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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Tom Brady (Tom Pennington/Getty Images), Roger Goodell (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Deflategate news is back and I cannot comprehend why. This controversial story was first introduced to the public after the 2015 AFC championship game that featured the Patriots and Colts. It is now April 2016, over one year and three months since these allegations were introduced and we are STILL talking about this. Well thanks to Roger Goodell, Patriots fans have more reasons to despise him.

It seemed like we had the world in our hands going into the 2015-2016 season as Tom Brady was fresh out of a Deflategate court win. We had our starting quarterback for game one of the season, we were playing as the defending Super Bowl champions, and Brady’s revenge tour was engaged. We felt like nobody could stop our team. The Patriots had a fantastic season before coming up just short to the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game. Continue reading It’s Now Roger Goodell vs Patriots Nation »

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Chris Young (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

That is a mostly rhetorical question, but I’ve been wondering about it for a little over a week. Most of my confusion and bewilderment concerns Chris Young, and the fact that he has been poorly utilized by the Red Sox in 2016. I’ve emphasized it a lot before, but it’s worth mentioning again that Chris Young should never be facing a right-handed pitcher, because he will not have success. Yet once again Young found himself in the starting lineup with a right-hander on the mound in 2016. I’m sure John Farrell will come up with some ridiculous nonsense explaining why Young replaced Brock Holt in Thursday’s lineup, but it will explain nothing and make no logical sense to anyone.

Continue reading Do the Red Sox Understand Platoons? »

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What will Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics need to do to beat Paul Millsap and the Hawks on the road in Atlanta? (Getty Images)

Thus far in the first round playoff series between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks, the home team has won every game.

Now, best of seven has become best of three.

So what will it take for the Celtics to steal Game 5 on the road, with a chance to close out the series at home? Continue reading How Can the Celtics Steal Game 5 From the Hawks? »

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Rick Porcello twirled his third straight quality start, and the Red Sox didn't even need Big Papi to beat the Braves, 1-0. (AP)

No Papi? No problem.

The Boston Red Sox, after escaping a 12-inning Sunday night affair against the Houston Astros with a win, didn’t land in Atlanta until 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning. As a result, Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to sit David Ortiz in their first interleague game and also give first baseman Hanley Ramirez his first day off of the 2016 season.

That left the Red Sox lineup without their usual 4-5 tandem, replaced instead by Travis Shaw and…Josh Rutledge? Continue reading No Papi, No Problem: Porcello, Bradley Lead Red Sox to 1-0 Win Over Braves »

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John Farrell(Joy R. Absalon/USA Today Sports)

That headline is admittedly ominous, but this is not a pessimistic exercise. Rather, it really is worth asking when the Red Sox are going to finally part with John Farrell as their manager and allow Torey Lovullo to take over. It is a question of when, not if, because Farrell is clearly on his last legs as manager. In fact, the Red Sox likely would have relieved Farrell of his duties in the offseason were it not for some extenuating circumstances with his health. Lovullo had several chances to interview for managerial roles in the offseason, but he stayed as bench coach because the Red Sox convinced him that he was next in line to take over the dugout. But regardless of who the replacement is, it is time for Farrell to go; he is clearly in over his head and the Red Sox need leadership from a manager who can win.

It really has been stunning how Farrell’s in-game managing has fallen off of a cliff in 2016. Not that he was a very good in-game manager in the first place, but there have been multiple occasions in 2016 where Farrell has left literally everyone in the ballpark wondering what he is thinking.

Continue reading When Will the Red Sox Fire John Farrell? »

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With playoff seeding on the line, the Celtics laid an egg in the second quarter and were stung by the Hornets, 114-100. (AP)

The first thing I did after the final buzzer sounded on the Boston Celtics’ 114-100 loss to the Charlotte Hornets was Google “largest egg.”

You see, the Celtics played so poorly that I couldn’t just settle for saying they “laid an egg,” but needed scientific confirmation of the largest egg in existence in order to aptly describe just how bad a loss the Celtics suffered.

And that was before I saw Celtics coach Brad Stevens’s quote saying his team “laid an eight-minute egg.”

Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder played just 21 minutes and didn’t see the court in the fourth quarter. RJ Hunter got extended minutes, and the Hornets were so far ahead after a 31-3 run to close out the second quarter that they felt comfortable playing Tyler Hansbrough. Tyler Hansbrough!

In other words, I don’t think even an ostrich egg suffices. The Celtics laid an elephant bird egg, 120 times the size of a chicken egg and larger than a dinosaur egg. Continue reading With Playoffs in Sight, Celtics Lay “Eight-Minute Egg” in Blowout Loss to Hornets »

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