Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater (Brian Spurlock, USA Today Sports)

With the NFL Draft a little over a month away, teams are now beginning to visit with players at team facilities. Last week, the New England Patriots used two of their thirty pre-draft visits on quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. For the Patriots, quarterback hasn’t been a position of need since Drew Bledsoe was selected first overall in 1993. However, with Tom Brady on the wrong side of 35, the future is going to have to be answered at some point. Ryan Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and these pre-draft visits aren’t a good omen for his future in New England.

Quarterback Prospects

So should we make of the Patriots hosting two of the top QB prospects for pre-draft visits? Continue reading Will the Patriots Draft a Quarterback? »

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1. In 2001, Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs in 476 at bats – one every 6.52 at bates

2. Sid Luckman in 1943 threw 28 touchdown passes on 110 passes

3. The 1983-1984 Edmonton Oilers scored 36 short handed goals – Gretzky had 12 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Stats, Slow Cars and Other Thoughts »

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Dennis Seidenberg injured (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff).

Seidenberg Eyeing Playoff Return

Great news out of Boston earlier this week as Claude Julien confirmed that Dennis Seidenberg skated on Tuesday for the first time since December 27. He suffered an ACL and MCL injury against Ottowa and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season.

It was a stunning blow to the Bruins “D” corps, who were tried and tested to fill the gap he left. The bottom line was this: they weren’t going to be able to get a defenseman at the trade deadline who can do what he does night in and night out for that cap hit. Instead, Julien stressed that the group as a whole would have to step up in his absence, and it’s worked out nicely. Johnny Boychuk has especially taken a bigger role with 44 gone and his great play hasn’t gone unnoticed by B’s fans. Continue reading Dennis Seidenberg Skates; Adam McQuaid Finished as a Bruin? »

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Red Sox vs Yankees Preview

April 10, 2014 at 12:49pm in Featured, Red Sox, Top Story
Jacoby Ellsubry

Red Sox vs Yankees Preview

The Boston Red Sox (4-5) and the New York Yankees (4-5), commonly referred to as the greatest rivalry in baseball, will meet tonight in New York for the first time in the 2014 season. The Red Sox are coming off a big comeback win against the Texas Rangers and the Yankees are looking to stop a 2 game skid. Last year held very different stories for these two historic franchises. The Red Sox, of course, went from the worst team in 2012 to World Series champions in 2013. The Yankees, on the other hand, are coming off a poor season missing the playoffs for only the second time in nineteen years. Continue reading Red Sox vs Yankees Preview »

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Patrice Bergeron (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

All season long, there has been a lot of dialogue and discourse about how the Western Conference is a lot stronger than the East. Analysts heralded that the teams in the West were better, the game was faster, and the stats guys backed it up.

As it stands now, seven of the top ten teams in the standings are from the West, and five of the bottom six teams are from the East. This makes the West, statistically speaking, much deeper and more competitive. Indeed, most NHL experts will tell you that they favor a team from the West to win it all, such as the Ducks or the Blues.

Fret not, Bruins fans. I’ve been digging up some research and reading reports, and I’m here to tell you right now that not only should you not fear the West, you shouldn’t fear any team in hockey. I”m going to take a systematic look at the six powerhouse teams in the West and tell you why the Black and Gold could and indeed should beat them.

Continue reading How the NHL’s Western Conference Will be Won »

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Derrick Gordon (Steve Helber/AP)

University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon has come out as gay, becoming the first player in Division I men’s basketball ever to do so. Gordon made the public announcement in a conversation with ESPN’s Kate Fagan, where he said that he told his teammates on April 2, a few days after coming out to his parents.

Gordon broke the news at a team meeting after speaking to head coach Derek Kellogg, and said the response from his fellow Minutemen was overwhelmingly positive. Gordon credited the precedents of Jason Collins and Michael Sam for helping him make the decision to go public.

Continue reading UMass Guard Derrick Gordon Is First Openly Gay Player in D-I »

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Calvin Pryor brings a physicality the Pats D sorely needs, thecardinalconnect.com

Trying to guess who the New England Patriots will take in the draft is about as easy as trying to guess the winning Power Ball numbers. Ok, ok, you’d have a better chance with Power Ball, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to try and get inside the mind of Bill Belichick.

While the Patriots have a handful of needs to fill with the draft one position that is flying under the radar is strong safety. This is why University of Louisville safety Calvin Pryor makes sense as the Patriots first pick (29th overall) in the 2014 NFL draft. Classic Belichick. When everyone says go right, he turns left. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Calvin Pryor, S, University of Louisville »

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