1. Bruins:

* By Marchand scoring a meaningless goal with one minute left Saturday night the Bruins picked up a point and the LA Kings jumped in front of the Bruins in the draft

* Chiarelli should have never taken questions on the season with a game left and playoffs still possible last week

* Bruins go home for the summer on April 11th – in 2013 they went home on June 24th

* Salaries next year – Bergeron 8mm, Chara 7mm, Erickson 4.5mm, Krejci 7.25, Lucic 6.5mm, Marchand 4.5mm, Rask 7.5mm, Seidenberg 4.5, Talbot $1mm, Smith $3.4

* Free Agents – Bartkowski, Campbell, Connolly, Hamilton, Krug, McQuaid, Paille, Soderberg,

* Rask finished last season 10-8 / He finished this season 3-8

2. Red Sox:

* Games Times this series – 6:49 / 3:13 / Who knows how long it went on Sunday

* Sandoval has crazy hand-eye coordination Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins Sink, Celtics Surge, Red Sox Drag »

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Joe Kelly impressed in his season debut as he held the Yankees to just one run on one hit in seven innings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

After the most brutal winter in the history of Boston, the start of a new season of Red Sox baseball is just what we needed. The temperature is finally rising and there is legitimate buzz surrounding this team. Thanks to the additions of high-profile free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the young players like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have a great supporting cast while they develop. The biggest problem with the lineup last year was lack of veteran depth, forcing the younger players to carry the load way too early. This year their biggest strength on offense is their depth. It’s a good sign when you’re able to send one of your highest paid players in Rusney Castillo to triple A to start the year, and you’re still 4-1.

– With all the additions on offense there was a huge loss this off-season when the Red Sox weren’t able to bring Jon Lester back to Boston. Instead they traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and signed Justin Masterson. Without being able to lock down a sure ace pitcher, they filled the rotation with a bunch of guys who all have the ability to post double-digit wins. Another benefit of this pitching staff is age. Buchholz and Masterson are the oldest at 30, and they locked Porcello, 26, up for four more years at about $82 million. All five of these pitchers have shown the ability to be great in their careers, but as cliche as it sounds it all depends on their health. The offense is good enough to bail the pitching out of some games, but at the end of the day pitching wins championships. I do expect some young arms down in the farm such as Matt Barnes and Henry Owens to make an appearance at some point in the year to add to the team whether it be in the bullpen or the rotation. Continue reading Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz Shine Early »

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The Celtics have the best playoff odds of the four teams they're battling, but who will they face in round 1?

After their win against the Pistons, the Celtics keep inching towards a playoff spot. The Green currently sit in seventh place in the East with four games to go, by virtue of holding the tiebreaker over Brooklyn. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is four (any combination of Boston wins and Indiana/Miami losses). There is still a small chance that the Celtics could get up as high as the six seed, but will most likely finish as either seventh or eighth in the Eastern Conference. Therefore that leaves three teams as possible first round playoff opponents: Atlanta, Cleveland or Toronto.

Possible Match-Up: #1 Atlanta Hawks vs #8 Boston Celtics

Role reversal from the 2008 playoffs! Back then the Celtics had the number one seed and the Hawks had just clawed and scratched their way into the playoffs with a 37-45 record (a possible record for this year’s Celtics), and guess what? The Hawks were able to push the eventual champion Celtics all the way to seven games in an exciting first round. Now, I’m not saying that just because the tables are turned that Boston could do that this year. That series in 2008 was a bit of an odd one with the Celtics unable to perform on the road in the playoffs. Every game in Boston was completely one sided where the games in Atlanta were close match-ups that the soon-to-be champs just couldn’t close out. The Celtics are 1-2 against the Hawks this year, but if they met in the playoffs it would be a completely different Celtics team. Continue reading Who Would You Rather See the Celtics Play in the Playoffs? »

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1. Bruins:

* They skated hard last night but couldn’t beat the eliminated Panthers – that tells me there isn’t enough talent on the team
* Brett Connolly three minor penalties – one allowed a huge power play goal (that’s what he gets for spelling his last name wrong)
* Tuukka Rask you are no Tim Thomas (Panthers scored 3 goals on 9 third period shots)
* The line Wednesday night with Smith, Soderberg and Kelly have scored 5 goals in the last thirty plus games combined
* I wonder how much Seidenberg rushing to get back for last year’s playoffs put him behind this year

2. Red Sox:

* First three games – game times 3:01 / 2:54 / 3:08
* Hannigan might be the polar opposite to Vazquez in excitment

3. Celtics:

* Team is 5-1 when Isaiah Thomas attempts at least 15 shots Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins at the Brink »

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LeGarrette Blount, LaRon Landry

The NFL announced on Tuesday that Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will be suspended for week one of the 2015 season. He will still be eligible to participate in the team’s offseason program as well as training camp.

The arrest stems from an August 2014 incident when Blount was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount and fellow Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession after being pulled over. Blount was the passenger of the car while Bell was the driver. This could put Bell in line to have a larger penalty levied against him, which could come down within the next two weeks. Continue reading LeGarrette Blount Suspended for Week 1 »

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Malcolm-Butler

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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