1.Red Sox:

* Sorry – not gonna stay up for the classic Red Sox vs. Yankees Sunday four-hour special

* As Mookie gets off to one of the great starts in Red Sox history – isn’t it time to give him a new number – 50 doesn’t work

* Xander hitting .162 in July so far – still has chance for batting title

* Sandy Leon’s is 27-59 so far for .458 average / Ted Williams was 20 for his first 59 when he hit .406

* Ortiz has 57 extra base hits to 44 strikeouts

2. Brady:

I’m gonna say that the Tom Brady suspension is the worst loss in Boston sports history – worse than: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: OJ, Poland Speech and Noxzema »

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1. Red Sox:

Dombroski was off to a bad start but is hot

* I love Dombroski’s moves – he acquired Ziegler, Hill (is going to kill it in Boston) and Pomeranz for Espinoza (#3 prospect), Almonte, Basabe, Wilkerson, Rijo

* Signed first round pick Groome

2. Celtics:

* I love the Westbrook talk and I would give up Bradley and Crowder for one year in a second Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Dombroski, Emmy’s, France and Political Correctness »

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Tom Brady/AP Image

Oh, Tom. Tommy, Tom, Tom. We had a good fight, didn’t we? We ruffled some feathers, tangled with authority, and left nearly no stone unturned in an effort to clear the name of the greatest quarterback of all-time. But in the end, there was nothing even the GOAT himself could do to combat the outright hypocrisy and lunacy of one Roger Goodell. The battle to prove Tom’s innocence was underhanded and unfair from the jump, and I for one think it’s time to move forward with Garappolo under-center for weeks 1-4.

When this whole Deflategate fiasco began some 543 days ago, it appeared as though Tom Brady would have an opportunity to prove what he has maintained since day one– that he had no knowledge regarding the deflation of footballs during the 2014 AFC Championship game. Throughout this exhausting legal process, it started to become clear that Tom’s innocence would have no bearing on whether or not his suspension would be eradicated.

What became the harsh reality for Tom and the rest of Patriot Nation was that Roger Goodell, the tyrant, set himself up with absolute, unbounded power when the CBA was put into place a few years back. Due to this stranglehold, Goodell was able to flip Brady’s case completely upside down and make it about his right to enforce his discipline regardless of a player’s innocence, or any other factor for that matter. Essentially, if Roger Goodell doesn’t like the way you cut your hair, he can suspend you for three games. If Goodell thinks you made fun of his hair piece behind closed doors, that’s four games.

This coming from a man who refused to acknowledge the facts (video evidence) that Ray Rice knocked his fiancee unconscious in an elevator. A man who has turned a blind eye to domestic violence, performance enhancing drugs, and several other infractions that have had a MUCH larger effect on the reputation and integrity of his game than an ALLEGEDLY deflated football used in a game that the Pats won by 38 points.

As I’ve said all along, the Brady suspension is a blessing in disguise for the Pats. Tom will have an extra four games of rest, and he will come back to a bevy of talented receivers DYING to catch passes from one of the best to ever lace them up. The extra rest will be huge for Brady and the Pats come playoff time. In addition, it will give the Pats a chance to showcase Jimmy Garappolo, who is nearing the end of his rookie deal and could be used as a trade chip moving forward with a solid performance in the first four weeks.

So enjoy the extended vacation with your super model wife and millions and millions of dollars, Tom. We’ll be ready for you to return week five and drop a 50 burger on those poor, poor Cleveland Browns. WE STAND WITH TOM.

 

 

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Well Tom Brady’s petition for a rehearing of the Deflategate case was denied today by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. So as of right now, Brady’s four game suspension has been reinstated for the beginning of next season. But all of us know that Brady still isn’t going down without a fight…again.

Tom Brady and the Patriots have two options. He can appeal his case to the United States Supreme Court, where a higher court would reexamine the lower court’s decision on the case. Or he can accept the suspension and move on…yeah that’s not going to happen. The problem is, there is a very low chance that the US Supreme Court takes his case. But hey, we’ve seen Brady work miracles in the past so who knows what’s going to happen.

Brady’s legal team can also apply for a stay. This means that if the stay is accepted, Brady would be allowed to play the four games while the Supreme Court makes their decision or declines to accept his case. The issue with this is if Brady is granted a stay and ends up losing the case, he would have to serve his four game suspension most likely in the middle to end of the regular season, which would be worse. So Brady and his legal team have many factors to consider when making their decision.

Many people believe Brady is hurting his team or being selfish for what he is doing but he is doing what he believes is right. He believes that he is innocent and he will never admit to something he hasn’t done. I mean he may take this to the Supreme Court, this is some serious stuff. If Brady was guilty, do you really think he would go through all this trouble and stress just so he isn’t suspended four games? I mean come on, this whole thing is still unbelievable to me.

However it’s not over yet, once again there is still hope for Tom Brady and Patriots Nation. All we can hope for is justice to be served and for Brady to finally receive his innocence. This final step in the legal system really is going to be a Hail Mary for the Patriots.

Free Brady

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Westbrook to Boston?

July 13, 2016 at 7:40pm in Boston, Celtics, Featured, NBA, Top Story
Westbrook could be the next big name to land in Boston. (Cheatsheet.com)

According to Howard Beck of bleacherreport.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to trade point guard Russell Westbrook and the Boston Celtics are, “the most likely destination,” for him to land.

The Celtics recently lost out on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes when he opted to sign with the Golden State Warriors on July 4th, but now it looks like Danny Ainge is trying to acquire the other superstar player from OKC and bring him in to the current crop of C’s players, including newly signed big man Al Horford.

Oklahoma City obviously lost a huge part of their team when Durant left town and with only one year remaining on his contract, Thunder management must figure they should ship Westbrook off now and get something for him, instead of letting him enter free agency next summer where he could potentially leave for nothing.

The C’s are in prime position to deal for Westbrook because of the plethora of valuable trade-chips they have including young players like Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart, any of the six selections from this years draft, and most notably, the remaining Brooklyn Nets picks that project to be high lottery selections once again.

Adding Westbrook to this Celtics squad would make them the runaway favorites as the one team that could challenge the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, as well as an instantly more exciting team due to Westbrook’s electric, sometimes over-the-top, style of play.

One thing to keep in mind is since this will be Westbrook’s contract year, there is no guarantee he will resign next summer when his deal expires. This could affect the value of a potential trade for Westbrook in which Ainge uses this as leverage so he doesn’t have to give up as much to get him.

No matter what may happen these next few weeks, the Celtics are clearly showing they aren’t messing around this offseason and are serious about winning a title within the next few years. Although Westbrook might not put them over the top, they’ll be much closer to glory than most and will be one fun team to watch next season.

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1. Red Sox:

* The averages of the Red Sox lineup on Sunday: .303 / .305 / .331 / .334 / .299 / .333 / .271 / .324 / .453

* Jackie Bradley on pace for 17 outfield assists – Dwight Evans most ever was 15

* The two pitchers Sunday combined for 55 pitches in the first inning

* Red Sox pitchers threw first pitch strikes Sunday to 22-32 hitters

* How long before Robbie Ross gets hurt trying to catch home runs in the bullpen?

* Red Sox finished first half on a good note / bad news 44 of the remaining 75 games are on the road Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: All Star Break, 1979 Sox Triple Up, Viking Chant »

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Don Sweeney and Cam Neely won't be smiling for long if they can't sign a free agent defenseman. (Photo courtesy of sportact.net)

Since the Bruins failed to address their one glaring need of signing a capable defenseman at the start of free agency, they are left with limited options and signing an unrestricted free agent seems to be the way to go. Don Sweeney and Cam Neely must find a diamond-in-the-rough type of player in the remaining UFA group of defensemen now that big names Keith Yandle (6 years, 44 million with the Panthers), Alex Goligoski (5 years, 27 million with the Coyotes), and Jason Demers (5 years, 22.5 million with the Panthers) have already inked large deals. The B’s must bring in another blue-liner if they want any shot at a playoff spot this upcoming season so with that said, here are a few available defensemen that could fill the void on the backend and be relatively cheap options at the same time.

James Wisniewski: The 31 year old had a rough season last year after he blew out his knee just minutes into the first game, causing him to miss the remainder of the year with the Hurricanes.  Wisniewski has been injury-prone during his career but he might be the best all-around defenseman still on the open market. He’s a bit of a journeyman in his 10 year NHL career suiting up for eight different teams, yet he’s still put up decent numbers in that time. His best year came with the Blue Jackets in ’13-’14 when he recorded 51 points for Columbus. Wisniewski’s injury problems and lack of production might keep him off other teams radars for now, however look for him to be a prime candidate for a professional try-out (PTO) this fall. Given what the Bruins currently have and the likelihood that they can get him for cheap, the B’s should absolutely bring Wisniewski in just to see what he can still do.

Kris Russell: Russell has gotten a lot of flack around these parts as being the one guy the B’s should avoid, and I’m not exactly sure why. From what I can tell, his game hinges around shot-blocking and a strong first pass out of the zone, similar to newly-signed Bruin John-Michael Liles. That doesn’t sound so bad to me as I liked what JML brought to the Bruins last year after the trade deadline. However, he is criticized for his unreliable defensive play and that’s one thing that would worry me if they did bring him in. The 28 year old might not be the most polished option, but he can’t be as bad as some of the players the B’s tried last year, cough Matt Irwin cough.

Luke Schenn: The former fifth overall selection in 2008 probably won’t be looking at Boston as a future destination after spending most of his career in hockey crazed cities such as Toronto and Philadelphia, but if it turns out Schenn does enjoy the high-pressure markets, Boston might be the right place for him. He isn’t a player that’s going to wow anybody with his stats but his physical, in-your-face style of play will surely have Sweeney and Neely eyeing his services. With Kevan Miller and Adam McQuaid already locked up for a few years, it would only make sense to sign Schenn if Sweeney plans on trading one of the two.  This wouldn’t be the most ideal situation for the B’s as they really don’t need another hulking defenseman, however if he is signed, I’d trust him more with the puck on his stick than I would Miller or McQuaid.

Marek Zidlicky: Zidlicky was linked to Boston a few years back as another blue-line addition, but he was ultimately traded to the Red Wings that season. The 38 year old right shot defenseman would make a lot of sense on a one year deal with the B’s since his skill-set along with his age would create a low-cost, high-reward scenario. Zidlicky isn’t the same player he once was but his game also isn’t as diminished as it could be at this point in his career. His skating ability and offensive presence would certainly help a defensive squad often seen out of position, and off the score sheet, and his overall experience could replace that of Dennis Seidenberg, who was bought out last week. Zidlicky’s veteran presence, reliable game, and low cost seems like a great fit for a Bruins team that desperately needs fresh faces on defense.

 

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