One week to go to Blanket Dinner – awesome panel
1. USA Hockey:
* How about the insane shot blocking by the Americans specifically McDonough and Kessler
* if the NHL learns one thing from Olympic hockey – no commercials adds to the flow to the game and maximizes the advantage of the sport that is “the fastest on feet” – increase time between periods
* I like Ryan Miller over Quick in the finals versus Canada – better chance to steal one
* Shoot out rules favored the Americans – Russia was loaded with shooters (they didn’t even use Ovechkin)
* The punk that was in the box for the Russians twice for power play goals looks like a cold war holdover with gold chain and demented teeth – Alexander Radulov
* The Russians were much better when they knew Siberia was their destination if they lost Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Oshie Should Go To Blanket Dinner Week from Monday »
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In the heels of winning the World Series, the Red Sox entered the 2014 season with six starting pitchers for five spots, a good problem to have. Well, now we can consider that problem solved.
Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will turn 37 in May, has told Ken Rosenthal that he will definitely not play baseball in 2014.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. Continue reading Ryan Dempster Retires? Pitcher Won’t Play for Red Sox in 2014 »
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Last week the Red Sox announced that Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Joe Castiglione would be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame this August. This star-studded class has a pitcher who had one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history when Pedro Martinez went 101-28 with a combined 2.54 ERA in his first six seasons in Boston. Along with him is teammate Nomar Garciaparra, who was one of the most beloved athletes on the exciting late-90s Red Sox teams. Joe Castiglione has been calling Red Sox games on the radio for over 30 years now and is a deserving inductee. Then, there is Roger Clemens. He used to be Boston’s favorite son but now is seen as a pariah to many. What exactly is Roger Clemens’ Boston legacy? Continue reading Boston Legacy for Roger Clemens »
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That sound you hear? That’s the sound of 29 teams other than the New York Yankees groaning after learning they’re going to have to come up with another parting gift to give to another Yankee legend and first-ballot Hall of Famer.
One year after greatest-closer-of-all-time Mariano Rivera completed his farewell tour of Major League Baseball, Yankee captain Derek Jeter announced (on Facebook?) that he’ll retire after the 2014 season. That means he’ll be saying his goodbyes to each MLB stadium he passes through the same as Rivera did last year, so bring on the framed photos and vials of dirt and odd memorabilia-based arts and craft projects and, of course, giant sand sculpture likenesses.
But though I may already be tired of the hoopla that will surround his comeback/exit interview at every stop this season, I must say (begrudgingly) I’m going to miss Derek Jeter. Because even though I pure, straight hate him, goddamnit do I respect him.
Continue reading Yankees Captain Derek Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season »
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With the NFL season ending in disappointment for everyone except the Seattle Seahawks, teams are looking to take advantage of the offseason and restructure their rosters to build a championship caliber team. With the offseason also comes free agency and teams are faced with the difficult challenge of deciding which players are worthy of re-signing and which players to just part ways with.
The New England Patriots have some tough decisions to make this offseason. One of them being whether or not to re-sign cornerback Aqib Talib to a contract he deserves or to add him to the long list of players let go by the team because the Patriots were too cheap to re-sign them (Wes Welker, Adam Vinateri, Richard Seymour, just to name a few). Continue reading Why the Patriots Need to Re-Sign CB Aqib Talib »
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* That’s not Poland Springs over there
* I know it’s the times, but the X game sports – I’m having a tough time buying into
* I would love a reporter to ask X gamer Sage Kotsenburg, who won the gold medal and then draped the flag over him, “do you know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance”
* The figure skating team set up is so contrived
* What happened to the good ole days of Franz Klammer Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Olympics Ho Hum, Bill Russell, Good Will Hunting »
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