Half of the 16 non-roster invitations to Boston Red Sox Spring Training were handed out to promising pitchers. The pitchers headed to JetBlue Field include Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, both left-handers, along with right-handed pitchers Dalier Hinojosa, Keith Couch, Felipe Paulino, Mitchell Boggs, Dana Eveland and Noe Ramirez.

Continue reading Eight Pitchers Offered Non-Roster Invites to Spring Training »

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Evan Turner's Buzzer Beater Lifted the Celtics to an 89-88 Win Over 1st Place Atlanta. (Photo courtesy David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Sean Grande, the Celtics radio play-by-play voice, said it best:

“Strange things happen the last game before the All Star break.”

And strange things did happen as the Celtics defeated the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks 89-88. Evan Turner was the hero for the Green with his near buzzer-beating right-handed floater.

These Celtics are proving more and more that they deserve a shot and that none of us should be rooting for another tanked season. Let’s get into the Eastern Conference playoffs. Continue reading Hey Celtics: Forget Tanking, Go for the 8-Seed »

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1. Boston success:

Since 2002, the Boston teams have been 20 Conference Finals (or an amazing 1.54 every year for 13 years): What other four-sports-team cities are close?

* Detroit……..14

* Philly……….10

* Chicago……..8

* New York…..8

2. Bruins stuff:

* David Krejci is on pace to average 63 games over the last three years Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: I Miss the Patriots »

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Throughout the next several weeks, I will be taking a look at each positional grouping for the Patriots. I will analyze current talent in place, what the need level for improvement is, and who could possibly be brought in as an addition.

Current Personnel:

DT: Alan Branch, Joe Vellano, Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley

DE: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Zach Moore, Jake Bequette (Practice Squad)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible fits: Eddie Goldman (Florida St.), Markus Golden (Missouri),  Michael Bennett (Ohio State), Gabe Wright (Auburn)

Vince Wilfork and company played well this year, but upgrades are needed. Continue reading Patriots Position Review: Defensive Line »

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1. More Patriots / Super Bowl stuff:

* Funny that Rutgers Football did a congratulations ad in the special Boston Globe issue Sunday

* Running game who needs a running game: Leader rusher on Super Bowl champion Patriots – Jonas Gray 412 yards / 22 of the top 33 rushers in the NFL did not participate in the playoffs

* Talk about inequitable – Gronk has to pay 86% of the fine punk Bruce Irvin got for the Super Bowl fight in which Gronk had to defend himself against two punks

* How long before the lawsuits starting pouring in on Gronk – puck hits someone in the eye, paternity, etc?

* In the sound bites from NFL Films Josh McDaniels sounds like a little kid with Brady telling him which end is up

2. Five Patriots have salary cap slots next year in excess of $5mm:

* Revis…………$25mm

* Brady………..$14mm Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sports Purgatory is Here »

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1. Some more Patriot stuff:

* On 98.5, they were calling Edelman Teen Wolf after he was surfing the duck boats

* People are outraged about Gronk drinking but not Seattle’s disgusting behavior

* Patriot QB’s postseason wins: Parilli – 1 / Eason – 3 / Bledsoe – 4 / Brady – 21

* Patriots all time record withOUT Tom Brady: 290-330 / With 160-47

* Patriots all time playoff record withOUT Tom Brady 7-9 / With 21-9

* All-time Patriots Receptions: Gronk 9th at 308 / Edelman 12th at 266

* All time Patriots receiving touchdowns: Stanley Morgan 67 / Gronk 54 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: We’re Still Champs! »

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When Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the fourth time Sunday, they had accomplished a rare feat. It was Belichick’s sixth Super Bowl Championship (fourth as a head coach) and Brady’s fourth as a player. Belichick tied Chuck Knoll as head coaches to win four and Brady tied Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four rings as well. The most impressive part about the Brady-Belichick success is they have done it during an age in which the NFL is set up for teams to struggle at times. With a salary cap, free agency and draft slotting that gives the previous year’s worst teams the best picks, the NFL is meant for no team to have a sustained run of success. Parity is the word of the day when talking with most in NFL circles and what the Patriots have done is make that word of the day out of their vocabulary and return to the pinnacle of NFL success time and again. Continue reading Legacy for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Not So Fast »

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