Boston sports frustration

Dear Beloved Boston Sports Fans,

In case you haven’t noticed, the Boston sports teams are all in a state of disarray. The Red Sox are quickly becoming the laughing stock of Major League Baseball with one of the highest payrolls in the league and a collection of underperforming players.

The only bright spot on the team thus far has to be the emergence of left handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Since being called up on May 29th against the Texas Rangers, Rodriguez has posted impressive numbers by going 2-0 with a microscopic 0.44 era and 21 strikeouts.

In probably the most disappointing team of the year, the Boston Bruins have to make some much needed changes this offseason. It started with Peter Chiarelli departing for Edmonton and hiring Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney to General Manager. The team also decided to part ways with Carl Soderberg. Recent trade speculation has been swirling around that defenseman Dougie Hamilton is seeking a deal worth up to $8 million per season, which may be too rich for the Bruins’ taste and a possible trading partner could be no other than Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, as stated by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Even though the Celtics made the playoffs this year, they may have been better off going into the lottery as they are trying to reposition themselves in the draft to get a higher selection. They have four draft choices this year. They are unlikely to keep all of those picks, as they will be looking for trading partners or use a few on European players and stash them overseas for a few years. Even though a man appearing to be LaMarcus Aldridge was spotted at Logan Airport last week, it is likely that he will sign with a team from Texas, according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher. It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve this summer, but if they keep to this model, it will be a few years until they can seriously go themselves serious contenders and out of the purgatory which is being mediocre in the NBA.

The Patriots have made a lot more noise off the field than they would have preferred. Star quarterback Tom Brady could potentially miss up to four games and they have released their first three starting cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Kyle Arrington respectively. Longtime staple in the defensive line, Vince Wilfork, has moved on to play for the Texans. The Patriots will also have to forfeit a 2016 first round pick and 2017 fourth round pick. The Patriots have to turn to second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to fill the void of Brady’s absence.

In order of fan base confidence, it has to be the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and last and certainly least, the Red Sox. One might feel as though the Bruins and Celtics can be interchangeable based on the number of draft assets that Danny Ainge has to work with and the high volume of question marks surrounding this Bruins team. The two that are not debatable, however, are the Patriots and Red Sox. The Patriots are coming off of a Super Bowl win. Albeit difficult to repeat in the NFL, it anyone can do it, it is Bill Belichick and the Patriots, especially in a weak AFC Conference. As John Breech of CBSSports.com noted, the Patriots have the 11th easiest schedule in the league.

It is tough to look someone in the eye these days and say that you have confidence in these Red Sox. They blew a 7-run lead to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, which is nothing short of an embarrassment. Take into account the clubhouse, especially Wade Miley’s meltdown with John Farrell in Baltimore Thursday night. As a fan, you always want your team to succeed. However, this team doesn’t deserve to win the way they have been playing.

It is an interesting time to be a fan in Boston with a lot more question marks than answers. Hopefully they will be in our favor sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,
John O’Callaghan, an objective Boston Sports Fan

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Ted Wells Meme

Everyone, including its supporters, could find ways to poke holes into the Wells Report. Among its findings was some flawed science which found conclusions the NFL was looking for.

Enter the American Enterprise Institute, was a thorn in the NFL’s side during the Bountygate scandal. At that time, the AEI found that the Saints, whether they had a bounty system or not, were among the teams that inflicted the least amount of opponent injuries over a period of time. Months later, the players’ suspensions were vacated.

The AEI has now weighed in on the Wells Report, and if you’re a Patriots fan, you’ll be happy: Continue reading Group Uses Actual Science to Rip Apart Wells Report »

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farrelljohn105finn

1. Red Sox:

* Don’t forget – not only did you give up $200,000,000 for Hanley and Panda but also you lost your second round pick which was #49 Antonio Santillan – right handed pitcher 6’3″ 240 lbs* Since winning the first three series of the season – the Sox are 3-8 in series

* I don’t think John Farrell ever gets another managing job after this

* Records in 2012 / 2014 / 2015: 167-217 —- 57.5 games out of first

* When Victorino reports to Pawtucket along with Craig, Masterson, Bradley and others the AAA team payroll with be over $40mm. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Swept, Soccer Rolls, Meatballs Stink! »

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Miley argues with Farrell in dugout

The Sox fell to the Orioles 6-5 at Camden Yards in the final game of the series in Baltimore. Starter Wade Miley managed just 4.0 innings, giving up nine hits, five runs, all earned, including three solo bombs to Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Nolan Reimold.

It was another ugly performance for Boston, losing their third straight game after a home stand that showed a glimmer of hope.

Pablo Sandavol continued his best Chuck Knoblauch impression by sailing yet another throw from the hot corner into the stands for his eighth error of the season. Continue reading O’s Sweep Red Sox; Wade Miley Argues With John Farrell »

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Matt Flynn

Signed in the past to be a starter for the Seahawks and Raiders — he failed in both places — quarterback Matt Flynn has accomplished the most filling in for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Now, he’s in New England, presumably to back up Jimmy Garappolo while Tom Brady misses at most four games (but maybe zero). Continue reading Patriots Sign Matt Flynn, Prepare For Life Without Tom Brady »

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Promising 19 year old with All-Star potential

With the draft less than three weeks away, the rumor mill has been abuzz with talk of the Celtics potentially trading up in the draft for a lottery pick. Outside of the top three picks, which are almost certainly Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor, and D’Angelo Russell, the rest of the draft remains fairly uncertain and offers an abundance of talent with a variety of skill sets. These names include Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow, and the trio of prospects from overseas: Emmanuel Mundiay, Mario Hezonja, and Kristap Porzingis.

The Celtics front office should should act with skepticism when considering a trade up for any of these options, with one exception: Justise Winslow, who has the potential to be a bonafide star on both sides of the basketball at the next level. Still only 19 years of age, Winslow already has an NBA-ready body; he stands 6’5, weighs 220 lbs, and has a 6’10 wingspan. This past season at Duke Winslow showed flashes of greatness and his upside is through the roof.  If Ainge wants to make a move for a better pick in the draft, this is guy to do it for. Continue reading If Celtics Are Willing to Trade Up in Draft, Must Target Justise »

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It is blasphemous and nonsensical, but even as a Celtics fan I can't help myself from rooting for Lebron James in this year's NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hello, my name is Nick, and I am a Celtics fan rooting for Lebron James in the 2015 NBA Finals.

If there were an AA meeting for fans of other non-Warriors teams who find themselves uncontrollably pulling for the Lebrons, I would be the first person introducing myself.

As a Celtics fan – one who watched his team get unceremoniously swept out of the first round by an earlier iteration of this Cleveland Cavaliers team – I can’t explain why I find myself cheering for Lebron. It is blasphemy. It is heresy. It is wrong.

But I am addicted, and I simply cannot help myself. Continue reading Hello, My Name is Nick, and I am a Celtics Fan Rooting for Lebron James »

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