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After Rajon Rondo went 0-for-2 from the free throw line at one point eary in the game, I though to myself, “the games this year have been so close, poor free throw shooting will likely decide this one.” Sure enough, down four with 2.6 seconds on the clock, Rondo was shooting three free throws after Alex Len fouled him. If Rondo could just make two and miss the third, the Celtics could potentially tie the game seeing as they had one timeout left with enough time to execute a catch-and-shoot. Rondo, who went 2-for-10 from the stripe last night, missed all three, bringing the Celtics down to a 3-6 record.

With two fast-paced offensive teams squaring up, it was no surprise to see the both teams’ final scores exceed 100 points. The common problem these two teams share are their weak defenses. With the Suns missing their defensive anchor in P. J. Tucker and the Celtics simply missing a defensive anchor, both teams scored at will. Thus, it was the turnovers and free throws that decided the game. In this case, the Suns were victorious in a game where they beat the Celtics just as much as the Celtics beat themselves. Continue reading Free Throw Shooting the Difference as Suns Edge Celtics in Nail-Biter »

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Many Red Sox fans have been dreaming of free agent third basemen, Pablo Sandoval since August. Those dreams only intensified after he put together an extraordinary post-season. There have also been rumors circulating that the Red Sox are “all in” on the powerful switch hitter.  And various reports have indicated that Sandoval is in Boston to meet with Red Sox management.

After a terrible season and a flurry of trade-deadline roster moves Sox fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement of splashy free agent singings. Plus, with news of Giancarlo Stanton signing one of the most lucrative deals in the history of sports, the Braves and Cardinals swapping stars, and the rival Blue Jays locking up catcher, Russell Martin—Sox fans are now desperately awaiting any sort of positive news from the free agent front.

But can Sandoval help the Sox contend in 2015? Continue reading Why the Red Sox DON’T Want Pablo Sandoval »

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Jonas Gray introduced himself to the world last night racking up 199 yards and 4 touchdowns. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Until Sunday night, the Patriots had never won in Lucas Oil stadium. It stood as the place where Ahmad Bradshaw reluctantly scored a Super Bowl winning touchdown, and of course the infamous “4th and 2″ play. Last night the Patriots once again asserted their dominance in the AFC.

In the process they took another one of the media darlings, Andrew Luck, and brought him back down to Earth. Luck, like Peyton Manning two weeks earlier, had a good game statistically. However, like Manning, he was unable to find the endzone when he needed to thanks to the best defense they’ve had in a decade. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 11: Patriots Extend Lead in the AFC by Beating Colts 42-20 in Primetime »

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1. Patriots on Fire

MISC

* Bill went with the gray hoodie

* Gronk did the block from Blindside on the Gray TD driving the guy for twenty yards – Gronk looked ornery all night

* Is it possible the Patriots are better without Mayo and Ridley?

OFFENSE

* The last two games against the Colts, LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray ran for a combined 365 yards and 8 TD’s
Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: No Piped in Crowd Noise This Time »

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Tom Brady's interception towards the end of the first half was especially brutal given the importance of tonight's game. (MassLive.com)

I write this trying to remind myself that the New England Patriots were still winning by four points at halftime and set to receive the ball to start the second half.

But Tom Brady has two interceptions, just one less than he had for the season coming into Week 11, and the second one was especially back-breaking heading into halftime.

Continue reading Why Tom Brady’s INT at the End of 1st Half was Especially Egregious »

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The Denver Broncos fell flat against the St. Louis Rams, losing 22-7 to open the door for the New England Patriots going into their Sunday night matchup. (Denver Post)

The NFL is a league of parity. Just look at the New York Jets beating the Pittsburgh Steelers after Ben Roethlisberger had thrown for six touchdowns in consecutive weeks, or the Seattle Seahawks falling to 6-4 after being crowned one of the likeliest repeat champions in several years.

Still, despite the knowledge that anything can happen in a given week in the NFL, the outcome of this week’s game between the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams was decided before the opening coin toss.

Or so we thought, until the Broncos scored just a single touchdown in losing to the Rams, 22-7.

Continue reading Did the Denver Broncos Really Lose to the St. Louis Rams? »

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Ball State, 10; Massachusetts, 24

UMass put together a well-rounded effort in a home win over Ball State that shouldn’t have been as close as it was. The Minutemen were solid on both sides of the ball but couldn’t put the game away until the final quarter.

They didn’t have any trouble moving the ball on the game’s opening drive, which ended with a three-yard touchdown by running back Shadrach Abrokwah. The Cardinals brought it right back and quarterback Jack Milas hit wide receiver Jordan Williams for a 33-yard TD to tie it. Later in the first quarter, the Minutemen again made it into the red zone, but QB Blake Frohnapfel had his pass intercepted by safety Dedrick Cromartie, preserving the 7-7 score. Continue reading College Football Week 12 Roundup: UMass Survives Frohnapfel Injury »

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