Tuukka Rask

Tuuka Rask can literally stop shots fired out of a cannon. When Zdeno Chara, owner of the NHL’s hardest slap shot, is on your team this is exactly the type of hyperbole that one could expect to hear about Rask. But after a charity game in Finland some Boston fan may actually claim this to be true.

The video which can be seen below shows Rask stopping a shot from a military style cannon fired from the blue line. Chara’s hardest shot may clock in at a little over 108 mph but it must be just slightly more intimidating to stare down the barrel of a cannon before it’s about to fire. Continue reading Video: Tuukka Rask is More Invincible Than You Thought »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Amazing weather weekend (starting to get dark earlier / leaves falling in some places)

* Cool ending to PGA in the dark

* Patriots first game getting closer

* Bruins and Celtics have had a bad offseason so far

2. Red Sox:

* You see Pedroia steal second and third Saturday night on the same play with the shift on Ortiz

* Jackie Bradley average by month: April .247 May .174 June .208 July .278 Aug .000

* 4-5 since trades Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Rory, Tony Stewart and Vin Scully »

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Patriot quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady, and Ryan Mallett. (Sam Milne, USA Today Sports)

Following a massive changeover in pass-catching personnel, Tom Brady put up relatively pedestrian numbers in 2013. Still, the Patriots posted the league’s third highest scoring offense in 2013.

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During the six and a half games that Rob Gronkowski was in the lineup, the Patriots offense looked much like the dynamic unit we’ve become accustomed to since 2007. However, without Gronkowski as a security blanket, Brady struggled at times in the red-zone. The 2013 offense saw nearly a 10 point reduction in red-zone touchdown percentage from 2012, going from 67.5% to 58.11%. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Quarterbacks Preview: Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Red Sox playing for draft pick position

* Exhibition football is like New Years Eve – all hype

* Enjoy your summer weekends

2. Patriots – Not that it matters but (I didn’t watch a snap):

* Washington 71 plays to 50 for Pats

* 19 Penalties in the game – that must have been fun with all those flats

* Two more opposing QB’s with QB ratings over 100 against the Patriots

* Brian Tyms 119 yards – pretty good Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Preseason Football All Hype, Red Sox Tanking »

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Quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight's pre-season opener in Washington. (Reuters)

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported this morning that Patriot’s quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight’s pre-season opener against the Washington Redskins. Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and tonight could serve as an audition of sorts.

With Jimmy Garoppolo in the mix, it doesn’t look likely that Mallett will return to New England next season. He could be a target of a team looking to trade for a starting quarterback as a result of a pre-season injury. Continue reading Ryan Mallett to Start Patriots Pre-Season Opener »

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Patriot's Pro Bowlers Stephen Gostkowski and Matthew Slater (Getty Images)

The Patriots will return their core group of specialists in 2014. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a career year in 2013, posting career high’s in points, field goals made, field goal percentage, and he was a very impressive 5 for 6 from 50+ yards. Gostkowski has clearly emerged into one of the league’s best kickers, and has shown an ability to come through in the clutch as well.

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The Patriots replaced punter Zoltan Mestko with rookie Ryan Allen in 2013. Allen was near the league-average in most punting metrics during his first season. He did allow a league-high 12 touchbacks, and that’s an area he must improve upon in 2014.

Matthew Slater will return to captain the special teams units after a third consecutive pro-bowl season in 2013. After re-watching some games from last season, it’s remarkable at how often Slater finds himself around the ball-carrier on kickoffs and punts. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Special Teams Preview: Gostkowski, Allen, Slater, Edelman, White »

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Henry Owens (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox)

The Red Sox traded away four starting pitchers at the trade deadline last week in hopes that their young prospects could begin to develop at the Major League level, and Henry Owens did his part to reinforce their decision in his Triple-A debut.

The lefty from Huntington Beach, CA took the mound for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night and dazzled from start to finish. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 9 and allowing only 2 hits. He showed tremendous poise on the mound, throwing 70 pitches for strikes out of his 100 total. Continue reading Red Sox Prospect Henry Owens Dominant in First Triple-A Start »

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