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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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Some people in Boston believe that the city is divided into “sports-people” and “non-sports” people. Put differently, a misconception that sports can only affect individuals who participate in them and those who regularly watch them exist. The perspective does not consider the ways in which the available athletes and sports have changed Boston. Whether you are waiting to participate in a football match or to cheer the next season, you should be aware that sports have shaped the history of this city over the years.

Sports are now bringing people together Boston is the capital city of the State of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England region in the northeastern United States. It is also a home to various sports teams in the major league such as the Red Sox (baseball), the Bruins (ice hockey) and the Celtics (basketball).

The New England Revolution (soccer) and the New England Patriots (football) play at the Gillette stadium near Foxborough, Massachusetts. That means that sports have turned into a big part of Boston’s culture – including in the Greater Boston area. People associate Boston sports fans with fanatical devotion. They regularly come together to show their mutual tolerance. In fact, sport is the only area that has a universal law.

Boston sports fans are now having a great time April 2017 was a good month for the Boston sports fans. The Celtics managed to accomplish what no one could have predicted and landed on the No.1 playoff seeding in NBA Eastern Conference, amazing the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers.

Also, the Boston Bruins won the opening playoff game of the NHL, clutching home ice benefit from Ottawa Senators. The New England Patriots have actually stood as the Super Bowl champions for the second time in three years. The Boston Red Sox have also done its best in the World Series. The New England Revolution has also made the city of Boston proud.

That was not the case some years ago. As late as the 1990s, Boston did not have a title-town reputation. One of the popular sports team, the Red Sox, was still waiting for the first championship since the year 1918. Bruins made the playoffs consistently, but they lost there.

The Celtics managed to win 15 games between the year 1996 and 1997 and 19 games in between the year 1998 and 1999. History Changed in the 21st century Probably, the 1990 season was the Patriots’ low-water mark. Behind the doubtful threesome of Marc Wilson, Steve Grogan and Tom Hodson, the Pats – who play in Foxborough, Mass – were 1-15 and also weathered a scandal of sexually harassing a female reporter. However, since the 21st century, Boston has not missed in talks about sports. Since the year 2000, The Patriots have five titles while the Red Sox have three. The Celtics won all the titles in 2008 while the Bruins did the same in the year 2011. Even though the Revolution has never won the Major League Soccer playoffs, the team has made it to the finals five times within the 21st century.

Sports are helping people in various ways beyond their physical health. It is not only helping people enjoy the benefits of weight loss, but they are also helping increase social competence, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, locus of control, self-efficacy and social attendance. Some people are seeing financial gains by betting and playing games for money.

Sports are known to improve the rate of school attendance and to reduce juvenile arrests, school dropouts, and teen births. What’s more, sports have created numerous opportunities for students.

Sports organizations are helping the society

Various sports organizations are bringing attention to social health, social justice and helping to solve some other problems. What’s more, the organizations donate their energy, time and essential funding to campaigns and charities that benefit everything including medical research. In some cases, sports people have built hospitals and other amenities.

Boston has all the features that form part of a sports city. The New York metropolitan area has many teams and a large percentage of them are almost good. Women’s professional soccer team, Boston Breakers, was the worst in the last season. Since the year 2009, Boston

College has been doing badly in men’s basketball tournament. The same has happened with the women’s tournament since the year 2006.

Nevertheless, the city of Boston is blooming where it counts. Boston has played in all the big league championships within the shortest time in the century, therefore, beating out Philadelphia, which took nine years to achieve the feat – Boston required only three years and eight months. Boston’s major teams have reached the championship rounds twice or more since 2004.

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Playoff hockey returned to Boston this spring and boy it felt good.

The Boston Bruins returned to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season after a two-year absence and although they were knocked out in six games by the Ottawa Senators, the B’s accomplished what many wanted from the onset of the campaign:

Playoff hockey. Continue reading Looking Back and Ahead at the Bruins »

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Two of the key cogs in this years Bruins teams: Tuukka Rask, and David Pastrnak. (Getty Images).

Despite what the standings may show before the Thanksgiving break, this years Bruins team is on the right track. As of Nov. 23 the B’s currently hold the second Wild Card spot with 22 points and have been playing inspired hockey as of late. Let me speak for the majority of Bruins fans here when I say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised thus far since I wasn’t expecting this team to be as competitive as they are at this point.

My biggest concern entering this season, along with almost everyone who’s followed the B’s the past couple years, was their dull defensive group. On paper, they are one of the worst units in the entire NHL but so far, they’ve managed to not completely sink the teams and fans postseason aspirations. Granted they have had their moments where they look like they’re fishing for swordfish in their own end, however it hasn’t been as bad as it could be. Obviously, the white knight in this case has been the expected-unexpected emergence of Brandon Carlo.

The 19 year-old from Colorado Springs has stepped right into the top pairing alongside Zdeno Chara and has done just about everything that has been asked of him at this point. His big 6’5″ frame knows how to maneuver around the ice and his impressive poise combined with his simple, no-nonsense style of play has absolutely been a welcome addition to the Bruins backend. I will say that he certainly does look his age on the ice at times as he gets thrown around quite a bit and sometimes looks overwhelmed in the D-zone but all that comes down to inexperience and that will improve the more he plays. Basically, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say Carlo has been a huge reason this team has been as successful as they are in the early-goings of the year.

Behind Carlo and the other five defensemen on the ice stands a man that was on the verge of being run out of Boston this fall in Tuukka Rask. However, after amassing one of the best starts of his career this season recording an 11-3-0 record in 14 appearances, it would be foolish to overlook the contributions Rask has made to the B’s 11-8-0 overall record. To keep it simple, every game Rask hasn’t started the Bruins have lost, and those games were missing the same feel to it with Rask on the bench. Not only that, but for the most part, Rask has been an imposing presence in the crease making the majority of his saves look very easy. If Tuukka can keep this up he’s going to be in contention for the Vezina Trophy at the end of the season, alongside my favorite goalie in the league in Carey Price (sarcasm, of course) and could single-handily lead the B’s to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

The last player I’ve noticed more than any other through 19 games has been David Pastrnak. I’m glad to be saying this because I really enjoy what Pastrnak has brought to the table since he’s been on the roster and I think he’s the true goal scorer the Bruins have missed since trading Tyler Seguin. Leading the team with 10 goals, Pastrnak has looked much more confident in the offensive zone stringing together some nice plays with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The one concern I have surrounding his game though is his health. Similar to Carlo, Pastrnak is a young kid still developing muscle and is more at risk to injury because he’s on the weaker side. It’s been an issue in the past and it has popped up already this season, so if anything will hold him back this year, it’ll be the injury bug. Other than that, it’s clear that his overall game is starting to show improvement as his back-checking alone has improved ten-fold, as well as his defensive game in general, and it’ll be critical once the big games roll around in February and March.

Like I said, while the B’s haven’t been tremendous so far, they also haven’t looked dreadful. This team really didn’t have much roster turnover and the new guys on the roster, with the exception of David Backes, are all young players still trying to fill a role so at least to me, it’s hard to be upset with the results we’ve gotten so far. As a team, they seem to be a lot more likeable than in years past and I feel like that comes from their tendency, at least until now, to not give up in games. Other than an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 25 and two 5-2 losses to the New York Rangers, every game they lost was a back-and-forth game that I felt they had a good chance to win.

Look at their most recent game against the St. Louis Blues, a couple bounces go their way and they more-likely-than-not walk away with a win against a predominantly top Western Conference team. A 3-2 loss at Montreal also comes to mind in this example as the B’s were the better team in this game, but just couldn’t muster a goal past Price. This could be the most important aspect to this years team because as we all know, part of the reason they’ve failed to make the playoffs was their inability to win big games down the stretch. If they are showing some heart now, I can’t imagine that’ll disappear once the games become even more important down the line.

When it all boils down to it in April, we’ll look back on this start and the towering play of Carlo, Rask’s extraordinary start, the superb play of Pastrnak, and the overall pride this year’s team possesses and be shocked. Hopefully it’ll be a positive shock because they didn’t get a higher seeding in the playoffs, and not a negative shock if they fail to make the postseason, again. Now that would be something I would not be thankful for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Red Sox lost in horrific fashion, but still managed to clinch the AL East with Toronto's loss to the Orioles. (USA Today)

That’s not exactly how you draw up clinching the division.

With the Boston Red Sox leading the New York Yankees 3-0 in the eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles came back to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 and clinch the American League East division title for the Red Sox, win or lose against the Yankees.

The Red Sox chose the losing route. Needing just three outs to kick off the celebration with a win, Craig Kimbrel threw 28 more pitches than I did in recording the same number of outs (that would be zero). He gave up a single, walked three, and threw a wild pitch.

Continue reading Red Sox Clinch Division, Miss Opportunity for Home Field Advantage »

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Jose Fernandez

September 27, 2016 at 3:17pm in MLB, Opinion, Top Story

Jose Fernandez

On September 25, 2016 Major league baseball lost one of the greatest pitchers in the game.  Not only was Fernandez already one of the best pitchers in the game, but he had a very bright future.  Fernandez passed away around 3 in the morning on September 25 due to a tragic boating accident.  I woke up to this news on Sunday and I was completely devastated.  Being that he was only 24 years old, it seemed like he had a lot of great baseball left but now all we can think is what could have been.

Before I talk about how great a person he was, let’s talk about Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Miami Marlins.  In his short four year MLB career, Fernandez had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58.  He also posted 538 strike outs.  This guy could throw heat and he was very electric.  In my mind he was easily in the top 5 of MLB pitchers right now.  Some of his career accomplishments, were winning the NL Rookie of the year in 2013 and being named to the all-star game in 2013 and 2016.  Not only did Fernandez bring dominant stuff to the mound but he also brought a great personality.  This guy loved baseball and he was always having fun.  He was also the Marlins biggest cheerleader.  He loved his teammates and his teammates loved him.  Sometimes he rubbed opposing players the wrong way but that was just him showing his emotions.  Fernandez was just a fun, loving player that would express how he felt about his performance or his teammates performance.

Jose Fernandez, the individual, was also great too.  Fernandez tried to escape from Cuba to America and failed three times.   On his fourth attempt, a person fell into the sea, and not knowing who it was, Fernandez, jumped into the water and was able to rescue the person and get them back into the boat.  The person he saved turned out to be his mother.  At only 15 years old, Fernandez, was already a hero for doing that.  Fernandez, his sister and his mother successfully made it to America and relocated in Tampa Bay.  Jose loved his family and his biggest fan was his grandmother.  His grandmother would climb to the roof of her house just to be able to listen to Fernandez pitch on the radio.  After six years apart, his grandmother was able to attend opening day in 2014 and watch her grandson pitch.  Fernandez pitched a great game that day and I believe part of the reason was because of his Grandmother being in attendance.

Jose Fernandez leaves his grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend behind.  One of the saddest things about Jose passing is that a week ago he announced on Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant.  That child will never know his/her dad but will know how outstanding his/her father was not only as an MLB pitcher but as a human being.  The Marlins have already announced that they will retire the number 16 Fernandez jersey and I believe that is the right move.  He will never be forgotten by that franchise and will be watching down on that team.  Baseball will miss you Jose, keep smiling and forever Rest in Peace.

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Marchands stays a Bruin for 8 more years. (cbc.ca)

It looks like Brad Marchand will remain a Bruin for the considerable future as he has just been signed to a new 8 year contract extension worth $49 million, according to multiple sources. Continue reading Brad Marchand Resigns with Bruins for 8 years $49 million »

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