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Inconsistency Will Continue For Bruins Unless A Change Is Made

By on January 11, 2017 at 2:43pm

Last night the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3 in what many would call their best outing of the season. Goals from Brad Marchand (2), Frank Vatrano, Torey Krug, and Brandon Carlo paced the offense for the B’s and put the game out of reach against a Blues squad that looked flat for most of the evening.

After losing a tightly contested game against the Carolina Hurricanes two nights prior, it looked as though this matchup verse St. Louis, who is considered a better team than Carolina, would be a rough game for the Black and Gold.

Yet, the B’s came out strong and put up a four spot before the second buzzer sounded, all but sealing their fate for the night despite a sloppy final couple minutes of play.

Continuing their Jekyll and Hyde trend this season, just when you think you can tell what you’re going to get from this team, they go out and shock everyone. Continue reading Inconsistency Will Continue For Bruins Unless A Change Is Made »

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1.Patriots vs. Pittsburgh

·         Pittsburgh will not win – because they don’t get it. Antonio Brown is more interested in how many hits on his site than staying focused on the prize. Tomlin is whining about game times and travel and the opponent instead of saying tells us where and when and we’ll be there with fire and resolve!

·         Both Brady and Antonio Brown drafted in the sixth round

·         I often will we see Shazir line up over Andrews after last week’s ole performance

·         Second most important Patriot Sunday – Chung – he is charge of shooting that slither of a hole that Bell is waiting to open

·         This Bud Dupree defender is head hunting all over the field – Jack Tatum like

·         Patriots vs. Steelers – Pre Brady: 5-12

·         Patriots points scored in last seven playoff losses 14 / 14 / 21 / 17 / 13 / 16 / 18 – Patriots defense is never the reason for the losses it’s the other team’s defense wins it.

·         If I was Pittsburgh – I would watch last weeks game film / two Giants Super Bowl and Conference championship Ravens win over Pats in Foxboro

·         I let Jessie James go for 8 catches / 83 yards / 1 TD

·         What chant first – “Where is Roger” or “As*hole” for Tomlin

·         Patriots 28-17

 

2. Green Bay vs. Atlanta –

·         I love Atlanta – 38-24

·         Its Atlanta’s attacking defense that impresses me

·         Nine times out of ten Rodgers scrambles to his right – throwing side

 

3.  Was Roger Clemens a Hall of Famer when he left the Red Sox (3time Cy Young / mvp)

 *            Record 192-11 / 3.06 ERA

·         Last four years with Red Sox 40-39 / average 186 innings / 3.77 ERA

·         Federal Express Package shows up in Toronto – Next two years 41-13 / 250 innings / 2.30 ERA

 

4. Multiple Cy Young Award Winners – three you’re in – two is a maybe:

Tim Lincecum – 2

Roy Halladay – 2

Tom Glavine – 2

Gaylord Perry – 2

Johan Santana – 2

Bob Gibson – 2

Bret Saberhagen – 2

Denny McClain -2

Jim Palmer – 3

Pedro – 3

Tom Seaver – 3

Sandy Koufax – 3

Clayton Kershaw – 3

Greg Maddux – 4

Steve Carlton – 4

Randy Johnson – 5

Roger Clemens – 7

 

5. Name from the Past – Juan Beniquez

6. Mount Rushmore of Boston athletes that didn’t win a championship: Ted Williams, Yaz, John Hannah, Cam Neely

7. OLD SCHOOL – Alexander Ovechkin got his 1,000th point this week. Is one of the most under-rated superstars in sports? How many Bruins have a 1,000 points

Ray Bourque……1,506

Johnny Bucyk…..1,339

Phil Esposito…….1,012

 

8. AMAZING STAT – – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat –  

 Ted Williams after the All Star game in 1949: 358 plate appearances – 100 hits – 81 walks / OBP .506

 

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – On the AFI Greatest Comedy lists – Ghostbusters is ranked 28th of all time. Holy cow – that movie was so insanely bad. It’s ranked before -Animal House, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Caddyshack, Take the Money and Run, City Slickers

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* 33% of American’s held by Japan in World War II died (58% of Russians in German camps)

* All of sudden Meryl Streep is zooming up the Oscar voting polls since her lecture – things that make me go hmmm.

* Belichick gets those social media names wrong on purpose

* From MSN – the most used password – 123456 / second – 123456789 / third –  qwerty

* Tim Raines makes Hall of Fame – he used to slide on his left leg because he kept a vile of cocaine in his other pocket
* How pissed would you be if you were a policeman who arrested someone with a gun for selling narcotics and that person got pardoned

* Next year Bonds and Clemens are in – the Hall of Fame changed for ever

Top Ten Boston Sports

1.Patriots vs. Kansas City Pittsburgh

*Brady in games following a two-interception game: 26-5 – record / 66-17 – TD to INT
* Ray Lewis tweeting to Tom Brady about his complaining to refs – “it’s called football Brady” – How about this tweet “It’s called murder Lewis” (I had written this and then saw Barstool did a better job at it)
* Funny thing about Brady getting hit – no “non-running” quarterback in football history has taken as many kill shot hits as Brady and he picks himself up and keeps going – he is like Bobby Orr he’s not only the greatest but one of the toughest
* Stats from the Globe – Brady is 13-2 in under 40 degree temps (Manning 8-11) / Patriots are now 14-0 on Saturday’s / Ten straight games have not allowed a rushing TD
* Bad news on Super Bowl referee – it looks like it will be the guy we had Saturday night Tony Corrente
* I mentioned this a couple weeks ago – Pats miss Gronk but Pats got Lewis who they didn’t have last year – almost as impactful (Pats now 16-0 when Lewis plays)
* How did the Patriots lose to Osweiler last year which put the AFC championship in Denver – ugh!
* If the Patriots make the Super Bowl it will be 8 appearance in 30 years – that’s more than the Falcons, Chargers, Jets, Texans, Titans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, Tampa Bay, Bengals, Browns, Dolphins, Lions, Vikings, Cardinals – COMBINED (6)
* Ben Volin wrote that a Belichick Super Bowl would put him ahead of Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, and Don Shula. Shula isn’t part of that equation. He had the best players in the non-free agency era at Miami and underachieved

2. NFL Playoffs –

• Not good for the game when field goal kickers are 33-33 in field goals in this year’s playoffs including 50 plus yarders / It shouldn’t be that easy to kick a field goal – have to narrow the goal posts or shorten distance of snap to allow for more blocks
• Good job by Pittsburgh coaches – Tomlin didn’t trip any players / Porter as far as I know hasn’t assaulted any police officers
• Pittsburgh is healthy – I think KC started figuring out Bell at the end – let him dance and then attack by sending safety shooting into hole
• Great Green Bay and Dallas game – up to that point the playoff point differentials were – 25 / 20 / 18 / 18 /16 / 13
• Dallas – Green Bay – Four 50 yard plus kicks in 1:36 (that includes the one Crosby made after the Dallas timeout)
• Can’t believe that was Dez Bryant’s first playoff touchdown
• Crosby’s kicks both knuckled back within the goal posts (reminded me a little of David Gordon’s kick from BC to beat Notre Dame)
• The remaining NFC QB’s are close (Ryan) or better (Rodgers) than Brady – that means if Patriots get to Super Bowl it comes down to Belichik significantly outcoaching the NFC Coach – McCarthy or Quinn
• Packers didn’t have their best receiver – Jordy Nelson
• Matt Ryan took one step out of the over-rated discussion
• I think Falcons win the NFC – defense is attacking the ball and offense has a lot of weapons
• I think Packers would be favored over Patriots
• After watching Falcon’s owner Arthur Blanks dancing in the Atlanta locker room – Goodell must sign a “no old white guy dancing rule” right now!
• Goodell went to two games this week – pressure is on for Foxboro – torches and pitch forks are ready

3. In the hundred years of the PGA – Scores below 60 the first 94 years – 2 / Scores below 60 the next six years – 5

4. Bruins and Celtics

• Marchand has twenty-seven multi-goal games in career – just one hat trick
• Celtics 1985-1986 two-year record 130-34 (.793% winning) – Golden State last two plus seasons 176-30 (.854%)

5. Thirteen players I would trade Isaiah for (he is at his highest value):

1. Anthony Davis
2. Steph Curry
3. Kevin Durant
4. Russell Westbrook
5. Lebron James
6. Kawhi Leonard
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo
8. Kyrie Irving
9. Karl Anthony Towns
10. Joel Embid
11. Jimmy Butler
12. Andre Drummond
13. Hassan Whiteside

6. Mount Rushmore of Patriots other than Tom Brady: John Hannah, Ty Law, Gronk, Stanley Morgan (over Curtis Martin)

7. OLD SCHOOL – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat – Bobby Orr on one knee in 1974-1975 season:

• 1.68 points a game
• 1.26 penalty minutes a game
• A PLUS 1.00 a GAME
• Shot 12% from the field 384 shots to 46 goals
• Third in MVP even though he scored 19 more goals than winner Bobby Clarke

8. AMAZING STAT – Assuming Brady makes it to Super Bowl – Salary per game vs. Jay Cutler the last three years:

Brady – $1,173,000
Cutler – $1,542,857

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – New England fans are very passionate and parochial. The local teams are in our blood. With that said where are Boston Sports Radio Personalities from:

Mike Felger…Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Is a rabid Packers fan – so much so that he told the audience the other day that when Rodgers threw the Hail Mary last year – he dropped his pants and offered his love to the TV – huh – I guess this confirms why he hates 1980’s Celtics, Brady, Belichick and the Patriots except to pick up his check.
Michael Holley – Akron, Ohio
Fred Toettcher – Detroit, Michigan
Rich Shertenlieb – Long Island, New York
Christian Fauria – Encino California
Scott Zolak – Pittsburgh, Pa
Gerry Callahan, Dale Arnold, Lou Merloni, Kirk Minihane, Mark Bertrand, Tony Massarotti from New England

10. RANDOMOCITY

* I agree with Felger on this – David Price what are you doing – racist comments made to you in the bullpen – in front of security guards and police – you don’t think those people would be ejected from the park and even maybe arrested for hate speech – c’mon. This thing is gaining momentum (Crowder now Price)
* Nine of the bottom ten in free throw shooting are centers – the fact they aren’t taking shots underhanded is only explained as ego
* Larry Bird averaged 79 games a year his first nine years / 46 games his last four years
* Bobby Orr played 36 games after age 26 – a crime against humanity
* Isn’t being the Lady Bing winner an insult
* Bad news for Sean McDonough that John Gruden is staying on Monday nights – would have liked to have seen Chris Spielman take his spot
* Struck by Lightning – Leicester City in the English Premier League lost only 3 of 38 games last year / this year they have won only five of 21 games
* I know the election has caused great division – but something an immigrant once told me – “You live in the greatest, kindest most generous country the world’s ever known – don’t ever forget it!” Only we can mess this thing up
* Treasure every second of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick – what would we give to have 82 games a year to watch Larry Bird again – watch this video – one of the best Bird montage’s I’ve watched

 

 

1.Patriots – Texans
MISC
• Loudest cheer of the game was the Harmon interception that saved the spread for Patriots bettors
• They played that bad and covered a 16.5 point spread
• Every time Edelman goes back for a punt I hold my breath for injury – so happy when I see the fair catch signal
• Three first half turnovers – which includes the Rowe penalty which was going to be 4th down and a punt
• How often do you see Belichick lose it on a player like he did Rowe – deservedly so
• Parcells used to say – don’t be the guy who is responsible for sending us home
• Patriots were getting outhit / out-toughed
• 4-3 in Brady postseason when they turn the ball over 3 times or more in a game
• Yikes Hogan and Bennett hurt – that means next week with Edelman, Lengel, injured Amendola, injured Mitchell, a challenged Floyd
• The trade to Denver of AJ Derby not looking good now
• Thought they were beat in both trenches
BRADY
• Brady had the grumpy look going
• Was throwing balls up grabs in the first half – got a catch from Hogan, Edelman and an interference call out of 50/50 balls
• It’s the playoffs which means Brady taking hits and the offensive line throwing up on itself
• Brady is so precise – did Floyd run the proper angle on his slants that led to the interception and an almost interception – that’s the one Malcom Mitchell catches every time
• Slater cost the Patriots 19 yards on a block in the back
• Brandon King had the Lewis fumble at his feet and didn’t see it
• Great block by Brady on end around – that will give Belichick film room evidence for the rest of the team (after that run – Belichick came out and slapped five with Amendola)
OFFENSE
• Lewis three touchdowns / two fumbles
• No hurry up in first half
• First drive a McDaniel special – up the middle twice with Lewis – punt
• Yikes Andrews figure it out
• Houston goal line stand – Devlin are you kidding me – you can’t break a f-ing tackle / I’ve said it before – Blount is not a good short yardage back / Did Hogan break his route off too early at the
• Floyd gave up on two slants and a penalty
• Bennett caught that ball at sideline that was ruled incomplete – Pats didn’t challenge with red flag – next play interception
• Can Floyd play role of tight end for two games
*      Gostkowski seems like he is a good spot right now
DEFENSE
• Game ball to Logan Ryan all over the field – sack, interception, three deflections / Van Noy showing up a lot too
• When Van Noy, Roberts and McClellan are playing at the same time – has to be the smallest linebacker corps in NFL history
• Rowe big penalty and was getting beat all over the field
* • In Seventeen games this year – the Patriots didn’t face any of the top 11 quarterbacks – by QB rating
BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS
• Blue hoodie with it tied up tight – very Red Riding hoodish
• Kraft with 8:43 left in the second quarter
• Kraft with double kiss of Vince Wilfork
OFFICIALS
• Betting websites pointed out that Tony Corrente hasn’t been good to home teams or Patriots in his career
• On one drive – didn’t call Clowney for late hit, didn’t call interference on Edelman defender – called bogus holding on Solder
• Official couldn’t have been happy when he asked for the ball from Hogan and instead he spinned the ball at the refs feet making him pick it up
BROADCAST
• An embarrassment to Boston that kid they showed skating at Frog Pond – someone had to take that kid out when they see the right light on the camera
TEXANS
• Cheap shot by Cushing on Bennett – should have went Longest Yard on him and throw the ball into the boys and then everyone jump on him
• More cheap shots on Brady by Clowney – anyone want to help Brady up – Brady hit his head on the ground
• Cheap shot by Mercilus with the crown of his helmet to Dion Lewis face
• Cushing is nominated for Walter Payton man of the year award – wasn’t he just accused of steroids – you know illegal drugs?
• Kicker Novak with an obscene gesture to the Patriots bench after a field goal – that’s when you say – OK tough guy see you in the parking lot – wear your Depends
• Izzo didn’t look happy when his Special Teams gave up a kickoff return – didn’t he start the Yankees Suck chant at one of the City Hall rallies
• First half – Texans had drives start at the Patriots 27 / Patriots 12 / Patriots 49
• Crennel was taking Dante’s lunch money
• Biggest play of the game was the Fuller drop in the end zone
MISC
• By the way – I guaranteed a kick off return for a TD in the postseason
• Red seats were empty at the start of the second half – tough Pats fans finishing their Chablis
• Patriots should eject any tandem of fans with a D and a picket fence
* Don’t love next week’s game at 6:40
* Six straight AFC championship games – what a gift

1.Patriots – Texans
• Blount out sick – I wouldn’t put him in the top 12 players that we would miss
• From Mike Reiss – Patriots are 15-0 when Dion Lewis plays
• Blount outrushed the Pats second leading rusher by almost 900 yards but was 7th in yards per carry
• Amendola and Lewis were targeted 53 times and caught 40 passes – 76% / Edelman targeted 158 times caught 99 – 62%
• I’m not sure if this make sense for a good defense – four of the top five tacklers for the Pats are in the secondary – Ryan, Chung, McCourty, Butler
• Patriots threw 2 interceptions to Houston’s 16
• Houston was 9 for 23 on 4th down – Patriots 8 for 12
• Patriots win makes the KC – Pitt game that much better
*      Treasure every second of this gift we’ve been given called the Brady/Belichick Patriots
2. NFL Playoffs –
• This is the best weekend of NFL football
• Beckham and the Giants – play like losers on the field and then are tough guys after the game punching holes in locker room walls and trashing a plane – again spoiled punks that have been spoiled since Pop Warner days
• The three least penalized teams (by yardage in the NFL) – Bengals, Browns, Chargers 12-35 record
• If I was Atlanta and underachieve yet again – I trade Matt Ryan the next day – first time MVP traded in the same month
3. Longest win streak of the season:
• Red Sox – 11 (how come I don’t remember them going off)
• Patriots – 7
• Celtics – 4
• Bruins – 3
4. Bruins and Celtics
• Celtics draft position right now – 1 / 36 / 54 / 56
• Top three projected NBA picks Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith – all point guards – better start thinking about moving two guards – Smart and Rozier now
• Bruins over there last 19 games – 7-8-4
• David Pastrnak scoreless in his last 11 games – please don’t say he is untradeable
• More outrageous than just 2 goals in 36 games for Jimmy Hayes is that he only has ONE assist
• Garden fans chanting MVP for Isaiah means they must be bored – there are fifteen guys I would trade for him
• Five policeman were needed to stand between Celtics and Washington locker rooms after a nose touching – face slapping incident – give me Joan Benoit running a marathon a month after knee surgery over these pretenders
• By the way – speaking of nose touching – Gordon Hayward’s scoring first seven years – notice a trend: 5.4 / 11.8 / 14.1 / 16.2 / 19.9 / 19.7 / 22.2
• Crowder last two years 14.2 down to 12.8
5. Head cases I would trade before it’s too late
• Odell Beckham
• Bryce Harper
• Demarcus Cousins
• Vontaze Burfict
• Draymond Green
• Grayson Allen
• Ezekiel Elliot
6. Mount Rushmore of Teen Movies – Ricky Business, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller
7. OLD SCHOOL – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat:
*Just like Schilling – God help a player that gets the media mad at them because it’s all about them and their strat-o-matic baseball they played: Ted Williams finished 2nd in MVP voting four times. Amazingly – out of four main offensive categories – he was far superior to the winner of the MVP in 15 of 16 categories
1941 – DiMaggio……..7 more HR / 49 point higher avg / 113 points higher obp / 13 more runs
1942 – joe Gordon…18 more HR / 34 points higher avg / 90 points higher obp / 53 more runs
1947 – DiMaggio….. 12 more HR / 28 points higher avg / 108 points higher obp / 28 more runs
1957 – Mantle…………4 more HR / 23 points higher avg / 14 points higher obp / 26 more runs
8. AMAZING STAT – This will never happen again – Mike Vrabel with Patriots
Receptions – 10
Interceptions – 11
Touchdowns – 11
9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Famous teachers or school administrators in movies and TV
* Mr. Kotter
* Richard Vernon – Breakfast Club
* Mr. Woodman – Welcome Back
* Ferris Bueller principal – Ed Rooney
* John Keating – Dead Poet Society
* Charlie Brown teacher
* Mr Hand – Fast Times
* Dean Pritchard – Old School
* Sybil Buchannan – White Shadow
* Miss Sullivan – wait a second she wasn’t on TV or the movies
10. RANDOMOCITY
* I keep seeing this Brookline sandwich place called Cutty’s showing up on national list of best sandwich shops – I better get over there
* Thirty years since U2 released Joshua Tree – yikes we’re getting old
* Most over-rated candy – Tootsie Roll
* Great sign outside a church in South Carolina – If you made any promises on Clemson’s last drive Services start at 10” (MSN)

1.Patriots opponent

 ·         Couldn’t be better – Houston Texans outside of a dome at night

·         Texans on the road this year – 2-6 (wins over non-;playoff teams Jaguars and Colts)

·         In Dome 8-2 outside of dome 1-6

·         Osweiler this year against playoff teams 5 TD to 5 INT

·         Houston should be embarrassed beating a third string QB – although they lost to Patriots third stringer

·         3-3 career playoffs

 

2.NFL Playoffs – Games were terrible:

·         I love Odell Beckham flying to Miami and partying during the week leading up to the playoff game and then dropping three passes and catching only four of eleven passes his way

·         Miami and all their chirping last week – they are soft – ultimate example is Moore getting drilled but getting pass off which Landry then dropped

·         How wasn’t Steeler Bud Dupree ejected for that weapon of a spear on Moore’s jaw

·         Some guy named Jake Ryan led the Packers in tackles with 12  – wasn’t he in Sixteen Candles

·         Lions are losers

·         Need a violent game in Kansas City next week – Steelers have the best offense left in playoffs

·         Packers got that Hail Mary thing down

 

3. Patriots

·         Slater making All Pro – he wasn’t the top two on his own special teams

·         Trust in Bill – we all laughed with Marcus Cannon was given a contract extension – his peers just named him to 2nd Team All Pro – I guess it is safe to say we know nothing about offensive line play accept when the pull and block – or give up a sack

·         Patriots are 9-1 after a playoff bye

 

4.Last ten games

 Patriots – 9-1

Celtics – 8-2

Bruins – 5-4-1

Red Sox – 2-8

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Clemson vs Alabama

·         Clemson’s last national championship – 1981

·         Nick Saban could win back to back for the second time in five years

·         Over / Under on Dr. Pepper commercials – 8

 

6. Mount Rushmore of Celtics Point Guards – Cousy, DJ, Archibald, Rondo

 

7. OLD SCHOOL  Is Jo Jo White underappreciated in this town –

·         9th leading scoring in Celtic history at 18.39

·         Played in 488 consecutive games

·         Two-time champion and one time Finals MVP

·         Won a gold medal in Olympics

 

8. AMAZING STAT – From Either – Russell, Bird, Flutie, Orr, Williams, Pedro, Brady, Neely stat:

*Bill Russell averaged more rebounds a game (22.45) than Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins combined 21.73)

 

9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Amazon has turned into Super Stop and Shop causing other stores to fold

* Department stores closing – Macy’s, Limited, Sears, K Mart

* Stock this year went from a low of $482 to a high of $844 (it was $51 in 2009)

* Owner Jeff Bezos net worth $68 billion

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

*    Five thousand horses and mules died at Gettysburg

·         I love the Red Sox PR machine – “Billy Joel the first musician to ever play four straight years at Fenway” So?

·         Nick Carfardo said it Sunday – if writers aren’t voting for Schilling because of his tweets instead of his play then the writers are making it about them (which they always do) leading to the question how many baseball writers played high school or college baseball?

·         Hats off to James Madison football suspending seven players before FCS championship and winning

·         Author Dennis Lehane who now lives in California about coming back to Boston last April – “everybody was walking around looking miserable and unattractive” How to remember your roots

1.Tom Brady Stuff

 ·         Tom Brady has thrown for more than double the yards than Drew Bledsoe (as Patriot) 61,582 – 29,657

·         Only one quarterback in Patriot history has a higher pass completion percentage than Brady – Jimmy Garoppolo – 67% to 63.8%

·         Steve Grogan, Drew Bledsoe and Babe Parilli vs Brady: Games – 367 to Brady’s 223 / TD’s – 480 to Brady’s 456 / Interceptions – 484 to Brady’s 152 / Game Winning Drives – 49 to Brady’s 49   

·         Denver quarterbacks last two years 39 TD to 34 INT / Patriots quarterbacks 68 TD to 8 INT

·         Potential second round match up QB’s compared to Brady Osweiler, Cook and Moore 58 TD to Brady’s 456

 

2. Jae Crowder – stirs up racism talk about Boston:

·         For a city wrongly accused of being the hub of racism (not saying devoid of racism) he is responsible for planting the seed – unforgivable – Someone has to pull the overpaid Celtic forward and explain the history of Boston and the pain he kicks up by starting the whole race discussion

·         An average player who was saved from Dallas and given $35mm (think about that – never even a sniff of an All Star game) 32nd top scorer in Boston history behind Todd Day, Jeff Green, Ron Mercer, Ricky Davis, 49th best rebounder (4.9)

·         This just continues the conversation started by the Spike Lee’s and Ken Rosenthal’s of the world

·         This a franchise that was accused of racism in the book Selling of the Green – despite drafting the first black player, first team to start five blacks, first sports team to have a black head coach

 

3. Other Patriot Stuff

·         Not one Patriot TD return this year on kick off or punts / didn’t give up any either (I’m guaranteeing one in playoffs – either side)

·         How to make up for the league stealing first round picks – how about getting two all pro’s for nothing – Mike Floyd DUI goes to Patriots / LeGarrette Blount released for smoking pot goes to Patriots  

·         Craig James, Andy Johnson, Mosi Tatupu, Dave Meggett, Jon Vaughn, David Patten and Adam Vinatieri threw a combined 12 touchdown passes in 30 pass attempts / Scott Zolak threw 8 touchdown passes in 244 attempts

·         If L. Blount (2,917) runs for 1,000 yards next year he will pass Curtis Martin (3,799) move into 4th on Patriots career list behind Tony Collins (4,647), Jim Nance (5,323), Sam Bam Cunningham (5,453)

·         No one is catching Stanley Morgan yards received at 10,352 – Gronk is 6,095 / Edelman is 4,540

·         How did I miss this – Patriots best punt returner in its history is L. Blount – 17 returns for an average of 29.1 yards – which is best in Patriots history for at least 10 returns

 

4. Think about how amazing the Tom Brady number retirement event will be – Boston sports number retirement moments:

·         We Love you Couz – Boston Tear Party

·         Bill Russell raised his number in the rafters before the game – he hated the fans that had loved him

·         Bobby Orr putting on his shirt while still a Blackhawk

·         Bourque giving Espo his number

·         Yaz – “I wish it wasn’t so” / and the lap around the field

·         Larry Bird’s event was sadly too contrived

·         I know it wasn’t a retirement of the number but Havlicek’s last game was special – as was the standing ovation

·         Paul Pierce will dribble out the clock and throw up a three pointer just when the ceremony is going to end

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

·         The Clemson groping people in piles is insane and creepy – shocked coaches haven’t put an end to it after watching game films

·         Insane that the first game after the Joe Mixon video knocking a girl out is released – he is allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl and leads them to victory with 2 TD’s – while egging on a crowd that was egging him on

·         Lane Kiffin not being on the sideline for the National Championship game is more radical than trading Jamie Collins in the middle of the year

 

6. How Spoiled we have been – superstars in Boston – Since 1939 to Present (Except from 1993 to 2000) we had at least two super stars in Boston):

·         Clarence DeMar……1910-1954

·         Ted Williams……….1939-1960

·         Rocky Marciano……1952-1956

·         Bob Cousy…………..1950-1963

·         Bill Russell…………1956-1969

·         Yaz………………….1961-1983

·         Bobby Orr…………..1966-1975

·         John Havlicek………1962-1978

·         Bill Rodgers…………1975-1982

·         Larry Bird…………..1979-1992

·         Hagler………………1980-1987

·         Roger Clemens……..1984-1996

·         Pedro ……………….1998-2004

·         Tom Brady………….2000-Present

·         David Ortiz…………2004-2016

·         Not Quite Super Stars – Bourque, Heinsohn, Sam Jones, Esposito, Hannah, Flutie, McHale and Cowens

·         At one time in this city you had Russell, Williams, Cousy, Marciano / Russell, Yaz, Orr, Havlicek / Hagler, Clemens, Bird

 

7. OLD SCHOOL  – Milt Schmidt – from my book Great Book of Boston Sports Lists – Greatest Ovations – 2/10/1942

·         Boston Garden salutes the Kraut Line – The Bruins most famous threesome, the Kraut Line – comprised of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart – played their last game before reporting to active duty in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the game, the trio led the Bruins with 10 points in their 8-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens. After the game, both teams lined up to salute the three Bruins before they went off to fight in World War II. During the ceremony, Schmidt, Bauer and Dumart were presented with checks for a full season’s pay, plus bonus. Then in a final gesture of appreciation, the three were carried off the ice on the shoulders of the Bruins and Canadiens while the crowd of 10,420 roared in admiration for their sacrifice for the cause.

 

8. AMAZING STAT – Same year Rookie of the Years that both made it to the Hall of Fame:

2001 – Albert Pujols / Ichiro (This is a definite)

1977 – Andre Dawson / Eddie Murray

1967 – Tom Seaver / Rod Carew

1956 – Frank Robinson / Luis Aparicio

 

2012 – Bryce Harper / Mike Trout (Harper doesn’t get in – he’s a punk)

2007 – Ryan Braun / Pedroia (this is a maybe)


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Movies Grade 0-100 with Oscar opinion:

·         Man Called Ove…. 92 – subtitles and get past the first 15 minutes

·         Fences…………….89 – 15 minutes to long —– Best actor Award to Denzel, Award for supporting actress – Davis, nomination for director Denzel, Best Movie Award

·         La La Land………. 87……….Award for Director Chazelle, Nomination for Stone – Nomination for movie

·         Lion……………….87……….Nomination for Patel, movie

·         Hell or Highwater…83………Nomination for Bridges (this is really well done)

·         Sing Street…………82……….Song nomination –   

·         Manchester By Sea..81 – brooding – mumbling – to say melancholy would give it to much credit – Nomination for movie, nomination for Affleck actor, nomination for best supporting actor –  Hedges

·         Jackie……………..80 – Award for Portman

·         Moonlighting……..78 – disjointed – Best Supporting Actor award for Mahershalia Ali

·         Arrival…………….77

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Just finished the Crown on Net Flix – (John Lithgow best Churchill ever done) AND Man in the High Castle – both A-

* Reggie Smith was second in the 1967 Rookie of the Year ballot with a .246 average

* ABC Afterschool specials were top notch

* Gotta love a Patriots playoff game in prime time on a long weekend

* Did Potsie’s agent go into ABC and demand that his character be cooler?

* French’s yellow mustard is gross