Danny Ainge (bostonglobe.com)

It’s easy to look at the the results of last night’s NBA draft lottery and feel as if the Celtics were once again jobbed out of the first pick. After all, no other NBA team has suffered worse lottery luck than the Celtics since the league began the ping pong process in 1985.

The Celtics lottery woes were never more evident than in the 1997 draft, when the C’s were heavy favorites to win the lottery and select can’t-miss prospect Tim Duncan with the first overall pick. As we all so painfully remember, the Spurs ended up with that coveted first pick, and the dark cloud of draft day despair has been hanging over the Celtics ever since. Continue reading Celtics Get #3 at Draft Lottery: Where do we go from here? »

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The Red Sox are for real

May 13, 2016 at 10:10am in Opinion, Red Sox

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After winning 5 games ina row, it’s time to take the 2016 Boston Red Sox seriously.  Last night’s game extended the double-digit runs scored to four games.  They have scored a total of 51 runs in four games, which is extremely impressive.  I know it’s very early in the season and I know this offense will eventually cool down but I believe this offense is very talented and one of the best in baseball.  The Sox have six starting players that are batting over .300.  That is just unheard of.  Will they continue hitting the ball this well, probably not, but they are talented in other areas of the game to win games.

After two seasons of last place finishes, this team is fun to watch again.  All the fans want is to be able to watch this team with interest in September and hopefully October.  It is also looking like this team has good team chemistry.  I think team chemistry is very important thing in baseball and it can make and break a team.  The Sox look like they are having fun out there every night and seem like they enjoy playing for each other.

I believe that this team is a World Series Contender.  Now, I’m not saying they’re favorites to win it all yet but I believe that this team is talented enough to make a deep playoff run.  The rest of the AL seems to be weak and the Red Sox should take advantage of that.  It’s all about getting in the tournament and once you’re in, anything can happen.

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Photo via Fox Sports

Earlier this week, ESPN released their NFL Power Rankings for the upcoming 2016-2017 NFL season. And guess who they ranked number one? Yes, our New England Patriots.

I was actually blown away when I saw this for a couple reasons. One being that ESPN has constantly covered everything and anything bad they hear happening with the Patriots. Including covering every waking second of Deflategate. From the rants I’ve seen on that show, I don’t believe there’s too many Pats fans over there at ESPN which is why I’m surprised they ranked them at the top seed. But that’s just my bias opinion. And two, mainly because Tom Brady apparently won’t be playing until the fifth week due to his Deflategate suspension.

Even though Brady is most likely not going to play for the first four games of the season, do not count them out. From the looks of it most people would say that the Patriots have done a very good job this off season with the draft and free agent pick ups. Here are some new notable players to keep an eye out for this upcoming season:

New Players to Keep an Eye On

  • TE Martellus Bennett
  • WR Chris Hogan
  • G Jonathan Cooper
  • DE Chris Long
  • WR Nate Washington
  • CB Cyrus Jones
  • DT Anthony Johnson

It looks like the Pats and Jimmy Garoppolo have their work cut out for them as they play in Arizona against the Cardinals for Game 1 of the season. But Patriots fans do not worry. We have one of the most diverse and intricate running games in the league along with many different running backs of all shapes and sizes. Our wide receiver positions just got even stronger with the adds in of Nate Washington and potential slot receiver Chris Hogan. The Pats have arguably the best tight end scheme in the entire NFL with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. They have improved their defense with add ins at the LB, DT, and CB positions. The biggest question Patriots fans are left with is, can the offensive line protect the quarterback?

I don’t know I’m not a doctor, but I sure hope so.

 

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Steven Wright cemented his status as the ace of the 2016 Red Sox staff with a complete game win over the New York Yankees on Sunday. (USA Today)

Tim Wakefield on steroids.

It is probably a poor turn of phrase given the stigma of performance-enhancing drugs and the recent spate of suspensions as Major League Baseball cracks down on PED violations. But how else to describe this start by Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright?

Already putting up unfathomable numbers through his first five starts – ones that make Red Sox fans wonder if he body swapped with David Price – Wright continued his stellar run and cemented his status as the best pitcher on the Red Sox staff with a complete game three-hitter to salvage the last game of the series against the New York Yankees.

Continue reading Steven Wright Cements Status as Red Sox Ace with Complete Game Win Over Yankees »

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(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports)

Last night the Red Sox were in the Bronx for the first game of a three game series against the Yankees.

Top of the ninth, bases loaded, one out, down by one run, Big Papi is up. Nobody else you’d rather have at bat in this situation. Ortiz had a great chance to capitalize late in the game and put the Sox in the lead but had his chances stolen from him by not one, but two very questionable strikes called by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa.

One of the best closers in baseball, Andrew Miller, found himself in a jam as the Red Sox had bases loaded as Big Papi came to the plate. Ortiz worked a 3-1 count. Miller delivered a low and outside slider for a called strike making it a 3-2 count. Ortiz immediately turned to Kulpa with his arms spread wide and yelling “NO!” as he did not agree with the call. John Farrell rushed to Ortiz to restrain him because the at bat was not over and they still needed him to hit. Farrell backed up Ortiz and continued to deliver some pretty heated words towards Kulpa as he ejected the Sox manager from the game.

Still visually upset, Ortiz still had a job to do at the plate. The next pitch was again delivered low and outside but was even lower than the previous pitch. Ortiz watched it for strike three as Kulpa rung him up. Ortiz put his head down and walked back to the bench. But when he got to the dugout, he snapped and ran out to Kulpa screaming his head off. John Farrell and other members of the team had to restrain Ortiz from ripping Kulpa’s head off for the two bad calls against him.

The game should have been tied with 1 out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate but that wasn’t the case. Those two picthes were balls, I don’t care what anybody says. According to the “K-Zone,” Kulpa missed 31 calls in last night’s game. The 3-2 strike called on Ortiz was reported to be five and half inches below the strike zone. That’s a pretty big screw up in a tight game like that, especially between the Sox and Yanks.

Everyone knows those were bad calls. The umpire missed the first one but missing the second one too is a big no no, you just can’t do that. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ortiz that mad before. We’ve all seen him mad but last night was something else. If I saw Papi sprinting at me like that, I don’t even know what I would do with myself. He was down right scary last night.

 

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Clay Buchholz earned kdos from Christian Vazquez for finally living up to his #2 starter status Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. (Boston Globe)

If any phrase were to summarize Clay Buchholz so far this season, it would be “What the Buch??”

Wednesday night’s start against the Chicago White Sox finally flipped the script, as Buchholz’s seven strong innings had Boston Red Sox fans saying “Buch, yeah!” in celebration of a 5-2 win over the best record in the American League.

Continue reading Buch, Yeah! Buchholz Finally Delivers Quality Start in 5-2 Red Sox Win »

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Who's that faceless catcher getting the Powerade bath for his game-winning home run off Dellin Betances? Just someone named Christian Vazquez, that's who! (ESPN)

Wordlessly, my coworker walked up to my desk, sifted through the Monday newspaper tucked underneath his arm, and started tacking up the separated page to my cubicle wall.

It was the back page of the New York Daily News the day after the Boston Red Sox completed a clean sweep of the New York Yankees, introducing Sunday night’s hero to the city of Gotham.

Christian Vazquez, meet the New York tabloids. Tabloids, meet your starting catcher for the Boston Red Sox. Continue reading Christian Vazquez, Meet the New York Tabloids. Tabloids, the Red Sox Starting Catcher. »

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