For Sunday's preseason game between the Celtics and Nets, the game clock will read 11:00 at the start of each quarter for an experimental 44 minute game. (Queen City Hoops)

There’s a Neil Young song called “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” and another titled “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”

This is what this experimental 44 minute preseason game between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets feels like: an NBA decree completely out of the blue as the Celtics venture into both the Jay-Z inspired black of the Barclays Center and the complete unknown that is the 11 minute quarter.

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Brian Tyms in his first game of the season makes a Randy Moss-esque touchdown grab in triple coverage. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Every year the “experts” talk about how the Bills are right putting it together and are going to challenge the Patriots for the division. They create a little buzz with a few early wins and Chris Berman constantly reminds us that “nobody circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills. No matter all the hype they’re still the Buffalo Bills, and Kyle Orton is their starting quarterback.

- I have a feeling there won’t be many people calling for a trade of Tom Brady this week. Two consecutive weeks, Brady has looked like himself and strong offensive line play is the reason. Last week more so than this week, but due to injuries to Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly they had to make some moves on the line. It was not a bad showing at all as Brady was sacked only twice. He’s had more time to  stay in the pocket and it has led to his two best games of the season, Sunday being his best. He finished going 27-37 for 361 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive stat of the game was that he completed a pass to 10 different receivers.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 6: Patriots Claim First Place, Beat Bills 37-22 »

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While the majority of us New Englanders have primarily devoted our attention to the roller coaster ride that are the Patriots’ and Bruins’ seasons, some of us, including myself, have been watching Brad Stevens’s young Celtics team enjoy a somewhat enjoyable preseason. While these games essentially have no consequence, they do offer us a peek into the Celtics’ future and their young players. Perhaps the most intriguing member of the young core is the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, Marcus Smart.

When the Celtics drafted the point guard out of Oklahoma State with their highest draft pick since 2007, it seemed to be a clear sign that a Rajon Rondo trade was inevitable before the season began. Now in mid-October, as we edge closer to the start of the season, it appears to be less and less likely that Rondo will be traded before opening night on October 29th. Smart, then, will spend much of his rookie year coming off the bench. Continue reading What Can We Expect from Marcus Smart This Season? »

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The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills Sunday to improve to 4-2 and take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. The second half was one of the strongest halves the team has played this season on both offense and defense. Tom Brady was dominant and so was Darrelle Revis, although his performance was overshadowed by Brady and injuries to Jerod Mayo, Dan Connolly, and Stevan Ridley.

Revis covered Sammy Watkins for the entirety on the game and held Watkins to just two catches for 27 yards. He has played man on man for three full games this season, against the Vikings, Bengals, and now Bills. Against the Vikings, Revis held Greg Jennings to one catch of four yards and also had an interception. While matched up against Bengals star A.J. Green, Revis allowed only 64 yards on three catches to go along with his strong performance against Watkins today. Continue reading Revis Island Overshadowed by Injuries to Mayo, Connolly, Ridley »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* A badly officiated game both ways
* What a great gig Mike Perriera has stating the obvious
* Patriots better be careful not to abuse Gronk and Edleman
* Why didn’t the Bills target Chandler 15 times
* Announcers were getting a little Bills crazy
* Was the turf slippery?
* How long are they going with Aiken as the long snapper?
* Pats now on pace for 11-5 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Slide up to Top Six Team »

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Tyler Murphy (Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; North Carolina State, 14

Boston College got its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2014 season over N.C. State (4-3) at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game looked set to become a shootout early on, but the Eagles settled down to overcome the Wolfpack and a nearly hour-long weather delay on the way to victory.

Running back Jon Hilliman got things started with a 10-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive, which N.C. State answered with a 13-play, 65-yard drive and a two-yard TD by RB Tony Creecy. On the next possession, quarterback Tyler Murphy broke out for a 47-yard TD run, but again the Wolfpack responded, with QB Jacoby Brissett finding tight end David Grinnage for a 16-yard score, tying the game at 14 after one. Continue reading College Football Week 7 Roundup: BC, UMass Notch Big Road Wins »

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1. Patriots Preview – @ Buffalo Bills:

* Brandon Spikes is working up to a foam

* Freddy Jackson has over 250 yards after the catch (I love his game)

* It’s amazing how much better the Bills skilled weapons are – Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson, CJ Spiller, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler (its not even close)

* Bills already have 17 sacks – Marcell Dareus has 5

* Kicker Dan Carpenter is 4-5 from 40 yards out (including 58 yarder last week to win it)

* Team only has one rushing TD

* Patriots are 65-41-1 against Bills

* At least three time All Pros in Bills history: 8 x Bruce Smith / 5 x Billy Shaw / OJ 5 / 3 x Mike Stratton / George Saimes / Joe Delamielleure / Butch Byrd / Tom Sestak Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Columbus Day Weekend – Enjoy »

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