brady has so many weapons.”

* Lot of empty seats at kickoff and many of them got a quick jump on halftime actually missed two touchdowns

* Like Chara too much of Gronk in October doesn’t bode well for playoff time

* Surprised no one from Cambridge is petitioning the State House for stricter gun laws with all the musket fire in Foxboro

OFFENSE

* Pats scored on their first drive again Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady Throws A Bunch »

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Oscar Taveras

Cardinals top prospect and outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend was in the car with him and also died in the accident.

The accident occurred in Puerto Plata in the D.R.

Taveras was seen as a rising star in the major leagues. Continue reading Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash »

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