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Bruins Trade For Drew Stafford

By on March 1, 2017 at 9:17pm
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With many fans not willing to trust GM Don Sweeney to make a solid move at the NHL level, the red-hot Bruins did not make a huge splash at the league’s deadline Thursday, though they did sneak in a minor move that improved the team’s forward depth.

The B’s acquired veteran winger Drew Stafford from Winnipeg for a conditional sixth-round pick.

Stafford has 9 goals in 40 games with the Jets this season.

The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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In a down year for college basketball in Massachusetts (wait — isn’t it always a bad year?), Harvard University stands as the state’s only shot at making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson, at 18-9 as of Monday, will play as the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League’s first conference tournament featuring the top four teams in the league.

Harvard will likely need to catapult past Princeton (21-6 overall, including 14-0 in the conference).

If they’re lucky enough to get in, the team’s odds to win the NCAA Tournament would be extremely long, to say the least.

For what it’s worth, Boston University had a good season, too, but lost in the Patriot League Conference Semi-finals Sunday and certainly won’t be an at-large team.

Otherwise in Massachusetts? Trash. UMass Amherst is 14-17 (4-14 in A-10 play) and Boston College is 9-22 (2=16 in the ACC). Yikes.

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Football players of all experience levels are encouraged to attend the annual Sports International Football Camp in Massachusetts this summer.

The camp, featuring members of the Super Bowl champion Patriots, will be held July 9-12 at UMass Lowell in Lowell, Mass.

Athletes will be able to learn from veteran college and high school coaches chosen specifically for their ability to teach the game of football. Over the last five years, the camp has had more than 350 current and former players and coaches instruct at the programs, more than any other camp in the U.S.

The camp is in its 34th year of instruction. More than 103,000 athletes have graduated the program over the years.

Overnight and commuter options are available. Discounts, meanwhile, are featured for teams!

For more information, visit http://footballcamps.com/.

Other camps being offered include the Max Lane/Jarvis Green Lineman Football Academy (July 8-9, 2017), the Quarterback, Wide Receiver, DB Academy (July 7-9, 2017) and the Kicking, Punting, and Long Snapping Camp (July 9, 2017).

  1. Patriots
  • How amazing is Brady – I guarantee that if you put a stop watch on his 15 yard run in the Super Bowl it was faster than his 60 time at the combine 18 years ago – he wills himself to win
  • With one armed tied behind their back – Here’s how good this victory was – Patriots spotted them 25 points, didn’t take their first round pick, decided to just give away their best defensive player in the middle of the year, played without one of the greatest offensive weapons in NFL history – and won
  • Shirts blue they are 2-2 / White 3-0 – 2002 – blue – win / 2004 – blue – win / 2005 – white – win / 2008 – blue – loss / 2011 blue – loss / 2014 – white – win / 2017 – white – win
  • Brady’s first nine playoff games – 9-0 / last eight 7-1
  • Chris Long did a huge favor for Patriots – veteran free agents who want a ring for 30% their value suddenly look at Foxboro as a destination – hmmm – Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware
  • I love Matt Patricia’s Goodell’s clown shirt but he will not get a head coaching job now – he will be black balled by the other owners
  • Imagine if you left the Super Bowl down 25 points – Check out the brake lights when Kirk Gibson HR goes in the bleachers – dopes (sa)
  • Brady after deflategate update – 29-6
  • Has a team ever won a Super Bowl in a year that they have had three different quarterbacks win games?
  • Brady ran through the playoffs with only one player who had even been to a Pro Bowl – Bennett went to one
  • Brady, Brown, Taylor, Rice, Montana – in that order

2. Joe Montana won’t concede Tom Brady is greatest ever? Joe here are some things that you still have over Tom Brady:

* Played with more offensive weapons – Pro Bowls – Rice, Taylor, Clark, Craig, Okoye, Allen 22 / Brady – Welker, Gronk, Moss, Troy Brown – 11

* Had more playoff losses his last five playoff games 2-3 than Brady 4-1

* More marriages 3 to 1

* More January’s off than Brady (7 Super Bowls Brady to Montana 4 – almost double)

* More Interceptions from age 37 on – Montana 29 in 25 games versus Brady 19 in 44 games

* More cheesy commercials

 

3.Bruins first round picks with most career goals:

 

Bourque……..410

Thornton…….381

Leach………..381

Boldirev……..361

MacLeish…….349

Murray……….337

Kessel……….292

Smolinski…….274

Secord………..273

Samsonov……235

 

  1. Greatest Defensive plays in Boston history

* Malcom Butler interception

* Larry Bird steal against Detroit

* Dante Hightower sack and strip of Matt Ryan

* Dante Hightower tackle of Marshawn Lynch on first down

* Dwight Evans catch against Reds in Game 6

* Gerald Henderson steal against Lakers

* Tim Thomas diving save on Tampa’s Steve Downie

* Brandon Mitchell blocks Steelers 34 yard FG in Pittsburgh AFC Championship – TD Troy Brown great pick up and lateral to Antwan Harris

 

  1. Tom Brady has thrown for more yards in the playoffs 9,094 than Robert Griffin has thrown in his career 8,983

 

  1. Mount Rushmore of plays that convinced me that the Patriots couldn’t come back – Coleman TD to go up by 25 with 8:31 left in the third quarter / Julio Jones catch / Didn’t recover onside kick / Freeman getting loose for 39 yard long reception

 

  1. OLD SCHOOL – 1956 NBA Draft talk in the Boston Globe:

 

Rochester Royals owner, Les Harrison deciding whether to take Bill Russell or not “Harrison has a problem, Russell will demand a big salary of $15,000 for a rookie.” Rochester passed and took Si Green who never made an All Star team – St. Louis Hawks took Russell and traded him to Boston.
8.AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely, Ortiz stat – Over the last four years Tom Brady has averaged 2.03 TD’s and 280 yards passing a game – that means he will own the two big passing records when:

 

  • Most passing yards – Manning 71,940 / Brady 61,582 = 37 more games
  • Most TD passes – Manning 539 / Brady 456 = 41 more games

 

  1. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Patriots have six win streaks of at least 10 games – insane

 

10 – 2016–current – including playoffs

10 –  2010–2011 – regular season games

12 –  2001-2002 – including playoffs

13 – 2014-2015 – including playoffs

18 – 2003–2004 – regular season games

22 – 2006-2008 – regular season games

 

  1. RANDOMOCITY

* Isn’t the UConn women’s basketball roll ruining their sport?

* Great piece on the CBS Morning Show about one of the hottest country song writers in America – and she’s a mother of four from Stoughton – she is up for four Grammy’s this year

* Ron Borges should do a Fonzi – I was wr-wr-wr-wrong article about Belichick and the Patriots

* OK – you guys need a break from the typo’s, the Tom Brady worship, Chicago murder updates, my thoughts on three pointers ruining basketball – I will see you at the end of March for Fighting Farrell’s pre-season predictions, NFL draft! Thanks for reading

* Lastly – you got 15 minutes? Here is a really well done Brady piece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZS4YwqNMU

1.Brady’s last drives in five of the seven Super Bowls (not including when he clocked the ball or threw it away)

 

Vs Rams – Own 17.…….1:21 left / 6-6 for 53 yards / FG

Vs. Carolina – Own 40 …2:51 left / 5-6 for 67 yards / FG

Vs Giants – Own 20.…….7:54 left / 8-11 for 71 yards / TD

Vs Seattle – Own 36……..6:56 left / 9-9 / 71 yards / TD

Vs Atlanta – Own 25… Start of OT / 6-7 / 60 yards / TD run

 

That’s – 34-39 (87%) / 322 yards / 2 TD

 

  1. More Super Bowl stuff (can’t get enough of on TV)

* Atlanta’s top TWO receivers’ salaries $21.3mm / Patriots top FOUR receivers salaries $17mm

* In retrospect – knowing that your defense is gassed and Brady will kill you in these situations – shouldn’t Atlanta of on-side kicked to start overtime?

* Watching James White do his thing – I think JR Redmond from the first Super Bowl is underappreciated (Jermaine Wiggins also)

* I love receiver Gabriel telling Sanu – they got Tom Brady

* On Atlanta’s last drive, Freeman got loose for a pass out of the backfield – Elandron Roberts blew the coverage – but if he doesn’t run him down – it’s a touchdown

* Great job by Slater calling heads

* The sound from NFL films gives you an idea of who the leaders are – Hightower is a leader

* Love Edelman coming out for the second half and saying – “this is going to be a hell of a story”

* Watching Blank devastated on the sideline – is it possible to have sympathy for a billionaire?

* Pats might have been too business like in the first half – more emotion in the second half

* Patriots truly believed they could win that game

* Love Atlanta talking about the brotherhood – two days later they fire their defensive coaches

* Tom Brady cap hit $14mm / Matt Ryan $23.7mm

* Gronk a little over the top at parade and rallies – he walks a fine line between fun and clown

 

  1. Celtics – Bruins

 

* I hope someone told Jae Crowder that Paul Pierce used to play for the Celtics – I know he’s not a big fan of the home fans cheering for a player from the other team

* Love Brady texting Isaiah – now it’s your turn.

* Julien got screwed – I hated his boring system but this is not a coach thing this is a roster thing

* Sidenote – Cassidy was a first round draft pick that only played 36 NHL games – that’s a failure

 

  1. Speaking of Paul Pierce – how about local numbers that are retired that shouldn’t be:

Celtics – Don Nelson, Satch Sanders, Dennis Johnson, Jim Loscutoff, Reggie Lewis, Jo Jo White, Ed Macauley, Cedric Maxwell, Bruce Armstrong, Mike Haynes (I don’t know about Bob Dee and Jim Lee Hunt), Lionel Hitchman, and the last one is tough but if Terry O’Reilly’s number is retired then Troy Brown’s has to be

  1. Rank the ten championships:

 

  1. 2017 – Super Bowl – Falcons – who would have thought that was possible
  2. 2002 – Super Bowl – Rams – got it all started
  3. 2015 – Super Bowl – Seattle – What you got to say now Richard Sherman
  4. 2011 – Bruins Vancouver – Tim Thomas leading the way in a pure Game 7
  5. 2004 – Super Bowl – Carolina – out of secondary members walk off kick
  6. 2008 – Celtics – Lakers – Big Three II
  7. 2004 – Red Sox vs. Cardinals – it was huge but anti-climactic after Yankee comeback
  8. 2013 – Red Sox vs. Cardinals – Unexpected championship
  9. 2006 – Patriots vs. Eagles – Love Rodney Harrison flapping his wings at the end
  10. 2007 – Red Sox vs. Rockies – ho hum just another championship

 

  1. Mount Rushmore of local sports (one more time) – Tom Brady, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, Ted Williams (I am sick to my stomach keeping Bird off this)

7.OLD SCHOOL – Elway’s drive vs Cleveland / Brady’s to tie up Falcons

 

* Elway from own two-yard line – 5:02 / 15 plays / 6 of 9 / 78 yards passing

* Brady from own nine-yard line – 3:58 / 10 plays / 6 of 9 / 90 yards passing

 

8.AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely, Ortiz stat – Time between first and most recent championship:

 

  • Brady – 2002 – 2017
  • Russell – 1957-1969
  • Ortiz – 2004 – 2013
  • Orr – 1970 – 1972
  • Bird – 1981 – 1986

 

  1. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – I had a visceral out of body reaction to James White’s touchdown – other sports moments that made me stand up:
  • Bobby Orr hat trick and 100th point (I think up in Toronto)
  • Brady pass to Moss for 50th TD pass
  • Micky Ward Gatti round 9
  • Tebucky Jones 97 yard fumble return against Rams 2001 (called back for penalty)
  • Reggie Bush goes off against Fresno State
  • Bruins comeback against Toronto
  • Walk off Goals by Ratelle, Brad Park, Schmautz and Horton

 

  1. RANDOMOCITY

* If you get a chance to read SI article on Patriots long snapper Brian Kinchen from the Carolina Super Bowl it was amazing – signed two weeks before the end of the season. Got the yips and couldn’t snap. Tried to quit during playoffs but couldn’t because he was their only long snapper / cut his snapping hand with steak knife just hours before the game – Vinatieri and Walters both approached the game winning kick assuming that he couldn’t snap the ball – and he threw a strike! http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/02/03/nfl-super-bowl-38-xxxviii-brian-kinchen-new-england-patriots

* Watched the Gleason documentary on Saints player with ALS – went to bed depressed – painful to watch – heartbreaking

* I watch quarterbacks coming over to shake Brady’s hands after every game but not one of his peers supported him through the deflategate and the suspension (other than Brees)

* Heard Vegas got crushed because Patriot fans loaded up on the Patriots for the second half at halftime (jw)

* I had so much fun watching Atlanta Falcon fans reactions – check out the tweets from halftime at the end of the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vcd9bIKZtw

Claude Julien

“Get the Duck Boats ready!”

It was part of an amazing call by Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher in 2011, with the B’s clinching their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. The irony then, of today’s announcement of the firing of the head coach that lead them to that championship moment, Claude Julien, is apropos of a larger institutional issue with the franchise.

The symbology of yet another championship parade marching through the streets of Boston, with the aforementioned Duck Boats in service, while the Bruins deciding that of all days, smack-dab in the middle of the ACTUAL PARADE to fire Julien, is damning. Continue reading Black and Gold Bruins Turn Yellow On Parade Day »

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