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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)

(rantsports.com)

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 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 

1.Patriots vs. Miami

MISC

·         Patriots 59-10 in December since Brady – remember three or so of those 10 losses were the Patriots playing backups because they already clinched

·         Hmm – Patriots head sets aren’t working and no one accuses the home team of playing games like they do in New England – even though the NFL control them

·         No way should the NFL allow a college game on the field two days before they put their million dollar players out on the same field

·         I think a competitive, chippy game was a good way for the Patriots to go into the playoffs – no injuries – did see Edelman limping (why isn’t he ordered to fair catch the ball)

·         Dolphins were chippy and yappy – almost like they were sending a 2017 message

 

BRADY

·         Should be MVP quarterback just delivered an 11-1 season – a gift from heaven

·         MVP consideration – Wins – Brady 11 of 12 / Rodgers 10 of 16 / Ryan 11 of 16

·         Highest completion percentage 67.4% since 2007

·         Not only did he only have two interceptions in 432 attempts – he didn’t lose ONE fumble the entire season

·         Update since Deflategate – record of 26-5 / 77 TD to 15 INT

·         I said before – Brady is more likely to get hurt sliding than those free runs officials allow defenders to take at him after he releases the ball

·         Brady gets another receiver a touchdown for his long list – add Michael Floyd

 

OFFENSE

·         Michael Floyd dragging defenders in the end zone reminded me of the 1974 game winner by Bob Windsor to beat the Vikings – he ruined his leg for the win.

·         Said last week Edelman yapping a problem – picked up 15 yard flag

·         The whole playoffs on the line and Edelman is on the field with two minutes left up 35-14 trying to get his 100th reception

·         How pissed was Edelman when Garappolo threw over his head denying him 100 receptions (and bonus?)

·         Another nice day for offensive line

·         Good News – 7 for 12 on third down – see defense

·         Could Deion Lewis be more important than Gronk? I don’t think so but close

·         Patriots 8-0 without Gronk / with Gronk 6-2

 

DEFENSE

·         Bad news Miami was 7 for 12 on third down

·         Nice rest now for Hightower and limping Chung

·         Van Noy forgot to cover the guy from the other team that ran by him

·         Flowers is looking like a future All Pro (Belichick seeing him in practice like he saw Brady – see you later Jamie Collins)

 

BELICHICK GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS

* Bill – Blue shortsleeve windbreaker

* Mr. Kraft – 14:56 left in the second quarter

* Mr. Kraft – 6:41 left in the third quarter – included a Jonathan fist pump (guaranteed home field for AFC championship game is 68,000 people in their stadium)

 

MISC

·         LaGarrette Blount and N. Suh are bad men (should have got Blount off the field)

·         Suh should have been thrown out of the game for that cheap shot jumping off sides and rocking the unprotected center

·         Two good F bombs picked up on field microphones including Devlin’s after Blount TD

·         I love Suh talking crap to Blount and then gets blown off the ball the next play for a walk in TD

 

2. AROUND THE NFL –

·         Patriot cast offs not going to the playoffs – Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Vinatieri

·         Deflategate Jinx – Ravens 13-19 no playoffs since the complaint, Colts 16-16 no playoffs since the sting, Browns stink, Revis, Carson Palmer

·         The media’s darling Luck and Colts out of the playoffs again

·         Patriots 8-0 on the road / Browns and Bears 0-16 on the road (make them stay in a motel and appreciate all they have)

·         Miami scored less points than their opponents this year but ended up 10-6

 

3. Patriots Playoff Facts during Brady / Belichick era

·         AFC Championship games – 4-1 home / 2-3 road

·         Playoff games – 15-3 at home (Jets, Ravens, Ravens) / 3-4 on road

·         Opponents Rushing for more than 125 yards – Patriots are 6-1

·         Patriots Rushing for more than 125 yards – 9-0

·         Brady plus 300 yards passing – 6-2

·         Score at least 23 points – 17-1

·         Less than 23 points – 5-8

·         Postseason record against this year’s playoff teams – Chiefs, Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Oakland – 6-0 / Giants 0-2

 

4. Sports Illustrated Covers in 2016:

Baseball……………..3 (that’s an amazing indicator)

Football – NFL………9

Football – College……5

Basketball – NBA……7

Basketball – College…4

NHL………………….1

Olympics…………….4

Golf………………….2

Other – Dwayne Johnson, Bruce / Caitlin Jenner, Vin Scully, Messi, Craig Sager, Ali, Conor McGregor, Bikini missing a top

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

·         Has a Heisman winners had a worse three games to end the season – Lamar Jackson – led team to 0-3 record on 46-95 passing (48%) / 3 TD to 3 INT

·         When you make a substitute and the ref holds up the offense so that the defense can make changes – why doesn’t the defense take their time with their substitutes and make the play clock run out

·         Boston College has one more chance – Chip Kelly is available! He is from here. Has all the money he needs! Just a reminder on the ranks of the teams they beat – 41, 66, 74, 111, 120, 127 and Wagner isn’t even ranked

 

6. Most rushing attempts by a player not in the Hall of Fame

Edgerrin James………3,028

Eddie George………..2,865 (shouldn’t have called Tom Brady a cheater)

Thomas Jones……….2,678

Warrick Dunn……….2,669

Ricky Watters……….2,622

Corey Dillon………..2,618

 

7. OLD SCHOOL – Bad things that happened in Patriot post season

·         Pick on Talib by Welker

·         Manningham catch

·         Tyree catch

·         Champ Bailey interception and wrong call at other end zone

·         Reche Caldwell drop

·         Missed extra point by Gostkowski

·         Ray Rice run

 

8. AMAZING STAT – From a 2014 article in the Boston College school newspaper:

·         Jerry York – 5 National Champions – salary $576,743

·         Steve Addazio – 2 ACC win last two years – salary $2,560,847


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – Chicago Shootings year end #s (heyjackass.com)

·         Total murders – 795

·         Terrorist Killings in Paris, Munich, Florida, California, Nice, Belgium – 350

·         Total shot – 4,378

 ·         Schools lose their accreditation for low SAT scores – how come the federal government hasn’t stepped into this war zone and relieved all officials of responsibility (same in Flint, Michigan)

·         In case you are curious – Chicago got off to a strong start (they must take pride in this because no one is doing anything about it) – First day of 2017 – 3 killed / 28 shot – so on a pace for 1,095 killed / 10,220 shot this year

 

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* Wouldn’t Charles Barkley be the perfect President

* I don’t need to hear about Ronda Rousey anymore

* Red Auerbach was once ejected from an All Star game

* General Custer was a cavalry star at Gettysburg

* Mariah Carey lip synch problem on the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve show was a classic – back stage video would have been gold.

* Is it me or is there something creepy about the Iphone video commercial with the young kids playing Romeo and Juliet

* Can’t remember where I saw this – but someone had an idea for a gym / bar – called Resolutions – first two weeks of the year it’s a gym – next fifty weeks a bar after everyone gives up on resolutions

* Like the David Ortiz tennis lessons commercial

1.Patriots vs. Miami

·         Dolphins played 3 games against playoff teams – 1-2 (beat Steelers)

·         Dolphins have three receivers with at least 685 yards – Landry, Stills, Parker

·         Dolphins receivers have only put the ball on the ground once all season

·         Suh alert – he went for Brady’s knee last year – he’ll do it again – he’s angry

·         Kicker Andrew Franks – is Franks and Beans – he is 16 for 21 – 2 for 5 from 40 yards or more

·         Six Dolphin receivers have catches of 50 yards or more

·         Hmm New Years Day – in Miami – I see a lot of sun burned fans with high blood alcohol and Pat Patriot tattoos

·         Can’t be in Miami and not think about 1986 Squish the Fish game

·         Dan Marino is to Wilt Chamberlain is to Sammy Sosa – all stats not many championships

             

2. AROUND THE NFL – Best Cornerbacks – ranked by All Pro teams – AP

* Rod Woodson – 6

* Deion Sanders – 6

* Darrell Revis – 4

* Night Train Lane – 3

* Champ Bailey – 3

* Mike Haynes – 3

* Charles Woodson – 3

* Ty Law – 2

* Mel   Blount – 2

 

3. ODDS TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP

·         Patriots are 8-5 odds to win Super Bowl which is 1st

·         Red Sox are 11-2 odds to win World Series which is 2nd behind Cubs  

·         Celtics 45-1 to win championship which is 7th

·         Bruins are 30-1 to win championship which is 16th

 

4. CELTICS SHOOTING VS CLEVELAND

·         Celtics shoot 31-48 from two-point land – 65%

·         Celtics shoot 20-21 from free throw line – 95%

·         Celtics 12-37 from three-point land – 32%

 

5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 ·         Fourteen of the top 50 ranked college football players are in the BCS playoffs – cbs rankings

·         BC finished 75th in strength of schedule

·         If you are up by one point late in the game – I would take a knee on the extra point – in some cases the only way you can lose is a block and return

 

6. Massachusetts golf courses in the MSN top 100:

19. The Country Club – Brookline

75. Boston Golf Club – Hingham

79. Old Sandwich Golf Club – Plymouth

84. Kittansett Club – Marion

 

7. OLD SCHOOL – Patriots haven’t had an offensive Rookie of the Year in over 20 years but they did have three in eight years:

·         Curtis Martin – 1995

·         Leonard Russell – 1991

·         John Stephens – 1988

 

8. AMAZING STAT – Bruins are 28th in the power play – now that’s dynamic


9. JUST A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE – New Year’s Resolutions

·         I will stop commenting on John Farrell pinch running Steve Wright

·         I will invest emotionally in the Bruins during regular season

·         I will say that Horford is worth the money

·         I will be positive

·         I will pronounce my R’s

·         I will not have any more typppo’s

·         I won’t whine

·         I will complement the Chicago leadership for protecting its citizens

·         I will treasure the 4 hour Red Sox games

·         I won’t complain about McDaniels calling for back to back runs for Blount up the middle

·         I will complement the Clode Julian boring, sluggish style of play

NOT!!!!

10.  RANDOMOCITY

* English soccer was lampooned for hiring an American coach in Bob Bradley of course they fired him after just 11 games (2-9 record)

* Arkansas tight end at the Belk Bowl gets caught shoplifting at Belk during a tour – classic – he should host Saturday Night Live for that one

* If you have 15 minutes and you are a boss, parent or coach of millennials youtube Simon Sinek Millennials in workspace

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This year’s 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship will be one to watch for Bruins fans looking to get a glimpse into the future roster on Causeway Street.

In the annual post-Christmas Day tournament, the B’s boast five prospects from three different countries that all will be competing for a gold medal.

The yearly World Junior Championship showcases the most talented hockey players, 20 years old and under, in an Olympic-like atmosphere. There are two groups, Group A and Group B. Each team will play the other four teams in their group in round-robin play and the four teams with the best record in each group will move on to the medal round. Then its single elimination with a gold and bronze medal game at the conclusion. This year’s tournament is being held in Canada, with games being played at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The Bruins have stockpiled draft picks over the past couple seasons, with some of them making immediate impacts (read as: Brandon Carlo) and others are starting to inch closer and closer to professional hockey, meaning good things are in store for the Black and Gold.

Here are the five players representing their countries and the Bruins in this years Junior Championship:

Jeremy Lauzon — CAN

Daniel Vladar — CZE

Jakub Zboril — CZE

Ryan Lindgren — USA

Charlie McAvoy (Assistant Captain) — USA

Four of the five are defensemen while Vladar will be jousting for time in the crease as one of the three goalies for the Czech Republic. McAvoy and Lindgren lead a stacked blue line for the Americans, Zboril returns for his second tournament hoping to improve upon the Czech Republic’s fifth place finish last year and Lauzon enters the tourney in a similar spot aspiring to contribute to a Canadian team that underachieved last year who finished in sixth place.

Zach Senyshyn, the controversial pick 15th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was a notable cut from Team Canada as he’s put up impressive numbers posting 17 goals and 28 points in 25 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this season.

Team USA begins play today with their opener against Latvia, then plays Slovakia on Wednesday and wraps up round-robin play with two high-powered matchups with Russia and Canada, with the latter coming on New Year’s Eve.

Happy Holidays hockey fans!

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