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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Marcus Thornton (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

On Thursday the Celtics completed a three-team trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland that is expected to have much larger implications in free agency and the rest of the offseason. In the deal, Boston received shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets and center Tyler Zeller, along with a future first-round draft pick, from the Cavaliers, while giving up only a future conditional second-rounder to Cleveland.

Thornton, who like current Celtics power forward Brandon Bass was the SEC Player of the Year at LSU, was a second-round pick in 2009 and was named to the All-Rookie second team with New Orleans. The Nets acquired him from Sacramento at last season’s trade deadline, and he averaged 12.3 points in 26 regular-season games for Brooklyn, but his playing time dipped considerably in the playoffs. Continue reading Celtics Acquire Thornton, Zeller, Now Expected to Pursue Love »

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Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

In a NESN interview on Tuesday, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington admitted, “At some point, we may need to be realistic and focus on helping the 2015 team.” That time is now. It is time for all of us to be realistic. They aren’t closing the gap. The Sox have struggled all year, and the nail in the coffin of the 2014 season has been the abysmal home stand that will likely become worse tonight when they face White Sox ace, Chris Sale.

Continue reading Red Sox DFA A.J. Pierzynski: Sign of Things to Come »

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Brady unanimous top 5 choice for CBS writers, opposingviews.com

Naming 100 players in the NFL could be a daunting task for some, but most everyone would agree that ranking the 100 best players is a difficult task for anyone. Any list that tries to rank the best players in a sport will likely meet with contention and debate but at the same time people love lists. They are simple, easy to read, and most importantly they get the competitive and analytical juices flowing.

Two people could have very different takes on what it means to be a top player which is likely why when two CBSSports.com writers compiled recent lists, there were a disparate number of Patriots on each. Pete Prisco included four current Patriots while his colleague Pat Kirwan was able to squeeze in six from New England. Continue reading Several Different Patriots Crack Top 100 Lists »

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The Red Sox need to let Xander Bogaerts work through his slump in the major leagues. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In the first game of the doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, Xander Bogaerts booted a routine ground ball at third base that cost the Red Sox two runs, and he went 0-4 at the plate with three strikeouts. The game may have been the low point of the year for the 21-year-old shortstop turned third baseman, though the team bailed him out on this occasion with a walk-off victory.

Since June 2 when Stephen Drew became the full-time shortstop, Bogaerts’ batting average has dropped from .300 to below .250, which includes a slide that had him hitless over 27 at bats. His place in the batting order has dropped all the way to ninth, and an anonymous Yankees pitcher was even cited as saying that the projected superstar can’t handle the slider. Continue reading Time in Big Leagues will Heal Slumping Xander Bogaerts »

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