Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the start of training camp just one week away, it’s time to look at the state of the Patriot’s wide receivers heading into the 2014 season. The group was the subject of much criticism last season. While Julian Edelman emerged into a solid replacement for Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and rookie Aaron Dobson struggled to stay on the field for the Pats.

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The receiving core is relatively the same group that contributed to the league’s third ranked scoring offense a year ago. The one notable addition during the off-season was ex-Panther Brandon LaFell. The former Carolina receiver had a solid campaign in 2013, netting 627 yards on 49 receptions with 5 touchdowns. At 6’3″ LaFell offers tremendous versatility at the position, as he can play both in the slot and on the outside. Continue reading Patriots 2014 Wide Receivers Preview: Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, Dobson »

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Peter Chiarelli (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has caught a lot of flak from B’s fans this summer for what has amounted to an uneventful offseason since being soundly beaten by the Canadiens in the second round. Arguments have been tossed around that he his too loyal to his “core” guys and that a few bad contracts are hurting the B’s cap situation. While there may be some validity to these arguments, in truth Chiarelli has done a masterful job in piecing together an elite roster.

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Just because the Bruins got bounced in the second round by their kryptonite Montreal doesn’t mean that they have something fundamentally wrong with their line-up. This is a team that finished first in the regular season and made a solid playoff push despite starting four rookie defensemen. Continue reading Quiet Off-Season Best Option for Bruins »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Tiger Woods is second in odds in Vegas to win the British Open
* Brilliant no lose move by Lebron and he picks up $21mm a year
* Tour de France – 90% juice?

2. World Cup:

I was right (I never get to say it so….)

* You will be happy to hear that this is the last World Cup update
* Almost half the games in the elimination round had no goals in regulation
* Brazil most over-rated team since any Dean Smith team
* Still can’t believe how many players miss the net
* FIFA should rate the biggest divers the tourney and suspend them Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: All-Star Game Week… Time to go to Movies »

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Kelly Olynyk (Photo: NBA.com)

The Orlando Summer League came to an end on Friday, with the 76ers taking the top honors on Championship Day, while the Celtics lost to the Indiana Pacers and finished with a 3-2 record. For the second straight year, Kelly Olynyk was Boston’s best player, although most of the focus was naturally on the sixth pick in the Draft, guard Marcus Smart, who struggled early but eventually settled down and put up respectable numbers.

Olynyk, who played in four of the Celtics’ five games, ranked fifth in the League with 17.5 points per game and eighth with 7.3 rebounds. He also played 32.5 minutes on average, second only to Sergey Karasev, who was acquired by the Nets in Thursday’s three-team deal with Boston and Cleveland and played just one game. Not surprisingly, none of the eight top scorers was a 2014 Draft pick, as Olynyk and his fellow “veterans” showed off their experience in dominating their younger competition. Continue reading Olynyk Shines, Smart Shows Flashes at Orlando Summer League »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Weekend is here – old beer list Schlitz, Narraganset,
* There is not one Sox other than Pedroia I wouldn’t trade
* Rumors of Tiger’s PED use starting to be heard
* Imagine the level you must lower yourself to beg these NBA stars to come to your team?
* I can’t believe that the Pats have Revis

2. World Cup:

* You gotta give me some love for picking Germany-Argentina final before the tournament – with Germany winning
* Having seen so much diving since Wide World of Sports (refs are giving it less late in tourney)
* Is Michael Ballack and other hard to understand analysts going to be doing Sports Center after the tourney?
* Now what do you look forward to in Brazil? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Surf’s Up! »

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The recently discarded Pierzynski never fit in Boston. (Courtesy of Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

According to sources, A.J. Pierzynski was a disastrous fit in the Red Sox clubhouse. The 37-year-old stopgap catcher was signed by Boston to bridge the hole left by Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the future of the catching position in the Red Sox organization, which centers around Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart. While the entire Red Sox roster seems to be underperforming this year, Pierzynski was the one to be designated for assignment on Wednesday, and it seems that decision was based upon Pierzynski’s lack of offensive contributions and his resistance to become invested in the Sox pitching staff. Continue reading Pierzynski a Clubhouse Cancer »

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Shane Victorino is a valuable and expendable player for the Red Sox to trade before the deadline.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

What exactly was the 2013 season for the Boston Red Sox? A miraculous journey from Spring Training underdogs to bearded kings of October? A triumphant year of destiny inspired by the tragic events of the Boston Marathon? Hardly. The reality is that the 2013 World Series was purchased by the Red Sox, as free agents like Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, and even David Ortiz fueled their tremendous season.

Heading into last year, Boston was attempting to build a bridge to the future with these free agents. Players like Napoli and Victorino would only be sticking around for a few short seasons until the future of the organization established itself and prepared the Red Sox for long-term success–the true formula for the creation of a sports dynasty. Continue reading Red Sox Should Invest in Youth; Look Beyond 2014 »

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